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Installing Flash in Portable Firefox with no installer

Posted on 05 Sep 2006 in Posts | 86 comments


Dear Lazyweb,

Is there some way of getting the latest version of Flash Player installed into a portable (USB key-based) version of Firefox without having to run the installer .exe? I want Flash Player 9 on my Firefox Portable.

I’m on a WinXP system that requires Administrator access to run installers, and there is no up to date Flash player (I think ver. 7 is installed on the IE instance on the machine). So, what I really need, I guess, is the Flash .dll. But I have no way of obtaining it.

Ideas? Solutions?

86 comments

  1. BitTube / September 5th, 2006 20:20

    There is also a Flash XPI (firefox extension) I dug the link up a while ago. I have never used it personally and not sure how it works but may be worth a look.

    http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/xpi/current/flashplayer-win.xpi

  2. John Dowdell / September 6th, 2006 6:46

    Hi, I’m not sure of the permissions issues for Portable-style computing, but wouldn’t your Firefox installation contain its own local Plugins folder on the thumb drive? Once you update Adobe Flash Player for your Portable Firefox installation, then it should be available on any processor you may be using, true?

    Hmm, or maybe the problem is that you can’t install *anything* on the PC you’re currently using, and don’t have any other PC on which you can install to the thumb drive. Is this closer to what you’re facing there…?

  3. trib / September 6th, 2006 6:59

    @John – the second issue is the one I face. No install privileges at all. No additional PC. Although… I have a Windows XP machine in Parallels on my MacBook Pro.

    See, all I needed was someone to trigger the already-known solution to leap from my brain!

  4. John Dowdell / September 7th, 2006 8:51

    Ouch, sounds like you need permission to be able to install software on the machine you own, then. I don’t see any way around that, other than temporarily finding another machine so that you can install to your thumb drive.

    (There *is* a standalone installer for intranets, but that’s a case where the administrator has installation privileges on those machines anyway… one way or another, we do need permission to install software on a machine before it can be installed. :(

  5. trib / September 7th, 2006 9:10

    Not own… Work machine. Locked-down SOE.

  6. trib / September 7th, 2006 9:23

    And my cunning plan worked! Install Flash Player into a Firefox instance on a machine you have privileges on, then copy the .dll to your FirefoxPortable instance.

  7. Jose Luis / September 11th, 2006 22:32

    Hello for all, I know what are you talking about, need the plugin in the portable Firefox, don’t you? Ok the link “XPI” is only that you need. Just Open the portable app, go to Tools->extensions–> drop the extension xxxx.XPI and install it. Then you can carry your portable App wherever you want… sorry but my English is not very good. Greets

  8. nitro322 / October 27th, 2006 14:31

    As trib indicated, Flash (under Firefox, anyway) doesn’t actually require any kind of installation process. All you need to do is copy two files from the Flash installer to the Firefox plugins directory.

    Specifically, you’ll need to copy these two files:
    flashplayer.xpt, NPSWF32.dll

    To this directory:
    Mozilla Firefoxplugins

    You can do this either by installing Flash on a separate computer and copying the files over (as trib did), or by simply extracting the necessary files from the Flash installer and copying them directly. There are a few programs capable of doing this, but to make the process easier I’ve wrapped them into an easy-to-use program that can extract files from several different types of installer (and other archives). The name of the program is Universal Extractor, and it can be downloaded from here:
    http://www.legroom.net/mysoft

    Hope this helps.

  9. $ith / January 18th, 2007 23:47

    nitro322 wrote:
    > Specifically, you’ll need to copy these two files:
    > flashplayer.xpt, NPSWF32.dll

    > To this directory:
    > Mozilla Firefoxplugins

    I had the same problem and this did the job.
    And this Universal Extractor is great! It can’t extract some files but idea is just wonderful. :)

  10. Reneharley / January 24th, 2007 10:41

    thanx for this! Tomorrow I will try it at work!

  11. peterthemusician / February 28th, 2007 13:12

    Thanks nitro322! Your process (including Universal extractor) worked perfectly, though I accidentally dropped the files into C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxextensions without thinking. Still worked just fine.

    This not only helped with my Portable Firefox copy, but saved me a headache at work on a terminal without administrator access.

    Thanks!

  12. Vishwesh Sharma / February 28th, 2007 14:44

    To add to hat Jose has mentioned download the extension
    http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/xpi/current/flashplayer-win.xpi
    by right clicking and selecting “Save Link As”
    After this open the file using either WinRar/WinZip and extract the
    lashplayer.xpt, NPSWF32.dll files to Mozilla Firefoxplugins

  13. Kr4t05 / April 19th, 2007 23:52

    Hrm… Here’s a question. What if the computer you’re using doesn’t have Firefox installed, and you want to find the flash plugin in the IE install folder? Where would that be?

