Howto install & use Flash, Java, Real Player 32 bit plugins under 64 bit Firefox

by on March 16, 2007 · 19 comments· LAST UPDATED March 16, 2007

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Recently I found nspluginwrapper which allows to use 32bit plugins on a 64bit Firefox browser using nspluginwrapper.

It is an Open Source compatibility plugin for Netscape 4 (NPAPI) plugins. That is, it enables you to use plugins on platforms they were not built for. For example, you can following plugin on Linux/x86_64 , NetBSD and FreeBSD platforms:
=> Acrobat Reader (v5.0.9, v7.0.1)
=> DejaVu Libre (v3.5.14)
=> Flash Player (v7.0, v9.0)
=> Linux JPEG 2000 (v0.0.2)
=> Mplayerplug-in (v2.80, v3.25)
=> Real Player (v10.0.5)

Note that following instruction are tested on 64 bit Fedora Core and RHEL 5 only. See below for Debian/Ubuntu Linux specific instructions.

Download link

You can download this software from official site.


Use wget command to download software:
$ wget
$ wget


a) Make sure Firefox is not running.
b) Make sure you have downloaded and installed required 32 bit plugins such as Flash, Acrobat etc

You need to install gtk2.i386 using yum command:
# yum gtk2.i386

Use rpm command to install package:
# rpm -ivh nspluginwrapper-i386- nspluginwrapper-

Note that you need to install both the Plugin and the Viewer for correct operation.

How do I use this software?

Once installed simply run nspluginwrapper command. For example install wrapper for Flash player 9:
# nspluginwrapper -i /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

You can remove wrapper using –r switch:
# nspluginwrapper -r /usr/lib64/mozilla/plugins/

Under Fedora Core and RHEL 5/Debian/Ubuntu Linux you will find all 64 bit libs under /usr/lib64 and 32 bit under /usr/lib directory.

You can also update all plugins
# nspluginwrapper -v -a -u

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 cevo March 17, 2007 at 11:39 am

….. or install MEPIS 6.5 64 bit and you have it out of the box…..


2 java March 19, 2007 at 9:21 pm

And where is java?


3 mambo March 19, 2007 at 10:29 pm

Nspluginwrapper doesn’t work with 32 bin java plugin.


4 Tester March 20, 2007 at 11:32 am

blackdown has a 64bit jdk


5 Mikel May 1, 2007 at 1:07 pm

Great thanks for this post!!!


6 Bruce !c!+ June 8, 2007 at 4:09 am

thx so lot!


7 kuntal saha June 9, 2007 at 5:18 am

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8 gaganparoha August 29, 2007 at 9:24 am

I request to you are ethentication for use to realplayer rpm package install for “RHEL 5″.


9 :D November 4, 2007 at 2:05 am

This is great. Took like 5 minutes. This guide works well for opensuse, and firefox I just made sure copy to /usr/lib64/firefox/plugins since it wasn’t in the directory.


10 maran November 7, 2007 at 5:30 am

hi i want to install flash in my machine!
what i have to do!
help me to install…..


11 Martin Ultima November 12, 2007 at 10:56 pm

nspluginwrapper’s a great utility… I’ve been using it a while, and it’s in every install of Ultima Linux AMD64 ;-)


12 W Hong February 1, 2008 at 1:10 am

Thanks a lot. I didn’t kill the firefox just because I had to read this instructions :)
Anyway everything worked like charm. Cool.


13 roberto February 12, 2008 at 4:24 am

very nice, congratulations very useful and quickly configuration…

Thxs a lot


14 dgtlmoon April 18, 2008 at 4:27 am

heres how i got 64 bit working (very similar) on debian lenny


15 Trent March 17, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Yeah, this really worked:

# rpm -ivh nspluginwrapper-i386- nspluginwrapper-
error: Failed dependencies: is needed by nspluginwrapper-i386-

It’s already installed! LOL!


16 Gajendra March 28, 2009 at 5:43 am

i have installed as you directed but the speaker voice is not coming in flv…
that means flash video are playing without voice
if u have any idea than give reply


17 Slavi July 29, 2009 at 11:00 am

ERROR: Your architecture, \’ppc64\’, is not supported by the
Adobe Flash Player installer.


18 Abhishek bhardwaj February 16, 2010 at 3:18 pm

I work on debain 4.0 version os as Software engineer but in my laptop not supported a sound player in this case i am not lisening a any sound from my laptop and xp os fully supported a sound driver and that driver is realtek .
i have no idea which software is install please if u have any idea for me than give me a reply
Thank you 16-02-2010


19 romi itzhak December 19, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Ha Ha du you realy think somone understand this nonsense
no link work realy dont need to work with firefox
i am pc supporter du you realy think my grand mother understand it
i did But no links so . . .
again ha ha


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