A free Flash Player emulator
Ruffle is a free system utility program that allows you to play Flash content with ease. Developed by the Ruffle team, this software is a Flash Player emulator that was written in the Rust programming language. It’s an open-source project being actively developed and maintained by volunteers. It’s also being backed by several sponsors—mostly Flash-based websites such as Newgrounds and Coolmath Games. Plus, it has both a plugin version and a desktop app version.
Is Ruffle safe?
Adobe Flash was a multimedia software platform used for the production of animations, rich web applications, desktop applications, and more. It was used to create most of the earliest web browser-based games and had been one of the pioneers, alongside the Adobe Flash Player plugin, to make this genre and type of video game popular. However, it has since been discontinued at the end of 2020 and Flash content can no longer run online.
There are newer and safer alternatives to use in order to still run such content, such as HTML5 and WebGL. However, you can also go for a Flash Player emulator like Ruffle. This program was built using Rust and runs natively on all modern operating systems as a standalone application, as well as modern browsers thanks to WebAssembly. It’s much more secure and aims to make running Flash content safer for any user.
This tool is both easy to use and install, with no complicated configurations required just to make Flash function on websites. If you own one, you can easily check out its official site for its extensive online documentation. However, take note that you'll need to make sure your web server is configured to serve WASM files correctly so consult the tutorial while you’re at it. At the moment, though, some Flash content may not load properly.
Has much potential to improve
All in all, Ruffle is a nice and handy alternative to use due to the features it offers. It’s easy to use for anyone and you can always refer to the official site’s extensive documentation on how to set it up. However, you need to make sure that your website’s up to par with running it. Additionally, it may not load some Flash content since it’s still being developed to support more of Flash.