How to Install Macromedia Flash

Adobe's Macromedia Flash is the industry standard for incorporating animation and design into web browsers, allowing users to both view and embed media in many web pages. It's a cross-platform application, and its player function is free to download and simple to install.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows 98 or higher, Mac OS X or recent Linux distribution
  • Current version web browser
  • Internet connection
  • 128MB of RAM


  1. Install Flash as a .tar.gz on Linux

    • 1

      Install the Mozilla, Firefox or SeaMonkey web browser suite.

    • 2

      Choose a destination folder for the .tar.gz Macromedia Flash file.

    • 3

      Locate and download the file from the Macromedia website (see Resources below). The Macromedia site will automatically detect any previous versions of Flash that are installed on your system and inform you to which version you need to upgrade.

    • 4

      Click on the "Download .tar.gz" link and save the file to your desktop.

    • 5

      Unpack the file, using the tar command: "tar -xof yourfile.tar" .

    • 6

      Navigate to the directory that was created by unpackaging the file. It will be called "install_flash_player_9_linux."

    • 7

      Enter the command "./flashplayer-installer" to begin installation, and shut down your browser when prompted.

    • 8

      Confirm that installation has been successful by launching your web browser and locating the plug-in file in your browser. Select "Help -> About Plug-ins" and verify that Macromedia Flash is on the list.

    Install Flash as an .rpm on Linux

    • 9

      Click the "Download .rpm" link and choose where on your desktop to save the file.

    • 10

      Wait for the file to finish downloading and open a terminal window as root.

    • 11

      Maneuver to the desktop and enter "# rpm -Uvh " on the command line.

    • 12

      Close your browser as instructed and wait for the installation to finish. At this time you can also choose to do the YUM repository installation, which will allow you to get future Flash updates simply by typing the "# yum update flash-plugin" command in your terminal window.

    • 13

      Install YUM by typing " # yum install flash-plugin" on the command line.

    • 14

      Verify in the "Plug-Ins" menu of your browser that Macromedia Flash has been successfully installed.

    Install Flash on Windows

    • 15

      Obtain administrative access to your computer.

    • 16

      Close all open computer applications.

    • 17

      Visit the Macromedia website to download the version of Flash for Windows (see Resources below).

    • 18

      Check the box to accept the Terms and Conditions of the program and click on "Install Now." The program will automatically install as it downloads.

    • 19

      Click "Install" in the "Security Warning" box, as is necessary on some systems, to continue installation.

    • 20

      Look for the Adobe Flash Player logo when installation is finished.

    Install Flash on Mac

    • 21

      Acquire administrative access to your Mac and close all running applications.

    • 22

      Choose, on the Macromedia website, the correct version of Flash for your Intel- or PowerPC-based machine (see Resources below).

    • 23

      Click the link and save the installer to your desktop.

    • 24

      Read the dialog boxes, accepting the Terms and Conditions of use.

    • 25

      Shut down all browser windows and click on the "Install" button.

    • 26

      Verify installation has been successful by looking at the "About Flash Player" page.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can install a new version of Flash without first uninstalling the old version.
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