How to Install Adobe Flash Player on Ubuntu

Adobe Flash Player is software used to stream and view video, audio and multimedia and Rich Internet Applications (RIA) on a computer or supported mobile device. Flash Player was originally created by Macromedia, but is now developed and distributed by Adobe Systems Inc.

Flash Player widely used by the individuals and organization as it supports all forms of data. As it has advanced compression technology even videos of high quality and low bandwidth are seamlessly played on Adobe Flash Player.

In this article I will show you how to install Adobe Flash Player on Ubuntu.

Install Adobe Flash Player on Ubuntu

Before installing Flash Player on the system, check whether Flash Player is installed on the system by entering the below URL such as http://isflashinstalled.com. If you got the below screen it means Flash Player is not installed on the system.


You can also check whether Flash Player is installed or not on the system go to browser got to Setting -> add ons -> plugins. Now you can check the installed plugins on the system.


If Flash Player is not installed on the system go to terminal and update the system before installing:

# apt-get update
Hit:1 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial InRelease
Get:2 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-security InRelease [102 kB]
Get:3 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates InRelease [102 kB]
Get:4 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-backports InRelease [102 kB]
Fetched 306 kB in 2s (109 kB/s)    
Reading package lists... Done

Now your system up to date. Next install the Flash Player by executing below command.

# apt-get install flashplugin-installer -y
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  gnome-software-common libgtkspell3-3-0
Use 'sudo apt autoremove' to remove them.
Suggested packages:
  x-ttcidfont-conf ttf-mscorefonts-installer ttf-bitstream-vera | ttf-dejavu
  ttf-xfree86-nonfree xfs
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 592 not upgraded.
Need to get 6,806 B of archives.
After this operation, 59.4 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates/multiverse amd64 flashplugin-installer amd64 [6,806 B]
Fetched 6,806 B in 0s (17.2 kB/s)          
Preconfiguring packages ...
Selecting previously unselected package flashplugin-installer.
(Reading database ... 172136 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../flashplugin-installer_27.0.0.183ubuntu0.16.04.1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking flashplugin-installer ( ...
Processing triggers for update-notifier-common (3.168) ...
flashplugin-installer: downloading http://archive.canonical.com/pool/partner/a/adobe-flashplugin/adobe-flashplugin_20171025.1.orig.tar.gz
Get:1 http://archive.canonical.com/pool/partner/a/adobe-flashplugin/adobe-flashplugin_20171025.1.orig.tar.gz [30.4 MB]
Fetched 30.4 MB in 1min 4s (475 kB/s)                                          
W: Can't drop privileges for downloading as file '/var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/adobe-flashplugin_20171025.1.orig.tar.gz' couldn't be accessed by user '_apt'. - pkgAcquire::Run (13: Permission denied)
Installing from local file /var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/adobe-flashplugin_20171025.1.orig.tar.gz
Flash Plugin installed.
Setting up flashplugin-installer ( ...

Flash Player successfully installed on the system. Now follow the above step again to check whether Flash Player is installed or not. If it is installed it will show ” YES“.


You can also check in the plugins section of the browser. Go to Setting–>add ons –> plugin. The Flash Player is installed in the system and it is also shown in the plugins list.


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