On every website I get Couldn't load plugin., how do I resolve this? It just started happening in late October. I'm using Ubuntu 16.10 and Chromium 53. Pandora also fails to load, In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

Picture of flash not loading

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    I'm removing the 16.10 tag, since if Google Chrome itself has stopped bundling Flash, this will likely affect earlier versions too.
    – muru
    Nov 4 '16 at 3:51
  • @muru sounds reasonable. Nov 4 '16 at 3:55

This is because on October 2016, Chrome 53, Chrome stopped bundling the Pepperflash plugin. Ubuntu followed suit and disabled it. Here is the official PR from Ubuntu. There are old flash packages in the repo, but they do not work for Chrome:

  • pepperflashplugin-nonfree - Pepper Flash Player - browser plugin (this is the Google hosted Pepperflash which they stopped hosting)
  • flashplugin-installer - Adobe Flash Player plugin installer (this uses NPAPI which Chrome doesn't support)
  • browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash - PPAPI-host NPAPI-plugin adapter for pepperflash (this isn't needed because Chrome natively supports PPAPI)
  • flashplugin-downloader - Adobe Flash Player plugin installer (transitional package links to flashplugin-installer)

Ubuntu Way

First we make sure we have the partner repository installed. If we do, this won't do anything. 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;

Now you can go meet Hudson he Muskox on like the last remaining major site to do video distribution in flash (evil eye for Slate).

  • @GunnarHjalmarsson valid point! Thanks for the correction. That method does in fact work, and I was in err. I have fixed the answer. I've also removed the other way because I think it adds confusion and offers nothing if the distro can take care of it. Nov 4 '16 at 4:10
  • Now it's better. :) Dowvote retracted. Actully flashplugin-installer works for its purpose in Ubuntu, i.e. installing the NPAPI plugin, which is not applicable in the answer. Would suggest that you drop flashplugin-installer from the list of non-working packages as well. Nov 4 '16 at 4:14
  • @GunnarHjalmarsson that actually doesn't work for me, I'm getting this error with it. The actual install doesn't work. Nov 4 '16 at 4:19
  • It's correctly installed despite of that annoying error message. Nov 4 '16 at 4:22
  • @GunnarHjalmarsson i don't think so.. I couldn't find anything anywhere that lead me to believe it actually worked. And looking at the source nothing checks the return of install_plugin, it just outputs echo "Flash Plugin installed." Nov 4 '16 at 4:26

download an older version of chrome ( you need to search for an independant archive). extract pepperflash. copy it to the plugin folder for chromium.

version 58 or earlier should have pepperflash.


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