How to Install Adobe Flash Player on Ubuntu Linux

Adobe Flash Player has been an industry-standard in creating all sorts of web content applications. The most popular form of content that uses flash is video but there are alternatives to this that have been implemented in recent years.

Adobe Flash Player Alternatives

Because Adobe will stop supporting the software by the end of 2020 you should either stop using it now or in the future. Flash support may still be needed for some time to come and there are currently a couple of alternatives you can use.

  • If you are a Firefox user, NPAPI is a Flash plugin you can use. It also works for other browsers that run on the Gecko engine.
  • If you are a Chromium user, try PPAPI. This also works for other browsers than run on the Blink engine.
  • Google Chrome has the plugin for Flash built-in but the current version of the browser comes with it disabled. Allow access for each website or re-enable the plugin in Settings.

Install Adobe Flash Player

First method. If you want an easy way to install Flash Player on Ubuntu, your best bet will probably be using the Ubuntu Restricted Extras pack. Use the the follow command to install it:

sudo apt install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Second method. There is a possibility that the first method will not work for you. To make this work you need to enable the multiverse repository in Ubuntu. In that case, do the following steps:

  • Use the command:

sudo apt-add-repository multiverse && sudo apt update

  • The command can also be inserted by doing the following:
  1. Software & Updates
  2. Check box for Software restricted by copyright or legal issues
  3. Close window
  4. Update package information
  • Install the Flash installer package with this command

sudo apt install flashplugin-installer

  • Restart your PC for the changes to work

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