I've been trying to use pipelight to install Flash on Firefox so I can watch HBO Now. I am able to install Widevine and Silverlight without any issues but I get the following error in console when it tries to install Flash:

[install-dependency] ERROR: Downloading of wine-flash-installer failed multiple times. Please check:
[install-dependency]        * that your internet connection is working properly
[install-dependency]        * and that the plugin database is up-to-date. To update it just run:
[install-dependency]            sudo pipelight-plugin --update
[install-dependency]        If this doesn't help then most-likely the download URLs or checksums
[install-dependency]        have changed. We recommend to open a bug-report in this case.
[install-dependency] ERROR: Download of wine-flash-installer failed.

I have found multiple threads online from a couple years back which suggest to update pipelight to v0.2.8 but I am already using v0.2.8.2. I've run --update and --create-mozilla-plugins as well. Does anyone know how I can fix this error or download the necessary installer manually?

(using Ubuntu 16.04, Firefox 50.1.0)

edit; Also, the output of 'sudo pipelight-plugin --update' if it helps:

Resolving bitbucket.org (bitbucket.org)... 2401:1d80:1010::150,,, ...
Connecting to bitbucket.org (bitbucket.org)|2401:1d80:1010::150|:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 29488 (29K) [text/plain]
Saving to: ‘/tmp/tmp.2j7RyqWGg6’

/tmp/tmp.2j7RyqWGg6                     100%[==============================================================================>]  28.80K  --.-KB/s    in 0.03s   

2016-12-26 23:56:09 (1.03 MB/s) - ‘/tmp/tmp.2j7RyqWGg6’ saved [29488/29488]

gpg: Signature made Tue 01 Nov 2016 04:29:54 PM EDT using RSA key ID 1434FC73
gpg: Good signature from "Pipelight Dev Team (install-dependency) <[email protected]>"
gpg: WARNING: This key is not certified with a trusted signature!
gpg:          There is no indication that the signature belongs to the owner.
Primary key fingerprint: CF23 08D4 3507 9A77 124E  01A2 83C7 3FB2 1434 FC73

Script dependency-installer is already up-to-date.
  • Adobe has recently resumed to provide Netscape flashplugin updates for linux, have you tried that?
    – xangua
    Commented Dec 27, 2016 at 5:38
  • Install the adobe-flashplugin package from Canonical Partner; please check out this page. Commented Dec 27, 2016 at 12:05
  • Yeah, pipelight seems quite broken atm. Maybe try again in a couple of weeks in case someone still cares to fix
    – doug
    Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 22:05
  • This may be of interest, as in it's pretty much dead - pipelight.net
    – doug
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 1:35
  • What a bummer. Looks like I'll have to rely on my Windows dual-boot until HBO abandons Flash (like everyone else has).
    – Alex
    Commented Jan 1, 2017 at 16:15

1 Answer 1


Per the comments on the top post (and pipelight.net) it looks like Pipelight has been discontinued so I'm not sure there's a solution.

An alternative, for those without access to another OS, is to install Firefox and Flash with Wine. I find this to work reasonably well.

  • Probably the best solution, I did rebuild pipelight-multi to install the current windows flash ( as of a few days ago) & it seems ok but as the pipelight updater would obviously not work it would have to be redone every time there was a security update to flash, hardly worth the hassle. (or one would have to stick with their current version). If curious changes to source can be seen here - launchpad.net/~mc3man/+archive/ubuntu/trusty-prop/+files/…
    – doug
    Commented Jan 2, 2017 at 2:02
  • @GunnarHjalmarsson Right on. I think I had to use both libhal and pepperflash-freshplayer to get HULU to work if I remember correctly. I just saw that the OP had a downvote and was sort of defending them as somtimes it seems that wine ends up as a last resort when freshplayer and libhal don't work. I'll go ahead and clean up my comments here and delete them. Have fun!
    – mchid
    Commented Jun 24, 2017 at 4:14

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