  14. Tj / April 21st, 2007 2:39

    Use Netscape :P

  15. LAMF / May 14th, 2007 17:58

    Kr4t05: On my pc it’s located here:
    c:WINDOWSsystem32MacromedFlash
    That’s default plug-in dir on xpp machines.

  16. zimt / May 15th, 2007 19:07

    thx!
    this copy/paste thing worked fine for me.
    sometimes it’s so easy … should use brains more often sometimes ;)
    cu

  17. jackie / May 22nd, 2007 2:35

    i tried the copy/paste thing to get a flash plugin for my firefox at work (very! limited privs) but it has not worked. can someone help me? i brought all my flash .dll files from home and then put them on my work computer in the plugins folder but nothing still.

    what am i doing wrong?

  18. knobcottage / May 29th, 2007 9:31

    This is for PORTABLE firefox. I imagine it won’t work if you place it in normal firefox as I think normal firefox would create a registry entry. It does work as it says. Maybe this will help. It’s from the guy who made this whole portable firefox thingy happen.

    http://portableapps.com/support/firefox_portable

  19. aaronre / June 2nd, 2007 14:19

    Something to note is that there are multiple “plugins” folders within the various folders of my firefox portable, and it took me a few minutes to find the right one. It’s

    App/firefox/plugins

    This is important, because i tried a couple of the other directories first, and they didn’t work.

  20. jmyk / July 2nd, 2007 21:51

    if u have the installer of flash in ur usb u can install it by using the schedule task in xp by adding it to schedule…after adding the exe file in task, right click on it then run…it works on me even i’m not the admin of the computer….sometimes it doesn’t work but u can try still.

  21. Mikael / July 6th, 2007 19:44

    You will probably want the shockwave player aswell, I’ll save you some time :-)

    To install the shockwaveplayer with Firefox do this:

    Do this:
    * Download the shockwave installer (.exe)
    * Extract it using unpackingsoftware, such as WinRar or TugZip.
    * copy the files into the firefox plugin directory (same as for flash above). No subdir is allowed, just dump all of it in the plugin-directory.
    * restart firefox

    Tested it with a random shockwavegame and it worked!
    I tried my old favorite from Heavy.com, Iron Stomach, but it didn’t work :-(
    Probably more issues than just the player, because it was written long ago in the Internet Explorer golden days :-) Well, I guess that it isn’t so bad that IE is included by default after all ;-)

    /Mikael
    http://www.voitech.se

  22. matt / August 9th, 2007 23:22

    put in URL box :

    ftp://ftp.netscape.com/pub/netscape7/english/7.2/windows/win32/bfkprv/flash.xpi

    agree to install

    done

  23. Simon Ellis / November 27th, 2007 14:16

    If you open portable firefox and then go to a youyoube vid or something that needs flash – it will say up the top “install missing plugin?” which doesn’t need the privilages to work.

  24. Stephen Collins / November 27th, 2007 14:19

    @Simon (would have been better if you used a real email address…) privileges very much depend on environment. In many corporate settings, downloads are extremely restricted, executables more so.

  25. carinder / November 28th, 2007 7:03

    Wow nitro322! It worked like a charm and that extracter is fantastic. I did exactly as you said on my work computer and I now have flash. Thanks a million!

  26. Chris H / December 6th, 2007 19:35

    I am in the same boat as the OP, can’t install anything on my work pc. If this works I’m going to be psyched!

  27. herroen / December 19th, 2007 9:55

    how about the divx plugin?

    i want to access stage6 but i cant instal the plugin. i dont have priviledge on the computer

  28. jakemartin / January 3rd, 2008 17:05

    i have the same problem but when i was using the portable firefox i went on youtube clicked on a video and the prompt to iinstall a plugin for firefox came up at the top and it let me install it without administrative priviliages!!!!!!!!!!! problem solved

  29. Meesam / March 22nd, 2008 23:40

    I tried to copy NPSWF32.dll to plugin folder but it gives me following

    Cannot copy flashplayer : Access is denied.

    Make sure the disk is not full write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.

  30. faith / March 29th, 2008 13:22

    “”On 10.27.06 nitro322 said:

    As trib indicated, Flash (under Firefox, anyway) doesn’t actually require any kind of installation process. All you need to do is copy two files from the Flash installer to the Firefox plugins directory.

