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Disable Flash

Learn how to disable flash for your Selenium tests on BrowserStack Automate.

You can disable flash for various browsers including Chrome, Firefox and IE. This guide provides code samples and solutions to disable flash when testing your application.

Disable flash in Chrome

To disable flash in Chrome, create a chromeOptions capability, and pass the --disable-plugins argument.
Note: Using this argument will turn off all the plugins in the browser.
Use the following sample code snippets to disable flash in Chrome.

DesiredCapabilities capabilities = new DesiredCapabilities();
HashMap<String, Object> browserstackOptions = new HashMap<String, Object>();
ChromeOptions options = new ChromeOptions();
browserstackOptions.addArguments("--disable-plugins");
capabilities.setCapability("bstack:options", browserstackOptions);
var capabilities = {
	'bstack:options' : {
	"chromeOptions" : {
    args: ['--disable-plugins'],
	},
	"browserName" : "Chrome",
  }
}
using OpenQA.Selenium.Chrome;

ChromeOptions capabilities = new ChromeOptions();
Dictionary<string, object> browserstackOptions = new Dictionary<string, object>();
browserstackOptions.AddArgument("--disable-plugins");
capabilities.AddAdditionalOption("bstack:options", browserstackOptions);
$chromeOptions = array(
    "args" => array('--disable-plugins')
);
$caps = array(
'bstack:options' => array(
    "os" => "Windows", 
    "chromeOptions" => $chromeOptions),
    "browserName" => "Chrome",
)
caps = {
    'bstack:options' : {
        "ChromeOptions" : {
            "args" : ["--disable-plugins"]
    }
    }
}
capabilities = {
	'bstack:options' => {
		"ChromeOptions" => {
         "args" => ["--disable-plugins"]
	},
  }
}
ChromeOptions options = new ChromeOptions();
options.addArguments("--disable-plugins");
caps.setCapability(ChromeOptions.CAPABILITY, options);
var capabilities = {
  browserName: 'chrome',
  chromeOptions: {
    args: ['--disable-plugins'],
  },
};
using OpenQA.Selenium.Chrome;

DesiredCapabilities caps;
ChromeOptions chromeOptions = new ChromeOptions();
chromeOptions.AddArgument("--disable-plugins");
caps = (DesiredCapabilities)chromeOptions.ToCapabilities();
$chromeOptions = array('args'=>array('--disable-plugins'));
$caps = array("platform"=>"WINDOWS", "browserName"=>"chrome", "chromeOptions"=>$chromeOptions);
caps = DesiredCapabilities.CHROME
caps["chromeOptions"] = {}
caps["chromeOptions"]["args"] = ["--disable-plugins"]
caps = Selenium::WebDriver::Remote::Capabilities.chrome
caps["chromeOptions"] = {}
caps["chromeOptions"]["args"] = ["--disable-plugins"]

Disable flash in Firefox

Set the flash capability to 0 to disable flash in Firefox.
Use the following sample code snippets to disable flash in Firefox.

import org.openqa.selenium.firefox.FirefoxProfile;

FirefoxProfile profile = new FirefoxProfile();
profile.setPreference("plugin.state.flash", 0);
DesiredCapabilities capabilities = new DesiredCapabilities();
HashMap<String, Object> browserstackOptions = new HashMap<String, Object>();
capabilities.setCapability("bstack:options", browserstackOptions);
capabilities.setCapability(FirefoxDriver.PROFILE, profile);
// Install firefox-profile package
npm install firefox-profile

const firefox = require('selenium-webdriver/firefox')
let profile = new firefox.Options();
profile.setPreference("plugin.state.flash", 0);
profile.updatePreferences();
using OpenQA.Selenium.Firefox;

FirefoxOptions capabilities = new FirefoxOptions();
Dictionary<string, object> browserstackOptions = new Dictionary<string, object>();
capabilities.SetPreference("plugin.state.flash", 0);
capabilities.AddAdditionalOption("bstack:options" browserstackOptions); 
$profile = new FirefoxProfile();

