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Flash and Silverlight applications can no longer access ArcGIS Online content and services


Esri is removing security policy files from ArcGIS Online that are used by the ArcGIS API for Flex on January 26, 2021, and for the ArcGIS API for Silverlight on October 12, 2021.

This means that after these dates, Flex and Silverlight apps can no longer access any content and/or services from ArcGIS Online. Furthermore, due to security vulnerabilities associated with running Flash, Adobe no longer supports Flash as of December 31, 2020, and is taking steps to block Flash-based apps from running altogether.


The ArcGIS API for Flex and the ArcGIS API for Silverlight were retired in June 2016. However, Esri kept these policy files accessible so developers who wanted to continue to use their deployed Flex and Silverlight apps could access content and services on ArcGIS Online:

These resources are being removed to protect customers from security vulnerabilities; in line with Adobe, Microsoft, and major browser vendors:

Solution or Workaround

If you have a Flex- or Silverlight-based app in production, Esri highly encourages migration to a JavaScript-based app using the ArcGIS API for JavaScript. The ArcGIS API for JavaScript is the focus of Esri’s web-based development and innovation, and far exceeds the capabilities of the older Flex and Silverlight APIs on many fronts. 

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Last Published: 1/7/2021

Article ID: 000024962

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