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ClickToPlugin is a highly customizable extension that prevents Safari from launching plug-ins automatically.

It replaces every plug-in object by an unobtrusive placeholder that can be clicked to load the embedded content, and it can replace many plug-in-based media players by Safari's native HTML5 media player.

What's New

Version 2.9.6:
  • Fixed media player CSS for Safari 7.1/8 and the WebKit nightlies


  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • Safari 5.1 or later
  • Safari 5.0.6 or later supported on OS X 10.5

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alzoub Member IconReview+1

Great in all its features - especially the download. And it˜s free. But... the sound results a bit choppy, when the flash is played, which could be extremely annoying if you want to watch something on safari.

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Version 2.9.4

That has nothing to to do with this extension. It just stops plugins from loading. It does not effect how they work.

Aadams77 Member IconComment+17

I tried both this and ClickToFlash 2.9 and NEITHER are working for me out of the box, OR with a couple seemingly logical adjustments, as follows...

Under Media player tab:
1) Initial behavior from "Autoplay" to "Do not preload"
2) …and UNchecking the "Instant autopsy" checkbox just below it.

The issue that I am experiencing is that YouTube videos are STILL preloading and autoplaying with ClickToPlugin 2.9 OR ClickToFlash 2.9 under Safari 5.1.10 running on MacOS 10.6.8 (I have also tried disabling all the other Safari plugins to no avail).

Suggestions welcomed...

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Version 2.9
Marc Hoyois (Developer)

Empty the autoplay list at the bottom of the Media Player tab.


Thank you Marc, ClickToPlugin is working as expected now…much appreciated! ;)

Wade-Smith Member IconComment+50

The new version will not install in 10.9 and Safari 7. It can't find Safari- claiming it's somewhere on a virtual machine.

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Version 2.9
Apikoros Member IconComment+29

This version (2.9) won't install.

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Version 2.9
Aeschylus Member IconReview+158

This is a great Safari extension. It works so much better than the equivalent Chrome built-in extension. It allows viewing Youtube and other videos in HTML and blocks so much annoying flash video. I have one site where I must allow flash, and this plugin keeps track of it, too. What a marvelous job by the author A true gem.

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Version 2.8.6
iKuwait Member IconReview+3

i test many video in youtube its working

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Version 2.8.3
Mrhooks Member IconComment+18

Mentioned this on the YouTube5 comments page as well, but it seems YouTube has found a way to force its own HTML5 player to load after ClickToPlugin (orYouTube5, or whatever) loads its player, even though I am not signed up for YouTube's HTML5 beta. It takes a fraction of a second to kick in, so if I'm fast enough I can still download, but it's annoying to have to use that player, which seems to run slow and use a fair bit of CPU on my quad core Mac Pro.

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Version 2.7.8


Seems your YouTubeFlashProxy-v1 extension is interfering with the YouTube5 extension. Adding these AdBlock filters works around YouTube demanding Flash Player be installed while allowing YT5 to work:


This could have its own side effects, though.


"The problem with YT5 is that it's not compatible with YouTube's new scripts and creates an error when Flash is not installed."

But if FP isn't installed 'The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.' can also appear when YT5 is disabled and CTP is enabled. YTFP works around that issue, which also inhibits YT5 if it's enabled. Using AdBlock filtering is currently the only way I know to keep YT from griping about FP *and* use YT5, with comments not loading possibly being a desirable side effect.


Let's try again:

YTFP works around the 'The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.' issue regardless of YT5, while YT5 isn't working properly regardless of YTFP. So, YTFP isn't responsible for YT5 misbehaving. AdBlock filtering works around the bogus FP requirement more aggressively than YTFP, allowing YT5 to work, with potentially unwanted side effects. And CTP's handling of HTML5 YT media works (again) when YFTP or AdBlock filtering is used but hits the bogus FP requirement if not.

I've decided to disable YT5 and AdBlock filtering for YT in favor of the simpler YTFP. Thanks, Marc.

Clauclau Member IconReview+105

Great, probably the greatest among the frees, it works everywhere and download works anywhere, unlike some extensions that allows download only on youtube. Sometime I can't skip from one side to the other of the timeline right away as in Flash.
It doesn't or it can't support notes and subtitles, and doesn't let me know if there are any. But i guess it's job is to switch to anything i want but flash, not to alert about all the features that flash or html5 is offering. 3rd yet, it has a problem with embedded videos: although it is set to 360 px wide, when I see videos on macrumors, the video goes out of the frame allowed by the side, so I am looking at ¼ top left portion of the video being cut by fixed macrumors layout frame.
Everything else is fine. I don't know what sometime causes Safari to force reload, i got sometime spinning beach ball with consequent force reload when I was trying to load + watch many youtube videos at once. Because I need SPEED, and yet I find OS X very slow in its philosphy.

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Version 2.7.8

That's correct! Sorry, I later found out indeed it's the pedrocc's Youtube wide extension and quite obsolete. Thanks for bringing this up.

Foyan Member IconReview+24

Great and useful extension !

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Version 2.7.4
[Dodo] Member IconReview+1

wonderfull !
Thank you dev

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Version 2.7.3
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Downloads 46,555
Version Downloads 1,649
License Free
Date 15 Jul 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price Free