How to Install Adobe Flash Player 64-bit on Ubuntu 8.10
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I guess you've heard the good news, that Adobe released yesterday
(November 17th, 2008) the first 64-bit version of its Flash Player for Linux-based operating systems.
Until yesterday, 64-bit Linux users had to install the 32-bit version of the Flash Player, which was forced to work with the help of the NSPlugin wrapper package. Moreover, the "grey box" issue in Firefox 64-bit for the Ubuntu 8.10 AMD64 (Intrepid Ibex) operating system is a known and unresolved problem, as is also the fact that users had to reload the web pages to see the flash content, or even to restart Firefox. The following guide is here to teach you how to replace the 32-bit version of the flash player with the 64-bit one, on Ubuntu 8.10 AMD64. It will work with other 64-bit Linux distributions.
OK, so let us get down to business, and replace that ugly 32-bit flash player installation from your Ubuntu 8.10 AMD64 edition with the just released 64-bit version.
What do I need to get started? You will need to download the 64-bit Adobe Flash Player from Softpedia
. Save the file on your desktop.WARNING: Close any opened window of the Firefox browser before you continue! Open this page in Opera, Epiphany or any other browser.STEP 1 - Remove the 32-bit flash player
You must remove the existing installation of the 32-bit flash player before installing the 64-bit one. Go to System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager
When Synaptic is ready, just type "nsplugin" (without quotes) in the search box. It will immediately find the package. Click on the green box in front of the "nspluginwrapper" package, and select the "Mark for Complete Removal" option...
You will also be notified about the removal of the "flashplugin-nonfree" package. Click on the "Mark" button...
Now, click on the "Apply" button; a confirmation window will appear, click "Apply," and wait for the packages to be removed from your system. Close Synaptic when it finishes the removal of the 32-bit flash player packages.
STEP 2 - Install the 64-bit flash player
Extract the archive of the 64-bit flash player and you will end up with a "libflashplayer.so" file...
Now, open your Home folder, go to View -> Show Hidden Files
to view the hidden files...
Enter the .mozilla folder and create a new directory called "plugins" (without quotes). Drag and drop the "libflashplayer.so" file from the desktop to the "plugins" folder...STEP 3 - Verify the installation of the 64-bit flash player
You can safely open the Firefox web browser, and go to YouTube or any other website with flash content. Try to watch a movie. Eureka! It works!
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|Comment #1 by: monkey on 19 Nov 2008, 21:17 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Brilliant!! Worked first time even though i forgot to close firefox when following install instructions
|Comment #3 by: NFL on 20 Nov 2008, 21:10 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Thank you very much. It works like a magic.
|Comment #4 by: chandu on 20 Nov 2008, 21:42 UTC|| reply to this comment|
thanks for providing ubuntu software support
|Comment #5 by: Viv on 21 Nov 2008, 02:44 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Thanks for the tutorial. Flash finally working fine on my 64-bit Intrepid Ibex.
|Comment #6 by: Sir Rodness on 21 Nov 2008, 13:58 UTC|| reply to this comment|
One thing to add. Be sure that you get rid of everything flash 9 related. On my other linux computer after I removed nsplugin... I still had issues on flash pages with incomplete loading. Went back to synaptic and typed "flash" just to double check and there were a couple of swfdec plugins installed for flash 9 still lingering that nsplugin search didn't show. Once those were removed it was all good.
|Comment #7 by: rv65 on 21 Nov 2008, 19:35 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Open Sound System requires a 64 bit libflashsupport file in order to get audio to work. It's possible to keep nspluginwrapper but don't have it configured for flash.
|Comment #8 by: EP on 23 Nov 2008, 21:47 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Thanks for the tips for install flash on my 64-bit Intrepid Ibex.. Flash finally working fine with Opera.
|Comment #9 by: Thiago on 25 Nov 2008, 20:38 UTC|| reply to this comment|
rv65 seems to be right. I've installed this new plugin but sound the sound handling is blocking any other program who attemps to access it. The libflashsupport file, customized for OSS device, did not worked as well. If you have solved this issue, please post it!
