How to Install Flash Player on Ubuntu

In order to install Adobe Flash Player on Ubuntu, you must first update your system with the newest package information then download and install the software from the official repositories. The required steps are slightly different for the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Ubuntu.

32-bit Version of Ubuntu

Step 1: Update Local Package Information

Update your local package information to ensure that you will be installing the latest version of Flash. You can run the update from Ubuntu's graphical Software Updater from the Dash. Search for "Software Update." Click Software Updater to update package information.

Alternatively, you can update from a terminal using apt-get. Open a terminal by pressing CTRL+ALT+T. Type sudo apt-get update. If prompted, enter your password.

Step 2: Install Flash Player from Ubuntu Software Center

Open the Ubuntu Software Center from the Dash by searching for "Software Center." From the Software Center, search for "flash." Select the first result, Adobe Flash Plugin. Then click Install.

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64-bit Version of Ubuntu

Step 1: Add Canonical Partners Repository

Installing Flash on a 64-bit system requires adding the Canonical Partners repository to your package list. Launch Software & Updates from Dash. Select Other Software. From there, place a check next to the Canonical Partners repository. Click Close to exit Software & Updates.

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Step 2: Update Local Package Information

Update your local package information by launching Software Updater from the Dash or by running sudo apt-get update from the terminal.


Remove 32-bit Flash Player: Sometimes, the legacy 32-bit Flash Player is installed with Ubuntu. Before installing the 64-bit version, you must make sure this is removed. Launch a terminal by pressing CTRL+ALT+T. Type sudo apt-get purge adobe-flash{plugin,-properties-gtk} to completely remove 32-bit Flash and any unused dependencies.

Step 3: Install Flash Player From Terminal

While still in the terminal, type sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer to install the correct version of Flash Player.