I wanted to install Chromium "out of tree" on Ubuntu 14.04, and I found Where can I find Chromium binary tarballs? - so I tried:
wget http://commondatastorage.googleapis.com/chromium-browser-snapshots/Linux/382086/chrome-linux.zip -O chrome-linux-382086.zip unzip chrome-linux-382086.zip mv chrome-linux chrome-linux-382086 cd chrome-linux-382086
This turned out to be Chromium version 51.0.2684.0.
After some failures, I figured that the command line to start it up is:
CHROME_DEVEL_SANDBOX=$PWD/chrome_sandbox ./chrome-wrapper --incognito --extra-plugins-dir=/usr/lib/flashplugin-installer --extra-plugins-dir=/usr/lib/pipelight
... and it starts up fine, but
chrome://plugins shows only two plugins, and Flash is not one of them. I've tried using
--extra-plugins-dir to no avail (those dirs are from previous
apt-get installs to get the plugin for Firefox).
Then I wanted to know where does Chromium look for plugins; for extensions, it is clear (see Where are chromium extensions located?) but for plugins, the clearest explanation I could find is this:
Plugin loading already scans a scrillion directories so one more probably is ok.
linux: also load plugins from ~/.config/google-chrome/Plugins
So my first question is:
- Is there a simple reference for which exact of these "scrillion" directories are scanned by
chromiumfor plugins? Is there maybe a "verbose" switch for chromium, that would output what directories are scanned for plugins when the Chromium application starts up?
So, I first created
Plugins folder in
After seeing Adobe Flash isn't working - Chrome Help, I downloaded, as mentioned there,
flash_player_ppapi_linux.i386.tar.gz from http://www.adobe.com/go/chrome/ - unpacked the zip, got
libpepflashplayer.so. Then I trying symlinking
libpepflashplayer.so in both the
chrome-linux-382086 directory, and in
~/.config/chromium/Plugins, nothing worked (i.e. no new plugin was shown in
So my second question is:
- How do I "install", or rather, make available, the Flash plugin for this kind of Chromium (i.e. chromium build, unzipped out of the main root tree which the OS package system uses)? Which
.sofile do I need, and where do I need to symlink (or copy) it - and should I use some special command option for the plugin to load, when running