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I am having problems with Adobe Flash in Ubuntu, what are my options?

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As you have identified - the best solution is usually to follow this Q&A to install flash. It does work for the vast majority of users.


Flash-Aid was discontinued by it's author and is unknown if it will be back, the following are kept only for historical reasons.


As an alternative, one of the best tools I have found that allows you to configure Flash correctly during installation is the Flash-Aid addon - use the author's site or search on the Firefox addon-manager for Flash-Aid

This will remove any remnants of of Flash installation and install flash directly from the Adobe Website. During the wizard installation you have a few configuration options that you can try to resolve flash-player issues.

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Close & Restart Firefox / reboot for the change to take effect.

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There are 2 options.

Enable the HTML5 player

For Youtube this can be done by loggin in, going to http://www.youtube.com/html5 and enabling it there. You can also just add &html5=True behind each video URL.

Whether your browser and the version you are using will support the HTML5 playback of a video on a site that provides such an option (like YouTube or VKontakte) will depend on the codec chosen by the site owners. For example, YouTube and VKontakte (a Facebook clone popuar in Russia) use different codecs for their HTML5 videos, which means that in Ubuntu 12.04 HTML5 video playback at VK.com works in Chromium, but not in Firefox (and in future, these browsers might swap their roles).

Install the Flash Aid Firefox plugin

I don't know for sure if this will work for you as well, but it worked for me.
Install Flash Aid, restart Firefox, and click the Flash button at the upper right corner of Firefox's window. Just follow the instructions in the wizard and you should be fine.

For some more detailed guide on installing Flash using Flash Aid, check out fossfreedom's answer: http://askubuntu.com/a/86260/18953

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This is good advice but note that only videos on Youtube encoded as WEBM are playable in HTML5 currently! –  Ronshere Sep 29 '13 at 20:59
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Try installing Flash by entering the following command in the Terminal

sudo apt-get install adobe-flashplugin
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I wouldn't have asked it if it had been as simple as that. –  RobinJ Jan 5 '12 at 20:24
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Well, it might be as easy as sudo apt-get --reinstall install flashplugin-installer. This did the trick for me on Xubuntu 12.04 LTS after an automatic update to Firefox 27. –  on4aa Feb 22 at 23:50
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I am running Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit with an Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS.

I have been having the same issue ever since I corrected another Flash issue on my system related to Nvidia GPUs -- see Flash video appears blue on this forum. Following the workaround posted at the previous link stopped the unwanted behavior of all Flash video being tinted blue, but ended up causing the Flash plugin to crash nearly every time I attempted to watch a video online.

The solution for me was to look back at /etc/adobe/mms.cfg and remove everything but one line, which should read:

OverrideGPUValidation=true

This idea and others are discussed on ubuntuforums, and many other places. Please try changing your mms.cfg (or creating it, if it does not already exist) and post back with your results. Good luck!

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For Firefox Flash, first try this:

when having issues after an automatic update.

$ sudo apt-get --reinstall install flashplugin-installer

This leaves one with Adobe Flash plugin version 11.2.???.??? in Firefox as Adobe no longer releases any higher flash versions for Linux.

For adding Google Chrome Pepper Flash plugin to Chromium:

$ sudo add-apt-repository --yes ppa:skunk/pepper-flash
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install pepflashplugin-installer
$ echo '. /usr/lib/pepflashplugin-installer/pepflashplayer.sh' |sudo tee -a /etc/chromium-browser/default

The latest and greatest Adobe Flash version for Chrome (version 12.0 at the time of writing) is installed in Chromium.

This solution can also be scripted for easy installation on multiple machines:

#!/bin/bash
sudo add-apt-repository --yes ppa:skunk/pepper-flash
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pepflashplugin-installer
STRING='. /usr/lib/pepflashplugin-installer/pepflashplayer.sh'
FILE='/etc/chromium-browser/default'
if ! grep -qe "$STRING" $FILE
  then
    echo "$STRING" |sudo tee -a $FILE
fi

Check your Flash version

This can be done on Adobe's site.

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As for the HTML5 video playback option available at some sites:

First, not all sites provide HTML5 videos as an alternative to Flash (hopefully, there will be more).

And second, whether your browser and the version you are using will support the HTML5 playback of a video on a site that provides such an option (like YouTube or VKontakte) will depend on the codec chosen by the site owners. For example, YouTube and VKontakte (a Facebook clone popuar in Russia) use different codecs for their HTML5 videos, which means that in Ubuntu 12.04 HTML5 video playback at VK.com works in Chromium, but not in Firefox (and in future, these browsers might swap their roles).

And third, some videos might appear to not have the HTML5 option on YouTube. (For example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SacL219sic&html5=True.) But thanks to the answer by Klementine, there is a trick useful for getting at HTML5 playback in these cases -- use the "emdedded" variant. (For my sample video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/3SacL219sic.) And it works!

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First, you need to go to http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ Then, select "APT for Ubuntu 10.04+." A window should pop up prompting you to select a program to use the apt link. You need to direct it to /usr/share/software-center/software-center. This file should be a python script. When it opens the software center, enable the source it tells you to. Then, once it is done, hit the install button. You may need to restart firefox for it to work, but that's how I did it, and it worked for me!

Hope this helps! -Michael

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if you go to get.adobe.com/flashplayer then there's a selection from the dropdown that says "APT for Ubuntu 10.04+" At least it shows up for me. –  masulzen Dec 28 '13 at 18:56
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Sorry. I am on 13.04. It shows only tar.gz. and .rpm files. –  Dumindu Mahawela Dec 28 '13 at 19:10
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Here is what you need to do: (Im assuming you have flash 11 and firefox 14.0.1):

  1. Download this file : http://www.ziddu.com/download/20225702/libflashplayer.zip.html

  2. Create a folder "plugins" under "/home/YOUR-USER-NAME/.mozilla/firefox/"

    Like this:  /home/leopard/.mozilla/firefox/plugins
    
  3. Extract the zip and copy the downloaded "libflashplayer.so" to "/home/leopard/.mozilla/firefox/plugins"

  4. Open nautilus as Admin. Go to "/usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin". Delete the "libflashplayer.so" there.

  5. Copy the extracted "libflashplayer.so" there.

  6. Restart firefox.

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