Updated: 11/16/2019 by Computer Hope

Flash may refer to any of the following:


1. Short for Adobe Flash, Flash is software that allows users to create animated works that are saved as .FLV and can be viewed over the Internet. It was originally developed by FutureWave and known as Future Splash Animator. In 1996, it was renamed and introduced to the public as Macromedia Flash, shortly after Macromedia purchased the product. Later, Adobe announced plans to purchase Macromedia, which was finalized and completed by the end of 2005.


Support for Adobe Flash will terminate on December 31, 2020. For more information, see Adobe's end-of-support announcement for Adobe Flash.


Below is a simple example of the Macromedia flash enabled logo to determine if your browser has the Macromedia plug-in installed and working.

How do I install the Adobe Flash Player?

To install Adobe Flash, go to the Adobe Flash Player page and follow the instructions.

Flash vs. HTML5

Today, more sites are moving away from Adobe Flash in favor of HTML5, which require no additional plugins and works with all the latest browsers and mobile device.

2. A flash is a term that describes the process of updating the code on a chip. See our flash BIOS page for further information on this term.

3. Flash is a term Apple uses to describe an SSD (solid-state drive).

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