Install Adobe Flash Player 10 in Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10

Flash Player 10 adds new filters, 3D effects, better typography support, and more. For Linux users this version offers windowless mode support (transparency through Flash, and page elements rendered above Flash), V4L2 camera support, smooth fullscreen video playback, and better performance.

[update] In Ubuntu 10.04, Ubuntu 9.10, and Ubuntu 9.04, you can install Adobe Flash Player for Ubuntu from a package. The package flashplugin-installer automatically downloads the latest version from Adobe and installs it for your web browsers. Search for flashplugin-installer in the Ubuntu Software Center, in a package manager, or install it via the terminal using the command below:

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer

[update] Adobe still does not provide a 64-bit Flash Player. I don’t have a 64-bit Ubuntu installation to test on, but Alejandro left a link in the comments that could help 64-bit users.

The Flash Player in Ubuntu 8.10 has not been kept up to date with recent testing versions, so it’s not looking likely that this final release will be included now. However, Adobe is now making it much easier for Linux users to install the Flash Player.

[update] This version of the Flash Player is now available in Ubuntu 8.10! Install it from the flashplugin-nonfree (click link to install) package.

Flash 10

I’ve tested these steps on both Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10.

  1. You’ll need to first remove any previous versions of Flash Player you have installed. This includes manual installations and the flashplugin-nonfree package from Ubuntu. Use this command to remove Ubuntu’s Flash package:

    sudo apt-get remove flashplugin-nonfree
  2. Visit Adobe’s download page, select the .deb for Ubuntu 8.04+ download, and install the package.

  3. Restart your web browser.

Adobe’s doing something interesting on their download page now. As well as a tar.gz download and a few for other distributions, there is now an Ubuntu deb package and an Ubuntu Apt-URL link. The Apt-URL link points to a package not in the Ubuntu repository (adobe-flashplugin), and Adobe doesn’t seem to be hosting their own repository so this is of no use at the moment.

The plugin itself is great. Like the release candidate, the only problems I’ve had are some sites which check for Flash support and don’t recognize version 10. This should change now that the final release is out.

If Flash Player 10 is not working well for you, here’s how to downgrade back to the Ubuntu-provided version:

sudo apt-get remove adobe-flashplugin
sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

Archived Comments


It still won’t play hulu videos for me.


.. mine too .. :(


No 64-bit Support, Adobe? Fantastic, you suckers!


Version 10 does have smoother full-screen playback, although (and maybe it is just me) it still does not seem quite as smooth as the Windows (Vista) version of the Flash 9 plug-in.


Any tips for x86_64 users? gdebi will not install it. Would the tar.gz work in that case?


Seems like Adobe is really warming up to Linux, awesome!


I didn’t had to manually remove the old package. The deb file automatically replaced the old package with the new one for me… :-)


I must say I’ve been waiting for “transparency through Flash, and page elements rendered above Flash” for a very long time.

It would be nice if one of the open source equivalents to flash worked well enough to use for things like the BBC iplayer too but maybe that’s asking too much.

The biggest question for me with flash is whether this version is less buggy than the last. The majority of browsing problems I have are flash related.

Though I get that some people will be stuck on Hardy (it’s an LTS after all) won’t most people wanting the latest flash use Intrepid in 14 days. If there was a security issue I would assume Hardy would see an update.


There’s no 64-bit version? What gives?


Flash users should read this:


For 64 bit users see The easiest way to install Flash 10 on Ubuntu 64 bits


I’m patiently waiting for the 64-bit version.. let’s hope some time soon :)


Nice. Can’t seem to find a package for 64-bit Ubuntu, tho? Or am I just looking in the wrong place?


Hah, i temporarily forgot that i’m running on x86_64, the new flashplayer doesn’t work with that.


The Flash 10 installer/wrapper was accepted into the 8.10 repository hours after it was released.


I can’t get Firefox to find the plugin. :_(


Works very well for me so far. It’s been a long time coming but now I can finally do some Flash development using the open source Flex environment.

Correct me if I am wrong but when it comes to cross-browser RIAs there hasn’t been much of an option for development if you want to do it in Linux.

JavaFX may or may not support Linux, if it ever takes off. And I don’t want to get involved with moonlight.

For once Adobe has done something I am happy with.


Is it faster (for Youtube for example). Does it crash Firefox less?


thanks for this….flash is finally legit for me


I think I might have found my first annoyance with the upgrade. With the previous pre-final releases my built-in laptop webcam worked fine. With the latest it seems to have stopped working.

Vadim P.

@slumbergod: agreed.

@tom: it seems that the adobe apt link -does- work in Ubuntu 8.10, but not in 8.04, despite the claim of the apt line.


i get this error: Sorry, this page is not available
if i want to download the version vor ubuntu 8.04. Hate adobe:( I hope they fix this problem


My Firefox won’t find the flash plugin either.


The link from Alejandro worked great. Now I can see videos on Youtube!


firefox is da shit

einar kristian

All I did to get flash to work in Kubuntu Hardy was to add a softlink in /usr/lib/firefox-addons/plugins:
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin/



works great, thanks!


jak si to maam nainstalovat???


I tried everything to install on x86_64… nothing worked. It’s really getting on my last nerve


tip from a gentoo-based user… try reinstalling nspluginwrapper to make flash work on 64-bit OS’s. It’s not flash that’s broken, it just that the newly installed version hasn’t been pulled into nspluginwrapper.


If you have Ubuntu Linux 64-bit, here are some instructions that let you install the 64-bit Adobe Flash alpha version manually for now.
Once the flashplugin-nonfree package gets updated, it should allow you to have Adobe Flash 64-bit out of the box.