|Comment #10 by: idontknowme on 27 Nov 2008, 16:51 UTC|| reply to this comment|
anyone wondering if this works on fedora 10 x86_64, it Does! I did all the same steps ( for the most part ) and all is well!
|Comment #11 by: Dan Maddock on 27 Nov 2008, 21:27 UTC|| reply to this comment|
What a great, straight forward, simple guide! I've bookmarked this page and will be passing on the info to friends. I had given up hope of getting 64 bit flash working so easily. Keep up the good work. Simple guides like this for Linux newbies and experienced alike are a boon for the free software movement. Nice one!
|Comment #12 by: andrewkm on 30 Nov 2008, 21:00 UTC|| reply to this comment|
The video is now playing, but I'm not getting any sound. I see someone mentioned I need a 64-bit libflashsupport.so. Any links to that?
|Comment #13 by: wisd0m on 02 Dec 2008, 23:31 UTC|| reply to this comment|
not working at all for me. I followed the steps correctly. I am running 8.10 x64. Any ideas?
|Comment #13.1 by: New2linux on 14 Mar 2009, 23:16 GMT|
Same for me, I did exactly as it says, but it still doesn't work.
|Comment #14 by: ErroneousBosch on 03 Dec 2008, 13:31 UTC|| reply to this comment|
These instructions didn't work for me, but after searching the Ubuntu forums, I found that if you copy the plugin to /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins instead it works great!
|Comment #15 by: rv65 on 04 Dec 2008, 03:54 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Thiago and other OSS users,
I have already have flash 10 64 bit alpha working sucessfully on OSS. I use Ubunt 8.10 amd64. This could work for other distros and OSS' versions. I use some 4.1 rc testing release. Making a 64 bit libflashsupport.so for OSS is quite easy.
Just omit the -m32 argument and restart your browser. If you follow the instructions it works great.
|Comment #16 by: gzmask on 05 Dec 2008, 18:48 UTC|| reply to this comment|
where is the .mozilla folder? I spend like 9999999 years and couldn't find it.
|Comment #17 by: Tom on 06 Dec 2008, 23:56 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I spent all day trying to get this to work using other websites including adobe's site. It took me forever to find the folder that firefox uses for plugins
so, then when i installed libflashplayer.so to this folder, i ran firefox and got THIS message: "LoadPlugin: failed to initialize shared library ... :wrong ELF class: ELFCLASS32
I'm a linux noob, but this website's tutorial worked. Youtube videos work perfectly. One thing to note, is that Adobe's website had similar instructions, but I didn't know about hidden folders. so when I tried to copy to .mozilla it said it didn't exist
Thanks for the tutorial!
|Comment #18 by: paxmark1 on 08 Dec 2008, 04:37 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Love it. nsplugin previous really dragged system in Opera (hardy kubunty, intrepid rc, very much so in debian lenny. Went to gnome intrepid and so slick. I installed in /usr/lib/mozilla plugin and /usr/lib/opera/plugin. WOOT
|Comment #20 by: Bronson on 22 Dec 2008, 03:28 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Did you ever get this to work? I just installed Ubuntu 8.10 and followed to instructions but I was also unsuccessful. I was able to get the other flash player to work in terminal, but I really want to try this one, if you figured it out please let me know.
|Comment #21 by: colin on 22 Dec 2008, 06:18 UTC|| reply to this comment|
How do I install it in Yellow Dog Linux 6.1?
|Comment #22 by: Marius Nestor on 23 Dec 2008, 07:33 UTC|| reply to this comment|
For colin: YDL is for PPC architectures... I don't think Adobe has a version for PPC...
|Comment #23 by: JR on 23 Dec 2008, 23:43 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i installed this a few days ago using this method, worked great. only one problem - my .mozilla folder also contained a file (directory? blue logo, sorry i'm new to linux) also called "plugins". it would not let me have both named "plugins".
i made the folder to put the Adobe file it in, and so Adobe is working fine. right now i have the pre-existing "plugins" file in that folder too, but i'm not sure if that stuff is working.
does anyone know how i can check? or know what to do about it?
|Comment #24 by: anothernewbie on 29 Dec 2008, 22:19 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Yesterday was my first experience with a linux installation (Ubuntu Ibex AMD 64). THANK YOU for the clear instructions...it couldn't have been any easier!
|Comment #25 by: Kshitij on 03 Jan 2009, 01:47 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Doesn't work. Tried everything above and in the comments. Copied in /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins and in /home/kshitij/.mozilla/plugins and still nothing is working.
|Comment #26 by: Omny_Devi on 03 Jan 2009, 03:06 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I did a few things.
