Installing Adobe Flash Player on Ubuntu

It is only a few months back that Adobe decided to support Flash Player for Linux again after 4 years of neglect. Many websites still use Flash Player and so many users had to either look for alternative plugins or just act as if they didn’t need the popular plugin.

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It came as a little surprise to us when we discovered that even though Adobe supports Linux again for the flash player, for one reason or the other, many people don’t have it installed even though they would like to. So today, we will show you how to get Adobe’s Flash Player on your Linux desktop (specifically Ubuntu).

The easiest way to install Flash on Ubuntu is to install Google Chrome – so if you’ve got the browser then you’ve got Flash because Google Chrome browser for Linux always comes pre-packaged with the latest version of the Flash PPAPI (‘pepper’) plugin right out of the box.

You don’t want to install Google Chrome for Linux? There are alternatives. All it takes is you installing the plugin separately by simply enabling the Canonical Partner Repository which offers proprietary applications that even though aren’t open-source, are free to use.

  • Open Software & Updates
  •  Switch to ‘Other Software‘ tab
  • Click/check the ‘Canonical Partners’ repository
  • Refresh software sources when prompted.
  • Now you’re all set.

You can now use the Ubuntu Software Center to search for the adobe flash plugin as “adobe flash”, or enter the following code into your Terminal for a quicker installation:

sudo apt install adobe-flashplugin

Restart your browser after the installation is so it can detect the plugin.

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Flash will be installed together with a small GTK app called ‘Adobe Flash Player Preferences’ with which you can adjust the player’s various features to your taste.

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Okoi Martins Jr.
I'm a Computer Scientist with a passion for learning new things in fields ranging from theoretical implications of computer science and mathematical modeling to web development and music. In my spare time, I listen to music, read like a compiler, and learn like an A.I algorithm.

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