Restart the Flash plugin without quitting Safari

Sep 21, '10 07:30:01AM

Contributed by: glenbo

Safari will often get stalled out and need to be restarted. In many cases, this can be traced to the Flash plugin getting overloaded. You can quite simply restart just the Flash plugin and make Safari work properly again.

You will need to use the Terminal to quit the WebKitPluginHost process. Safari sees that this process has died and automatically restarts it. Refreshing a page that was using the Flash plugin will then reload the plugin.

I have had Safari doing the beach ball of death and used this trick and it fixes it immediately.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. Killing the WebKitPluginHost task will terminate all Safari plugins, not just Flash, so be aware of that. Other plugins should also reload as required after the process restarts.]

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