Install Flash Player 10 Under Ubuntu Linux

by on May 16, 2008 · 52 comments· LAST UPDATED August 30, 2009

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Adobe flash player version 10 (code-named "Astro") has been released and available for download. It has many new features such as:
+ Visual performance improvements
+ 3D effects
+ Custom Filters and Effects
+ Advanced Text Layout
+ Enhanced Drawing API
+ Performance improvements and much more.

You must uninstall any currently installed Flash Player before installing the beta under Linux or Mac / Windows computer. Open Firefox and type following at url box:

(Fig. 01: Flash Player 9 installed)

Method #1: Install Ubuntu flash 10 Player

Visit this url and grab .deb file. Uninstall old flashplayer 9 ( if installed ):
$ sudo apt-get remove flashplugin-nonfree
Now, install Flash 10 (make sure Firefox is not running):
$ sudo dpkg -i install_flash_player_10_linux.deb
Start firefox and type about:plugins. You should see list of plugins including Flash 10.

Method #2: Install Flash Player 10 Final in your home directory

If you need to install flash plugin in your home directory, type the following commands. To uninstall type the command:
$ cd ~/.mozilla
$ rm flashplayer.xpt

Visit adobe website to grab flash player 10 tar.gz (tar ball). Download and install flash player 10 (please exit any browsers you may have running):
$ cd /tmp
$ wget
$ tar -zxvf install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz
$ cd install_flash_player_10_linux
$ ./flashplayer-installer

Sample output:

Copyright(C) 2002-2006 Adobe Macromedia Software LLC.  All rights reserved.
Adobe Flash Player 10 for Linux
Adobe Flash Player 10 will be installed on this machine.
You are running the Adobe Flash Player installer as a non-root user.
Adobe Flash Player 10 will be installed in your home directory.
Support is available at
To install Adobe Flash Player 10 now, press ENTER.
To cancel the installation at any time, press Control-C.
NOTE: Please exit any browsers you may have running.
Press ENTER to continue...
----------- Install Action Summary -----------
Adobe Flash Player 10 will be installed in the following directory:
Mozilla installation directory  = /home/vivek/.mozilla
Proceed with the installation? (y/n/q): y
NOTE: Please ask your administrator to remove the xpti.dat from the
      components directory of the Mozilla or Netscape browser.
Installation complete.
Perform another installation? (y/n): n
Please log out of this session and log in for the changes to take effect.
The Adobe Flash Player installation is complete.

Now open Firefox and type about:plugins:

(Fig. 02: Flash Player 10 installed)

You can now view any flash based site (see featured demos and videos on official site) or video from Youtube video sharing site :)

(Fig.03: Flash 10 demo featured at official site)

Flash 10 64 bit Linux version

However, there is no 64 bit version of Flash 10 exists for Linux systems. You can install and use Flash, Java, Real Player 32 bit plugins under 64 bit Linux Firefox version

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{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mitko May 16, 2008 at 3:33 pm

Seems that macromedia decided to change the download location:

=> `flashplayer10'
Connecting to||:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 404 Not Found
17:32:34 ERROR 404: Not Found.


2 nixCraft May 16, 2008 at 4:45 pm


Copy correct url:



3 alexows April 15, 2013 at 10:46 pm

2013-04-16 00:43:04 ERREUR 404: Not Found.

try this wiki.


4 Mitko May 19, 2008 at 10:20 pm

thx. got it to work.


5 shyeanne May 22, 2011 at 5:43 am

how i can NOT get it to work and it is making me mad


6 Romeo Adrian Cioaba June 13, 2008 at 7:16 pm

I wrote a tutorial on how to install flash player 10 on linux 64 bit


7 Sayantan Das July 17, 2008 at 1:30 pm

i have installed flash player 10 on ubuntu 8.04 with firefox 3.0 . after installing, these sites are crashing specifically:

firefox crashes with segmentation fault

also the flash animation is very slow compared to flash player 9.i can see the difference if i go to the adobe website.

any suggestions how to fix the issue


8 Oliver July 20, 2008 at 11:29 pm

New version is out at
which seems to be working better than the previous beta for me.


