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Mozilla Plugin Support on Mac OS X

Last updated March 7, 2009
This document refers to Firefox 3.0, Camino 1.6, and SeaMonkey 1.1.

Adobe Flash Player

Version: 10.0.22.87 and later
Firefox 3.0: Automatic
Camino 1.6: Automatic
SeaMonkey 1.1: Automatic
The Flash plugin is automatically installed in the Internet Plug-ins folder in the Library Folder. You can update to the latest version (10.0.22.87) by installing it from Adobe's website.


Adobe Reader

Version: 8.0
Firefox 3.0: Unsupported
Camino 1.6: Unsupported
SeaMonkey 1.1: Unsupported
Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0 ships with a browser plugin, but it does not work with Gecko based browsers.

The plugin is installed in the Internet Plug-ins folder in the Library Folder automatically. The best course of action at this stage is to delete it, and tell Adobe Reader not to check for it using the Adobe Reader Preferences.

If you need a plugin for viewing PDFs, you will need to use the PDF Browser Plugin, which is free for non-commercial use.

Adobe Shockwave Player

Version: 10.1
Firefox 3.0: Automatic
Camino 1.6: Automatic
SeaMonkey 1.1: Automatic
This plugin is automatically installed in the Internet Plug-ins folder in the Library Folder.

Camino Only: Shockwave Director content displays at the wrong location in the window if hardware rendering is enabled.

Firefox PDF Plugin

Version: 1.0.2
Firefox 3.0: Manual
Camino 1.6: Manual
SeaMonkey 1.1: Manual
  1. Click on the "Install PDF Plugin" link
  2. An extension will install

Flip4Mac WMV Plugin

Version: 2.2.1 or later
Firefox 3.0: Manual
Camino 1.6: Manual
SeaMonkey 1.1: Manual
Since the Windows Media Player plugin has been deprecated, the Flip4Mac WMV plugin is now the officially supported plugin of choice for viewing WMV content on the web.

Google Earth

Version: 4.3 or later
Firefox 3.0: Manual
Camino 1.6: Manual
SeaMonkey 1.1: Manual
This plugin can be installed from Google's website.
Homepage: Google Earth Plugin
Download: Google Earth Plugin for Mac OS X (direct link)

Java Embedding Plugin

Version: 0.9.5 and later
Firefox 3.0: Automatic
Camino 1.6: Automatic
SeaMonkey 1.1: Automatic
The Java Runtime Environment that ships with OS X has major issues as a plugin for Gecko-based browsers. As such, mozilla.org has opted to include the Java Embedding Plugin by default in all of its projects.

QuickTime

Version: 7.1 or later
Firefox 3.0: Automatic
Camino 1.6: Automatic
SeaMonkey 1.1: Automatic
To install the latest release of QuickTime, run Software Update. This plugin is automatically installed in the Internet Plug-ins folder in the Library Folder.
Download: QuickTime 7.1

RealOne Player

Version: 10.0
Firefox 3.0: Automatic
Camino 1.6: Automatic
SeaMonkey 1.1: Automatic
Copy RealPlayer to your preferred location. The plugin is automatically installed in the Internet Plug-ins folder in the Library Folder after launching for the first time.
Download: RealOne Player

Windows Media Player

Version: 9.0
Firefox 3.0: Unsupported
Camino 1.6: Unsupported
SeaMonkey 1.1: Unsupported
This plugin is automatically installed in the Internet Plug-ins folder in the Library Folder using the installer from Microsoft's website. However, it has known (and in some cases severe) problems when used with Mozilla based browsers. The Flip4Mac WMV Plugin should be used instead.

Important! mozilla.org has made the decision that Windows Media Player will no longer be supported on Mac OS X. This is due to major issues in stability and compatibility. It is also due to Microsoft endorsing the Flip4Mac WMV Plugin.