Install Adobe Flash Player 10 on Ubuntu 64bit

UPDATE: Native Adobe 64bit Flash Player has been released.
I have put together a small tutorial on how to install the native flash player 10 64bit plugin for linux.

Adobe recently launched Flash Player 10 Beta codenamed “Astro”. Great news, as it supports a bunch of new features, but as usually nothing yet for the 64 bit users. I’m going to show you how to get flash player 10 running on Ubuntu 64bit using nspluginwrapper. Before doing anything in the terminal make sure you close Firefox else you might not get the expected result.

1. Make sure you don’t have any other flash plugin installed on your system:
sudo apt-get remove -y –purge flashplugin-nonfree gnash gnash-common mozilla-plugin-gnash swfdec-mozilla libflashsupport nspluginwrapper

1.1 To be sure we don’t have any other old flash libs let’s cleanup the folders where it usually resides:
sudo rm -f /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/*flash*
sudo rm -f ~/.mozilla/plugins/*flash*
sudo rm -f /usr/lib/firefox/plugins/*flash*
sudo rm -rfd /usr/lib/nspluginwrapper

2. Install ia32-libs and latest nspluginwrapper
sudo apt-get install ia32-libs nspluginwrapper

3. Download the latest flash player from Adobe Labs and extract it:
cd ~
tar zxvf flashplayer10_install_linux_051508.tar.gz
sudo cp install_flash_player_10_linux/ /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/
rm -rf ~/install_flash_player_10_linux/

4. Use nspluginwrapper to install the plugin and link it to firefox
sudo nspluginwrapper -i /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/
sudo ln -sf /usr/lib/nspluginwrapper/plugins/ /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/
sudo ln -sf /usr/lib/nspluginwrapper/plugins/ /usr/lib/firefox-addons/plugins/

EDIT: here is how to install flash player 10 on 64bit systems for Liferea and Vuze

sudo ln -sf /usr/lib/nspluginwrapper/plugins/ /usr/lib/xulrunner-addons/plugins/

5. Start Firefox and type in the address bar about:plugins and press enter. You should get a result similar to this one:


6. Go to and test the new features.

EDIT: if you are lazy by nature, you can just grab install_flash_player_10_ubuntu64bit, a small script i put together. Make it executable (chmox +x install_flash_player_10_ubuntu64bit) and run it in terminal. It will kill ask you for root password the kill any Firefox you might have running and install the flash player 10

NOTE: for the new and improved script follow this URL:

36 thoughts on “Install Adobe Flash Player 10 on Ubuntu 64bit”

  1. your tutorial appears to be about installing flashplayer 10 on 64 bit ubuntu.
    My problem is that i cannot watch youtube videos on Opera 10, though I can watch them on Firefox. I am using Ubuntu 9.4 (64 bit version) and the Youtube problem on Firefox appeared to be resolved by visiting the medibuntu site and installing codecs as directed. This sorted Firefox out, but not Opera10. Any ideas, please? Thanks a lot. John

  2. Thanks Mark,

    I have updated the script so it now installs the last update Adobe released on July 30, 2009


  3. Did not work for me.

    Got this error on step 4
    nspluginwrapper: no appropriate viewer found for /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

    My browser crashes when opening sites that use flash. It was working, then i installed a bunch of codecs and one of them messed up flash, and then i uninstalled all flash related codecs/plugins, and i cannot figure out how to reinstall it to work. 🙁

  4. This didn’t work for me. I think it’s because I have an AMD processor rather than intel. Is there anything I can do?

  5. to remove just type “sudo apt-get remove flashplugin-nonfree” to install flash 9 “sudo apt-get update” then “sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree” i follow these step and i was succeed to play poker game in facebook

  6. Thank you its work.
    for Opera 10 ether.
    Just change the Mozilla’s plug-in path to Opera’s plug-in path…
    something like:
    sudo cp /usr/lib/opera/plugins
    sudo nspluginwrapper -i /usr/lib/opera/plugins/
    sudo ln -sf /usr/lib/nspluginwrapper/plugins/ /usr/lib/opera/plugins/

  7. Is there a way to do this and have it active specifically for just one user only (as if a normal plugin were in that user’s plugin directory)?

  8. Hola yo encontré un forma muy sencilla para este problema, tengo instalado ubuntu 10.10 en 64b y para ke me corra flash me fui a Administracion>Gestor de Paquetes Sinaptyc y busque flashplugin-installer le di a instalar después actualice y listo problema resuelto.

    Chao espero les sirva la info

  9. I am running a Kubuntu 11.04 (64 bit version) I just opened Synaptic Package Manager and searched for “flash firefox”. Found and installed “browser-plugin-gnash”. that is for Firefox.
    After that I can watch videos on youtube again.
    Isn’t this plugin 64 bit?

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