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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Running 32 bit Adobe Flash Player 10.1 on Ubuntu Lucid 64 bit

Update: Ubuntu repository has updated flashplugin-installer in a flash (pun intended), just update it and you are set to run 10.1 flash player even in 64 bit linux!! see the below screenshot

Just update and run the latest flashplayer 10.1 in 64 bit ubuntu. If you still want to read the boring stuff below, go ahead, I won't stop you

Today my experiment was running 10.1 adobe flash player on 64 bit ubuntu. I downloaded the deb from adobe site and tried installing it and I got an error saying about architecture mismatch. I blindly copied the 32 bit flashplayer shared object into /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/ but it refused to play

Then I started to search and ended up in the following rare info on how to install 32 bit 10.1 flash player beta in 64 bit ubuntu. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1329337

I tried as mentioned in the above post #1 for 10.1 flash player final and wow it worked in 64 bit lucid lynx!! Thank you very much to the post, I tried to post in that forum to thank, but the thread is karmic thread and closed, anyhow, thanks a lot for such a post.

I share my experiment with you for your  reading pleasure and probable fun (hopefully)

Here is how I did it step by step as mentioned in the ubuntuforum #1 with screenshots

Step 1

Install flashplugin-installer from synaptic or through apt from command line

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer     

Step 2

Remove old 10.x flash player

sudo rm /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/libflashplayer.so

Step 3

Get adobe flashplayer 10.1 from adobe site and extract it


After extracting it you will be getting libflashplayer.so which is version 10.1

Step 4

Copy the extracted libflashplayer.so into /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/ folder

sudo cp ~/Downloads/libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/

Step 5

Restart your browsers and verify flashplugin installed using about:plugins

Flashplayer 10.1 in action in firefox (64 bit firefox)

Flashplayer 10.1 in action in chromium (64 bit chromium from synaptic repositories)


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