The LoaderContext class provides options for loading SWF files and other media by using the Loader class. The LoaderContext class is used as the context parameter in the load() and loadBytes() methods of the Loader class. When loading SWF files with the Loader.load() method, you have two decisions to make: into which security domain the loaded SWF file should be placed, and into which application domain within that security domain? For more details on these choices, see the applicationDomain and securityDomain properties.

When loading a SWF file with the Loader.loadBytes() method, you have the same application domain choice to make as for Loader.load(), but it's not necessary to specify a security domain, because Loader.loadBytes() always places its loaded SWF file into the security domain of the loading SWF file.

When loading images (JPEG, GIF, or PNG) instead of SWF files, there is no need to specify a SecurityDomain or an application domain, because those concepts are meaningful only for SWF files. Instead, you have only one decision to make: do you need programmatic access to the pixels of the loaded image? If so, see the checkPolicyFile property. If you want to apply deblocking when loading an image, use the JPEGLoaderContext class instead of the LoaderContext class.


new (checkPolicyFile:Bool = false, ?applicationDomain:ApplicationDomain, ?securityDomain:SecurityDomain)

Creates a new LoaderContext object, with the specified settings. For complete details on these settings, see the descriptions of the properties of this class.



Specifies whether a check should be made for the existence of a URL policy file before loading the object.


Specifies the ApplicationDomain object to use for a Loader object.


Specifies the SecurityDomain object to use for a Loader object. Note: Content in the air application security sandbox cannot load content from other sandboxes into its SecurityDomain.



Specifies whether you can use a Loader object to import content with executable code, such as a SWF file, into the caller's security sandbox. There are two affected importing operations: the Loader.loadBytes() method, and the Loader.load() method with LoaderContext.securityDomain = SecurityDomain.currentDomain. (The latter operation is not supported in the AIR application sandbox.) With the allowCodeImport property set to false, these importing operations are restricted to safe operations, such as loading images. Normal, non-importing SWF file loading with the Loader.load() method is not affected by the value of this property. This property is useful when you want to import image content into your sandbox - for example, when you want to replicate or process an image from a different domain - but you don't want to take the security risk of receiving a SWF file when you expected only an image file. Since SWF files may contain ActionScript code, importing a SWF file is a much riskier operation than importing an image file.

In AIR content in the application sandbox, the default value is false. In non-application content (which includes all content in Flash Player), the default value is true.

The allowCodeImport property was added in Flash Player 10.1 and AIR 2.0. However, this property is made available to SWF files and AIR applications of all versions when the Flash Runtime supports it.


Legacy property, replaced by allowCodeImport, but still supported for compatibility. Previously, the only operation affected by allowLoadBytesCodeExecution was the Loader.loadBytes() method, but as of Flash Player 10.1 and AIR 2.0, the import-loading operation of Loader.load() with LoaderContext.securityDomain = SecurityDomain.currentDomain is affected as well. (The latter operation is not supported in the AIR application sandbox.) This dual effect made the property name allowLoadBytesCodeExecution overly specific, so now allowCodeImport is the preferred property name. Setting either of allowCodeImport or allowLoadBytesCodeExecution will affect the value of both. Specifies whether you can use a Loader object to import content with executable code, such as a SWF file, into the caller's security sandbox. With this property set to false, these importing operations are restricted to safe operations, such as loading images.

In AIR content in the application sandbox, the default value is false. In non-application content, the default value is true.


Specifies the application domain to use for the Loader.load() or Loader.loadBytes() method. Use this property only when loading a SWF file written in ActionScript 3.0 (not an image or a SWF file written in ActionScript 1.0 or ActionScript 2.0). Every security domain is divided into one or more application domains, represented by ApplicationDomain objects. Application domains are not for security purposes; they are for managing cooperating units of ActionScript code. If you are loading a SWF file from another domain, and allowing it to be placed in a separate security domain, then you cannot control the choice of application domain into which the loaded SWF file is placed; and if you have specified a choice of application domain, it will be ignored. However, if you are loading a SWF file into your own security domain — either because the SWF file comes from your own domain, or because you are importing it into your security domain — then you can control the choice of application domain for the loaded SWF file.

You can pass an application domain only from your own security domain in LoaderContext.applicationDomain. Attempting to pass an application domain from any other security domain results in a SecurityError exception.

You have four choices for what kind of ApplicationDomain property to use:

  • Child of loader's ApplicationDomain. The default. You can explicitly represent this choice with the syntax new ApplicationDomain(ApplicationDomain.currentDomain). This allows the loaded SWF file to use the parent's classes directly, for example by writing new MyClassDefinedInParent(). The parent, however, cannot use this syntax; if the parent wishes to use the child's classes, it must call ApplicationDomain.getDefinition() to retrieve them. The advantage of this choice is that, if the child defines a class with the same name as a class already defined by the parent, no error results; the child simply inherits the parent's definition of that class, and the child's conflicting definition goes unused unless either child or parent calls the ApplicationDomain.getDefinition() method to retrieve it.
  • Loader's own ApplicationDomain. You use this application domain when using ApplicationDomain.currentDomain. When the load is complete, parent and child can use each other's classes directly. If the child attempts to define a class with the same name as a class already defined by the parent, the parent class is used and the child class is ignored.
  • Child of the system ApplicationDomain. You use this application domain when using new ApplicationDomain(null). This separates loader and loadee entirely, allowing them to define separate versions of classes with the same name without conflict or overshadowing. The only way either side sees the other's classes is by calling the ApplicationDomain.getDefinition() method.
  • Child of some other ApplicationDomain. Occasionally you may have a more complex ApplicationDomain hierarchy. You can load a SWF file into any ApplicationDomain from your own SecurityDomain. For example, new ApplicationDomain(ApplicationDomain.currentDomain.parentDomain.parentDomain) loads a SWF file into a new child of the current domain's parent's parent.

