Installing Flash on Ubuntu

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Note: This tutorial no longer works in Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal). If you click the Click here to download plugin link, Ubuntu will search for a suitable plugin and then say No suitable plugins were found..

If you want to install Flash, Java, MP3 playback, and a lot of other popular proprietary codecs all at once, install the ubuntu-restricted-extras package instead.

The procedure for installing Flash is pretty similar from version to version of Ubuntu. This page uses screenshots from Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat). You can also see specific instructions for Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) and Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala).

If you use 64-bit Ubuntu, apparently, it's quite a more complicated procedure to get Flash installed.

When you visit a page that requires a Flash plugin, you will get the message that the plugin is missing.


Instead of clicking Install Missing Plugins in the top-right (which will just lead to an Enabling 'multiverse,universe' failed error message), click on the prompt in the window to download the plugin from Adobe.


Once at the Adobe website, select from the drop-down menu the APT option.


Click Download Now.


Click Use This Source.


Click Install.


Wait for the Flash plugin to install.

Before you can use the plugin, you may have to quit Firefox and then start it again.


Once you've started Firefox again, you should be able to view Flash-using websites.

Last updated 01/28/12 12:02

If you have suggestions or corrections for these tutorials, please post in this Ubuntu Forums thread or leave a comment on my blog.

I will not give help to people posting in the above places. If you require technical support, start a support thread on the Ubuntu Forums. That is the appropriate place to ask for help.