How to remove Flash Player from Mac OS X

Starting with the recent revised MacBook Air, Apple no longer ship Flash Player with Mac OS X. If you dislike Flash Player as much as Apple, then you might want to remove it from Mac OS X for your existing Mac. By removing Flash Player, your Mac will run cooler as Flash Player on Mac OS X is famous for driving up CPU usage thus temperature.

To remove Flash Player, open Finder and move the following three files out of “/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/” folder:

  • Flash Player.plugin
  • flashplayer.xpt
  • NP-PPC-Dir-Shockwave

Once the above three files are out of the folder, log out and log in back to your user account. And you can check that Flash content are not displayed on Safari or Firefox browser. If you require Flash Player to visit certain sites, one option is to use Chrome browser which has Flash Player built in. Or just head down to Adobe.com and install Flash Player plug-in again. Installing Flash Player from Adobe.com is the recommended way as you will receive the latest update and security fixes directly from Adobe.