I did these instructions, and it didn't work. So I read the comments here and copied the file to my /usr/lib/mozilla/plug directory. It didn't work.
so I made myself the owner of the file in terminal as root
chown me libflashplayer.so
retried youtube in firefox, failed again. so i went to terminal and as root ran a
seems a process was still running, but that command killed it. reopened firefox, went to youtube and clicked on a random video and BAM! success.
Thanks for the article! Hope my feedback helps someone. I would try the
sudo killall firefox
I think that did it more than the ownership permissions.
|Comment #27 by: Stefan on 10 Jan 2009, 17:54 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Like Kshitij says, it just doesn't want to work in Firefox wherever I put the .so. And I tried killall like Omny_Devi says but there's nothing left to kill.
I also found a config file for Opera where a lot of directories are listed, where it searches for plugins. I put the .so in almost all of those directories and in Opera it also doesn't want to work.
No error, it's just as if I didn't have the .so plugin.
|Comment #29 by: meh on 21 Jan 2009, 16:56 UTC|| reply to this comment|
firefox closes itself whenever I come to a video now
|Comment #30 by: Alexandra on 28 Jan 2009, 10:09 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Great super easy guide! Worked like a charm. Thank you!
|Comment #31 by: UNF on 28 Jan 2009, 16:27 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Thanks for the best guide in noobalicious detail
adobe updated their Linux x64 prerelease on 16.12.2008, so maybe update your DL link above?
get latest version here (bottom of page)
|Comment #33 by: sutupud on 17 Feb 2009, 17:46 UTC|| reply to this comment|
whit this prerelease there is no need for installing the 32-bit version anymore!
|Comment #34 by: ivan on 19 Feb 2009, 06:42 UTC|| reply to this comment|
thanx for the guide! just came back to ubuntu and found that 64 bit flash exists now.. dreams come true..
|Comment #35 by: fabio on 21 Feb 2009, 12:17 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Great! It work perfectly! The first good tutorial for adobe flash player 64 bit that i found. Thanks!
|Comment #36 by: nuisant on 26 Feb 2009, 17:24 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i followed to the letter.. seemed to go ok, even copied the file to /usr/lib/mozilla plugin
still get the message:
i have gnash installed, will uninstalling this help?
|Comment #37 by: nuisant on 26 Feb 2009, 17:46 UTC|| reply to this comment|
not working for me.
i have gnash installed, anyone know if this poses a conflict?
before trying this i had installed "restricted extras" via terminal
|Comment #38 by: Rick on 01 Mar 2009, 23:12 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Running Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex, AMD64
After using Synaptic to remove the above mention package, I also, for good measure, ran:
sudo rm -f /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/*flash*
sudo rm -f ~/.mozilla/plugins/*flash*
sudo rm -f /usr/lib/firefox/plugins/*flash*
sudo rm -f /usr/lib/firefox-addons/plugins/*flash*
sudo rm -rfd /usr/lib/nspluginwrapper
sudo apt-get remove ia32-libs nspluginwrapper
Then I followed the instructions above to install Flash 10 64-bit.
Pandora.com worked perfectly for streaming radio.
YouTube.com worked perfectly for video.
I'm happy :)
|Comment #39 by: Mr. Graves on 02 Mar 2009, 21:34 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Awesome tutorial, didn't work at first, so I went back into synaptic and searched flash to make sure everything was removed. Flashblock popped up, and it seems it was installed for some unknown reason, but once i removed it flash worked perfectly. Thanks.
|Comment #40 by: damo65 on 19 Mar 2009, 10:56 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Awesome. Thanks very much.
