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Installing Flash Player in Firefox on Ubuntu Gutsy

I decided to upgrade my Mac Mini to Linux over the weekend with excellent results until I encountered an extremely annoying error in Firefox: “Additional plugins are required to display all the media on this page”. Going through the wizard a dozen times didn’t fix the problem, so what gives?

The issue is some underlying error in Ubuntu Gutsy with package management… and the solution is to install Flash Player 9 directly via the Adobe website.


Installing Without Command Line

Yes, you can install this without troubling yourself to open the command line at all. (Command line instructions are below).

Right-click on the downloaded installation file and choose “Extract Here” from the menu.


Now open up the new folder and double-click on flashplayer-installer. When prompted, choose to “Run in Terminal”


You’ll have to click inside the window and hit the Enter key and then the y key at the prompts. (Make sure you have Firefox closed)


Now your Flash player should be working just fine.

Installing from the Command Line

If you prefer to install from the command line, you can run the following commands to download and install flash player. Make sure you’ve closed all instances of Firefox before you start this.


tar xvfz install_flash_player_9_linux

cd install_flash_player_9_linux


Verifying Installation

Type about:plugins into the address bar, and verify that you see Shockwave Flash in the list.


That should be all you need to do.

Download Flash Player 9 for Linux

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  • Published 02/5/08

Comments (17)

  1. Bagheera

    Ace! The how To Geek comes through with the goods again!

    Thanks very much – I wondered how I was going to get around this one…


  2. Grant Johnson

    Also, there is a package on Ubuntu that customizes some of the Firefox settings, for instance, if you click the button to install the plug-in, it starts the package manager. If you remove the package, then just click the button, and it installs automatically.

  3. teslarage

    Yeah, that’s what I did about a month ago.

    This is only applicable to 32-bit Ubuntu though. For 64-bit, you will still have to use a wrapper to get Flash running.

  4. Jake

    If you’re lazy (or maybe lazy’s the wrong word) you can do it all on the command line (this only installs to your user’s Firefox though):

    tar xfvz install_flash_player*
    cd install_flash_player*
    mkdir ~/.mozilla/plugins
    cp ~/.mozilla/plugins

  5. Peter Hill

    I could not get the command line as posted to work.

  6. Adam

    All I had to do was click the “Install Missing Plugins” button, select the adobe option, then restart.

  7. jerry

    thanks a lot

    i am brand new to ubuntu but have used fedora & redhat for several years
    i was having a difficult time with downloads. also, i love command lines

    thanks again

  8. zahra

    thank you! really helped me!

  9. Chris

    How about for 64-bit machines. I am stuck as I can’t do this installation.


  10. michael skramstad

    Did you install the 64-bit version of Ubuntu? The installation on 64-bit computers is the same. You can download the latest Flash player 10 using this command:

    Since Firefox on Linux and Flash don’t getting along well, you may find this article helpful –

  11. mfm

    MIME Type Description Suffixes Enabled
    application/x-shockwave-flash Shockwave Flash swf Yes
    application/futuresplash FutureSplash Player spl Yes
    however it still won’t install-thanks geek

  12. newuser

    I have been trying to install Flash Player & Opera on Ubuntu ver. 5.10 but without any success.

    I feel like I miss my “double-click” from the windows environment, really! This is too much trouble to go through to make a browser to work!

  13. Jake

    @newuser: First off, you are not going to be able to do as much the easy way with an older version of Ubuntu. Six versions have been released since the version you are using. Part of Ubuntu is a fast release cycle, and you may not want to use it if you don’t like it.

    That said, I can show you a harder way to get flash working everywhere.

    1. Download and select tar.gz for Linux.

    2. Extract the the file ending in .so. To select where to extract it to, go to your home directory. Right click and click “Show hidden files.” find .mozilla, and double click there. If you do not already have it, create a directory here called plugins . Now you can click to extract the file.

    Fire up Opera and you should be good to go!

  14. Rockubuntu

    hi , i installed ubuntu 7.10 ppc version on my ps3 and i have been trying to get the flash to work. I’ve gone to youtube to get the plugins but no such thing happens. I followed the instructions on this but when i ran it in the terminal, it started up blank for half a second and dissapeared off the screen. When i download it in the terminal, it downloads it, but when i choose to install it, it says no such file or directories exsist. Can someone lend some advice or help please.

  15. raamee

    Thanks, thanks a lot… it helped me much…

  16. Javazn

    Nice, thank you!

  17. Larree

    This was very easy……Thank You!!!!! A+A+A+A+A+

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