How to install Flash player in Ubuntu Linux

Learn how to install and verify Flash Player in Ubuntu Linux step by step with practical examples. Flash Player is deprecated and by default not installed in Ubuntu Linux. But if require, it can be installed through command line. This tutorial explains how to install and enable flash player in Ubuntu Linux.

Flash Player the end of an era

Flash player is used to play rich media contents such as games, tutorials, movies, audios, presentations etc. Couple of years ago, flash player was the must have plugin in all web browsers. But web technologies have been changed in recent years rapidly. Now websites use modern technologies (such as HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly) to embed rich media contents in web pages. All modern web browsers can play these types of contents without any third party flash player plugin. Due to this reason, Flash player plugin developers are not taking interest in developing and updating flash player anymore. For example, Adobe a major flash player developer site has already marked its flash player as deprecated and will not update it after the end of 2020. More information about this announcement is available at following webpage

Majority of websites have already been migrated their rich media contents in new technologies. For example, Youtube has official announced this migration at following webpage

Due to any reason if your favorite site still uses flash contents or haven’t migrated its flash contents in new technology then in order to access these contents you have to install and enable flash player plugin in web browser.

Step by step installing Flash Player in Ubuntu

Since Flash player is the third party tool, it is not available in Ubuntu’s default repositories. We have to install it from Canonical repositories.

Canonical repositories are the collection of repositories which provide third party tools and applications. By default canonical repositories are disabled is Ubuntu. Before we install any software from canonical repositories, we have to enable them.

To enable canonical repositories, connect system with internet and click Show Applications icon. Search Software & Update and click Software & Update application from search result.

acess software and update

In Software & Updates application, click Other Software tab and select Canonical Partners and click Add button.

canonical partners repositories

Adding and removing software repository require root privilege. Authenticate the action by typing the super user’s password.

Super user is the user which we create during the installation of Ubuntu. By default root user account is disabled in Ubuntu. For system management purpose, Ubuntu grants all necessary privileges to this user account.

authenticate the access

Click Close button to apply the change

close software and update

In order to install software from these newly added repositories, we have to sync them with their online database. Click Reload button to confirm the action.

reload database

Upon confirmation, local database syncs with remote database.

sync database

Once sync process is finished, open a terminal and run following commands

$sudo apt-get update
$sudo apt-get install adobe-flashplugin

First command updates all configured repositories and second command installs Adobe Flash player.

flash player install command

Configuring Flash player

With default installation, Flash player configures itself for higher security and optimized speed. You rarely need to change these settings. But if require, you can adjust these settings from flash player’s main application screen.

To configure Flash player options, click Show applications and search flash and click Adobe Flash Player application from search result.

access flash player

Main application contains self-explanatory options for preferences.

First tab allows us to configure Storage related options. You can set flash player in three modes.

Allow sites to save information on this computer

In this mode, flash player allows websites to store their rich media contents in local system. By default this mode is selected.

Ask me before allowing new sites to save information on this computer

In this mode, flash player notifies us when a website tries to store information in local system. If we confirm the action, flash player allows the website to store information in local system. If we deny the action, flash player blocks the website from storing contents in local system. This mode is more secure, but requires permission each time when we visit a site which uses flash contents.

Block all sites from storing information in this computer

In this mode, flash player does not allow any website to store any information in local computer.

storage option configure flash

Second tab allows us to configure Camera and Microphone setting.

Ask me when a site wants to use the camera or microphone

In this option, flash player asks user for confirmation before letting a website to use local system’s camera and microphone.

Block all sites from using the camera and microphone

In this option, flash player blocks all sites from using camera and microphone.

camera and microphone setting

Third tab allows us to configure Peer Networking options. Just like pervious tab, again we have two modes; confirmation and block. In confirmation mode, flash player takes permission before allowing any site to use peer assisted networking. In block mode, flash player blocks all sites from using peer assisted networking.

configure flash palyback setting

Last tab includes Advanced options

Browsing data and settings

This option allows us to clear browsing history.


This option allows us to update flash player.

Protected content

If you are selling the computer, you can use this option to remove any private information stored in local computer. If you have any purchased media which uses this computer to authenticate the purchase, after clicking Deauthorize This Computer button from this option, will not work.

configure flash advance options

Enabling and verifying Flash Player plugin

To verify the installation of flash player, visit any website which uses flash. If you don’t know such a website, simply search in Google for “game filetype:swf” and select any swf file for testing from result.

google search swf file

By default Firefox does not run any flash contents such as swf file automatically. When it detects any flash contents in web page, it asks user to confirm the security risks. It will run flash contents only if user permits.

user permission

Once approved by user, Firefox will run the flash file. To view flash player’s version information and other control options right click on Flash.

flash running

If you frequently use the sites which use flash, running flash this way could be very boring and tedious task. Luckily we can configure Firefox to run flash automatically. To do this, click Menu icon and select Plugin option.

Now select Shockwave Flash option from the plugin list and click drop down menu. It has three options

Ask to activate

By default this option is selected. In this option Firefox runs flash only after getting confirmation from user.

Always Activate

If we select this mode, Firefox will always run flash contents.

Never Activate

If this option is selected, flash content will never run.

flash options

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