How to Update Flash Player in an Ubuntu Terminal

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Linux-based Ubuntu, open-source software distributed free of charge by Canonical Ltd, works a little differently than closed-source operating systems such as Windows and Macintosh. In closed-source environments, programs such as Adobe Flash can be downloaded and updated easily, and in some cases automatically. For users of Ubuntu, updating Adobe Flash is a little trickier but easily accomplished with a few straightforward steps.

Linux 64-bit systems

  • Turn on your computer and log into Ubuntu. Do not open your Web browser during this process.

  • Go to the "Application" menu and then "Accessories," and click on "Terminal."

  • Type the following in the terminal:

    "sudo add-apt-repository ppa:sevenmachines/flash && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install flashplugin64-installer." Press "Enter."

  • Type your administrator password and press "Enter." The flash installer can take a few minutes or as long as one hour to finish depending on the speed of your computer and Internet connection.

Ubuntu 32-bit systems

  • Turn on your computer and log into Ubuntu. Do not open your Web browser during this process.

  • Go to the "Application" menu and "Accessories," and then click on "Terminal."

  • Type the following in the terminal:

    "sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list."

    Press "Enter."

  • Type in your administrator password and then press "Enter."

  • Add "universe multiverse" at the end of each of the following lines in Gedit (XXXX represents the version of Ubuntu you are using):

    deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ XXXX main restricted

    deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ XXXX-updates main restricted

    deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ XXXX-security main restricted

  • Save and close Gedit.

  • Type the following into the terminal:

    "sudo apt-get update" and press "Enter."

  • Type in your administrator password and press "Enter."

  • Type in the following in the terminal:

    "sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer" and press "Enter."

  • Type your administrator password and press "Enter" to install Adobe Flash.

Tips & Warnings

  • Linux is case-sensitive, and "sudo" is not equal to "Sudo."
  • As of May 2011, Adobe Systems does not have a stable version of Flash available for 64-bit systems. The only available version is a beta version.

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