HowTo: Linux Update the Adobe Flash Player [ Firefox and Chrome Plugin ]

by on November 24, 2011 · 18 comments· LAST UPDATED November 24, 2011


The Adobe Flash Player plugin is use for viewing multimedia, and streaming video and audio, on a Firefox web browser. The same plugin is used by Google chrome and other browsers. Keeping your third-party plugins such as flash player up to date helps Firefox run safely and smoothly.

As explained earlier you need to install the flashplugin-nonfree package under Debian and Ubuntu Linux to get flash support for Firefox and other browsers. You can check plugins status by visiting the following url:

Firefox Update Flash Plugin

Fig.01: Check Your Plugins

How Do I Update the Adobe Flash Player Under Debian or Ubuntu Linux?

Open a terminal window (select Applications > Accessories > Terminal). Switch to the root user by typing su - and entering the root password, when prompted:
$ su -
# update-flashplugin-nonfree --install

$ sudo /sbin/update-flashplugin-nonfree --install
The update-flashplugin-nonfree command takes care of downloading, removing the installed Adobe Flash Plugin if it has been reported as insecure, or, if a newer suitable version is available, downloading a newer Adobe Flash Player and its installer from the Adobe download site. From the man page:

              To install, update or remove the Adobe Flash Player depending on
              downloaded  last  minute  information from Debian about suitable
              To remove the Adobe Flash Player.

(Fig.02: update-flashplugin-nonfree command line options)

Next, restart the Firefox and all other browsers. Again, check plugins status by visiting the following url:
Debian / Ubuntu Linux Update Flash Player For Firefox / Chrome Browser

Fig.02: Up To Date Flash Plugin Reported By Mozilla

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1 tueken November 24, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Finally i can watch youtube from ubuntu.


2 alan November 25, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I have found the firefox plugin “flash-aid” to be the best solution for firefox. It allows one to choose which library to use, which was important with Pandora didn’t work for me.


3 setevoy November 30, 2011 at 11:59 am

Well, Firefox website says that I need to update Flash.
I try make:
setevoy@lizard:~$ sudo /sbin/update-flashplugin-nonfree –install
but get answer:
sudo: /sbin/update-flashplugin-nonfree: command not found

ЧЯНДТ? (What I make wrong?) :)

Linux lizard.dcv 2.6.32-31-generic #61-Ubuntu


4 DBB April 11, 2013 at 11:03 pm

I know this is old, but it is because you didn’t do the first (kinda hidden) step where you install update-flashplugin-nonfree to /sbin/


5 setevoy August 20, 2014 at 5:58 am

Hi, man. Thanks for replay, but look at post date:

setevoy November 30, 2011

anyway – thanks :-)


6 Conner September 26, 2012 at 10:02 am

you missed the second ‘-‘?
Your -install should be –install


7 Thomas October 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm

when i do
$ sudo /sbin/update-flashplugin-nonfree –install
it says $: command not found
what do i do?


8 mueller March 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm

type – twice before typing install
2x — install


9 DBB April 11, 2013 at 11:02 pm

`sudo /sbin/update-flashplugin-nonfree –install` is the command. $ implies the start of the shell line, not part of the command.


10 Johnny Allen June 28, 2013 at 9:51 pm

None of the commands here work on Bodhi.


11 Zach Stewart August 24, 2013 at 6:07 am

This doesn’t work.


12 Ricardo November 29, 2013 at 4:59 am

This one works guaranteed

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree


13 John March 20, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Ummm..nope, it doesn’t. No candidates found. Have updated my sources.list even and still nothing. None of the sudo commands are working.


14 markus April 9, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Go back to Windows where you don’t have to bother over such issues. Always the same story in Linux, hours and hours of executing scripts and commands to just get the very basic things done that we take granted in Windows…


15 Mark A July 5, 2014 at 3:08 am

that’s heresy in these here parts markus! LOL

But you are right, I installed the latest Ubuntu in a virtual mode to try and the Flash player (11) is obsolete and wont and can’t update to the latest because Adobe won’t support Linux any longer. I’m a punter (horse racing) and our TAB website is written in and for Flash if you don’t have the latest version of flash you don’t get in.
Apart for geeks I don’t see any point in having a Linux install, even for price, for G sake I paid $89 for a full copy of Win8 Professional, if you can’t afford that give up computing.


16 anonymous April 14, 2014 at 10:38 am

try… apt-get update


17 anonymous(cje) November 9, 2014 at 11:37 am

:o Woah!! That does work


18 anonymous(cje) November 9, 2014 at 11:38 am


spoke too soon….


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