    Specifically, you’ll need to copy these two files:
    flashplayer.xpt, NPSWF32.dll

    To this directory:
    Mozilla Firefoxplugins

    You can do this either by installing Flash on a separate computer and copying the files over (as trib did), or by simply extracting the necessary files from the Flash installer and copying them directly. There are a few programs capable of doing this, but to make the process easier I’ve wrapped them into an easy-to-use program that can extract files from several different types of installer (and other archives). The name of the program is Universal Extractor, and it can be downloaded from here:
    http://www.legroom.net/mysoft

    Hope this helps.”"

    THANKS ALOT!! The copying of flashplayer.xpt and NPSWF32.dll was enough. I can now watch youtube on ff! whoo!

  31. somebody in TJ / April 3rd, 2008 10:26

    It works, XPI extracted files to k-ninja plugins folder. Pleeease tell it to the planet. You guys Rock!!!!
    So Thanx.

  32. Ed / May 3rd, 2008 3:20

    I’m having the same problem in Opera@Usb. I’m on a computer without any privilages whatsoever, and it won’t allow the flash installer to run. I’ve tried extracting the installer with WinRar, but that doesn’t work. I’ve also tried copying the plugins to the folder, but that doesn’t work either.

  33. Mike Lazfsh / July 11th, 2008 8:54

    Just cussed like 40x at your post here and the one on lifehacker. Followed every direction in every comment b/c I couldn’t get Google Talk gadget to stop saying “oops looks like you don’t have the latest version of flash”.

    Turns out that it was balking @ me b/c of the Flashblock plugin. The only reason I am admitting my folly in front of the entire webernet is b/c someone else might be having the same issue.

    If you have followed in my dumb-ness..
    Be advised= you (like me) are partially stupid and you need to turn off that extension.

    thanks

  34. Ricardo / August 8th, 2008 2:19

    Thanks a lot! I had the same problem I and solved with the universal extractor trick…

  35. Derek / August 12th, 2008 2:01

    Thanks a ton! Found this on a google search and it worked like a charm. Though I downloaded the Flash extension and extracted the .dll from the .xpi package using 7-Zip portable extractor.

  36. sunny / September 7th, 2008 4:41

    well i did copied the two files mentioned above to my mozilla/plugin directory

    but the problem is, when i open some sites, the pictures are not displayed and on my firefox a message pops up saying a “install missing plugins”

    now what to do ?

    by the way I am using my companies laptop and I dont have administrative rights, though installing firefox was not at all a problem, actually it was by default installed in c:/program files directory

    So guys tell me how should i get this working ?

  37. sunny / September 7th, 2008 4:43

    one more thing,

    when i click “install missing plugins”, it guides me to instal “Adobe Flash Player”

    thats the reason I think i need to install the flash player

  38. Dude / September 11th, 2008 22:57

    can someone just post the gd files instead of an extractor? i can’t use an extractor either.

  39. Scott / September 20th, 2008 5:48

    I’m in an office where the computer’s are locked down tighter than… well, you can imagine! Anything “fun” I want to do has to be portable or installer-less…

    While searching from/based on the links above, I found a couple places where you can download the npswf32.dll file on the internet by itself – a Google search and about 30 seconds of exploring gave me at least three different sources.

    I wasn’t sure, though, whether this was the latest/updated version, so I searched a little deeper. I ended up getting a few different things to make it all work – a couple extra steps, but isn’t that what “workAROUND” kinda implies?

    1 – whichever flash installer you happen to want to download – I found a download depot for all versions:
    (http://dll-repair-tools.com/dll/npswf32dll-the-flash-plug-in) pointed me to (http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=tn_14266&sliceId=1) where I downloaded the Flash Player 9 package – this includes several versions of the installers, including the Netscape(etc) windows installer that you need.

    2 – Next, go to the “Universal Extractor” page mentioned above – I KNOW, I KNOW, you can’t install that either – bear with me… There’s a “binaries only” download package on that site – get THAT one.

    3 – Inconveniently, the package above comes as a RAR archive, which requires… wait for it… INSTALLING some sort of RAR-extracting device. WELL, luckily for us, there’s a 7zip dealie at portableapps.com that works nicely to extract said archives.

    SO – although there are a few hoops to jump through, it’s not REALLY difficult to get these files, from an official/trusted source, in their latest versions, without having to actually install anything.

    Good luck!

  40. Dylan Reeve / September 30th, 2008 5:58

    Easiest solution seems to be:
    1) Download 7-Zip portable from PortableApps.com
    2) Download Flash XPI (Google for latest link – do Save As)
    3) Open XPI with 7-Zip
    4) Copy NPSWF32.dll and flashplayer.xpt to FirefoxPortable/App/Plugins

    Was very easy and presented no problems on locked down computer.

