Fix Adobe Flash Player Issue In Chromium In Ubuntu 14.04

One of the first few things to do after installing Ubuntu 14.04 is to install Adobe Flash Player. Normally, if you install Ubuntu Restricted Extras, Flash Player should be working and you should be able to watch online videos from websites like You Tube etc.

But this is not the case with Chromium and Ubuntu 14.04 combination. While you can easily play You Tube videos etc on other web browsers such as Firefox, Chrome etc, in Chromium you will see Adobe Flash player missing notice:

Adobe Flash Player is required to display some elements on this page. Install plug-in..

Adobe Flash Player Issue with Chromium in Ubuntu 14.04

Reason for flash player issue exclusively in Chromium:

The reason why this issue occurs only in Chromium is that until now Chromium used Netscape Plugin API for Flash support. Starting from Ubuntu 14.04, Chromium will stop using Netscape Plugin API. Hence, you will face issues with Adobe Flash Player with Chromium.

Now, why this issue doesn’t occur with other web browsers? Answer is because they use Flash version 11.2.

Fix Adobe Flash Player issue with Chromium:

To fix this issue, we’ll be using Pepper Flash Player, a safer and more stable version of Flash Player from Google. An Adobe Flash Player Pepper installer is available in Ubuntu 14.04 repositories. This installer downloads Google Chrome, extracts Pepper Flash Player and sets it up for Chromium usage.

To install Pepper Flash Player in Ubuntu 14.04, open a terminal and use the following commands:

sudo apt-get install pepperflashplugin-nonfree
sudo update-pepperflashplugin-nonfree --install

Restarting Chromium will do. No need of a system reboot. I hope this quick post helped you to fix Adobe Flash Player issue with Chromium. Any questions or suggestions are always welcomed. Ciao :)

  • http://www.davenpuerto.com/ Chris Davenport

    Spot on – worked for me ~ many thanks

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome Chris

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  • goonerdroid

    thanks man….that worked!

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome :)

  • francois

    This didn’t work for me. Advice?

    $ update-pepperflashplugin-nonfree –status

    Flash Player version installed on this system : 13.0.0.206
    Flash Player version available on upstream site: 12.0.0.77

    but

    in chrome, about:flash says:

    About Flash

    Chromium 34.0.1847.116 (Ubuntu 14.04 aura)

    OS Linux

    Flash plugin Not installed

    — Crash data —

    Crash Reporting Enable crash reporting to see crash IDs

    For more details https://support.google.com/chrome/?p=ui_usagestat

    — GPU information —

    — GPU driver, more information —

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      This is interesting… As per “The IT Crowd”, did you try turning it off and on again?

      • Francois Wessels

        I did. Restarted Chrome and Ubuntu. No joy.

        • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

          Ah… well… some mysteries are never solved. Glad that its working now :)

          • FX

            Well after I had the exact same issue I found the cause: It’s the new “keep Chromium running” thing in the top right – simply exit chromium via this little symbol and restart it (or reboot your system)

          • http://github.com/maxpleaner msplean

            what “keep Chromium running” thing?

  • Ma Chr

    Works well, wonderful, thanks a lot

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome

  • Darío

    Does this affect chrome? Because It gave me some issues with chorium, and now I have the same problem with chrome. Any way to un-do this to check if that was the problem?

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      No, it doesn’t affect Chrome. To un-do, remove the package.

  • dpanter

    HTML5 Youtube player isn’t even mentioned here, just saying…
    https://www.youtube.com/html5

  • Lighning7

    For me it didnt work ?! it says this -
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Package pepperflashplugin-nonfree is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source

    E: Package ‘pepperflashplugin-nonfree’ has no installation candidate

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Have you added “canonical partner” in software sources?

  • Ken in CT

    Great job, fixing an annoying problem.

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome :)

  • cyndaminthia

    Thanks for this. Worked perfectly.

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome.

  • bno112300

    I’m surprised nobody’s hacked the pepper plugin system into firefox yet.
    Though, I’m guessing that would need a full on fork of the browser. Even though addons on FF traditionally get incredibly low level access to the browser.

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      It has already been :) Its available for Firefox now. Will write about it soon.

      • rbrband

        This doesn’t appear to work for Debian Wheezy. I got pepper into chromium on another sys a few days ago, though: I can’t seem to find that solution now. (The name for the plugin seemed to change often over the last year–foiling install.)

        Pepper is a possible install in Firefox, after all? Great!: I like chromium for e-mail, Android, searching, and commercial-vendor purposes. Unfortunately, and quite naturally nowadays, clamav scans indicate that Google is attacked more frequently (seemingly the frequency increases daily): Iceweasel/Firefox isn’t completely immune, though. Always, I prefer the latter for banking and financial purposes.

        This idiot 11.2 plugin problem appears to pop up all the time now–just in the last month. (The idiot sites won’t even attempt to execute–in any manner possible.)

        OK–the ancient architecture proves problematic and buggy–getting past that should have proven moot long ago–it’s been two years or so. Why isn’t pepper simply put into nonfree–directly in place of 11.2? (I’m tired of the “shell game!”)

        I hear about html5 a great deal–it’s way past time for universal adoption. (This reminds me of needing to fool with “quicktime” in the past with Windoze! Always, it was in the tasktray and enabled–the only other option was uninstall: People don’t like to be denied simple video content–due to the idiot obstinance of a proprietary software provider!) In like manner, quicktime seems to be used solely in Apple’s realm, nowadays. Likewise, adoption of 5 appears to be inevitable!

        I desire for the native OS browsers in the open source distros I use to remain default As for latecomers to open source (Google, Amazon)–aways, as it seems with MS–success leads ultimately to undoing! Adobe seems pretty frayed, as well! Shockwave and Flash aren’t that great anymore!

        I’m running clamav after a I finish with the plugin for chromium. Simple banking/vendor/forum surfing will zing with necessary cache and “infected site” .js or related deletions–via clamav: I’m close to virtual certainty of that–in an hour or so!

  • van

    Perfect solution. Thanks.

  • French_student

    Hi, thanks for this, youtube for example works perfectly but i still have an issue with a certain site, when i go fullscreen, chromium opens the video in an “unnamed window” so i have the title in the top of my screen and my panel at the bottom (i don’t call this fullscreen …) and i don’t have the “navigation slider” anymore, i have to use firefox to go to this site, and i go there every day …

    Could you or anyone please help me … ?

    • French_student

      Sorry, i forgot to tell that i use lxde, works fine on gnome but my laptop overheat with gnome …

      Thanks

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      I think its website issue rather than Chromium. For overheating, you can install TLP. It works fine.

  • lutziferien

    Thanks for the hint, Abhisek. You made my day!

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      you are welcome

  • Ubuntu1404User

    Definitely worked! Appreciate it!

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      welcome

  • 90steps

    Perfect fix. Thanks very much!

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      welcome

  • Glory Jean Dela Torre

    thanks!! it solved my problem.

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome

  • Gacko

    It worked ! Thanks a lot :-)

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome gacko

  • ballbag

    finally this was killing me and really making me wanna go bk to windows

  • ballbag

    commented too soon it didnt work

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      ah.. too bad… still the same issue.. or something different?