Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Installing Flash Plugin in Debian

Lets install Shockwave Flash plugin from Macromedia Adobe on Debian. We will be using the flashplugin-nonfree package from Debian Non-free. This package will install plugin for any Netscape or Mozilla based browsers like Mozilla, Mozilla-Firefox, Firefox, Iceweasel, and Iceape, along with few others like Galeon and Epiphany. Before we begin make sure you have non-free repository added in your apt-get sources.list file. Here is example from my sources.list file. deb sid main non-free contrib Alright update the apt list and install flashplugin-nonfree package. $ apt-get update ... $ apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Suggested packages: konqueror-nsplugins x-ttcidfont-conf msttcorefonts ttf-xfree86-nonfree xfs The following NEW packages will be installed: flashplugin-nonfree 0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded. Need to get 15.5kB of archives. After unpacking 143kB of additional disk space will be used. Get:1 sid/contrib flashplugin-nonfree [15.5kB] Fetched 15.5kB in 8s (1906B/s) At this moment the install asks you if you have downloaded the latest flashplayer tar.gz file and prompts your for the path. Lets downloaded the latest flashplayer9 update from another console. $ cd /tmp $ wget Once the file is downloaded, give the path as /tmp/ in the text box prompt of the installer. And the install continues.... Preconfiguring packages ... Selecting previously deselected package flashplugin-nonfree. (Reading database ... 72707 files and directories currently installed.) Unpacking flashplugin-nonfree (from .../flashplugin-nonfree_9. ... Setting up flashplugin-nonfree ( ... Installing from local file /tmp//install_flash_player_9_linux.tar.gz Flash Plugin installed. Cool,Lets check if the plugin installed. You need restart your browser if you it is already running and point your browser to about:plugins If you see something like this then the plugins is install and working. Shockwave Flash File name: Shockwave Flash 9.0 r48 MIME Type Description Suffixes Enabled application/x-shockwave-flash Shockwave Flash swf Yes application/futuresplash FutureSplash Player spl Yes


  1. This link is broken:

  2. Thanks a lot, I just corrected the broken URL on debianHelp.

  3. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh! to install flash on Windows, click on the download button on the Adobe website - job done.

    Why does linux have make simple tasks so difficult?

    1. Linux shares knowledge, windows does not

  4. u dont know how to use linux....
    dats y u getting diffiicult....

  5. @Anonymous the new version of Ubuntu 11.04 makes it much easier

  6. You have to open a browser in windows to install something ? Why is windows so difficult and weird ?

    In linux all i did was click on "flashplugin-nonfree" in my package manager.

    (add-remove programs program in WinXP is "pakcage manager" i guess, but all you can do is uninstall, so happy uninstalling ppl.)


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