How to Install Adobe Flash Player on Ubuntu Linux

For many years Adobe Flash has been an important staple. Without it, some websites become unusable. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come preinstalled on Ubuntu, so you’ll have to install it yourself. In this tutorial, we’ll tell you how to do just that.

Keep in mind that Flash Player will be discontinued completely by the end of 2020.

Note that Adobe has announced that they will stop supporting Flash in 2020. This means that you should stop using it after that time because there will be no further security patches.

There are two different plugins that you can install for Flash support. The NPAPI plugin is for Firefox and other browsers based on the Gecko-rendering engine. The PPAPI plugin is for Chromium and other browsers that use the Blink-rendering engine, like Vivaldi and Opera. Google Chrome comes with Flash built in, so there’s no installation needed.

Installing Adobe Flash Player on Ubuntu

In my opinion, the easiest way to install Flash on Ubuntu is by using the Ubuntu Restricted Extras package.

You can install it using the command below:

sudo apt install ubuntu-restricted-extras

If this command doesn’t solve your problem with Flash and you’re still having issues, especially in Mozilla Firefox, there’s another package you can use.

Alternate method to install flash on Ubuntu

First, you need to make sure that Ubuntu’s multiverse repository is enabled. To enable the multiverse repository, use the following commands:

sudo apt-add-repository multiverse && sudo apt update

You can also add it by going to Ubuntu’s “Software & Updates” app and selecting the checkbox for “Software restricted by copyright or legal issues (multiverse)”. Once you click close, it will prompt you to update the package information.

Software & Updates dialog box in Ubuntu
Enabling Multiverse Repository in Ubuntu

Now that you have the multiverse repository enabled, you can install the flashplugin-installer package. Just open a terminal and use the command below:

sudo apt install flashplugin-installer

You’ll need to restart your browser for the changes to take effect.

You can check to make sure that you’ve installed Flash correctly by visiting Adobe’s Flash help page and clicking the “Check Now” button.

Feel free to drop a comment if you’re still facing trouble with Flash on Ubuntu.

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Abhishek Prakash

Abhishek Prakash

Created It's FOSS 11 years ago to share my Linux adventures. Have a Master's degree in Engineering and years of IT industry experience. Huge fan of Agatha Christie detective mysteries 🕵️‍♂️

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