Install Shockwave Player for Standalone Firefox

I am using optimized Firefox build by Moox. It gives very much performance improvement above official builds. The optimized build is standalone Firefox. No installation required, only extract to a folder and run.

However, there is a problem with standalone build. The installer of Macromedia Shockwave Player could not find the browser installation folder to copy library file into plugin folder. Therefore, the plugin does not work. 😕

Here is the solution:

  1. Download and install Macromedia Shockwave Player
  2. Download( Shockwave Player plugin library and unzip it.
    *I pull the plugin library from shockwave player installation
  3. In the zip file are “np32dsw.dll” and readme.txt files. Copy “np32dsw.dll” into your Firefox plugin folder.
    C:\Program Files\Mozilla\Firefox\Plugin
  4. Done!
    To test your installation, visit Macromedia Shockwave trigger page. You should see “Installation Complete.” shockwave movie.

For user who install Firefox using official build, the Macromedia Shockwave player installation will detect your Firefox plugin folder.

Updated: Removed local download link due to legal issue.

15 Responses to Install Shockwave Player for Standalone Firefox

  1. Tan Boon Seng September 11, 2004 at 12:39 pm #

    It works!

  2. LcF September 11, 2004 at 2:12 pm #

    thank you to prove my trick works. :)

  3. Barry H November 17, 2004 at 8:02 pm #

    What do you mean by:
    “I pull the plugin library from shockwave player installation ” ?

    (Is there a separate action to be taken – other than waht follows?)

  4. LcF November 17, 2004 at 8:42 pm #

    Opps! 😳
    Barry H, it is not a separate action to be taken. I mean the zip file download in Step2 is extracted from my shockwave player installation. Just ignore that line. :)

  5. pkp April 9, 2005 at 1:14 pm #

    hi i really need help i tried to download shockwave player but whenever i do on lets say then nothing shows up please help me send me a reply at

  6. LcF April 10, 2005 at 1:32 am #

    pkp: have you try to download shockwave from

  7. Ashelbane June 1, 2005 at 9:05 pm #

    That doesn’t work… The link is broken.

  8. LcF June 1, 2005 at 10:10 pm #

    @Ashelbane: which link? I tested the links in the post, they are working.

  9. Ashelbane June 2, 2005 at 9:33 pm # Seems to be broken when I try it… Wonder why…

  10. sebass July 25, 2005 at 8:08 am #

    whenever i try the link it just says “connection was refused when attempting to contact”

  11. Moox August 10, 2005 at 10:53 am #

    The reason SW, Flash, Java, and all the other installers do not recognize independent 3rd party builds of Firefox is because we do not use installers (for the most part) so no registry settings are made telling the plugin installers that our builds even exist. You have legal two options. What you propossed above is illegal – Macromedia does not allow redistribution of ‘components’ of their plugins. You can install an official build, which sets the registry entries, and then unzip one of my builds on top of it or you can install one of my builds normally and then patch your registry as so that their are entries for the build. The is a very easy howto on the registry patch here:

  12. LcF August 10, 2005 at 3:09 pm #

    Thank you, Moox.

  13. Anon December 9, 2006 at 1:50 am #

    You can rename the standard shockwave setup file to .zip, open it, and voila there is the np32dsw.dll file.

  14. lw June 19, 2008 at 5:57 am #

    The .zip thing wont’t work. The file gets corrupted.

    And where is that dll? I can’t find it anywhere!

  15. jamie June 29, 2008 at 6:19 pm #

    works!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thnx so much!!!!!

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