Now I don't need to get Opera out every time I want to visit a flash-heavy page!
|Comment #41 by: Chuck on 20 Mar 2009, 00:40 UTC|| reply to this comment|
FINALLY! A SOLUTION TO MY "GREY SCREEN" PROBLEM FOR FLASH ON 64 BIT UBUNTU 8.10!!! Worked flawlessly! THANKS!
|Comment #42 by: Rod on 25 Mar 2009, 10:57 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Many thanks for this. It works with Ubuntu 9.04 alpha 6 and solves a number of problems. 9.04 64 bit seems very slick but keeps on crashing with npviewer problems. Installing 64 bit adobe flash player and removing nspluginwrapper according to your instructions makes everything work perfectly, including sound. I have tried the 64 bit version of ubuntu over the last couple of years but have always reverted to the 32 bit version because of problems. Jaunty 64 bit with the new Adobe Flash player seems perfect. (it took 11 minutes to install off an SD card and boots in 19 seconds)
|Comment #43 by: Josh on 08 Apr 2009, 03:16 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Thanks, man! It worked like a charm for Firefox 3.0.8 running in Ubuntu 8.04.
|Comment #43.1 by: alex on 08 Apr 2009, 10:21 GMT|
I am glad that you seems to get everything to work. I think a solved most of the problem but I am left with one. When I try to reach this " http://www.mtv.com/videos/the-hills-season-5-ep-1-dont-cry-on-your-birthday/1608283/playlist.jhtml " I am stuck. When I use my 32 bit ubuntu machines including one asus eee with easy peasy 1.1 rc2 everything is working perfectly. But when I try my 64 bit ubuntu installation I am stuck. I do not get the message that I need to upgrade my flash player but nothing happens.
|Comment #44 by: Steen on 10 Apr 2009, 22:53 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I just installed the Flash Player on a Fedora 10. Took under 5 minutes.
I downloaded the file from the link in this Howto, and extracted it into /usr/lib64/mozilla/plugins
NOTE I had to install in lib64 and not in lib (without 64) contrary to what others have written before.
I have sound working without having taken any special action.
Fedora 10 x86_64, Mozilla 3.0.8 and Flash Player 10.0.22.87
Thank you to the author
|Comment #45 by: Erik on 12 Apr 2009, 15:59 UTC|| reply to this comment|
As others on 8.10, I too had issues. I got rid of all flash references and downloaded the adobelabs version. Copied to /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins
It works now.
|Comment #46 by: johnnyg on 15 Apr 2009, 12:08 UTC|| reply to this comment|
thankx for the info it worked right out of the box!!! thanx
|Comment #47 by: Sephiroth on 19 Apr 2009, 18:36 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I had tried everything with no good results however this really SOLVED my issue. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!
|Comment #49 by: drumstyx on 26 Apr 2009, 20:45 UTC|| reply to this comment|
WOW! thanks for the advice on killall firefox! worked great
|Comment #50 by: Jason on 13 May 2009, 00:00 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I would like to say a big thank you for this tutorial, I have seen various other web pages that did not work this worked absolutely fine thank you.
|Comment #51 by: mike on 27 May 2009, 14:47 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I couldn't get this to work at first. I believe the response was that I didn't have access or something to that effect. (Yeah, I'm brand new to Linux/Ubuntu). I remembered having the same kind of problem recently, so I did the following and it worked:
Type "sudo nautilus" in the terminal. Enter your password.
To the left, locate and click the "file system"icon.
As directed in this tutorial, locate and click the "usr" folder, "lib" folder,and "mozilla" folder.
Right click and create a folder called "plugins" (without quotation marks).
