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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  • I still use Flashplayer in my web browser, there are still a lot of games and flash only movies out there if you know where to look. I do this my using an outdated firefox blocked from updating, (51.0) and have changed the flashplayer plugin version number to 33 to avoid “out of date” warnings. also need to reject the moz maintenance server and delete it’s files so it wont activate later when it feels frisky.

    To be honest, because it’s now niche software and disabled in all the non-IT computers, no malware vendors will even try to target it. That makes it secure.

    For reasons, some flashgames only work properly IN a browser when also logged into a website because they use the webbrowser’s site login cookie to send game data like scores and daily rewards etc. some other games actually dynamically download content such as flash shapes and images and sounds from their sites. so the games are largely broken if not used in a browser. for that reason there really needs to be a way to enable it.

    the way I found works. for me. but honestly someone will need to make a NPAPI+PPAPI browser that supports said plugin along side new content. Someone will do it eventually. I mean FF is in source so why not?

  • Hi there, I ran the command to install the flash plugin, but I am still having issues getting it to run on websites. Does it have to be enabled?? Thanks for your help.

  • Hey Abhi,

    Every time Iam using this command :
    sudo apt install flashplugin-installer

    I am getting the below response :

    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree… Done
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package flashplugin-installer

    I am new to the Linux and really need solution for this problem.