Installing Adobe AIR 1.5.1 For Linux On Ubuntu 9.04 (i386)

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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 1.5.1 for Linux on an Ubuntu 9.04 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 now 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 (AdobeAIRInstaller.bin):

[email protected]:~/Desktop$ ls -l
total 13336
-rw-r--r-- 1 falko falko 13633748 2009-06-29 15:59 AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
[email protected]:~/Desktop$

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

chmod 755 AdobeAIRInstaller.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 AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

Falko Timme

About Falko Timme

Falko Timme is an experienced Linux administrator and founder of Timme Hosting, a leading nginx business hosting company in Germany. He is one of the most active authors on HowtoForge since 2005 and one of the core developers of ISPConfig since 2000. He has also contributed to the O'Reilly book "Linux System Administration".

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By: Henrik

Thanks for this. It was easy to understand and the best tutorial I found on installing Adobe Air. :-)

By: Vishal Telangre

Got the unknown "Bus error" on my Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid lynx LTS while performing these steps...

[email protected]:~$ su Password: [email protected]:/home/vishal# cd /home/vishal/Downloads [email protected]:/home/vishal/Downloads# ls -l total 69088 -rwx--x--x 1 vishal vishal 12575908 2010-05-31 15:15 AdobeAIRInstaller.bin -rw-r--r-- 1 vishal vishal 458550 2010-05-29 22:15 GDM-BlueSwirl.tar.bz2 -rw-r--r-- 1 vishal vishal 4050435 2010-02-05 03:53 install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz drwxr-xr-x 2 vishal vishal 4096 2010-06-01 18:50 themes -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 4050435 2010-05-30 23:32 tmp -rw-r--r-- 1 vishal vishal 1088833 2010-05-29 20:34 ubuntuone-client-1.2.1.tar.gz -rw-r--r-- 1 vishal vishal 17990 2010-05-29 20:41 ubuntuone-installation-details -rw-r--r-- 1 vishal vishal 47977162 2010-05-19 00:38 virtualbox-3.2_3.2.0-61806~Ubuntu~lucid_i386.deb -rw-r--r-- 1 vishal vishal 494272 2010-06-01 16:15 wine-doors_0.1.3_all.deb [email protected]:/home/vishal/Downloads# chmod 755 AdobeAIRInstaller.bin [email protected]:/home/vishal/Downloads# ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin Bus error [email protected]:/home/vishal/Downloads#

What you say about this, what I remain left?

By: bolderiz