How to Remove Flash from Mac’s Internet Browser

Personally, I have never liked Flash a lot. Here’s a guide that will show you how to uninstall flash player from your Mac permanently or temporarily from one or more browsers on your computer. My browsers are behaving better after I did remove flash from my Mac.


As a lot of you might already know, Flash player is installed separately for each browser on your computer. For instance, I use both Firefox as well as Safari. As a blogger and developer, I read a lot and often have huge sessions. Heavy flash content like ads put an extra stress on the browser. So here are the detailed steps to remove flash from Mac’s browsers.

How to Uninstall Flash Player:

Instructions for Safari:

Safari stores plug-in files in two locations. First is at /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/ in your primary hard disk and second in ~/Library/Internet Plug-ins/ where ~ stands for your user’s home directory.

Now all you need to know is which file to delete. Launch Safari. Select “Installed Plug-ins” from Help menu. You will see a new webpage with list of installed plugins. Look for Shockwave Flash and note the .plugin file associated with it.


If you want to remove the plugin temporarily don’t delete the file. Instead, move it to another location and restart Safari.

Instructions for Firefox:

Launch Firefox. Go to Tools > Add-ons > Plugins and look for Shockwave Flash. Click Disable button to disable the Flash plugin. You can enable it once again later from the same place.


Restart your browser for the changes to take effect.

A lot of websites are adapting HTML5 instead of Flash, but you will still need the Flash player from some websites. So its advisable that you let Flash stay on at least one of your browsers.