Ruffle: Bringing Flash Back to Life with Rust
Tags: Ruffle, Flash Player, emulator, Rust, WebAssembly, open source, preservation, gaming
Flash Player, once a staple of the internet, has been slowly fading away. With major browsers phasing out support for Flash and Adobe officially ending its support in 2020, many websites and games that relied on Flash content were left inaccessible. However, thanks to Ruffle, a Flash Player emulator written in Rust, Flash is making a comeback.
Ruffle is an open source project developed by a passionate team of volunteers who are dedicated to preserving internet history. Built with the Rust programming language, Ruffle runs natively on all modern operating systems as a standalone application and can also be used on modern browsers through WebAssembly. By leveraging the safety of the modern browser sandbox and the memory safety guarantees of Rust, Ruffle ensures a secure and seamless experience for users.
One of the key features of Ruffle is its ease of use and installation. Users or website owners can simply install the web version of Ruffle, and existing Flash content will automatically work without any additional configuration. Ruffle detects Flash content on a website and “polyfills” it into a Ruffle player, enabling a transparent upgrade for websites that still rely on Flash.
Whether you’re a website owner or a user who wants to ensure the smooth running of Flash content, Ruffle offers various installation options. You can use the official Ruffle CDN or download the standalone version of Ruffle. The installation process is straightforward, and detailed instructions are provided on the Ruffle website.
Ruffle not only supports ActionScript 1 and 2 (AVM 1), but also ActionScript 3 (AVM 2). The team behind Ruffle has made significant progress in supporting both language versions, allowing most games and content to be played without issues. However, they encourage users to report any bugs or broken content they encounter to help improve Ruffle’s compatibility.
Financial support is another way to contribute to the project. By donating or sponsoring Ruffle, you can help the team dedicate more time to its development and cover expenses such as build servers and hosting. Ruffle accepts donations and sponsorships through Open Source Collective 501(c)(6).
In conclusion, Ruffle is an impressive project that revives Flash content and ensures its preservation for future generations. With its compatibility, ease of use, and open source nature, Ruffle is a valuable tool that allows us to revisit the rich history of the internet. Whether you’re a developer, a tester, or a Flash enthusiast, Ruffle welcomes your support and invites you to join their mission of keeping the internet’s past alive.
Thank you to the sponsors of Ruffle, whose support has made this project possible. If you’d like to become a sponsor or learn more about Ruffle, visit their website and get involved in preserving the legacy of Flash.
Ruffle: Flash Player Emulator