  41. sprout something new / October 10th, 2008 6:14

    If you are not able to download or install the Universal Extractor (because of permissions at work) to get the .dll and .xpt file here are links to download the files to place into your Mozilla Firefoxplugins folder.

    all I could find was the .dll file…

    NPSWF32.dll

  42. Matteus Mauritz / October 28th, 2008 16:56

    From Portable apps:

    UPDATED INFORMATION 6/25/08
    The NEW Definitive Simplest way
    Download the file from:

    http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/xpi/current/flashplayer
    as indicated on the support page.
    http://portableapps.com/support/firefox_portable#plugins

    BUT…
    DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE
    DO A RIGHT CLICK, Save link as…

    change the extension of the download to flashplayer-win.xpi.ZIP

    Unzip it, and there you go, copy the files needed,
    NPSWF32.dll and flashplayer.xpt ,
    to this directory:
    [x]:PATHPORTABLEFirefoxPortableDataPlugins

    and you have Flash for FFP

    Tim

  43. Giggleloop / November 1st, 2008 1:33

    Thanks for the tip of extracting the files from the XPI and just putting them in the Plugins directory on the thumb drive – it worked! Woot! :)

  44. DrxXx / November 5th, 2008 22:30

    Hi
    I had the same prb and have done just like Dylan Reeve said and everything is ok. now.

  45. Steven / November 14th, 2008 2:42

    Thanks Mauritz & Reeve, worked like a charm :)

  46. Paulo / November 21st, 2008 5:25

    http://rapidshare.com/files/151195328/Opera9.51_flash_portable_by_braytac_.exe.html

    Opera@USB includes Flash Plugin

  47. Brandon B. / December 16th, 2008 5:47

    People, people, you are making this difficult.

    I did it in two simple steps.

    1. Download the NPSWF32.dll file from http://www.dll-files.com/dllindex/dll-files.shtml?npswf32. Put it in your Portable Firefox plugin folder. (…FirefoxPortableAppFirefoxplugins)

    2. Go to http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/xpi/current/flashplayer-win.xpi and download that file. Extract/unzip it in your Portable Firefox plugin folder. (…FirefoxPortableAppFirefoxplugins)

    You now have flash, very simple!

  48. fardenan / December 17th, 2008 1:14

    yeah, sometime i hate my portable ff. sometime when i open a web with flash inside, it can’t viewed. but sometime it can viewed. i’ll trying the NPSWF32 like Brandon B said.

  49. irene / December 23rd, 2008 16:21

    heyya, nice post.
    now i can play pet society in my portable firefox, hehe..
    looks for flash xpi on google, than install it
    =)

  50. chandru / January 6th, 2009 18:16

    As advised by our friends the following is worked like a charm. Thankyou very much!

    , To add to hat Jose has mentioned download the extension
    http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/xpi/current/flashplayer-win.xpi
    by right clicking and selecting “Save Link As”
    After this open the file using either WinRar/WinZip and extract the
    lashplayer.xpt, NPSWF32.dll files to Mozilla Firefoxplugins

  51. dongjune / February 6th, 2009 18:25

    you guys thanks a lot :)

  52. Meghan / February 19th, 2009 5:47

    You guys are all amazing! It took me almost two hours to get everything in line, but I’m so very pleased with my newfound ability to watch youtube videos on my now flash-enabled firefox portable. Lovely!

  53. Kamal Mahmudi / February 27th, 2009 19:25

    Thx. It helps me a lot.

  54. Kidaro / March 4th, 2009 2:07

    As advised by our friends the following is worked like a charm. Thankyou very much!

    , To add to hat Jose has mentioned download the extension
    http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/xpi/current/flashplayer-win.xpi
    by right clicking and selecting “Save Link As”
    After this open the file using either WinRar/WinZip and extract the
    lashplayer.xpt, NPSWF32.dll files to Mozilla Firefoxplugins

    I can assume by those directories that we are talking about the normal version of firefox, I am afraid that copying those files did no good, in about:plugins, it says that there are no plugins found and I am unable to play videos in youtube.

  55. Raymond Beavers / March 12th, 2009 0:46

    Hi, I really appreciated the help with getting firefox portable’s flash to work.

  56. Guillermo Chavez / April 6th, 2009 4:07

    People!!!

    English
    Download the xpi file with Save as option, rename the .xpi to .zip, unpack and put all the files on FirefoxPortableDataplugins folder, close firefox and open firefox portable again.

