17 Replies Latest reply: Feb 6, 2014 12:15 AM by Pradeepkumar RSS

    Flash player on Ubuntu DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY!!

    theangel28 Community Member







      SORT IT OUT COS I'M NOT USING M$ WINDOWS AND DON'T WANT TO - EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


      I also don't understand why Linux users are not allowed to buy Adobe software for their platform?  Linux users can't use Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and so on and so on.  Look at the system requirements and you will see they only support Windows or MAC.  I really hope Adobe staff are reading this because they are missing out on loads of money because they don't allow Linux users to purchase their products.  Do Microsoft have shares in Adobe?  I wonder!!


      I've not had *any* luck from my past threads, so now I'm REALLY angry and it's about time we stand up and stop these monopolies e.g. Flash Player, Windows etc. and win our freedom from anti-competitive behaviour.  I love Ubuntu and I have the same rights to use Flash Player, BBC iPlayer (which doesn't work either with Adobe's "Air" or "Flash Player") - I have the same rights as a Windows user and a Mac user.


      Yes, I do have 64-bit Ubuntu, but I know that other people with 32-bit Ubuntu are having problems with Adobe's Flash player and can't get BBC iPlayer working, even though Adobe Air is installed.


      SORT IT OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      If there is a solution, make it easy instead of a zillion complicated steps to follow.



        • 1. Re: Flash player on Ubuntu DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY!!
          tjoenlinux Community Member

          If you stop using uppercase letters, and not using so many "!" and "?" and those red words maybe I can give a sollution.

          • 2. Re: Flash player on Ubuntu DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY!!
            theangel28 Community Member

            I very nicely explained to Adobe the problems with Flash player, but NOTHING has been done.  In Windows, if you open YouTube and want to install Adobe's Flash player, you can.  In Ubuntu, you can't.  Why?  I know you can easily make programs that can install in Linux, in the same manner as Windows - that is download and run, then the program is installed.


            We have no choice with monopolies, we have no choice when petrol prices go up, we have no choice any more... so now people like myself are finally getting angry and saying "enough".


            If people don't demand change, then everyone would bury their heads in the sand and nothing would change.

            • 3. Re: Flash player on Ubuntu DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY!!
              tjoenlinux Community Member

              If there is a problem don't write as you did. You will be ignored.

              Yes there is a big problem with Flash-plugin nobody knows about, I reported it on three places but nobody knew the answer.

              At last I reported it in https://bugs.adobe.com/jira/browse/FP-3532 (you need another account to view that),

              and someone has been assigned to solve this bug.

              In the meantime you can use opensource: gnash.

              • 4. Re: Flash player on Ubuntu DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY!!
                Brutan Gaster Community Member

                sudo aptitude install ubuntu-restricted-extras


                not that hard, you get flash and all kinds of extra goodies...  It's one of the first things I do after installing ubuntu.

                Now, your flash performance may vary depending on your hadrware and video drivers.  I recently did some comparisons and it seems that the website your are visiting my affect your flash performance as well.  What I found through my limited research, is that some flash content runs multi-threaded if you have a multi core cpu, but only in windows.  In linux, it only runs on one core.


                If the website content isn't coded to run multi-threaded (super laymans understanding of things), then the linux flash runs pretty good.  For example, on a handfull of dual boot machines I've set up, I don't see any noticalbe difference between linux and windows playing youtube full screen videos or games on teagames.com.  I'll even go so far as to say teagames.com plays faster in ubuntu on my desktop pc (nvidia 9600gt + proprietary drivers, 3hz core 2 duo) than when booted into vista.


                Oh- one other tip that *might* help (made a massive difference for me), open a site w/ flash content, right click on the flash content and select settings, then disable hardware acceleration. Before doing that, youtube and teagames were unusable, and now they kick butt.



                • 5. Re: Flash player on Ubuntu DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY!!
                  theangel28 Community Member

                  Thanks for your help, appreciate the support.


                  I've tried turning off hardware acceleration by right-clicking the flash video and turning it off, but the problems are still occuring.


                  I still can't add annotations to my uploaded YouTube videos.


                  I'm using 64-bit Ubuntu, perhaps Adobe Flash doesn't like 64-bits, or don't that matter?


                  PS. I recommend an "Open Video" standard be created to replace the propriety Flash Player video format.  I'm aware that having an "open" standard with "open source" code allows any programmer with the right knowledge to fix problems as soon as they're discovered.  We already have "open" standards e.g. Ogg Vorbis as an alternative to MP3, OpenDocument instead of the .doc format and so on.


                  I really hope this idea spreads.