Drag and drop (or cut/copy and paste) the libflashplayer.so into the "plugins" folder. That's it. Close the "root" window and see if Youtube works. Someone else here will understand what I did. If you like, please feel free to explain.
|Comment #52 by: Linux-Lover on 01 Jun 2009, 10:36 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Thank You so Much! it works brilliantly!
|Comment #53 by: Paradoxdruid on 09 Jun 2009, 17:48 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Worked perfectly. I just upgraded from 8.04 to 9.04 and I'm surprised that, a year later, this remains an issue... especially when the fix is so easy.
|Comment #53.1 by: Marius Nestor on 10 Jun 2009, 07:10 GMT|
Me too... but that's because 64-bit flash is still alpha :(
|Comment #54 by: Rocky on 11 Jun 2009, 07:17 UTC|| reply to this comment|
How are people getting this to work by placing the file in ~/.mozilla/plugins? Firefox plugins go in /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins.
Place the file there and it should simply work the next time you open FF.
|Comment #55 by: Reginaldo on 18 Jun 2009, 10:11 UTC|| reply to this comment|
You are great, it is really works....thanks....
|Comment #56 by: shikhar on 18 Jun 2009, 11:20 UTC|| reply to this comment|
didnt work the first time.....followed comment 6 nd eureka......thnx a ton
|Comment #57 by: gremlin961 on 21 Jun 2009, 03:49 UTC|| reply to this comment|
YOU ROCK!!! This was such an EASY fix! Thanks for your post!
|Comment #58 by: me on 29 Jun 2009, 17:21 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Firefox crashes on certain sites with flash. This for instance: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/install
I have reinstalled the 32bit version
|Comment #59 by: richard King on 02 Aug 2009, 13:13 UTC|| reply to this comment|
They should lern from this. Linux shouldnt be a hell should it.? You rock buddy
|Comment #61 by: Alex on 21 Aug 2009, 16:17 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Doesn't work for me, running ubuntu 9.0.4 :(
|Comment #62 by: hurrycanger on 24 Sep 2009, 02:50 UTC|| reply to this comment|
thanks a lot. Worked like a charm for my Ubuntu 9.04 amd64 . I'd had a hard time with this before I found this site. Thank thanks a lot.
|Comment #63 by: momoZ on 29 Nov 2009, 10:23 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Y'know, with all due respect to LINUX experts out there; I am new to this and I am having a heck of a REALLY HARD TIME with this. First, it was my Canon iP1500 I haven't been able to even print a test page with Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic on my PowerBook G4.... Now I found here what I thought it would be a fool-proof tutorial to watch YouTube videos, and after trying this, that and the other, THERE IS NO F... WAY I can install Adobe Flash player and make Firefox work!!!
Boy, this is most frustrating. I have been building my own PCs for 8 years now, and I NEVER thought working with Ubuntu would be this HARD!
Where the heck can anybody get REAL HELP about this???
|Comment #65 by: Dawncrow on 23 Apr 2010, 12:41 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Thank you for that very much!
btw: i didnt had to remove nspluginwrapper(as that would have caused my acroread to be uninstalled) just removing the flashplugin-installer was enough
|Comment #67 by: JairoG on 22 Aug 2010, 18:24 UTC|| reply to this comment|
hi excellent post, my problem in ubuntu 10.4 was solve with this instructive. Thanks Jairo G.
|Comment #68 by: ays on 21 Sep 2010, 06:08 UTC|| reply to this comment|
after hours of searching,this was the easiest i got and it worked like a Rolex.thanks
|Comment #69 by: klaus on 18 Oct 2010, 09:34 UTC|| reply to this comment|
in tried some hours to install flashplayer...
it doesn't work...
I found this side and it WORKS in some
minutes ! Thank you!!
Klaus from germany
|Comment #71 by: Adam on 13 Feb 2011, 16:33 UTC|| reply to this comment|
It works for me. But I have used :
Linux Ubuntu Ubuntu 10.04.2 LTS 64 bit
|Comment #72 by: User on 16 Mar 2011, 04:29 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Thank You, finally I can see flash videos!
|Comment #72.1 by: Gregorio B. velasco on 24 Mar 2011, 14:41 GMT|
Thank you very much... It helps a lot.
|Comment #75 by: ozgechen on 10 Jul 2011, 09:14 UTC|| reply to this comment|
easiest way ever I have seen to install flash on ubuntu. thanks a lot
|Comment #76 by: Prasanna on 23 Jul 2011, 10:32 UTC|| reply to this comment|
it works very well
very easy steps
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