Contrary to what most of you probably think, Google Chrome already have pre-installed plugins. Plugins that are there by default and you don’t need to download or install them. Sure, these are not the plugins you’re used to with Firefox and not the ones everybody is talking about and expects. People already created lists of most-needed plugins for Google Chrome, but we’ll talk later about that, now let’s see what do we have pre-installed.

Currently, Google Chrome supports the most popular plugins that are needed to display web-pages correctly, that includes: Flash, Acrobat Reader, Java, Windows Media Player, Real Player, QuickTime, and Silverlight. If a certain web-page needs a particular plugin – Google Chrome will assist you in installing that plugin by displaying a yellow bar at the top stating: “an additional plugin is required to display some elements on this page”.

List of Google Chrome Plugins displayed by default:

  • ActiveX Plug-in: ActiveX Plug-in provides a shim to support ActiveX controls
  • Google Gears 0.4.17.0: These are the Gears that power the tubes in about:internets
  • Shockwave for Director: Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 11.0
  • 2007 Microsoft Office system: Office Plugin for Netscape Navigator
  • QuickTime Plug-in 7.4.1: The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages.
  • Google Update: The plugin to update the Chrome browser.
  • Windows Presentation Foundation: Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) plug-in for Mozilla Firefox browsers
  • Lively Plugin: Lively plugin for Mozilla for the virtual experience application by Google
  • Shockwave Flash: Plugin to enable shockwave flash applications by Adobe
  • Adobe Acrobat: Adobe Acrobat Plug-In Version 5.00 for Netscape for .PDF files
  • Microsoft DRM: DRM Netscape Network
  • Default Plugin: Provides functionality for installing third-party plug-ins