                  • 6. Re: Flash player on Ubuntu DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY!!
                    Brutan Gaster Community Member

                    Are you using the Adobe 64bit flash plugin?  As I understand it, the default is to use the 32 bit flash plugin on 64bit systems with (don't quote me) a ndispluginwrapper to make it all happy.  You can uninstall the 32 bit falsh plugin in instal lthe 64bit version from the adobe site (it's an alpha, I think, but works good).  There are a lot of threads on this topic on the ubuntu forums.  It is supposed to be better...


                    You have to download the tar.gz file, and extract it, and move the libflashplayer.so file to the appropriate mozilla/plugins directory.  I you put it in the one in your home directory ~/.mozilla/plugisn (again, dont' quote me) it will only work for your user, but you can move it (w/ root privelages) to the /user/lib/mozilla/plugins (one more time, recalling from memory) and it will work for all users.  I did this about a month ago, it wasn't hard to do- you just need to make sure you download the proper plugin.  Since it's an alpha release, it's not super easy to find on the adobe site.


                    Sorry I couldn't give more specific instructios- but google around, the information is out there.


                    Good luck,


                    • 7. Re: Flash player on Ubuntu DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY!!
                      Cezar Su Xin Community Member

                      Well, I totally empathize with theangel128.  I had Flash player installed already the day before last, going through hours of tutorials and learning how to open the therminal and downloading debs and using sudo commands.  What a pain in the ***!  If I wanted to be a programmer, I would have taken a course in the first place.  Moreover, using the terminal and sudo commands is not even uniform, as some apps don't even need the deb, some do and some even work with Wine.




                      After installing iTunes and Avast, the apps never worked.  Flash Player worked fine, even tonight up to two hours ago, when as I was Stumbling around, YouTube and other sites suddenly asked me to install Flash Player.  Again?  Why?  Well, needless to say, I did it, and STILL it doesn't work!!  I have been using Ubuntu now for say...36 hours, and already I've made many complaints, the main one being I AM NOT A PROGRAMMER!!


                      I'll say it again: for the cost of Windows 7, I experience less headaches and more enjoyment from my PC.  I have spent several hours over the last few days learning the ins and outs of the Ubuntu system, with much headache, frustration and disappointment.  I am not alone in wanting to utilize apps I am familiar with, but which are incompatible with Linux/Ubuntu, or won't work after using the methods found in forums, or suddenly stop working after hours of research and installation.


                      I don't like being angry, and I don't like my hands being tied as well.  I have enough stress in my life and prefer not having something fail at the worst possible times.  What we 'non-programmers'/novices/newbies want is understanding, uniformity and simplicity.  I know it's no threat to say I still have my Windows 7 disk, and the install is easier and faster as well, but, I am saying it.  I have a top notch PC I built myself, and I've been planning on using Ubuntu for some time.  My first headaches came when I installed it, with it's lengthy install and the fact that my first full install was a failure and I had to go back to running the platform from a jump drive, which I am doing now.


                      I am tired and frustrated, disillusioned with this system and ready to go postal.  I know many Ubuntu advocates don't care to hear this or otherwise just ignore it, but that just adds to the already depreciating perception of Ubuntu or its spin-off platrforms the rest of us have.  I want to enjoy my PC with ease and comfort, not to have to work and study just to surf, browse, crawl or Stumble.  We can't ask for money back, but what about our time and enjoyment?


                      And what's with this forum?  I can't copy and paste in here!!

                      • 8. Re: Flash player on Ubuntu DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY!!
                        Cezar Su Xin Community Member

                        How about: command not found?

                        • 9. Re: Flash player on Ubuntu DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY!!
                          theangel28 Community Member

                          If you have 32-bit Ubuntu installed, you just need to go into the "Ubuntu Software Center/Centre" and install the "restricted extras".


                          If you have 64-bit Ubuntu, follow the steps in this link - read the bottom section if you don't like using the Terminal:



                          Firefox and Google Chrome (or Chromium) will now work properly with Flash Player, using just that one file.


                          If you are unsure if you have 32-bit or 64-bit Ubuntu installed, go into the terminal and type uname -a

                          then press Enter key.

                          If you see "x86_64" then you have 64-bit Ubuntu and need to follow the steps in that link above to get the 64-bit Flash.


                          Why don't Adobe advise users like I've just done here?

                          • 10. Re: Flash player on Ubuntu DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY!!
                            eidnolb onlyone Community Member

                            Hi, My comment or info is for anyone that uses Linux, not the OP only. Since this thread was brought up, I thot I'd just list some info. Whether it is helpful the Users of Linux can decide.







