How to install Adobe Flash Player on Linux

Adobe Flash Player is a run-time environment freely distributed by Adobe for streaming rich media and executing rich Internet applications. Adobe separately maintains a Linux version of Adobe Flash Player. Here is how to install Adobe Flash Player on Linux, and how to run Adobe Flash Player on your browser via its plugin.

First, download a Flash Player binary (*.tar.gz) from the official Adobe website, and extract the content into a temporary directory. Here I assume that the target Linux system is 32-bit based.

$ mkdir tmp_dir
$ tar xvfvz install_flash_player_11_linux.i386.tar.gz -C ./tmp_dir

Go to the temporary directory, and you will see a folder called "usr" and a shared library file named libflashplayer.so. Copy the "usr" folder into the root directory of your system as follows.

$ cd tmp_dir
$ sudo cp -r usr /

Now in order to use Adobe Flash Player in your browser, you need to install its browser plugin as well. The file called libflashplayer.so is the Player's browser plugin.

If you are using Firefox web browser, there are two ways to install the plugin.

The first method is to install the plugin in a user-specific plugin directory which is located in ~/.mozilla/plugins.

$ mkdir -p ~/.mozilla/plugins
$ cp libflashplayer.so ~/.mozilla/plugins

The second method is to install the plugin in a system-wide plugin directory for Firefox.

$ sudo cp libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins

If you have installed Firefox in an alternative location (e.g., /opt/firefox), you will need to install the plugin in the corresponding plugin directory (e.g., /opt/firefox/plugins).

Finally restart Firefox.

If you are using Google Chrome, you don't need to install Adobe Flash Player and its plugin, since Adobe Flash Player is already built into Chrome, and it gets automatically updated with Chrome upgrade.

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Dan Nanni is the founder and also a regular contributor of Xmodulo.com. He is a Linux/FOSS enthusiast who loves to get his hands dirty with his Linux box. He likes to procrastinate when he is supposed to be busy and productive. When he is otherwise free, he likes to watch movies and shop for the coolest gadgets.

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  1. I am reading what you said to do to install Adobe Flash Player but can't get it to work. Problem is I don't understand the instructions. I don't understand how to make a temporary directory so that I can run it in the Terminal or how to direct Terminal to the temporary directory, in other words I'm reading what you say to do but I don't understand it!!!! I"m running Lubuntu 13.10 and I've tired just about everything to install flash player, restricted extars all the how too's nothing works. I've crashed the system about ten times and re-installed it and am about ready to give up on Linux. I am using an Old HP Pavilion a310n with 2GB of ram and Lubuntu 13.10 does good on it. I would appreciate any help that you could give me.

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