How to Install Flash on Ubuntu Linux, the easy way!

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One of the the few things I don't like about Linux is how hard it can be to install new applications, or plugins, this can be hard if you aren't very good using Command lines and prefer using a GUI - pronounced Gooey (graphical user interface)

this instructable covers using 7.10 (gutsy gibbon) it should work with most Ubuntu distros though.

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Step 1: Getting the required stuff

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before doing this please follow This instructable, otherwise this will not work you can find it

ok first you need to go to then click the "get flash" icon on the right hand side of the page. It should automatically detect the fact that you are using Linux and give you the correct file types.

click download, and save to disk the tar.gz file you DON'T want the .rpm or YUM files.

Step 2: Actually installing it

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it won't work yet, go to a website that uses flash, a good example would be

try and play a video, it won't work thats what we are going to do now, make it work, over the next two steps!

go ahead and open the tar.gz file, and click extract, a new window will pop up, asking you where you want to extract it to, select your desktop (it should select your desktop by itself anyway).

admin7 years ago
This is a great Instructable, but you need to add a main image of the final project to the intro step. Please do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks!
skyler173 days ago

Hi, I'm trying to follow the steps. I keep on getting this error:

Archive: /home/user/Downloads/Adobe_Flash_Player_11.5.502.110_(32_64_bit).exe
End-of-central-directory signature not found. Either this file is not
a zipfile, or it constitutes one disk of a multi-part archive. In the
latter case the central directory and zipfile comment will be found on
the last disk(s) of this archive.
zipinfo: cannot find zipfile directory in one of /home/user/Downloads/Adobe_Flash_Player_11.5.502.110_(32_64_bit).exe or
/home/user/Downloads/Adobe_Flash_Player_11.5.502.110_(32_64_bit), and cannot find /home/user/Downloads/Adobe_Flash_Player_11.5.502.110_(32_64_bit).exe.ZIP, period.

N1CK4ND05 years ago
Omg finally, I have still yet to set up flash on my Ubuntu server, then again, I don't really need it... But good 'ible anyway!
wazupwiop6 years ago
umm.... why can't you just get a flash plug-in for firefox? Instead of having to do it this way
magnus06 years ago
Actually it's easier from the terminal. just type: sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree and you're done
F1X0R (author)  magnus06 years ago
I tried that when I was first using ubuntu but it didn't seem to work.
magnus0 F1X0R6 years ago
It has always worked for me. Basically it's the same thing, it downloads the same plugin from the adobe site, and does the installing for you.
F1X0R (author)  magnus06 years ago
eh I couldn't get it to work. must just be my bad typing or something. To be honest I think this way is better for those making the transition from windows because terminal can seem quite scary at first. everything in windows is GUI rather than command line based with the exception of command prompt but not many people use that at all. installing everything is done by "wizards." This I think makes terminal seem quite a bit less scary.
Actually, if you have problems with command line management, then it may be easier to in fact download the rpms. While rpms are designed for Redhat systems, they usually can be converted to be fully functional Debian packages. All you need is a program called "alien". On Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install alien