When I encounter a flash video in ubuntu I get an option to install 3 different swf players:

  • Adobe
  • Swfdec
  • Gnash

Which is the most stable and preferred player?

3 Answers 3


Adobe Flash.

It might be slow but it's still the best of the lot still for feature compliance and stability.

  • I have made progress using Gnash day to day though it needs a workaround (disable cookies for youtube) to play youtube videos. I would say stick to the adobe plugin for now. Oct 18, 2010 at 7:54

You forget Lightspark. But none of these alternative is really stable and they will usually work on few videos and crash on the others. If you watch lot of video I suggest you stick to Adobe Flash, if you don't watch a lot of videos and don't play online flash videos games Lightspark and Swfdec are good.

  • Actaully it didn't appear in the selection screen for 10.10, but thanks for your advice.
    – grm
    Oct 18, 2010 at 12:45

It really depends on many factors. I have the best user experience with the Adobe version.

However if you are using a 64bit version of Ubuntu, it might be tricky to set up Adobe flash. There's a shell script that helps you in that process. Download it and use these commands in terminal:

wget http://queleimporta.com/downloads/flash10_en.sh
sudo bash ./flash10_en.sh

There are couple of updates and modifications to that script you can find it here.

  • 3
    I really wouldn't recommend using that script. Whilst not purposely malicious as far as I can tell, I can see at least one error (killall -9 firefox should be killall -9 firefox-bin). Why not just use the adobe flash PPA (ppa:sevenmachines/flash) that has a native 64bit build?
    – Nick HS
    Oct 18, 2010 at 11:27
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    Nothing against the PPA it's just not known by everyone. I learned now as well. Thanks for sharing. Maybe you might write a wiki that could be beneficial for everybody who just facing the problem.
    – AndyB
    Oct 18, 2010 at 11:35
  • flashplugin64 has been removed from ppa:sevenmachines/flash. Any alternative? Apr 21, 2012 at 21:36

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