As of July 18, 2018, our legacy Flash player is no longer in service. This decision was based on the increasing security vulnerabilities inherent with Flash, as well as the Flash player’s lack of support for the latest Vimeo features (eg: live streaming, 360 video, contact forms, etc).
Flash is a very widely distributed piece of software that constantly runs in the background of your computer. Because of its scale and complexity, it’s commonly associated with security vulnerabilities, with Adobe constantly combatting new attacks on the software. Removing Flash is a step toward making Vimeo a safer and more stable video hosting platform.
Flash was used by default in the following browsers:
- Firefox 9 and below* (auto-updates)
- Chrome 22 and below (auto-updates)
- Safari 5 and below
- Internet Explorer 9 and below
*All versions of Firefox for Windows XP and earlier do not support H.264 video, and thus can no longer be used to play Vimeo videos post Flash deprecation.
To continue use of the Vimeo player, you will need to update your browser or switch to a more current setup. (You can check out what browser and version you’re using on this website.)
As of July 18th, 2018, playback will also be unavailable through the following embed methods:
- Sites that include our Flash based embed code or Moogaloop player URL
- Sites or browsers using a document mode of IE 9 or below (for example, using compatibility mode, enterprise settings, or a X-UA-Compatibility Meta Tag)
- Videos inserted into plugins or applications that generate our Flash based embed code
- Vimeo’s legacy widgets (Hubnut and Montage)*
*These widgets are no longer supported by Vimeo. Read more here.
Updating your embed code
If you are using a plugin or embed code that defaults to our Flash Player (Moogaloop), you will need to switch to our current iframe embed code to restore playback for your embedded videos.
Our current iframe embed code defaults to HTML5, which is recommended and supported by the latest browsers. If you are using our older Flash embed code or Moogaloop player link (eg. http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=76979871), you’ll need to update the HTML code associated with your webpage.
For example, please remove any line of code that looks like this:
<object width="WIDTH" height="HEIGHT">
<param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" />
<param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" />
<param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=CLIPID&server=vimeo.com&color=00adef&fullscreen=1" />
type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="WIDTH" height="HEIGHT"></embed>
And replace with our current iframe embed code:
<iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/VIDEOID" width="WIDTH" height="HEIGHT" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>
You can find the exact iframe embed code for your video in the Video settings page under the "Embed" tab or by clicking the "Share" button in the player.
If you are using software that generates an embedded video for you (e.g by inserting the Vimeo URL into a plugin or theme), you'll need to contact the author of that software with the information above.
Only having trouble in Internet Explorer?
If you are viewing videos from an outdated version of Internet Explorer (IE 9, 8, etc) you’ll need to either update your instance of IE or switch to a different browser (like Edge, Chrome, or Firefox) to continue watching videos in the Vimeo player. Please note that we only officially maintain support for Internet Explorer 11 and Edge.
Are you viewing in a later version Internet Explorer, but still having issues?
In that case, the document mode of your webpage is likely set to IE9 or below. If you are the webmaster for your site, start by scanning your page’s source code and searching for any meta tags that look like this:
<meta http-equiv="x-ua-compatible" content="IE=10">
If IE9 or lower is listed as the content value, you’ll need to update your page to a more modern document mode like Edge or IE11, for example:
<meta http-equiv="x-ua-compatible" content="IE=edge">
Document modes force your browser to mimic an older version of IE which is why they present an issue. You can read more about document modes here- https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff406036(v=vs.85).aspx.
Other things to look out for:
- Web pages set to run in compatibility mode. This setting can force a current version of IE to mimic an older version that may be not be supported.
- Enterprise settings. It’s possible your company or organization is forcing an older document mode of IE for specific reasons. You may wish to contact your IT department to confirm.
Contact us if you need help!