Fix Adobe Flash Player Issue in Chromium in Ubuntu

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 might not be the case with Chromium and Ubuntu 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

I have already shown you how to install Adobe flash player on Ubuntu. Give it a try as it may work. If it doesn’t, go with this method.

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 multiverse repository. This installer downloads Google Chrome, extracts Pepper Flash Player and sets it up for Chromium usage.

To install Pepper Flash Player in Ubuntu, 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 :)

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    1397BC53640DB551
    More information might be available at:
    http://wiki.debian.org/PepperFlashPlayer

    I went through the link given but didnt get the result.

  • after entering this command: sudo update-pepperflashplugin-nonfree –install

    ERROR: failed to retrieve status information from google : W: Failed to fetch http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/dists/stable/InRelease

    W: Failed to fetch http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/dists/stable/Release.gpg Cannot initiate the connection to dl.google.com:80 (2404:6800:4003:c00::5b). – connect (101: Network is unreachable) [IP: 2404:6800:4003:c00::5b 80]

    W: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.
    More information might be available at:
    http://wiki.debian.org/PepperFlashPlayer

  • sudo apt-get install pepperflashplugin-nonfree
    [sudo] password for jembot:
    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

    how to fix this