[webkit-dev] Step 1 of Plugin removal: Deleting NPAPI (and thus Flash support)

Dean Jackson dino at apple.com
Mon Jan 13 10:06:46 PST 2020

> On 13 Jan 2020, at 20:14, Carlos Garcia Campos <carlosgc at webkit.org> wrote:
> El lun, 13-01-2020 a las 05:30 +1100, Dean Jackson escribió:
>> Dear Non-Apple ports,
>> Running Flash has been more difficult over the past few years as part
>> of a (semi-) coordinated effort by browsers and Adobe. The plan is to
>> remove support for Flash + NPAPI by the end of this year. See the
>> links below. 
>> I'd like to remove our NPAPI code soon, but I want to make sure the
>> other ports are ok with this. Please speak up if you have a reason to
>> keep it in.
> WPE has never supported NPAPI plugins and the GTK port removed the
> support for GTK2 plugins (flash) already in our current stable version.
> Plugins not using GTK at all (or using GTK3) are still supported by GTK
> port (some of them only under X11, though). I'm ok with removing the
> NPAPI plugins support in the GTk port, but we are at the end of the
> release cycle, so I prefer if we remove the feature right after we
> branch for the next stable version (scheduled for the 1st February). I
> could even branch earlier if needed.

Waiting until February is totally ok with me. Good luck with your release.


>> [Note that we will still have some plugin code e.g. our internal
>> PDFPlugin, just no support for externally installed plugins]
>> Dean
>> * Adobe's end of life for Flash - 
>> https://theblog.adobe.com/adobe-flash-update/
>> * Chrome removing Flash support by end of 2020 - 
>> https://sites.google.com/a/chromium.org/dev/flash-roadmap
>> * Google removing support for Flash by end of 2020 - 
>> https://www.blog.google/products/chrome/saying-goodbye-flash-chrome/
>> * Mozilla removing NPAPI by end of 2020 - 
>> https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Plugins/Roadmap
>> * Mozilla only uses NPAPI for Flash - 
>> https://blog.mozilla.org/futurereleases/2015/10/08/npapi-plugins-in-firefox/
> Thanks!
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