How to Run Flash on an iPad

This is for anyone looking to run a website with Flash on your iPad...
Update: Just get the web browser called Puffin. Works great and doesn't have a fee like iSwifter

Flash on the iPad

As a real estate agent, the world is my office (yes, I have a brick and mortar office as well, but money is not made inside a real estate office). The basic premise of the mobile office has been upset by the development of a new version of our local MLS system which has elected to use a Flash based solution not compatible with our mobile world. To be polite, I will say it is less than ideal and I feel they should have been more forward thinking in looking out for a growing user base of agents going mobile, but what is done is done and I'd rather focus on solutions than complain. I don't have that kind of time...

I suppose you could try your luck with the Motorola Xoom which purports to have the ability to run Flash, but it just doesn't currently have the App support found at Apple and the iPad 2 has specs that are on par with the Xoom. In my inbox today was an Apple feed linking to this article about the iPad 2 and as I read through it, there was a link on the 3rd page of the article to another article here about an app called iSWiFTER which runs flash.

Feel free to read the articles if you like, but if you wan to run Flash - I mean real flash, not just flash videos, get the iSwifter app and pay the $2.99.

I have tested it tonight on the 2 main websites I use which are my MLS and the live chat you see at the bottom right of the page below. Both work pretty well although the popup pages in Fusion don't close easily and you are forced to tap the "X" to close the popups several times fast for them to close - a bug I can learn to happily live with...

Anyway, I sure hope that this helps a few people out there. Enjoy!

Here is a link to download iSWiFTER for your iPad (there is no iPhone version that I know of). Download Puffin instead.

iSwfter was free, but I can't recommend something that they now charge a subscription service for - especially when there is a better user experience with a better web browser that doesn't require a wifi network. 


#1 By Ryan at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

One thing I forgot to mention was that this only works over a wifi connection right now - hey, flash is a work in progress on the iPad...

#2 By Ryan in AK at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Hey, thanks for the heads up. Having flash will be great!! I just recently started using the iPad I got for Christmas and it has been great for business. Our MLS offers a system called docusign and I can now sign my contracts on the go with my finger. What will they think of next. :)

#3 By LPN at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Always looking out for info. Once youve got Apple you cant ever really move away.

#4 By Dan Statlander at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Ryan, based on your recommendation I read that article and I must say the article was really informative. Thanks.

Dan Statlander

#5 By cew900 at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

I'm going this morning to get my IPAD 2. I read this just in time! Our MLS sucks too when it comes to working on Apple products. Look forward to trying out SWIFTER. Another application I'm interested in is JUMP.

#6 By Ryan Ward at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

What is JUMP?

#7 By Carmen Brodeur at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Good luck with that. In Arizona ARMLS adopted a flash mls which was incompatible with ipads. It took almost a year of constant complaints but it just updated to a new version that works on ipads. Halleluia!! Keep complaining to your mls, hopefully they will jump into the new age of technology.

#8 By Ben Cavalier at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

I have got a new IPad2 I just downloaded ISwifter and tried it on my FMLS service. It works great. Over the weekend I bought a Xoom which runs flash, not very happy with its performance. This just saved me, trying to sell my new IPad and buying the Xoom Thanks

#9 By Ryan Ward at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Didn't like the zoom? Are you selling the zoom or taking it back or what?

Side note: I would like to see FMLS dump Fusion anyway...

#10 By [email protected] at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Interesting article. I'm fairly certain that flash is available on some devices but not on others. Thanks for the info!

#11 By L Lambert at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Ryan - I downloaded this app as well on the iPad 2. Unfortunately, for me the app kept crashing, but when it works, it works. I was also looking for a new browser for the iPad that operated much more like Firefox or Chrome. I found the Skyfire Browser has an app built in similar to iSWIFTER. However, it works more on flash videos than it does on interactive flash objects. I also tried the Atomic Browser. This one replicated everything I wanted in my browser but no flash support. :(

#12 By Erik at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Just downloaded iSwifter on the iPad 2 but unfortunately Fusion won't open after I've logged into FMLS...

#13 By Ryan Ward at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Hi Erik, this is recent since they updated Fusion to its newest release. I have emailed iSwifter a couple of times in the last coupe of days asking that they update their browser to the latest version of Flash. I suspect (hope) it will be back and working soon.

#14 By Ryan at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

This is one of the things that I dislike about the ipad the most. Thanks for posting this on here. I am still hoping that one day they will come around and allow flash to be played without having to use outside resources.

#15 By H Mackey at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Also try using the Skyfire browser ($2.99) app which converts MOST Flash pages to HTML and the will then show you the video. Skyfire does the conversion on their own servers then sends the video to your iPad and iPhone

#16 By Ryan Ward at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Skyfire really works best for videos. There is another app (browser) called Puffin that works better than iSwifter which requires a wifi connection and doesn't seem to be updated as frequently as needed.

#17 By Carol Flammer at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

It is amazing how many sites I go to that I can't see on my iPhone because they are built totally in flash. When are these folks going to wake up and understand the internet?
Nice post.

#18 By Sarah Ange at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

ISwifter is now a $2.99 per month subscription rather than just a purchase. Surely there's something good that isn't an ongoing expense?

#19 By Ryan Ward at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Sarah, try the app 'Puffin' web browser - works great!

#20 By Zachary Whitston at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Very informative- there are so many technological advances happening quicker than ever- thanks for keeping us updated.


#21 By Jack Rady at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Ryan thanks for the update on flash for the ipad. I still don't understand why these high dollar, state of the art machines don't come with this much needed software (I know Apple likes to keep it that way).

#22 By Josh at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

This is awesome! I had been looking for something that would play Flash on my ipad. Thanks for the heads up!

#23 By Sue Cabrera at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Just bought an iPad today. Installed both iSwifter and Puffin. Can't get FMLS to work on either one, wonder what I'm doing wrong...

#24 By Janice Bovee at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Puffin is the answer, well at the moment. Thanks for the heads up I've been searching for a solution.

#25 By Mark at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Great info Ryan, just switched from PC to Macbook Pro, wow what a difference a Mac makes! Next purchase is the iPad 2, looking forward to trying your suggestion on the flash player.

#26 By Ryan C Ward at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Mark, I just got rid of my iPad and got an 11" MacBook Air to replace it. Similar size, awesome battery and no more worrying about Flash or other 'workarounds' needed to use the iPad like you would a computer. This thing is screaming fast. For most people, it's better than any computer they have ever had, let alone an iPad. Oh yeah, you can sign contracts like you can on an iPad too!

#27 By John Parkar at 7/26/2018 1:51 PM

Being an owner of the iPad mini, I did not know how to run flash on it, but I was anxious to know about it. I was in search of the perfect guide and got the trace of this article from Firefox Support and it is actually providing the proper guidance for running the flash.

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