Fix Adobe Flash Player Issue In Chromium In Ubuntu 14.04

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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 :)

  • Chris Davenport

    Spot on – worked for me ~ many thanks

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome Chris

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  • goonerdroid

    thanks man….that worked!

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome :)

  • francois

    This didn’t work for me. Advice?

    $ update-pepperflashplugin-nonfree –status

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


    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

    — GPU information —

    — GPU driver, more information —

    • 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.

        • 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)

          • msplean

            what “keep Chromium running” thing?

  • Ma Chr

    Works well, wonderful, thanks a lot

    • Abhishek Prakash


  • 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?

    • 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…

  • 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

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Have you added “canonical partner” in software sources?

  • Ken in CT

    Great job, fixing an annoying problem.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome :)

  • cyndaminthia

    Thanks for this. Worked perfectly.

    • Abhishek Prakash


  • 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.

    • 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 …


    • 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!

    • Abhishek Prakash

      you are welcome

  • Ubuntu1404User

    Definitely worked! Appreciate it!

    • Abhishek Prakash


  • 90steps

    Perfect fix. Thanks very much!

    • Abhishek Prakash


  • Glory Jean Dela Torre

    thanks!! it solved my problem.

    • Abhishek Prakash


  • Gacko

    It worked ! Thanks a lot :-)

    • 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

    • Abhishek Prakash

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

  • Jon

    Will this work for Firefox too? I’m wondering whether I should install only this or the adobe flash plugin for Firefox as well.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Firefox doesn’t have this issue. At least for now.

  • Sleyths

    Do you use Chrome? With Pepper it runs Youtube Videos smoothly but facebook videos and let’s say… newgrounds videos are unwatchably laggy, they freeze my system. Do you know anything about that?

    • Abhishek Prakash

      I do use Chrome but I did not experience same issue with Pepper.

  • theea

    thanks!!! this worked for me :) do you know how to fix pipelight in chromium ?

  • Piter Melnyk

    Many Thanks!

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome Piter

  • Tin

    Thank you very much, it worked for me.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome Tin.

  • peterpipe

    Thanks. It’s partly working but very jerky visuals when in youtube, which sometimes stop while sound continues, and slow to respond to *stop*. Any clues why this would be?

  • Roro

    You have to add the right repo to do that install

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:andykimpe/freshplayerplugin-daily

    • Abhishek Prakash

      daily build… will it be stable, I doubt

  • George

    After many frustrating processes, this worked like a charm on my Lubuntu LXDE—many thanks !

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome George

  • Chandra Sekhar

    Facebook videos are laggy and unwatchable :( …can u suggest some solution to this? Thanks in advance.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Chrome :P
      On serious note, I’ll look in to it as I use Chrome instead of Chromium.

  • Daris

    This works well in both youtube & FB’s videos. Thanks man!

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome Daris

  • robotron

    What can I do with continous Xorg crashes after pepper freeze? After some page opened with Chrome, screen goes blank and that’s all. The same thing happens in Xubuntu 14.04, Xubuntu 14.10, elementary Freya. .xsession-errors.old:

    ** (zeitgeist-datahub:2006): WARNING **: zeitgeist-datahub.vala:229: Unable to get name “org.gnome.zeitgeist.datahub” on the bus!

    [1816:1860:1011/] RawChannel read error (connection broken)

    [1816:1896:1011/] PostClientToServerMessage() failed during GetUpdates

    [WARNING:flash/platform/pepper/pep_module.cpp(63)] SANDBOXED

    [1816:1860:1011/] RawChannel read error (connection broken)

    [1816:1860:1011/] RawChannel read error (connection broken)

    [1816:1855:1011/] Keyring find failed: No matching results

    [1816:1855:1011/] Keyring find failed: No matching results

    [1866:1872:1011/] The GPU process hung. Terminating after 10000 ms.

    [1816:1816:1011/] Lost UI shared context.

    [2196:2199:1011/] The GPU process hung. Terminating after 10000 ms.

    [1816:1816:1011/] Failed to establish GPU channel.

    getrlimit(RLIMIT_NOFILE) failed

    getrlimit(RLIMIT_NOFILE) failed

    getrlimit(RLIMIT_NOFILE) failed

    getrlimit(RLIMIT_NOFILE) failed

    • RA

      Excellent. Work.
      Thank you

  • Rishabh Upadhyay

    I am getting an error when installing

    ERROR: failed to retrieve status information from google : W: Failed to fetch

    W: Failed to fetch Could not resolve ‘’

    W: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

    More information might be available at:

  • Работа в интернете

    Спасибо, помогло, сохранил себе

  • PLE

    Thanks! It worked like a charm!

  • tomfoley

    Thank you for this post. It works well with Chromium and Ubuntu 14.10 for me.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome Tom

  • Leno Pinheiro

    Congratulations and thanks!!!!! :) :)

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome Leno.

  • arya_n failed
    help would be apprectiable

  • Bonny Biney Duque

    mine cant install

  • nitrofurano

    i have pepper installed, and it’s crashing every time i try to play youtube videos, on the first seconds

  • Anas A. Ismail

    Thanks for this post, actually It worked well with me, but I have another problem, the OS freezes after while of opening anything working with flash or even HTML5, you can find description of the problem here, do you have any solution for this ?

  • Soukaina EZZAMANE

    Thank you so much it worked like a charm after many researches on how to fix the problem.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome Soukaina

  • André Baudin-Laurencin

    Merci, bonne manip !

    • Abhishek Prakash

      De rien Andre.

  • Jouni Järvinen

    There’s such thing as Firefox.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Of course. But you should know that Firefox doesn’t have the latest flash player. It stuck with version 11.

      • Jouni Järvinen

        It’s not their fault.

  • Venkatesh

    Thanks alot. looking for this fix form last oneday..but this is the best solution for this issue.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome Venkatesh.

  • Simon Bromilow

    If your browser crashes with chromium and pepper, disable flash plugin. If you done that check your repo for: adobe-flashplugin and remove it. I think it conflicts. Anyhow it fixed crashes on all my systems. Remove firefox and all its dependecies including flash also from there because its all outdated

    • Simon Bromilow

      Fixed crashes in youtube and can play latest games in facebook after all those changes applied. good luck!!!

  • amit kumar

    Thanks a lot, You have fixed

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome Amit