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Installing 64bit Flash Player in Ubuntu Linux

You can ignore this warning now but should get the latest flash player if you are still using the old one having the security issues.

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WARNING!!! (updated on the 16th of June in 2010)

A critical security vulnerability in Adobe Flash player was discovered about twelve days ago and Adobe has released a new version which has the problem solved. However, there is no 64bit version of Flash with the security update available yet. Besides, Adobe temporarily removed the 64bit Flash download link so you cannot download it now. Since security is concerned, I had removed the 64bit one and installed the 32bit version with npviewer through the synaptic package manager as it is the new version with the security update. Although this 32 bit one is very unstable and crashes many times, I cannot take the risk of having security problem. Those who have installed the 32bit version then have been experiencing the problem that you cannot click any buttons on the Flash player, open the /usr/lib/nspluginwrapper/i386/linux/npviewer file and add the following line just before the last line.

You can find more details from Fix the “can’t click on flash” bug in Ubuntu with 1 command on the OMG! Ubuntu site.

So, please do not try the rest of this blog entry except for this one

I think there are numerous 64 bit Ubuntu users who are suffering from the crash of Flash Player just like myself.  There is a better way to install Flash Player for 64 bit Linux than installing one from the Ubuntu repository and that is what I am about to write.  This is obviously not the perfect solution yet I think the best way to use 64bit Flash Player for now.  I hope Adobe will release a stable 64 bit Flash Player for Linux soon.  Anyway, here we go!

Adobe has released a preview version of Flash Player (Flash Player “Square”) for 64bit Linux.
At the bottom of the web page, you can find the download link.

In my case, the latest alpha version of 64 bit Flash player does not work well (e.g. Video on youtube constantly freezes) yet the previous alpha one works better. So first, try the latest one and if it doesn’t work well, download the following one.

*** This part is added on the 28th of September, 2009 ***
I installed the latest alpha version which is today (the 28th of September, 2009). So far, it seems fine.

*** Updated on the 2nd of May, 2010 works fine.

*** Updated on the 4th of Feb, 2011
flashplayer10_2_p3_64bit_linux_111710.tar.gz works fine.

Before installing it, if there is a previously installed Flash player, it has to be removed first.

To check it, open ‘Synaptic Package Manager’.
System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager

Search by 'flash' and make sure neither <code>flashplugin-nonfree</code> nor <code>flashplugin-installer</code> is installed. If any of these are installed, remove first.

Search by 'flash' and make sure neither flashplugin-nonfree nor flashplugin-installer is installed. If any of these are installed, remove first.

-Search by ‘flash’ and make sure neither flashplugin-nonfree nor flashplugin-installer is installed. If any of these are installed, remove first.

Extract the libflashplayer file downloaded to the firefox ‘plugins’ directory.
e.g.) If the file is in the /home/username/Desktop directory,

$ cd /usr/lib/firefox/plugins
$ sudo tar -zxvf ~/Desktop/flashplayer10_2_p3_64bit_linux_111710.tar.gz 

To use this Flash player in other browsers such as Opera, create the symbolic link to the /usr/lib/firefox/plugins/ file in the ‘/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins’ directory.

$ cd /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins
$ sudo ln -s /usr/lib/firefox/plugins/

If the file with the same name already exists, user ‘f’ option to overwrite it.

$ sudo ln -sf /usr/lib/firefox/plugins/

Now, open the Firefox and test if it works well. 😀

*** This part is added on the 28th of September, 2009 ***
I also tried what the following blog entry says about several weeks ago.

Secrets Of The mms.cfg File

I created the directory /etc/adobe and created a file named mms.cfg in the directory (so the absolute path of the file is /etc/adobe/mms.cfg).

Then I put the following line in the file.

It seems to work for mine. When I watch a video clip on youtube, it plays smoother than before.

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  1. I use a slight variation on your scheme. I have created a folder in my home directory called flash_plugin and put in there and then use symlinks from both Firefox and Mozilla plugins folders. This allows me to just dump updates into my home folder without needing super user rights that then magically appear system wide.

    There may be a security issue in doing it my way, but it is convenient.

    • Kevin

      8 June, 2009 at 2:27 pm

      Yeah, your way is convenient. Thank you for sharing your tip with me and others who will visit my blog. :)

  2. Thanks for the useful info. It’s so interesting

  3. Does this mean that you’re no longer getting crashes? Just updated to latest FF, and have tried both and 10.0.d21.1 versions of the plugin. Been crashing for me like clockwork for most flash sites for over a month or so.

    Really want to have a stable flash environment, but don’t want to have to run 32-bit environment.

    Adobe, are you listening?

    • Kevin

      29 June, 2009 at 9:58 pm

      With the manual installation I posted here, it is not crashing anymore but is still not that stable yet. However, it is better than the one you can get from the Ubuntu repository.
      I absolutely understand what you feel and also hope Adobe will figure it out soon.


  4. WOW it surely works and it is so much convenient than the 32 bit one … Thanks…

  5. To make it work for me I needed to put the flash file in the firefox-3.5.7 plugins folder, there were 2 firefox folders and the first one didnt work. Also google chrome beta doesnt seam to need a flash player installed to play flash videos. never-the-less good directions, thanks.

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