How do I enable Java in Microsoft Edge web browser?


My corporate web application is using Java applet to access users file system. There is no way for us to replace it with anything else for now.

How do I enable Java in Microsoft Edge?

This question is tagged with java microsoft-edge

~ Asked on 2015-08-04 18:41:08

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As other folks have mentioned, Java, ActiveX, Silverlight, Browser Helper Objects (BHOs) and other plugins are not supported in Microsoft Edge. Most modern browsers are moving away from plugins and toward standard HTML5 controls and technologies.

If you must continue to use the Java plugin in a corporate web app, consider adding the site to an Enterprise Mode site list. This will automatically prompt the user to open in IE.

~ Answered on 2015-08-04 19:11:27


You cannot open Java Applets (nor any other NPAPI plugin) in Microsoft Edge - they aren't supported and won't be added in the future.

Further you should be aware that in the next release of Google Chrome (v45 - due September 2015) NPAPI plugins will also no longer be supported.


There are a couple of things that you can do:

Use Internet Explorer 11
You will find that in Windows 10 you will already have Internet Explorer 11 installed. IE 11 continues to support NPAPI (incl Java Applets). IE11 is squirrelled away (c:\program files\internet explorer\iexplore.exe). Just pin this exe to your task bar for easy access.

Use FireFox
You can also install and use a Firefox 32-bit Extended Support Release in Win10. Firefox have disabled NPAPI by default, but this can be overridden. This will only be supported until early 2018.

~ Answered on 2015-08-05 05:53:17

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