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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Installing new Adobe Flashplayer 64 bit in Ubuntu using a single command without using a PPA

Recently Adobe released 64 bit flashplayer for Windows, Mac and Linux.

I saw lots of links specifying on using a PPA and I did not want to as I don't know the creator of the PPA. Here I share how I installed 64bit preview flashplayer in my ubuntu in a single shot

This is how I installed the new 64 bit adobe flash player in a single command

sudo apt-get remove flashplugin-nonfree flashplugin-installer && mkdir -p flashplugin-64 && cd flashplugin-64 && wget -c http://download.macromedia.com/pub/labs/flashplayer10/flashplayer10_2_p3_64bit_linux_111710.tar.gz && tar xzf flashplayer10_2_p3_64bit_linux_111710.tar.gz && sudo cp libflashplayer.so /usr/lib64/mozilla/plugins/

Just copy the above command and paste it in your terminal

Explanation of the command in detail (in case you wonder what it does )

sudo apt-get remove flashplugin-nonfree flashplugin-installer 
removes existing flashplugin package from ubuntu repository

mkdir -p flashplugin-64 
creates a new directory named flashplugin-64 if it is not there

cd flashplugin-64 
changes to the directory flashplugin-64

wget -c http://download.macromedia.com/pub/labs/flashplayer10/flashplayer_square_p2_64bit_linux_092710.tar.gz

fetches the preview flashplayer tarball from adobe website (whose codename is called square) and puts in current directory

tar xzf flashplayer_square_p2_64bit_linux_092710.tar.gz
unzips the fetched tarball 

sudo cp libflashplayer.so /usr/lib64/mozilla/plugins/ 
copies the newly extracted flashplayer shared object into 64bit plugin folder of mozilla

The below screenshot  shows the command in action

The below screenshot shows the plugin list in chromium

Below screenshot shows the plugin list in Firefox x64 beta 6


  1. Do not forget to restart browser after executing the command

  2. Modified post to reflect latest preview release from Adobe and to account for apt-get instead of aptitude (Ubuntu Maverick does not have aptitude installed by default)