Installing Adobe AIR 1.5.1 For Linux On Ubuntu 9.04 (x86_64)

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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 (x86_64) 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

Now we need to run the following commands to make Adobe AIR run on an x86_64 system:

sudo aptitude install ia32-libs lib32nss-mdns lib32asound2 lib32gcc1 lib32ncurses5 lib32stdc++6 lib32z1 libc6 libc6-i386 lib32nss-mdns libcanberra-gtk-module

sudo dpkg -i getlibs-all.deb

sudo getlibs -l

sudo getlibs -l

sudo getlibs -l

sudo cp /usr/lib/ /usr/lib32

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: jojomonkey

nice - works - needed this.

but, is it just me or do you see extra black borders on the x86_64 Air Applications?

I think it's an artifact of the Air platform on Linux.



By: Seb

Yeah, seems to work nicely :) on a few apps though (like the dude above says) I get black borders around stuff (like on tweetdeck, and twhirl) - nothing major just wondering if anyone else gets the same thing?!