    Works fine and perfecto to me!
    ———————————
    Español
    Atencion todos, descarguen el archivo xpi con guardar como (Save as), renombren el archivo .xpi a .zip, desempaquen los archivos en el directorio FirefoxPortableDataplugins cierren firefox y vuelvan a abrirlo

    Funciono perfecto para mi

    chepe263

    (solo falta el plug in de java)

  57. Daniel Johnston / May 9th, 2009 13:44

    Google flash xpi
    download the first link
    change file extension from xpi to zip
    open zip file
    copy all files to plugins directory of portable firefox under app
    restart firefox

  58. Cristiano Miranda / June 17th, 2009 10:28

    Hello Everyone!

    As ‘nitro322′ tell us:

    Specifically, you’ll need to copy these two files:
    flashplayer.xpt, NPSWF32.dll

    Search these two archives at google…
    You will not have problem.
    Do you know, right? rs
    Ok…

    Copy these archives to this directory:
    Mozilla Firefoxplugins

    Just do It and restart your Firefox…
    Be happy through YouTube, TotallyCrap, LiveLeak, so on! =D

  59. AlexM / June 19th, 2009 18:32

    Thanks for your help! :)

  60. Abdunnoer / July 25th, 2009 17:58

    If u download the flash archive(exe file from adobe install_flash_player.exe) . you can extract flashplayer.xpt, NPSWF32.dll using 7zip portable (which dont need installation). then just copy the two files into the firefoxportabldataplugins or the usual firefox plugins folder.

  61. BJinbelize / August 9th, 2009 5:48

    Here is a download link for the 2 flash player files listed above and a portable universal extractor: http://rapidshare.com/files/265213793/Flash_player_portable_files.rar

  62. Naplass / August 15th, 2009 19:53

    It works!
    Just these two files

    “4) Copy NPSWF32.dll and flashplayer.xpt to FirefoxPortable/​App/​Plugins”

    First I had to took out the HDD out of the notebook, then connect extern on to my PC. Because I had no permissions to add files. I add these two files into the plugin folder of non-portable firefox. It works just pretty.

  63. Marius B. / October 8th, 2009 6:03

    I can’t wait to go to work and try it tomorrow! :)
    Than i’ll give you my feedback also.

  64. Derrick Wu / October 21st, 2009 16:42

    Simple Step-by-Step Instructions

    Overview: When you put Firefox Portable on a USB drive (e.g. to use on the PC at work) it does not have the Flash player installed.

    To do so you need to install 2 files.

    1. NPSWF32.dll
    2. flashplayer.xpt

    You will get these files from a computer that has the latest version of Flash. (e.g. your laptop or home computer)

    These files are located in the following path:

    c:Windowssystem32MacromedFlash

    Step 1: Copy the two files above
    Step 2: Paste them onto the USB drive (or where your Firefox Portable is located) in the following folder:

    AppFirefoxplugins

    That’s it!

  65. John / October 29th, 2009 17:59

    thank you # 65 – Derrick Wu. it works perfectly! :-)

  66. hello / October 30th, 2009 3:52

    Hi, I would just like to say that i have uploaded a portable version of firefox from Portable Apps Firefox to mediafire.com. I also have installed flash player with the method used above so all you have to do is download the zip and unzip it. there is no installer because it is completely portable inside the folder extracted.

    the link is
    Firefox Portable with Flash Player

  67. Toni / January 7th, 2010 0:05

    It works just fine. You guys made my day.

  68. julid / February 10th, 2010 23:35

    julid

  69. Angel G. / February 19th, 2010 9:29

    Thanks!!! :)

  70. trks / April 8th, 2010 20:27

    hahaha thank you guysmsimply beautiful,i love you all and i love firefox portable :))))

  71. mohamed / July 18th, 2010 3:46

    It works just fine. You guys made my day

  72. Ajae / July 28th, 2010 12:52

    Thank Q It Worked BrillianT

  73. jay / August 4th, 2010 8:56

    Worked like a charm – thanks very much

  74. g-r-i-s-u / August 12th, 2010 19:44

    Thanks a lot. It works.

  75. Mr Red / August 18th, 2010 21:20

    I read somewhere that by changing the extension from .xpi to .zip it would unpack as a zip file. I did that first time round and I just did the same again.

    My plug-in folder is er well take yer pick
    FirefoxPortableAppFirefoxplugins
    or
    FirefoxPortableDataplugins

    tick both of the above and we will see if it worx!

  76. judy / October 8th, 2010 23:11

    i LOVE this. it was so easy 2 do and it helps me ALOT!!!!!!!!! thanks.

  77. Jan Bos / November 4th, 2010 16:57

    Oh, that easy !!!. At last I can abandon IE completely !.
    Thank you a lot !!!!!.

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