Iron is an open source web browser based on Chromium and published by SRWare. Basically, the main difference with Google Chrome is that it’s fully open source (as far as I know, Chromium is open source but Chrome isn’t) and that it’s not published by Google. Other important differences are: better privacy (see details there), no mandatory auto-updater, native ad blocker, and an easily changeable user-agent (via UA.ini). Last but not least, it’s published both as an installable app and as a portable app. It’s updated quite frequently, the latest stable version is 4.0.280 while the latest beta is 5.0.380, which seems to be as up-to-date as Chrome.
Anyway, I decided that since this one is Google-free I could give it a go and add it to my portable software arsenal. And as with the portable Firefox and Opera the Flash player issue came up. The new problem? The plug-in folder was nowhere to be found. I eventually tried my luck and put it in the Iron root folder and… it worked. So, the steps to install Flash on Iron portable are:
- Create a folder called plugins in Iron root folder (so, Iron/plugins) (if you need more pointers this means that the plugins folder is at the same level as the extensions folder – Iron/extensions).
- Get a copy of NPSWF32.dll and flashplayer.xpt (see the guide for Firefox portable)
- Place those in the plugins folder
- Restart Iron
For Chrome portable (if for some reason you insist on getting that one), the process should be the same (I didn’t check it).