Adobe Air Web Browser

screenshot of Air BrowserI’ve been playing with Flex and Adobe Air for a while now, and I’ve wanted to test the abilities of the Air HTML component for future projects. So I built my own mini Air Web Browser.

During the Air beta the mx:HTML component didn’t do javascript very well, and it didn’t do flash at all, from what I could remember. I created a simple little browser with Adobe Flex Builder 3 and the latest Adobe Air SDK. It runs embedded Flash/swf great, and does well with javascript. I tested the javascript abilities with prototype and some custom functions. You’re more than welcome to play with it and make changes.




  1. #1 by Chribbe at June 2nd, 2008

  2. #2 by Jonny at December 9th, 2009

    is there a way altar the opacity of the entire browser, and its contents? If you can add this feature, I would be so very greatful :)

  3. #3 by Scott at December 11th, 2009

    I personally use PowerMenu for making my windows transparent or always on top, if the application does not have a native solution for it.

  4. #4 by kanu kukreja at March 4th, 2010

  5. #5 by Scott at July 15th, 2010

    Yes. I need to find time to restore my lost images.

  6. #6 by Chris at August 24th, 2010

    Does not handle SSL cert errors :(

  7. #7 by Ken at February 8th, 2011

    Hi, Great app – is it possible to change the default page? Thanks!

  8. #8 by Scott at May 25th, 2011

    Not without altering the source.

  9. #9 by Indian Music at June 12th, 2011

    Does it allow DOM access and manipulation?

  10. #10 by rehan at June 14th, 2011

    great app
    How can i open a new link(which present on the opened page in a browser) in a tab?

  11. #11 by Scott at September 1st, 2011

    No. This was a simple concept test.

  12. #12 by Luke fernandez at September 15th, 2011

    Have you had any success getting audio files (like wav or mp3) that are referred to via an embed tag to run in the browser? I can get YouTube pages to render and play fine but I’m stumped how to get audio files to run. Any tips?

  13. #13 by Scott at September 15th, 2011

    I don’t think the HTML5 audio tag will work, but you should be able to use some flash-based audio player in your html. You could also script something with AS3 Sound and SoundChannel to load and play the audio.

  14. #14 by logiciel turf at December 29th, 2011

    Thanks for the code, I’m trying to explore the power of html control on flex 3 api and this sample will help me a lot.

  15. #15 by Pawan at October 15th, 2012

    Is there a way we can open a new window by clicking a link on a web-page. Something to the order of ?

  16. #16 by Scott at October 31st, 2012

    No. You would have to program that part yourself.

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