I have had significant problems with watching flash video in 64-bit Ubuntu. Does anyone know of a good way to get flash running on the platform?
For 11.04 and earlier:
Are you installing it from the Ubuntu Software Center?
Note: this is the method I use on my 64-bit Ubuntu install and it has yet to fail me.
For 11.10 and later
Start Software Center from the Launcher and search for flash
Two entries will be found. The first is the wrapper around the 32bit flash version from Adobe. The second is the 64bit flash version.
Select the second flash entry - if the following picture is seen then you have not already enabled the Canonical Partner Repository previously.
Click More Info
... and click Use this source to enable the Canonical Partner Repository
see the end of this answer for the bug-report
Click the Install button and enter your password when prompted. Note - you must have permission to install software.
The installation will proceed:
Once complete - launch Firefox and browse to your Flash Video. Right click and confirm that the latest version of Flash has been installed correctly.
Note - pictures subject to change - the 64bit version has only been recently packaged in the last week before Oneiric release - One issue currently exists:
In the interim - either use the first "Multiverse" 32bit plugin in the pictures above or use
Since you have stated that this is the first time you have ever used ubuntu. i would suggest that you install the package ubuntu-restricted-extras, this includes lots of useful stuff like adobe flash and codecs and MS fonts etc.
you can do this in many ways.
software centre: Click on this link:
or in a terminal: type
synaptic: search for the package ubuntu-restricted-extras right click the package and select install, and then select mark. after click the apply button and it will all install.
This is how to install Adobe Flash Plugin for Firefox:
There is a simple solution for this problem.
Open your Firefox and go to Youtube. Click on any video. Definitely it won't play because you don't have any flash player installed. But Firefox will promote you to
Or try this in your terminal
Get my Flash-Aid extension for Firefox. It will take care of downloading and installing the appropriate version for your system architecture and will also remove conflicting plugins. If you are on 64bit, it also allows to install the 64bit preview version, which renders better results than the 32bit with nspluginwrapper.
BTW, if you can't copy anything to ~/.mozilla/plugins folder, then you should check the ownership of the ~/.mozilla folder. It should allow to copy anything there. Unless of course you are referring to a system folder outside your home directory, which requires root privilege.
It depends on what browser you are using. Google Chrome (not Chromium) has Flash player by default.
Go to www.google.com/chrome and click download Chrome Choose 64-bit .deb (anybody reading this using 32-bit machines should select the 32-bit .deb)
When you click on the .deb file when it has downloaded it will open in the Software Centre. Now click install and when it has finished you can find the browser in Applications -> Internet.
Use the Ubuntu Software Center (in the Applications menu). In the text entry field (of the search box), you can search for "flash", and the results will populate one Adobe Flash plugin (note the Adobe logo). Choose that, and follow the directions to use the source.
Double check which "plugin" directory is being used. Had to spend a good hour one time just plowing through all the plugin directories till I found which ones my firefox was actually reading, and then
End of the day you might be dropping it in the wrong place.
Also start firefox from the command line, you might see errors. Example is running a x86 flash player in an x64 browser(not os) and vice versa. From the command line (
Also anything in
Definite fix for 64 bit Flash on 11.10
I fixed 64 bit Flash on my 11.10 systems without any wrappers. If you follow the solutions mentioned above you will still end up with the 32 bit version and wrappers.
Note: most of this can be done in a terminal as well, in that case you don't need to install Synaptic. Furthermore, it could be that just executing steps 5, 6 and 8 is enough, but I have not tested this yet.
One extra package, 'adobe-flash-properties-gtk' will be installed automatically. Nothing more.
Now you will have full 64 bit Flash without any wrappers and other garbage in both Firefox and Chromium. A restart of your browser(s) is required though. If it's still not working, try a reboot (there might be some bogus reference to the old plugins somewhere).
Here's what you need to do: by default, Ubuntu comes with only open source software enabled (I think that's the case, anyway).
The way you enable other stuff (like Flash, Java, and support for recording or playing MP3s, which is NOT open source) is to go in your Software Center, go in the menus (unfortunately I'm not currently on Ubuntu and can't tell you which menu) and search for Software Sources.
Click it, and you'll be brought to a window which tells Ubuntu what it's allowed to install for you. In front of you should be a list of five different "universes". What you need to do is enable the two that aren't currently enabled.
After that, it should ask you whether you want to reload your repositories, but if it doesn't, get in a command line and type
and let it finish. Then you should be able to find flash in either the Software Center or in the command line. You could alternatively install the ubuntu-restricted-extras package, which will give you all of the three things I mentioned above.
I went through as many possible suggestions as I could find in an effort to get flash to work in Chrome on my 13.10 64bit installation. Nothing worked. I finally stumbled on the Pepper Flash answer.
There are complete and well-written instructions at (link is direct)
They detail adding the repository, updating apt, installing Pepper, and modifying the chrome config. The thing that I did differently from their instructions was to change to the /etc/chromium-browser directory and issue the command
which allowed me to add a comment to the file in addition to the necessary .sh info so the last couple lines of my modded default file were:
Hopefully this solution will work for some time.
I've just found a solution for those who has flash working on Firefox but not on Chromium. It's based on the fact that every browser has it's own plugins directory:
So, the only thing you've to do is to unificate them, aka, making one the link to the other. Probably, all plugins are on Firefox plugins directory, but it isn't worth to ensure that:
If Firefox is the one where all plugins are, do the next. If not, do the opposite:
Finally, restart Chromium so changes take effect.
Probably, it wouldn't be a bad idea to create a bug report on Chromium/Firefox package maintainers to alert about the bug and the simple solution.
Well I post this here, in hopes of helping someone. I'll state what was happening and how I solved it.
Tried installing it through the Ubuntu Restricted Extras from Ubuntu Software Center, however the flash plugin portion of this installation did not work because of the dependency error.
Kept searching and found this command to install the plugin
and ran it from the terminal.
Same dependency error with this output:
which I found from some other post that was trying to solve dependencies.
Then I ran
and flash plugin now works on Chromium and Firefox.
In case the
does not work (like in my case and I do not know why...), you may want to give Opera as your browser a try. It is the only one that works for me.
PS: I do not want to advertise Opera a browser, it's just that this was the only solution that somehow worked for me.