Install Adobe Flash Player in Ubuntu 13.04 [Quick Tip]

One of the first few things which you need to do in Ubuntu is to install Adobe Flash Player. No matter how much you hate Adobe for security reasons, it will be difficult for you to survive on Internet. Flash lets you watch You Tube videos, play games on Facebook and enables rich internet applications in your browser.

While Google Chrome comes integrated with Flash Player, you need to install Adobe Flash Player plugin in Mozilla Firefox. But when I tried installing the plugin, all it could to do was to keep searching for a suitable plugin.

Adobe Flash Player Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu 13.04

The solution to this problem was to explicitly install Adobe Flash Player instead of the plugin. In this quick tutorial, we’ll see how to easily install Adobe Flash Player in Ubuntu 13.04.

How to install Adobe Flash Player In Ubuntu 13.04:

The tip mentioned here is the easiest way to install Adobe Flash Player in any Ubuntu release. All you have to do is to execute one command in terminal. Follow the steps below:

Step 1:

Open terminal. Use Ctrl+Alt+T for a quick access.

Step 2:

Enter the following command in it:

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer

Voila! That’s it. You don’t even need to restart Firfox. Just refresh the page to make it work. Feel free to drop a comment if you are still facing troubles with Flash in Ubuntu.


  1. Such a simple solution, after all the complicated ones i tried didn’t work. Worked like a charm. Thank you! :)

  2. Does not work for me either, says “flashplug-installer is already the newest version”. I had previously run “sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras”.

    All I get is either a black block where the video should be or an empty block.

  3. Flash is broken in Ubuntu 13.04. Playback video is distorted, small and shows green and purple colors. You cannot click on the window to fix it, either.

    • If your problem is only with You Tube video, you need to disable hardware acceleration.

      In You Tube, try right-clicking the video, going to settings, display tab (the first one), and unchecking “enable hardware acceleration”.

      • I dont.

        I have tried everything: flashplugin-installer, adobe-flashplugin, I tried to install older versions… nothing.

        I even tried gnash, but it works too slow.

        I am with brand-new xbuntu 13.04, with firefox 21.0 .

        I was able to use flash before, when I was with ubuntu 12.04, using an old version of flashplugin-installer, 11.1 . Now, I tried the last one, but when I try to open some site with flash as (children games) the whole page gets black.

        01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RV100 [Radeon 7000 / Radeon VE]

        lsmod |grep radeon
        radeon 870822 2
        ttm 71289 1 radeon
        drm_kms_helper 47545 1 radeon
        drm 228750 4 ttm,drm_kms_helper,radeon
        i2c_algo_bit 13197 1 radeon

        dpkg -l flashplugin-installer

        ii flashplugin-installer i386 Adobe Flash Player plugin installer


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