Installing Adobe AIR 1.1 For Linux Beta On Ubuntu 8.04

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Author: Falko Timme

Adobe AIR is a technology that lets you run Internet applications on the desktop. With AIR you do not need a browser to run such desktop applications. This tutorial explains how you can install Adobe AIR 1.1 for Linux beta on an Ubuntu 8.04 desktop and how you can install AIR applications.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Preliminary Note

I'm using the user name falko with the home directory /home/falko here - please adjust this appropriately.


2 Installing Adobe AIR

Open Firefox and go to

Click on the Download Adobe AIR for Linux beta link...

... and save the file to your hard disk (e.g. on the desktop):

Next, open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal)...

... and go to the directory where you've saved the Adobe AIR installer (/home/falko/Desktop in my case):

cd /home/falko/Desktop

You can run

ls -l

to find out how the Adobe AIR installer is named (adobeair_linux_b1_091508.bin in my case).

Before we can start the installer, we must make it executable:

chmod 755 adobeair_linux_b1_091508.bin

Then we start the Adobe AIR installation:


The Adobe AIR installation wizard starts. Accept the Adobe AIR license:

Next type in your password:

Adobe AIR is now being installed:

Click on Finish to leave the installation wizard:

Adobe AIR is now installed, so we can clean up the desktop by deleting the installer:

rm -f adobeair_linux_b1_091508.bin 
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By: Anonymous

cd ~/Desktop

 The above is universal and removes the need for your Preliminary Note.

By: Anonymous

If I don't wan't to keep AIR installed... How do I uninstall? Is it easy?

By: Anonymous

Yes, it is easy (applications - accessories - adobe air uninstaller).

By: Darphas

i do all the steps and when i try to execute the software to appears the lisence agrement..

appears the following error...

No protocol specified:

[email protected]:/home/darphas/Desktop# ./adobeair_linux_b1_091508.bin
(/tmp/air.LQ2KVf/setup:9034): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display:
[email protected]:/home/darphas/Desktop#

so if you can help me please tell me who to solve it. :s please


By: Anonymous

Listing terminal commands can be useful when things are complicated, but if you're already taking the time to do screenshots, why not give full graphical instructions?

EG, after download the steps would be:

Right-click on the file to get to properties, on the permissions tab, click to allow execution

Double click, select to run the app

When done, right-click the file, select "move to trash"

By: syed

Its better to try out the released version of Adobe AIR on linux (available at It is more stable and has same functionality as Adobe AIR on win/mac 1.5. Now you can develop just a single AIR application and it will work on win/mac/linux without changes!


By: Telic

Some assert that Linux's CLI is required to install Adobe AIR. Wrong!

Using (GNOME's) Nautilus file manager GUI, right-click on the Adobe BIN file and check under the Properties' Permissions tab, to allow executing the file as a program. Next, right-click and Rename the file to remove its .bin extension, so the file name is just AdobeAIRInstaller. Finally, double-click the file to run the Adobe installer, which pops open a new window, requests your authorization (password), and prompts you through the install. That's it.

You'll then find AIR maintenance items in the Ubuntu "Accessories" menu (or in the "Tools" menu of Mandriva Linux 2009). The .air file extension is associated with Adobe's run-time. An AIR application can be removed via the distro RPM or DEB package manager GUI, or by double-clicking its original .air installation file.