Now, that Adobe has stopped issuing new releases for Linux desktops, the only option for users is to use Google Chrome, for those who want to use the latest Flash updates. I use Chromium. Is there any way to get Chromium use the Flash from Google Chrome? The reason I as this question is that I have noticed both these browsers run in the background, so technically, the browsers' plugins are available to use.

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    Please could you explain what you mean by "both these browsers run in the background" and how that is relevant to using the browsers' plugins?
    – user25656
    Jul 2, 2012 at 3:04
  • unlike previous versions of firefox and google-chrome, latest version of chrome and chromium starts up as soon as you login to the desktop; it then keeps running in the background. so, i was thinking, if there is a way to make use of that and call the Pepper Flash plugin from Chromium.
    – Ubuntuser
    Jul 2, 2012 at 23:13
  • Does Chrome start as soon as you login because you have "Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed" ticked in Chrome's settings (advanced)? See this for an image.
    – user25656
    Jul 3, 2012 at 2:24
  • yes it is. but thats not my concern. i was asking if we can use the latest flash pluin from Chrome.
    – Ubuntuser
    Jul 3, 2012 at 13:11
  • This link was provided by user BN-TX in a deleted answer: webupd8.org/2014/01/pepper-flash-player-installer-for.html
    – Byte Commander
    May 6, 2016 at 13:05

9 Answers 9



Download Google Chrome and extract libpepflashplayer.so from /opt/google/chrome/PepperFlash in the Chrome deb file Copy libpepflashplayer.so to /usr/lib/chromium-browser/plugins Make the necessary changes to the Chromium startup

sudo gedit /etc/chromium-browser/default

Add this to the CHROMIUM_FLAGS

CHROMIUM_FLAGS="--ppapi-flash-path=/usr/lib/chromium-browser/plugins/libpepflashplayer.so --ppapi-flash-version="

You can get the correct version of the flash plugin from the "version": json tag in the mainfest.json from /opt/google/chrome/PepperFlash in the Chrome deb file

  • Any tip to check what flash player am I running? :)
    – s3m3n
    Nov 5, 2013 at 16:42
  • i did this and it does not seem to have worked . . .
    – abcd
    Aug 8, 2016 at 17:43
  • It works thanks! Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Chromium 52.0.2743.116, PepperFlash
    – WesternGun
    Sep 26, 2016 at 10:54
  • You can use the latest flash player direct from adobe with this method. get.adobe.com/flashplayer/?no_redirect
    – 6ft Dan
    Dec 21, 2016 at 20:29
  • @s3m3n The version will be in the manifest.txt file that should come with the PepperFlash distribution. When downloading PepperFlash directly from Adobe's website, manifest.txt is included in the .tar.gz file you download.
    – villapx
    Feb 10, 2017 at 2:56

pepperflashplugin-nonfree is deprecated on 05/2015. They do not work for Chrome 53 and higher. You can see Getting-Flash. Ubuntu Wiki also "recommended" you to install adobe-flashplugin. Then we install adobe-flashplugin.

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu $(lsb_release -sc) partner"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install adobe-flashplugin

Then you should restart your browser and open chrome://plugins/. If you don't see Adobe Flash Player there, you can run the following commands.

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser
sudo apt-get upgrade

It will upgrade adobe-flashplugin for chromium or if you use chrome, do it the same way.

  • Chrome does not need a adobe-flashplugin. It has built-in Flash.
    – Pilot6
    Jan 17, 2017 at 12:16

These instructions will install Pepper flash player for Chromium in Ubuntu 14.04 and later releases, and it will also be updated automatically. Because Google ended support for Chrome on 32-bit Linux in March, 2016, Pepper flash player can only be installed for 64-bit versions of Chromium.

To install flash player in Chromium web browser search the Dash for Software & Updates and open the Software & Updates window. Click the Other Software tab in the Software & Updates window and put a check mark in the checkbox to the left of where it says: Canonical Partners.

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Click the Close button to close the Software & Updates window.

Open the terminal and type:

sudo apt remove pepperflashplugin-nonfree # remove pepperflashplugin-nonfree if it's installed  
sudo apt-get update  
sudo apt-get install adobe-flashplugin  
sudo apt install browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash

This worked great for me: http://www.webupd8.org/2012/09/how-to-make-chromium-use-flash-player.html

It's similar to Craig's answer but with help for the "flags" part.

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    Nice! Please add a summary to your answer, just in case anything happens to the external link.
    – carnendil
    Apr 18, 2013 at 17:57

Google Chrome's flash player Pepper Flash is now in Ubuntu reposistories (Ubuntu 14.04). You can install it running the following commands:

sudo apt-get install pepperflashplugin-nonfree
sudo update-pepperflashplugin-nonfree --install

Restart Crhomium.

  • these commands do not work for me. i get an error message that i should be using dpkg. i'm using ubuntu 16.04.
    – abcd
    Aug 9, 2016 at 0:46
  • Ubuntu 16.10: ERROR: failed to retrieve status information from google Dec 20, 2016 at 18:53

Sorry, I'm unable to comment because I'm new to Ask Ubuntu. The accepted answer is not accurate any more because Google stopped packaging flash player with its deb/rpm bundle. Go to Adobe download page here: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/

Choose PPAPI version and download archive. You will find libpepflashplayer.so and mainfest.json required for following instructions in the accepted answer there.


Try copying the libflashplayer.so from /opt/google/chrome/PepperFlash to /usr/lib/chromium-browser/plugins.

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    unfortunately, it didnt work! :)
    – Ubuntuser
    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:35

As stated by thangdc94,pepperflashplugin-nonfree is now deprecated and one should use adobe-flashplugin instead.

This works for a recent version of Chromium (version 62).

  1. Install adobe-flashplugin package

    sudo apt install adobe-flashplugin
  2. Open chromium and go to address chrome://settings/content/flash. Make sure that the switch Ask first (recommended) is activated. If flash is still not working on some sites, you may need to whitelist them by addind their address to the Allow list.

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    Note that in earlier versions the settings were on page chrome://plugins/, but that does not exist anymore.
    – teekarna
    Nov 17, 2017 at 19:11

There in no need to use flash from Google Chrome. You can simply install it from command line.

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer

Wait until finished. Then restart your browser and enjoy.

  • thats not what i am asking for. please read the whole question
    – Ubuntuser
    Jul 1, 2012 at 23:53
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    There are now two Flash plug-ins: one, the one obtained by using the command you suggest, will have only security updates. The other, Pepper Flash, is provided by Google along with each installation of Google Chrome and will have security updates and new or improved features. What OP wants to do is to have the Chromium browser use this second plug-in.
    – user25656
    Jul 2, 2012 at 3:09

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