9 Sam August 8, 2008 at 3:24 pm

Why are you telling people to remove files instead of using the package management system?

apt-get remove flashplugin-nonfree


10 Alejandro September 8, 2008 at 10:56 pm

For Ubuntu 64 bit users you can intall the latest flash 10 RC with 2 clicks here


11 Kevin J September 21, 2008 at 2:25 am

The download url has changed yet again it seems.It is now:


12 Alejandro September 21, 2008 at 5:32 pm

The installer for Ubuntu 64 bit users has been updated so tha you can intall the latest Flash 10 RC released by adobe on Sept 15 2008.
You can intall the latest flash 10 RC with just 2 clicks here


13 Alejandro October 16, 2008 at 3:06 am

The installer for Ubuntu 64 bit users has been updated so tha you can intall the latest Flash 10 released by adobe on October 15 2008.
For 64 bit users see The easiest way to install Flash 10 on Ubuntu 64 bits


14 cease October 21, 2008 at 10:17 am

i’ve been trying to install as sudo , but every time i get to the point it asks me to enter /usr/lib/mozilla and its says WARNING: Please enter a valid installation path.. any ideas.


15 Jeroen October 22, 2008 at 9:54 pm

I’m afraid that ubuntu says that the repo has a newer version that the adobe site. But both versions don’t appear in the about:plugins pase of firefox. So I reinstalled the older version that just works.
Did I understand it rigth that this is still a beta version?


16 Jamie October 27, 2008 at 10:03 am

I simply used:
sudo apt-get install adobe-flashplugin

and it removed the old one and installed v10 without a hitch :)


17 sekson November 12, 2008 at 9:18 am

it work thank you ขอบคุณครับ


18 Greta November 14, 2008 at 1:00 am

I have a problem… I keep getting this error, but I’m not quite sure what it means. Flash used to work fine on Ubuntu 8.04, but now that I upgraded to 8.10, it says:

ERROR: Your architecture, \'x86_64\', is not supported by the
Adobe Flash Player installer.

Any solutions?


19 nixCraft November 14, 2008 at 3:44 am


You need to install 64 bit flash player as you are using x86_64.


20 Schlandower December 26, 2008 at 10:32 am

I ran into problems when trying to install the amd64 version of Flash Player 10 on Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid) using method 1 as this version available from Adobe is for the 32 bit systems.

This is how I overcame it:

With your browser closed (not running) – VERY important!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1: Uninstall flashplayer-nonfree
2: Download the file from, save this file to you home directory (a storage place as good as any). I sugest you use wget for this. wget -c
3: untar the archive tar -zxvf this will leave you with
4: I sugest you open a terminal and go to the flashplayer directory (if you created one) and issue the following command: sudo cp -v /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins
5: now start Firefox, go to the address bar and type “about:plugins”, you should see a list of plugins, scroll down ans you will find listed with the description and version, the version should now read 10.

There you go it is installed.

Enjoy browsing.


21 Ricardo September 13, 2010 at 2:17 am

Thanks! It worked for me so far.


22 dasdasdas February 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm

will the flashplayer work for all users on the pc or for just the one user that it was installed on and will it work with any version of firefox :D


23 somename January 3, 2009 at 11:12 pm

hi there, I had to remove the old plugin from firefox to make it work:

tools->addons->plugins -> remove flash[…] 9


24 michael January 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm

nobody uses linux, its horrible


25 javed January 15, 2009 at 11:19 am

it is best player


26 HolyGhost23 March 6, 2009 at 6:16 pm

t every time i get to the point it asks me to enter /usr/lib/mozilla and its says WARNING: Please enter a valid installation path.. WTF IS WRONG


27 Barmaley March 13, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Schlandower, where did you take this link: Its not possible to get it from Adobe website, and there is still only i386 version available… Some one should know some secret places… :)


28 Matt March 27, 2009 at 11:22 pm

Method #1 falls down at the first hurdle: you don’t say where to save the grabbed .deb file so that the 2nd step (“sudo dpkg -i sudo dpkg -i install_flash_player_10_linux.deb”) can access it.

Sorry but I just don’t have the innate knowledge of how to cope with this.

One day… this will be really easy!


29 gunnar-eee April 2, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Darn, nobody seems to indicate to what location the player actually gets installed. The path is no longer to under /usr/lib but it goes somewhere else ??


