Install Flash Player 10 Under Ubuntu Linux

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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


Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

52 comment

  1. 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. Mitko,

    Copy correct url:

  3. hi,
    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

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

    apt-get remove flashplugin-nonfree

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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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?

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

    and it removed the old one and installed v10 without a hitch 🙂

  10. 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?

  11. 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.

    1. 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 😀

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

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

  13. 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

  14. 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!

  15. 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 ??

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

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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?

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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?


  23. 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

    1. 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.

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