Using Aspera Connect after the Google Chrome 45 release

Overview

Google released Chrome 45 on September 1st 2015, which affects users of the Aspera Connect browser plugin.

Chrome no longer provides NPAPI plugin support and there are no workarounds available to enable NPAPI based plugins. Chrome supports PPAPI (“Pepper” plugin API) based plugins instead.

This means that Aspera Connect users will need to upgrade to at least version 3.6.0 in order to continue using Connect in Chrome. Connect 3.6.0 and later uses PPAPI and can run on all versions of Chrome as normal (in addition to other compatible browsers).

Some other upgrades you may need to make in order to use Connect in Chrome are:

  • If you are a user of an Aspera web application (Faspex, Shares or Connect Server), you will also need to upgrade or patch your server in order to make it compatible with Connect 3.6.0 or later in Chrome. Please see links to articles describing this process below.
  • If you are a Faspex user and would like to use drag and drop features on your Faspex web interface while using Chrome, you will need to upgrade to at least Connect 3.6.1. The Faspex server will also need to be patched to enable drag and drop for users, which you can find more information about below.

Upgrading to Connect 3.6+

You can install the latest version of Connect on the Aspera download site or on the Aspera demo website. For install instructions, please see this article:

Upgrading Aspera web app servers for Connect 3.6+

Connect Server

Connect Server 3.5.5 and above supports the latest Connect 3.6+ plugin. Please upgrade your server using these instructions:

Shares

Shares 1.9.2 and above supports the latest 3.6+ plugin. Please upgrade Shares using the instructions in the product documentation manual.

Faspex

Faspex 3.9.2 and above supports the latest 3.6+ plugin. Please upgrade your server using these instructions:

To enable drag and drop features in the Faspex web interface, your Faspex installation must be upgraded to 3.9.3 or later. Additionally, the drag and drop features require Connect 3.6.1, so your users will need to upgrade to at least this version of Connect.

 

 

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