For many years Adobe Flash has been an important staple. Without it some websites become unusable. Unfortunately, it does not 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 in 2020.
Note that Adobe 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 is no installation needed.
Installing Adobe Flash Player in 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 still have problems specially in Mozilla Firefox, there is another package you can use.
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 in front of “Software restricted by copyright or legal issues (multiverse)”. Once you click close, it will prompt you to update package information.
Now that you have multiverse repository enabled, you can install the
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 installed Flash correctly, by visiting Adobe’s Flash help page and clicking the “Check Now” button.
Feel free to drop a comment if you are still facing troubles with Flash in Ubuntu.
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