Social Networking Java Chrome Not Active

Do you have a Java enabled networking site and now after a few users have updated their version of Google Chrome find that they can no longer access the java functions within the site?


This is due to Google and the NPAPI plugin. The Java plug-in for web browsers relies on the cross platform plugin architecture NPAPI, which has long been, and currently is, supported by all major web browsers. Google announced in September 2013 plans to remove NPAPI support from Chrome by “the end of 2014”, thus effectively dropping support for Silverlight, Java, Facebook Video and other similar NPAPI based plugins. Recently, Google has revised their plans and now state that they plan to completely remove NPAPI by late 2015. As it is unclear if these dates will be further extended or not, we strongly recommend Java users consider alternatives to Chrome as soon as possible. Instead, we recommend Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari as longer-term options.

As of April 2015 Java will no longer officially work with Chrome.

If you would wish to bypass this and carry on using Chrome Follow these instructions below.

Enabling NPAPI in Chrome Version 42 and later

As of Chrome Version 42, an additional configuration step is required to continue using NPAPI plugins.

  1. In your URL bar, enter:
  2. Click the Enable link for the Enable NPAPI configuration option.
  3. Click the Relaunch button that now appears at the bottom of the configuration page.

After Chrome has relaunched you will be able to use java once again on the browser.

If your members are having this issues please advise them of the changes which need to be made to their browser to enable them to view your site correctly.



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