When a load is complete, either side (loading or loaded) may need to find its own ApplicationDomain, or the other side's ApplicationDomain, for the purpose of calling ApplicationDomain.getDefinition(). Either side can retrieve a reference to its own application domain by using ApplicationDomain.currentDomain. The loading SWF file can retrieve a reference to the loaded SWF file's ApplicationDomain via Loader.contentLoaderInfo.applicationDomain. If the loaded SWF file knows how it was loaded, it can find its way to the loading SWF file's ApplicationDomain object. For example, if the child was loaded in the default way, it can find the loading SWF file's application domain by using ApplicationDomain.currentDomain.parentDomain.

For more information, see the "ApplicationDomain class" section of the "Client System Environment" chapter of the ActionScript 3.0 Developer's Guide.


Specifies whether the application should attempt to download a URL policy file from the loaded object's server before beginning to load the object itself. This flag is applicable to the Loader.load() method, but not to the Loader.loadBytes() method. Set this flag to true when you are loading an image (JPEG, GIF, or PNG) from outside the calling SWF file's own domain, and you expect to need access to the content of that image from ActionScript. Examples of accessing image content include referencing the Loader.content property to obtain a Bitmap object, and calling the BitmapData.draw() method to obtain a copy of the loaded image's pixels. If you attempt one of these operations without having specified checkPolicyFile at loading time, you may get a SecurityError exception because the needed policy file has not been downloaded yet.

When you call the Loader.load() method with LoaderContext.checkPolicyFile set to true, the application does not begin downloading the specified object in URLRequest.url until it has either successfully downloaded a relevant URL policy file or discovered that no such policy file exists. Flash Player or AIR first considers policy files that have already been downloaded, then attempts to download any pending policy files specified in calls to the Security.loadPolicyFile() method, then attempts to download a policy file from the default location that corresponds to URLRequest.url, which is /crossdomain.xml on the same server as URLRequest.url. In all cases, the given policy file is required to exist at URLRequest.url by virtue of the policy file's location, and the file must permit access by virtue of one or more <allow-access-from> tags.

If you set checkPolicyFile to true, the main download that specified in the Loader.load() method does not load until the policy file has been completely processed. Therefore, as long as the policy file that you need exists, as soon as you have received any ProgressEvent.PROGRESS or Event.COMPLETE events from the contentLoaderInfo property of your Loader object, the policy file download is complete, and you can safely begin performing operations that require the policy file.

If you set checkPolicyFile to true, and no relevant policy file is found, you will not receive any error indication until you attempt an operation that throws a SecurityError exception. However, once the LoaderInfo object dispatches a ProgressEvent.PROGRESS or Event.COMPLETE event, you can test whether a relevant policy file was found by checking the value of the LoaderInfo.childAllowsParent property.

If you will not need pixel-level access to the image that you are loading, you should not set the checkPolicyFile property to true. Checking for a policy file in this case is wasteful, because it may delay the start of your download, and it may consume network bandwidth unnecessarily.

Also try to avoid setting checkPolicyFile to true if you are using the Loader.load() method to download a SWF file. This is because SWF-to-SWF permissions are not controlled by policy files, but rather by the Security.allowDomain() method, and thus checkPolicyFile has no effect when you load a SWF file. Checking for a policy file in this case is wasteful, because it may delay the download of the SWF file, and it may consume network bandwidth unnecessarily. (Flash Player or AIR cannot tell whether your main download will be a SWF file or an image, because the policy file download occurs before the main download.)

Be careful with checkPolicyFile if you are downloading an object from a URL that may use server-side HTTP redirects. Policy files are always retrieved from the corresponding initial URL that you specify in URLRequest.url. If the final object comes from a different URL because of HTTP redirects, then the initially downloaded policy files might not be applicable to the object's final URL, which is the URL that matters in security decisions. If you find yourself in this situation, you can examine the value of LoaderInfo.url after you have received a ProgressEvent.PROGRESS or Event.COMPLETE event, which tells you the object's final URL. Then call the Security.loadPolicyFile() method with a policy file URL based on the object's final URL. Then poll the value of LoaderInfo.childAllowsParent until it becomes true.

You do not need to set this property for AIR content running in the application sandbox. Content in the AIR application sandbox can call the BitmapData.draw() method using any loaded image content as the source.


Specifies whether to decode image data when it is used or when it is loaded. Under the default policy, ImageDecodingPolicy.ON_DEMAND, the runtime decodes the image data when the data is needed for display or other purpose. This policy maintains the decoding behavior used by previous versions of the runtime.

Under the ImageDecodingPolicy.ON_LOAD policy, the runtime decodes the image immediately after it is loaded and before dispatching the complete event. Decoding images on load rather than on demand can improve animation and UI performance when several loaded images are displayed in quick succession, such as in a scrolling list or a cover flow control. On the other hand, using the onLoad policy indiscriminately can increase the peak memory usage of your application since more decoded image data might be in memory at one time than would be the case under the onDemand policy.

Under both policies, the runtime uses the same cache and flush behavior after the image is decoded. The runtime can flush the decoded data at any time and re-decode the image the next time it is required.