                            The following link is for Flash Player Square, which is a beta for support of the 64bit OS of Linux, Windows and Mac for use with the 64bit browser:




                            This is the Troubleshooting Guide for Flash Player in Linux & Solaris:




                            This is a Linux Forum that I found while trying to help someone using Linux:






                            • 11. Re: Flash player on Ubuntu DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY!!
                              Cezar Su Xin Community Member

                              Thanks anyway guys, but I am back to Windows 7.  At least I know what I'm

                              doing with it, and if something does eventually go wrong, it is in 6 months

                              and I can reinstall, rather than 6 days.

                              I have all the apps I require without having to find round-about ways of

                              installing them and everything is uniform.  I wanted Ubuntu so bad and the

                              disappointment is even worse.  One week of hell, crash-courses, frustration

                              and disillusionment is enough for me.


                              Have fun and good luck with youyr endeavours.

                              • 12. Re: Flash player on Ubuntu DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY!!
                                Brutan Gaster Community Member

                                Ubuntu is not for everyone- the same is true for Windows and Mac as well...  Keep this in mind: How many years have you spent using Windows and getting proficient with it?  Ubuntu (or any Linux distro for that matter) is not Windows, and it takes a long time to gain that same level of proficiency. You have ot make the concious desicion that you will work through the learning curve, not matter what.  Now when I have a problem on a windows computer, I'm equally frustrated when I know the fix is a lot easier in Ubuntu.


                                aptitude has been depracted in the newer Ubuntu releases.  My post was from quite a while ago.  apt-get is the command you want to use.  There's a long stading debate in the Ubuntu community as to what is better- aptitude or apt-get.  Apparently the folks at Cannonical are in the apt-get camp.


                                "sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restriced-extras"


                                Anyway, go with what works.  There are many of us that happily use Ubuntu on a daily basis (it's all I ever use at home) and I don't isntall it every six days- or even six months for that matter.  Once every couple of years is good with me.



                                • 13. Re: Flash player on Ubuntu DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY!!
                                  professortruthiness Community Member

                                  I have 32-bit Ubuntu, and I've installed "restricted extras" and my software manager confirms I have the most up-to-date version of Flash Player.


                                  BUT most websites I've tried on Mozilla Firefox (also the latest version) STILL won't display any Flash content and instead display the message "Please install the latest version of Flash Player" with a link to the Flash for linux download page. I've installed, reinstalled, removed, etc. a bunch of times, and all the web browsers I've tried just won't recognize that I have the latest version already!


                                  Any advice?




                                  • 14. Re: Flash player on Ubuntu DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY!!
                                    theangel28 Community Member

                                    Try installing Chromium from the software centre.  It's a good web browser and could solve the problem you have with Flash.


                                    Alternatively, un-install the restricted extras, then install bleachbit and clean the cache.  When you've run bleachbit, reboot and try installing the restricted extras again.  Also check and remove any extensions in Mozilla Firefox which could be conflicting with Flash e.g. swfdec or Gnash and restrart Firefox.


                                    Hope that helps.

                                    • 15. Re: Flash player on Ubuntu DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY!!
                                      libflashplayer.so Adobe Employee

                                      speaking strictly on the OP's topic...



                                      from my understanding we've always had an upgrade mechanism for Ubuntu.  canonical provides the deb package(s) that is used in installing the player.


                                      player misbehaving:

                                      it helps to enter bugs at https://bugbase.adobe.com.  there is a greater likelihood that a bug is addressed more quickly when it can be determined an injection.  the longer a bug lingers and not reported, its priority can be lowered because the issue existed over a longer period of time.  also, by entering bugs, the community can vote on the issue which can raise priority/awareness.


                                      you stated you were on 64-bit.  at the time of your post, use of the nspluginwrapper was not stable.  the square beta would have been a good option for you.


                                      we recently released Flash Player 11, Serrano, which does have 64-bit support.  if you haven't downloaded yet, please give it a try.


                                      Adobe software for Linux platform:

                                      as a linux user myself, i try to use all open source software available.  the community does a great job that there's little reason or need to buy software.


                                      in the past, if needed, i used vmware or wine to use windows apps on my linux boxes.  this may be an option.


                                      @John - thanks for bumping the thread.  i would have never seen this otherwise.  take care everyone.

                                      • 16. Re: Flash player on Ubuntu DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY!!
                                        Pikistikman Community Member

                                        You sound like a spoiled child. If you want Flash so bad, just keep up a secondary operating system in Windows. What the hell is Wrong with windows anyway?

                                        • 17. Re: Flash player on Ubuntu DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY!!
                                          Pradeepkumar Community Member

                                          I have the same issue. My ubuntu installation is 13.10. Most flash videos including youtube have problems. They work but the graphic is spread, unable to even identify the objects in the video. I am still unsure whether it is caused because of flash player error or whether it has something to do with the drivers of my computer. New to Ubuntu and Iam still strugling to get going with it.