Install Adobe Flash Player on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Desktop

When Ubuntu 18.04 LTS released, I have started testing different applications settings… the steps below is how I got Adobe Flash Player installed…

Flash is a plug-in for your web browser that allows you to watch videos and use interactive web pages on some websites. While HTML5, which is a more modern solution, is increasingly offered, there are still some websites which won’t work without Flash.

If you do not have Flash installed, you will probably see a message telling you so when you visit a website that needs it. Flash is available as a free (but not open-source) download for most web browsers.

If you’re going to be using the Google Chrome on Ubuntu desktop, then there’s no need to install Adobe Flash plugin. Chrome comes with its own bundled NPAPI version of Flash plugin installed. Flash movies and videos should just work with Chrome web browser.

Although the NPAPI version of flash comes with Chrome, the PPAPI version isn’t installed. To install the PPAPI version supported by other browsers, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Enable Canonical Partners Repository

The latest flash plugin lives in the Canonical Partners’ repository and is disabled by default. You must enable this repository before attempting to install flash plugin.

To do that, open the command line terminal and run the commands below.

sudo add-apt-repository "deb $(lsb_release -sc) partner"

Step 2: Installing Adobe Flash Plugin

After enabling the partner’s repository, run the commands below to install Adobe flash plugin

sudo apt update
sudo apt install adobe-flashplugin browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash

After installing, restart Firefox or Chromium, or any other web browser before using the flash plugin. To make some changes to the plugin, click the Activities from the top left corner, then on the Activities Overview, search for Flash Plugin

Ubuntu flash plugin

Select it and to open. From there you can configure its local storage settings, control your privacy and delete temporary files and data.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed Adobe Flash Plugin on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

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27 Replies to “Install Adobe Flash Player on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Desktop”

  1. $ sudo apt install adobe-flashplugin browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Package adobe-flashplugin is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source

    E: Package ‘adobe-flashplugin’ has no installation candidate

  2. thanks bro it worked ….
    can you say how to install gnome tweak tool because my mouse right click is not working in ubuntu 18.4
    it will be a great help if you can solve my problem
    ubuntu software app says gnome tweak tool can not be found
    thank you.

  3. Unfortunately, this did not work for me. I followed other instructions with other packages, including getting the .tar.gz from Adobe and hand-copying things. Then trying to open a .swf in Firefox just did nothing — blank tab, no popup.

    With the instructions above, it now asks brings up an “Opening” popup, with options to Save File or Open with an app, but there’s no applicable app listed.

  4. Nope. Not worked. Not a single suggestion anywhere has. But then – there’s a difference between developers and engineers … engineers know when to stop doing stuff to something. Developers haven’t learned that … hence developers are reinventing reliable stuff like Chromium and Firefox into pieces of crap that are useful to nobody.

  5. I tried this and was not successful either. The 1st part of step 2 worked, but this was the message I got after the 2nd part ran

    :~$ sudo apt install adobe-flashplugin browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash
    E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock – open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable)
    E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it?

  6. Не сработало. Пишет, что есть упоминание в других пакетах. А мне нужен этот пакет для работы. Странно, что в Убунту 14.04 было приложение для чтения файлов SWF, а в более совершенном дистрибутиве такой читалки нет.

  7. Trying to get flash to work in Chromium on three Odroid XU4 SBCs for the grandkids. All running Ubuntu 18.04 Mate.
    Tried above and got:
    E: The repository ‘ bionic Release’ does not have a Release file.
    N: Updating from such a repository can’t be done securely, and is therefore disabled by default.
    N: See apt-secure(8) manpage for repository creation and user configuration details.
    I did go to but they made it pretty clear that unsecured repositories are actively discouraged.
    Anybody know if there is a secure repository for pepper-flash that is friendly to Ubuntu Mate?

  8. Great advice. Followed steps 1 and 2 and 3 lines of code. and it worked.
    I did have to quit from Synaptic Package Manager as I got the same error message as Owen Perry above.
    Thank you

  9. All steps were successful but didn’t work for me.
    It says adobe flashplayer is not installed.

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