Thanks for this, much better than the nonfree.


I m using Ubuntu 8.04 (32 bit version). On installing flash player 10 , i am getting a error message - dependency not satisfiable - libpango. It seems libpango 1.20.1 is already installed in ubuntu, but for flash player 10 , libpango 1.20.5 is needed. How can i do that??

Any suggestions?


I am looking for Flash player Installer not plugin but couldn’t found it i only found active x or plugins any 1 help me pls.


You can download a variety of Flash packages from Adobe. The tar.gz download should include an installer.


dependency not satisfiable - libpango. It seems libpango 1.20.1 is already installed in ubuntu, but for flash player 10 , libpango 1.20.5 is needed. How can i do that??

Just a newb, but I would guess upgrade the libpango to .5. Go to SynPackMngr,search for libpango,upgrade, then try the Flash install


”“but I would guess upgrade the libpango to .5. Go to SynPackMngr,search for libpango,upgrade, then try the Flash install””

Just did exactly this: I now have upgraded libpango to 1.20.5, and still Flash10 fails to install due to the same libpango “incompatibility”.
What now??



i Have Just Begin Install Ubuntu 8.04 Ver but whenever i used to install flash player or any other s/w application an error shown and after that i can understand how to install can any one help me . the error is like

E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run ‘dpkg –configure -a’ to correct the problem.
E: _cache->open() failed, please report.


Hello Aamer,

try this,

sudo apt-get remove mozilla-plugin-gnash flashplugin-nonfree swfdec-mozilla

wget -c

sudo dpkg -i install_flash_player_10_linux.deb

credites by link:



I have Ubuntu 8.10 for ps3 and it states as “error wrong architecture i386” and wont let me select install package.
someone please help, greatly appreciated.


I was wondering how you install it on PS3 architecture because it only supports i386 I tried the deb. ubuntu download. I mean it says wrong architecture. I guess its for computer.


I tried medibuntu but don’t know how to make the medibuntu flash players work with the browsers. I even tried the opera but there is hardly a way to tie a knot between the two.

If your Adobe Flash Player still doesn’t want to work after installing the *.deb file, try to remove the “swfdec” from the “Synaptic Package Manager”


This is for (ubuntu 8.10 32 bit)

If flash player 10 won’t work, after installing the .deb and copying to /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins

Another thing to try is removing ‘gnash’ with synaptic.


Hi i have installed adobe flash plugin using the command you have given in my ubuntu 8, but still isn’t being heard though the flash are being, i have tested video files both on my pc and tried online flash videos too..but in vain.can anybody help me?

Cliff S

Thanks iTropics!

removing the “swfdec” from the “Synaptic Package Manager” did it for me.


I am enable to install flash in ubuntu


On my edubuntu (just upgraded from 9.04 to 9.10) I’ve never had any trouble with online audio/video (e.g.: iplayer); but on another 9.04 installation, I get no joy!

The edubuntu one says it’s got Shockwave Flash 10 r32 plugin on it; this one says it’s got 0.9 r999 - what’s going on?!
I’ve been scouring all the online help, to no avail!


I found the solution!

After first doing this:

sudo apt-get remove adobe-flashplugin flashplugin-nonfree flashplugin-installer

(in a terminal window)

I saw that I had no flash on the system (and was confusing Shockwave with Flash perhaps?); so I installed it:

sudo apt-get install adobe-flashplugin flashplugin-nonfree flashplugin-installer

Seeing no difference, I went to Synaptic Manager, and searched for swf, and found “swfdec mozilla” ticked as installed; so I ticked to remove it completely.

After doing so, I restarted FF3.5 and checked the addons, and saw that the previous listing as Shockwave v0.9 r999 had changed to v10.0 r32 (looking not only correct, but a lot less like an error version display).

Went to iplayer… clicked on an Attenborough documentary - sorted!

I realise this isn’t a support page, but I thought as I’d landed here whilst looking for a solution, it does no harm to leave a solution here for anyone else to benefit from.


weeeeeeell done!
if you upgrade to flash player 10 but you do not uninstall “swfdec mozilla” nothing happens.
As I uninstalled the latter and restarted firefox, youtube started immediately!


thanks fpr you


i want this aplication to work immediately thanks


thanks so muchhhhhhhh

Errant Emmet

Google Street View needed Flash Player 10, Ubuntu 8.04 installation of v10 really installs v9 (the package name is “”), Adobe instructions are incomplete - unhappy me. Firefox shows the current version with “about:plugins” in the address bar. Like Ansi and rinky previously said, I used Synaptic to remove the current player (version 9.0 r277), downloaded the current (10.1 r53) from Adobe, and installed using “sudo dpkg –install /var/cache/apt/archives/install_flash_player_10_linux.deb”. Job done. Thanks for the help that I got here.


Who know how to install adobe in ubuntu?
I realli need help..


whats the difference between apt. version and deb. version it only offer me the apt. will this work ok

luis enrique yanez sanchez

necesito actualizar mi computadora
pero debido a un problema no puedo


working fine !


Thanks for flash player installing guide.

dolores ricardo

necesito instalar unity player para poder jugar cartoon network fusion fall


thank u


thanks tombuntu…it helped alot


thank’s allot


Could any one please provide link to flash player ubuntu version8


I need to install Flash Player for Ubuntu 8.04
(I downloaded it from the website – nothing happened.

Says I need a .deb file — What is a .deb file and where can I get it?

Just need youtube to work.

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