I have been trying to figure out how to update the Adobe Flash player for Ubuntu 12.04. I am using Firefox 35 as a browser. I have tried to simply download the tar.gz file from the Adobe site, but there is no install file in the folder. I converted the tag.gz file to DEB and installed it and restarted Firefox with no luck. It seems as though it didnt install. I also read links about ubuntu-restricted-extras but that prompted me to remove many dependencies and other applications that I enjoy & still need. I also read about Flashaid which has been discontinued.

I have checked in about:config in Firefox and got the following results:

  1. Shockwave Flash
  2. File: libflashplayer.so
  3. Path:/usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/libflashplayer.so
  4. Version: State: Enabled (STATE_VULNERABLE_UPDATE_AVAILABLE) Shockwave Flash 11.2 r202

Is there an easy way to simply just update the Flashplayer? I tried using synaptec package manger with no success.

2 Answers 2


What version of flash do you need to upgrade to? Unforunately the Adobe Flash Player about page states that only only Chrome/ium supports versions of flash higher than 11.2.

You could have a look into installing the Fresh Player Plugin. I haven't used this so I'm not 100% certain it will work for you.

As a last resort you can install Chromium from the Ubuntu Software Center by just searching for chromium and then installing it. Alternatively you can install Google Chrome by downloading the .deb file then double clicking it once it has downloaded, from there it will install in the software center. I personally use Chrome and flash works absolutely fine for me.

Hope this has helped you.

  • I have checked in about:config in Firefox and got the following results @jkrix : Shockwave Flash File: libflashplayer.so Path: /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/libflashplayer.so Version: State: Enabled (STATE_VULNERABLE_UPDATE_AVAILABLE) Shockwave Flash 11.2 r202 Feb 5, 2015 at 8:29
  • on the Adobe website it says there is availble. Not sure how to install this tar.gz file then. Feb 5, 2015 at 8:32
  • Does it give the same message when going to Tools->Add ons->Plugins then to the flash player? What version does it say? What happens if you try upgrade with the link provided there?
    – jkrix
    Feb 5, 2015 at 8:38
  • in Tools->Add ons->Plugins is says the same version that is installed @jkrix. ALso when I tried to install from the terminal Ubuntu said I was running latest verison =( Feb 5, 2015 at 8:49
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    What happens after doing a software upgrade? sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade. Or perhaps even reinstalling flash sudo apt-get install --reinstall flashplugin-installer Do you require Firefox for browsing? Because Firefox only supports as its latest version its probably safer to use Chrome/ium which is currently supported up to
    – jkrix
    Feb 5, 2015 at 8:59

Through pipelight you may install the windows version of Flash. It will co-exist with your linux version so you can choose depending on your needs which to use.

Instructions on the website are very clear and easy to follow.

Pipelight also makes other plugins like Unity and Silverlight (and more) available to Linux users.

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