Gnash 0.8.7 Released!

The 0.8.7 release of Gnash has just been made. Gnash is a GPLv3'd SWF movie player and browser plugin for Firefox, all other Gecko based browsers, Chrome, and Konqueror. Gnash supports many SWF v8 features and ActionScript 2 classes. with growing support for SWF v10 and ActionScript 3. Gnash also runs on many GNU/Linux distributions, embedded GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, non x86 processors (ARM, MIPS, PowerPC), and 64 bit architectures. There are also standalone players for GNOME or KDE based desktops.

Improvements since the 0.8.6 release are:

* Automatic and spontaneous screenshots support in all GUIs
* Significant memory savings in parsing large XML trees and in
some function calls
* Enhancements in video streaming
* Non blocking load of bitmaps, movies, data
* Refactoring to eliminate most static data and get closer to
re-entrant VM
* Cygnal now supports multiple network connections, handling
multiple video streams
* Cygnal now supports plugins for server side scripting in
* Improved packaging support for deb and rpm

See the NEWS file for more improvements.

You can grab the Gnash sources from, or from Gnash Bzr from the branch release_0_8_7 . Binary packages for Debian or RPM based systems will be available from your GNU/Linux distribution, and from whatever BSD variant you are using. Experimental binary packages built by the Gnash team are also available at, along with source snapshots.

Questions about Gnash or offers of help can go to the developers email list at