Installing The Native Linux Flash Player 9 On Ubuntu

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Author: Falko Timme

This article describes how to install the new native Linux Flash Player 9 from Adobe on an Ubuntu Edgy Eft desktop so that it can be used within Firefox. The procedure works for other Ubuntu versions and Debian as well.

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


1 Current Plug-Ins

Please log in to your Ubuntu desktop and launch your Firefox browser. Type in about:plugins in the address bar to learn more about your currently installed plug-ins. The output could look like this:

As you see I have a previous version of the Flash Player 9 installed (9.0.d78; I installed it with Automatix2), but it is only a beta version. It is possible that on your desktop the Flash Player isn't installed at all - it doesn't matter as it is no prerequisite to follow this tutorial.


2 Download Adobe Flash Player 9

Go to and click on the Get Adobe Flash Player button. Make sure you use a browser from your Linux desktop; if you use a Windows browser you will be redirected to the Windows version of the Flash Player 9. Provided you use a Linux browser, you will be redirected to the download page of the Linux version of the Flash Player 9. On the download page you can choose between a Flash Player .tar.gz file and a Flash Player .rpm file. Select one of them (it doesn't matter which one) and download it to your computer (in my case I downloaded it to /home/falko/Desktop).


3 Install Flash Player 9

In this chapter I describe how to install the .tar.gz and also the .rpm version. Make sure to close all browser windows before you do this.


3.1 Install The .tar.gz Version

If you have downloaded the .tar.gz version of the Flash Player 9, open a command line terminal and install it like this:

cd /home/falko/Desktop/

(Replace /home/falko/Desktop with the path to the directory where you saved the Flash Player 9 .tar.gz.)

tar xvfz install_flash_player_9_linux.tar.gz
cd install_flash_player_9_linux/

Then run the setup script:

sudo ./flashplayer-installer 

You will be asked a few questions:

Copyright(C) 2002-2006 Adobe Macromedia Software LLC. All rights reserved.
Adobe Flash Player 9 for Linux
Adobe Flash Player 9 will be installed on this machine.

You are running the Adobe Flash Player installer as the "root" user.
Adobe Flash Player 9 will be installed system-wide.

Support is available at
To install Adobe Flash Player 9 now, press ENTER.

To cancel the installation at any time, press Control-C. <-- <ENTER>

NOTE: Please exit any browsers you may have running.

Press ENTER to continue... <-- <ENTER>

Please enter the installation path of the Mozilla, SeaMonkey,
or Firefox browser (i.e., /usr/lib/mozilla):
<-- /usr/lib/mozilla

dir= /usr/lib/mozilla

WARNING: An older version of the Adobe Flash Player has been detected in
The installer will overwrite this existing binary.


----------- Install Action Summary -----------
Adobe Flash Player 9 will be installed in the following directory:
Browser installation directory = /usr/lib/mozilla

Proceed with the installation? (y/n/q): <-- y

Installation complete.

Perform another installation? (y/n): <-- n

Please log out of this session and log in for the changes to take effect.

The Adobe Flash Player installation is complete.

Close the terminal afterwards and log out of your current desktop session, then log in again.


3.2 Install the .rpm Version

Because Ubuntu uses apt instead of rpm, we cannot install the .rpm version directly. But we can transform it into a .deb package with the help of alien (see for more information).

So we open a terminal and install alien:

sudo apt-get install alien

Afterwards go to the directory where you saved the Flash Player 9 .rpm file, e.g.

cd /home/falko/Desktop/

Then run alien to convert it into a .deb file:

sudo alien -k flash-plugin-

The output of this command looks like this:

Warning: Skipping conversion of scripts in package flash-plugin: postinst prerm
Warning: Use the --scripts parameter to include the scripts.
flash-plugin_9.0.31.0-release-1_i386.deb generated

As you see, alien has created the package flash-plugin_9.0.31.0-release-1_i386.deb which we can install with dpkg (make sure to close all browser windows before):

sudo dpkg -i flash-plugin_9.0.31.0-release-1_i386.deb

Close the terminal afterwards and log out of your current desktop session, then log in again.


4 Test Flash Player 9

To check if Flash Player 9 is recognized by Firefox, we start Firefox and type in about:plugins again. The output should look like this now:

As you see Flash Player 9.0.r31 is now installed, so everything is fine.

Have fun with your new Flash Player 9 for Linux!


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This worked perfectly!

By: andy

manage to get the sep enter the diretory

and says 'ARNING: Please enter a valid installation path.'

i entered usr/lib/mozilla and for others non worked

, could you pls help.

By: chyd

thats right james,

As root i also told /usr/lib/firefox is invalid path, then i install this flash player as non-root user. And no problem at all.

By: James

I just tried the installer on openSUSE (after firefox not installing flash player from its add-on manager). I was told that usr/lib/firefox was an invalid path.  A check of the source code revealed that the installer expects /usr/lib/firefox/components and /usr/lib/firefox/plugins both to exist.  I had to create the plugins folder to get the installer to work.  after that, no problem at all.  I hope this helps the next person.