Flowplayer not working in IE8: A solution!

Thursday, May 27th, 2010 | Business | by

I was just working on some strange Flowplayer bug, it just wouldn’t work in IE8.

Everything was set up correctly, you could even click an see that the Flash player was being loaded in to replace the div (I used the Javascript method of implementation, binding to an A, anchor, tag).

The Fix

The problem is just the Flash player in IE.  If you upgrade to Flash player 10, it works.

How do you require Flash player 10 in Flowplayer?

Open up your flowplayer*.js file (whichever version you are currently using, you can even modified the minified version), for me this is:


Do a search for “9,0” and replace it with “10,0“.  That will force the browser to require version 10, and prompt users to install it if they are missing it.

It does insert a few annoying popups, “Do you want to install Flash player 10?”, but it fixes the problem.

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9 Comments to Flowplayer not working in IE8: A solution!

eladio andrés
June 22, 2010

estoy tratando de sintonizar cnnchile.cl que ahora utiliza el programa FlowPlayer pero no resulta inclusive bajando los últimos programas relacionados si alguien puede ayudarme seré un eterno agradecido.

June 22, 2010

No es difícil de actualizar a la última FlowPlayer . Es muy fácil . Descargue la nueva versión de flowplayer.org , y modificar las cabeceras de las versiones de archivo nuevo. ¡Buena suerte!

June 30, 2010

FlowPlayer does not work in IE8 and upgrading to Flash 10 is no solution. If someone out there knows how to get FlowPlayer to work in IE8 let me know. Meanwhile i’m looking into other players. I have to get this working today.
Thanks in advance!

July 1, 2010

Sorry to hear that IE8 isn’t working, and that you don’t feel requiring Flash 10 as a solution.

I haven’t seen it working otherwise — let us know what you do to get it working

July 1, 2010

More specifically i’m trying to play h.264 MPG4 clips. I tried FlowPlayer – which claims to be able to play them. It works in mozilla browsers but not in IE8. I have Flash10. I have zero problem requiring Flash10. I don’t see where Flash10 changes anything. It still doesn’t work in IE8.
Can someone recommend a player? I don’t have time to build my own Flash player. Or is that the recommendation? That seems to be what everyone else is doing – just build one.
Anyway – thanks for the insight.

October 20, 2010

I just found a solution to my problem with Flowplayer not playing on IE8 and IE7.
Turns out adding a doctype actually fixed it.
The website I maintain for work has been around for a few years and unfortunately it’s a disaster. The original master page does not have a doctype and since I created a new master page to start implementing some changes of my own I decided to change the master page on the page I’m working on and that fixed it.
The doctype I use is xhtml 1.0 strict.

November 17, 2010
April 30, 2012

Thank you so much Ecoloco! I was having trouble in IE trying to figure out why my Flowplayer JQuery Overlay was showing at the top of the page instead of where it was supposed to be. Switching the doctype fixed the problem. Saved me hours of research and hair-pulling.

May 23, 2012

Thank you for this very helpful.

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