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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Chrome and E-Business Suite

Dhananjay came to me today.  He said that his users were complaining about forms not launching after upgrading to the latest version of Chrome. On launching forms they got this error:

/dev60cgi/oracle forms engine Main was not found on this server

I recalled that Google Chrome team had announced that they would not support java going forward. Googling with keywords chrome java brought this page:

https://java.com/en/download/faq/chrome.xml#npapichrome

It states that:

NPAPI support by Chrome

The Java plug-in for web browsers relies on the cross platform plugin architecture NPAPI, which has long been, and currently is, supported by all major web browsers. Google announced in September 2013 plans to remove NPAPI support from Chrome by "the end of 2014", thus effectively dropping support for Silverlight, Java, Facebook Video and other similar NPAPI based plugins. Recently, Google has revised their plans and now state that they plan to completely remove NPAPI by late 2015. As it is unclear if these dates will be further extended or not, we strongly recommend Java users consider alternatives to Chrome as soon as possible. Instead, we recommend Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari as longer-term options. As of April 2015, starting with Chrome Version 42, Google has added an additional step to configuring NPAPI based plugins like Java to run — see the section Enabling NPAPI in Chrome Version 42 and later below.

Enabling NPAPI in Chrome Version 42 and later

As of Chrome Version 42, an additional configuration step is required to continue using NPAPI plugins.
  1. In your URL bar, enter:
    chrome://flags/#enable-npapi 
  2. Click the Enable link for the Enable NPAPI configuration option.
  3. Click the Relaunch button that now appears at the bottom of the configuration page.
Developers and System administrators looking for alternative ways to support users of Chrome should see this blog, in particular "Running Web Start applications outside of a browser" and "Additional Deployment Options" section.
Once Dhananjay did the above steps, Chrome started launching forms again.  He quickly gave these steps to all his users who had upgraded to the latest version of Chrome (version 42) and it started working form them too.
Oracle doesn't certify E-Business Suite forms on Chrome.  Only self service pages of E-Business Suite are certified on Google Chrome.

2 comments:

Gr Talkingbyte said...

Since Google has permanently disabled NPAPI, you have to use a different Chrome Extension in order to continue running Oracle EBS from Chrome 48+:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/thinforms-plugin-for-orac/nmjefghbgfcpoobigfbalocpncklkjhk?hl=en

BilluBhai said...

Hi,

does it still work for newer version like 54 + of chrome 64bit ?

Regards