Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Installing Flash 10.1 in Firefox on Linux

Here are the steps to install Flash 10 or 10.1 in Firefox on Linux (Tested on the SUSE Linux distribution):

1. Open Firefox and in the address bar type: about:plugins
2. If you find any "Shockwave Flash" plugin then you need to uninstall it first, this link can help.
3. If you don't have Flash installed or if you uninstalled it, then download the .tar.gz for Linux from the Adobe Flash Player download page here.
4. Once it is downloaded, browse to its location and extract it using this command from a terminal for example: tar -zxvf install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz
You should find a libflashplayer.so file.
6. Close all instances of Firefox opened.
7. Using a root terminal, browse to the libflashplayer.so file location and move it to /usr/lib/browser-plugins/ using this command from a terminal for example: mv libflashplayer.so /user/lib/browser-plugins/
8. Now reopen Firefox and you should have your Flash installed successfully. To verify that, you can type in Firefox's address bar: about:plugins and make sure that you now see "Shockwave Flash 10.1" with the enabled column saying "yes".

Hope this is helpful for the people finding the libflashplayer.so file after extracting the .tar.gz and don't know what to do with it nor how to continue their installation!

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