30 hc April 21, 2009 at 11:12 am

sorry,I can’t do it! it’s error!!!


31 Jarod Edwards April 24, 2009 at 5:59 pm

I got the new ubuntu but Abode Flash Player not working i tried Every thing
and mine is 32 bit


32 An Aspiring Person May 3, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Hey. I keep following the instructions that were posted and it works fine for me. BUT THERES ONE MAJOR PROBLEM, even though flash is said to be installed in Addons,
it doesn’t actually work.

For example, if I go to you and watch a vid, the place where the video would be is gone, yet firefox says that I’ve installed flashplayer 10 as an addon.

Any suggestions? PLEASE!


33 asdf May 8, 2009 at 9:29 pm

sudo update-alternatives –config mozilla-flashplugin


34 Vlad May 19, 2009 at 12:31 pm

I’ve put /usr/lib/firefox-3.0.10/ when asked about the firefox installation dir.

I guess you should change the -3.0.10 according to your own installation.


35 jan May 31, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Judging from the comments, the instructions here are incorrect. Does anyone have a pointer to instructions that are verified to easily install flash player with a fresh Ubuntu 9.04 install?


36 Milton June 19, 2009 at 1:07 pm

This worked for me:
1. Go to and download the .tar.gz version.
2. Close all browsers and open a terminal window.
3. cd to the folder where the .tar.gz folder is located and run these commands:
1. gunzip .tar.gz-folder
2. tar -xvf the-.tar-folder-that-you-just-created
4. cd into the folder that you just craeted (for me it was “install_flash_player_10_linux”).
5. Now run these commands:
1. ./the-installationfile (for me “./flashplayer-installer”)
2. Press Enter.
3. Press Enter again.
4. Enter the location of where your browser is installed (for me “/usr/lib/firefox”) and press enter.
5. Press the y-key.
6. Press the n-key.


37 Slavi July 29, 2009 at 11:06 am

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


38 xurizaemon August 30, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Method #1 falls down at the first hurdle: you don’t say where to save the grabbed .deb file so that the 2nd step (”sudo dpkg -i sudo dpkg -i install_flash_player_10_linux.deb”) can access it.

That’s because there’s a copy-paste typo in there. It should just be,

sudo dpkg -i install_flash_player_10_linux.deb

I’ve probably made the same mistake myself in the past, but I think it’s always good practice to verify any tutorial you post on the interwebs yourself by actually practicing the tutorial from your own instructions, copying and pasting every step of the way.


39 usman November 6, 2009 at 10:47 am

install flash player


40 lior November 26, 2009 at 4:57 pm

$ cd ~/.mozilla
$ rm flashplayer.xpt


41 Gelmir December 30, 2009 at 2:26 am

I’ve read on the Macromedia website that there is an 64 bit version availible for Linux, It said that there is no need for anymore and should work with the 64-bits sytem.

Would the author update do some re-search for this and update the post?



42 Babu March 4, 2010 at 4:18 pm

I cant install adobe flash player as I get like this

Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
E: Couldn’t find package adobe-flash

Pls reply


43 Eydfinn April 23, 2010 at 7:29 pm

i had the same problem

i just uninstalled the flash plugins i had

$ sudo apt-get remove flashplugin-nonfree

then when i started a flash video next time i started firefox, firefox recomended automatic a pluggin then i just installed the plugin with out problem.


44 Val June 22, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Works. Thanks!


45 korrado August 12, 2010 at 7:35 am

in Mandriva
urpmi gnash
and that’s all :)
and true x86_64 if desire


46 May September 25, 2010 at 1:42 pm

how to Upgrade to Flash 10


47 Jenny January 6, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Thanks a lot!!!!! It WORKS!!!!!!!!


48 shade August 9, 2011 at 5:04 am

Thanks a lot!!!!! It WORKS!!!!!!!!


49 Hoda October 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Thank you so much. Worked like a charm!


50 Whiri December 22, 2011 at 8:28 am

I cant install flashplayer on linux UE2.9. please help


51 Ishrak Shadman January 3, 2012 at 10:29 am

I want to install adobe flash player 10. Please give a valid one.


52 paul January 12, 2013 at 6:59 pm

i want abobe falsh player


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