How to Install adobe flash player in ubuntu Firefox, Chromium

Flash Player is one of the most important applications which allows you to browse all multimedia contains such as animations, media contents, flash games, videos, etc. It is available for all operating systems such Windows, MAC, Linux, Android and many more…

But the procedures to install it are different from one OS to another. In this guide, I will tell you how to Install Flash Player on Ubuntu.

Preliminary operations

To install Ubuntu Flash Player you need to select the Canonical partners’ repository from Ubuntu Software Center repositories.

For this, go to System Settings (the gear icon in the left sidebar) and click on the Software icon and updates. In the window that opens, select the Other software tab and, if it is unchecked then put the check mark next to the Canonical Partner item.

Finally, type the password of your user account on Ubuntu (the one you use to access the system) and press the Authenticate,  Close and  Reload buttons to save the changes.

Download Flash Player for Ubuntu

Now you are ready to take action! To install Flash Player on Ubuntu, connect to this web page using Firefox and click on the orange button available on the Software Center. Now choose to open the link using AptURL and install the plugin by clicking on the Install button and typing the Ubuntu administration password.

When finished, open Firefox or Chromium and try Web page that contains elements in Flash (eg the Flash Player test page ). If all went well, you will be able to see all the content without problems.

Flash Player for Ubuntu – what to do in case of problems

If it displays any error message during the installation of Flash Player for Ubuntu, then follow these steps:

  • Open the Ubuntu Terminal (you can easily find it by clicking on the button with the operating system logo and typing its name in the search field that appears at the top);
  • Give the command
    sudo apt-get purge adobe-flashplugin
  • Type the password of your user account, press Enter and wait for the command to execute;
  • Give the command
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install adobe-flashplugin
  • Wait for the Flash Player installation to complete;
  • Close the Terminal.

If you are unable to install Flash Player even from the Terminal, try to perform the manual installation of the plugin as explained below.

  • Connect to the official Flash Player site;
  • Select the .tar.gz entry for Linux environments from the drop down menu located at the bottom left;
  • Now click on Download button;
  • Wait for the download to finish;
  • Start the Terminal and type the following commands
cd /home/user/Downloads

where instead of


you have to type in your username. To move to the folder where you have stored the Flash Player installation package.

tar zxfv install_flash_player_11_linux.x86_64.tar.gz

where instead of


you have to type the exact name of the file downloaded a moment ago from the Flash Player site. To extract the plugin from its distribution package.

sudo cp /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins

to copy Flash Player to the Firefox plugins folder.

If you’re using Chromium, Opera, or another Chromium-based browser and can not install the latest version of Flash Player then try uninstalling the old version of the plugin ( pepperflashplugin-nonfree, now no longer supported) and installing the new one. To do this, open the  Ubuntu Terminal and use the following commands.

sudo apt remove pepperflashplugin-nonfree flashplugin-installer

to remove old versions of Flash Player.

sudo apt update

to update repository packages.

sudo apt install adobe-flashplugin

to install the latest version of Flash Player.

After entering the commands, type in the Ubuntu administration password.

Now restart your browser to apply all changes. When finished, open Firefox or Chromium and try Web page that contains elements in Flash (eg the Flash Player test page ) and verify that everything went smoothly.

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