Sunday, April 18, 2010

Install 64bit flash in linux

If you are a 64bit linux user and downloaded flash through your distro's package management system, you are not using the 64bit flash plugin, and may be experiencing problems while surfing the web. The following will help you install the proper flash for your system. I will assume you are using Firefox as a web browser.

First, remove any flash you may have installed. (see your distro's help forum if you are unsure how) Next, download the 64bit flash plugin here.  Put it on your desktop, open a terminal, (terminal should be in your applications menu) and do

tar -zxvf ~/Desktop/install_flash_player_11_linux.x86_64.tar.gz

That command will extract the file to your home folder.

In Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, or any other distro that requires the su command to become root, do su in terminal to become root. Then:

cp ~/ /usr/lib64/mozilla/plugins

In Ubuntu, do:

sudo cp ~/ /usr/lib64/mozilla/plugins

Then restart Firefox and enjoy 64bit flash.


  1. Kills fullscreen flash viewing on YouTube, though. Makes it glitchy and actually freezes the video.

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