$profile->setPreference(
  'plugin.state.flash', 0
);

$caps = array(
    'bstack:options' => array(
         "firefoxProfile" => $profile),
)
from selenium import webdriver
from selenium.webdriver.firefox.options import Options as FirefoxOptions

options = FirefoxOptions()
options.set_preference('plugin.state.flash', 0)
driver = webdriver.Remote(
    command_executor='http://hub.browserstack.com/wd/hub',
    options=options)
require 'rubygems'
require 'selenium-webdriver'

options = Selenium::WebDriver::Firefox::Options.new
options.add_preference('plugin.state.flash', 0)
FirefoxProfile profile = new FirefoxProfile();
profile.setPreference("plugin.state.flash", 0);
caps.setCapability(FirefoxDriver.PROFILE, profile);
// Install firefox-profile package
npm install firefox-profile

var myProfile = new FirefoxProfile();
myProfile.setPreference("plugin.state.flash", 0);
myProfile.updatePreferences();
using OpenQA.Selenium.Firefox;

FirefoxProfile firefoxProfile = new FirefoxProfile();
DesiredCapabilities caps = DesiredCapabilities.Firefox();
firefoxProfile.SetPreference("plugin.state.flash", 0);
caps.SetCapability(FirefoxDriver.ProfileCapabilityName, firefoxProfile.ToBase64String());
$profile = new FirefoxProfile();

$profile->setPreference(
  'plugin.state.flash', 0
);

$caps = DesiredCapabilities::firefox();
$caps->setCapability(FirefoxDriver::PROFILE, $profile);
caps = DesiredCapabilities.FIREFOX
profile = webdriver.FirefoxProfile()
profile.set_preference('plugin.state.flash', 0)
profile.update_preferences()
driver = webdriver.Remote(
  command_executor='https://YOUR_USERNAME:YOUR_ACCESS_KEY@hub-cloud.browserstack.com/wd/hub',
  desired_capabilities=caps, browser_profile=profile)
profile = Selenium::WebDriver::Firefox::Profile.new
profile["plugin.state.flash"] = 0
caps = Selenium::WebDriver::Remote::Capabilities.firefox(:firefox_profile => profile)

Disable flash in IE

To disable flash in IE, pass the browserstack.ie.noFlash capability in your tests.
Use the following sample code snippets to disable flash in IE.

DesiredCapabilities capabilities = new DesiredCapabilities();
HashMap<String, Object> browserstackOptions = new HashMap<String, Object>();
browserstackOptions.put("browserstack.ie.noFlash", "true");
capabilities.setCapability("bstack:options", browserstackOptions);
var capabilities = {
	'bstack:options' : {
		"browserstack.ie.noFlash" : "true",
	},
	"browserName" : "Edge",
}
EdgeOptions capabilities = new EdgeOptions();
Dictionary<string, object> browserstackOptions = new Dictionary<string, object>();
browserstackOptions.Add("browserstack.ie.noFlash", "true"));
capabilities.AddAdditionalOption("bstack:options", browserstackOptions);
$caps = array(
	'bstack:options' => array(
		"browserstack.ie.noFlash" => "true",
	),
	"browserName" => "Edge",
)
caps = {
	'bstack:options' : {
		"browserstack.ie.noFlash" : "true",
	},
	"browserName" : "Edge",
}
capabilities = {
	'bstack:options' => {
		"browserstack.ie.noFlash" => "true",
	},
	"browserName" => "Edge",
}
DesiredCapabilities caps = new DesiredCapabilities();
caps.setCapability("browserstack.ie.noFlash", "true");
var capabilities = {
  'browserstack.ie.noFlash': 'true',
};
desiredCap.SetCapability("browserstack.ie.noFlash", "true");
$caps['browserstack.ie.noFlash'] = "true";
desired_cap["browserstack.ie.noFlash"] = "true"
caps["browserstack.ie.noFlash"] = "true"

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