What Happened to chrome://plugins in Google Chrome?

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By Akemi Iwaya on April 19th, 2017

Google has made yet another change to Chrome’s “under the hood” settings with the removal of the chrome://plugins page in version 57, so how do you access the settings for plugins now? Today’s SuperUser QA post has the answer to a frustrated reader’s question.

Today’s Question Answer session comes to us courtesy of SuperUser—a subdivision of Stack Exchange, a community-driven grouping of QA web sites.

The Question

SuperUser reader Jedi wants to know what happened to chrome://plugins in Google Chrome:

Until recently, Google Chrome allowed a person to enable or disable plugins (like Adobe Flash Player) using the chrome://plugins page. But it seems that the page no longer exists (as of Google Chrome 57.0.2987.98). So how do I access Google Chrome’s plugins now?

What happened to chrome://plugins in Google Chrome?

The Answer

SuperUser contributor Steven has the answer for us:

The chrome://plugins page was removed in Google Chrome, version 57.

  • Objective: Remove the chrome://plugins page, moving configuration for the last remaining plugin, Adobe Flash Player, to its own explicit place in content settings (including an option, in settings, to disable it).

Source: Chromium – Issue-615738: Deprecate chrome://plugins

Use chrome://settings/content to control when Adobe Flash content is displayed and chrome://components to display the version of Adobe Flash Player installed.


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