Flash Player by Adobe, previously developed and owned by Macromedia, is one of the mostly used software for viewing multimedia, rich internet content and streaming. Also, you can view these files on your smartphones that support it such as iPhone, Windows Phone, Android devices, etc.

One more thing that has increased its users is that almost all the games that you will find online are usually created via flash. Thus you’ll need a flash player to play those games like ones that we see on Miniclip. Along with the games, some Graphic User Interfaces (GUIs) and animations that we commonly see on internet also use flash along with java applets.


Although a powerful tool, flash player isn’t a light application. Also, you need to update, almost on regular basis, to make it work properly. These are some of the things that are forcing people to hunt for alternative software to get rid of it. If you are also seeking for an alternative to Adobe Flash Player, then you must read on the following list.

1.     LightSpark:

The first and most effective software that is on top of our list of best alternatives to Adobe Flash Player is LightSpark. Developed on C language, it is an open source flash player and browser plugin that can help you view all files that you cannot view without Adobe Flash Player. It is basically meant to support all new Flash Player formats such as AVM2 and virtual machine. However, it can only run on Linux operating system.

2.    Unity Web Player:

Unity Web Player, available for Windows and Mac OS X, is one of the most powerful software that can replace Adobe Flash Player easily. Unlike the other alternatives, any sorts of requirements like browser version, OS restrictions, etc. Along with playing online games and enjoying HD video streaming, it also gives you the power of developing 3D games with animated characters and mesmerizing graphics.

3.    GNU Gnash:

Gnash is another free alternative created by GNU which you can use to view video streaming and rich internet media files instead of Adobe Flash Player. It has all the powerful features that you may want in an alternative to Flash Player. Unlike LightSpark, you can use Gnash on a number of platforms such as Windows, Linux, BSD, etc. It can support attributes of SWF v7, SWF v8 and SWF v9.

4.    Silverlight:

Last contender on our list of alternatives to Adobe Flash Player is Silverlight –fetched out directly from the house of Microsoft. It is undoubtedly one of the software that has started giving hard time to Flash Player. As, it is based on .NET framework, it is compatible with almost every web browser, mobile devices and different operating systems. Its latest version can also be used to develop and create responsive web and mob applications.

Over to You!

So, have you tried any of the flash player alternatives listed above? Which one worked (or didn’t work) for you? Do share your thoughts and updates in the comments below.