How to Install Adobe Flash Player on Ubuntu

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The latest version Adobe Flash Player was recently released and if you’re using Ubuntu, you may want to upgrade. The latest offers better security and enhancements, like 3D hardware acceleration and DRM support for web videos. This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install flash player on Ubuntu desktops.

If you’re using Ubuntu with Google Chrome or Chromium web browser, there’s no need to install Adobe Flash. Chrome and Chromium come with Flash plugin (PPAPI) built-in. Just install Chrome and you’re all set.

However, for Firefox users, Adobe flash is required to access rich web content, designs, and animations built with flash in your browser. Without the flash plugin, Firefox will be unable to display or correctly render those content.

To install Adobe Flash Player on Ubuntu Desktop, follow the guide below:

Step 1: Enable Ubuntu Partner’s package repository

Adobe Flash Player is included in the partner’s package repository. In order to install it, you must enable the repository if it’s not already. There are many ways to enable it in Ubuntu.

You can use Ubuntu Desktop (Dash) and search for and open Software & Updates, then select Other Software tab, and check the box next to Canonical Partners as shown in the image below.

enable ubuntu partner repository

Or you can use the command line terminal to quickly enable the partner repository by running the commands below.

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

Step 2: Installing Adobe Flash Plugin

Now that the partner repository is enable, all you do is update Ubuntu to download the latest packages from the newly enable repository, this includes Flash Player. Then install flash player, using the commands below.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt install adobe-flashplugin

When you run the commands above, Ubuntu will show and prompt you to accept the packages that are going to be installed on your system. Type y for Yes to continue

Reading package lists. Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information. Done
The following package was automatically installed and is no longer required:
Use 'sudo apt autoremove' to remove it.
The following additional packages will be installed:
Suggested packages:
  x-ttcidfont-conf msttcorefonts ttf-bitstream-vera | ttf-dejavu
  ttf-xfree86-nonfree xfs libnspr4-0d libnss3-1d
The following packages will be REMOVED:
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  adobe-flash-properties-gtk adobe-flashplugin
0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 1 to remove and 97 not upgraded.
Need to get 10.5 MB of archives.
After this operation, 38.6 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y

After installing, reload Firefox and you should be able to view content produced in flash. That’s it! Go and test your flash player installation and you should see the message as shown below:

flash player installation ubuntu


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