How to install flash using .tar.gz file in Debian or Ubuntu

It must have happened to the best of us ( Linux users ), when at the start of your Linux career, you were browsing a website and there comes the message –

Adobe Flash Player is needed to open the site. Download now!

You downloaded the flash file from the adobe site and end up worrying what to do next. Lastly, the website had to lose one of its potential user. I remember one of my those early days, and thought of why not make a post on it.

You will learn to install the flash required to open that website in this post. You can use the same to install other plugins in Linux. Ofcourse, you need to download other tar.gz file.

First, download the flash file from the adobe website – .tar.gz file.

Screenshot from 2016-12-31 00:51:41.png It is a small file ~ 10MB. That ought not to be a problem with Indian broadband speed.

Once downloaded, you can extract all the files to a folder. Create a folder of name (say, flash ).  Extract all the files to the flash folder.

Screenshot from 2016-12-31 00:32:38.png

It is considered better to first read the readme file, one of the files – readme.txt among the extracted files. It is highly unlikely that a beginner understands everything written in that. I didn’t !  Well, if you did – I wonder why are you reading this post.

So, you can skip that the reading part. Only, two folders are important among the extracted files named – usr and . They are needed to be added to the plugins folders of the OS, to open up that website.

So, its time we call terminal for the rescue.

  • cd flash
  • sudo cp -r usr/* /usr

If you are using Debian or Ubuntu prior to 14.04, then : (It works for iceweaseal as well)

  • sudo cp /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

If you are in Ubuntu 14.04 or above, then use the following command

  • sudo cp /usr/lib/firefox/browser/plugins




Screenshot from 2016-12-31 00:34:00.png

And we are done.

Now, you can open up that website. It must load up. Enjoy!


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