Howto enable flash support for chromium browser

We have already dicussed howto install chromium browser in ubuntu .This tutorial will explain howto enable flash support for chromium browser

First you need to make sure you have installed chromium browser

Now you need to install flash using the following command

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

Now you need to copy file into /usr/lib/chromium-browser/plugins directory

sudo cp /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/ /usr/lib/chromium-browser/plugins

Now you can run the chromium browser using the following command from terminal

chromium-browser --enable-plugins


Go to Applications->Internet->Chromium Browser and right click it, add to panel.Right click the new chromium icon and add the following command where it says command

chromium-browser --enable-plugins

That's it from now on you should able to view youtube or any other flash video.

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50 Responses

  1. KruyKaze says:

    I get
    E: Couldn’t find package adobe-flashplugin

  2. Eric Jones says:

    You don’t need to copy anything over. I didn’t. I just installed the flashplugin, and ran the command chromium-browser --enable-plugins, and it automatically detected the plugin in /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins.

  3. Honza says:

    Same as above. “E:Couldn’t find package adobe-flashplugin”

    Any ideas what the problem might be?

  4. KruyKaze says:

    I’m on Ubuntu x64 by the way

  5. Honza says:

    I figured it out. I’m also using 64bit ubuntu. I have a working version of the flash plugin for Firefox. Instead of typing ‘chromium-browser’ into the terminal, I typed ‘google-chrome –enable-plugins’ and it worked.

    You may want to add this to your post.


  6. Andrew says:

    @Honza: Chromium is not the same thing as Google Chrome, you must have Google Chrome installed, not Chromium…

    P.s.: for 64bit Ubuntu, download the 32 bit Flash archive from and extract it to /usr/lib/chromium-browser/plugins folder (Chromium is a 32-bit application, so you have to have the 32-bit version of libflash player to link or copy)

  7. El Nino says:

    it’s not google chromium, but google chrome is made from the source of chromium.

    “Chromium is the open-source project behind Google Chrome.”

    “‘Chromium’ vs ‘Google Chrome’

    Chromium is an open source browser project. Google Chrome is a browser from Google, based on the Chromium project.”

    this will show if you write ‘about:linux-splash’ in the url-bar in chromium

    over and out

  8. topoignaz says:

    When I try do display a flash video, it crashes reporting this on the console:

    [31623:31623:24921623919:ERROR:/build/buildd/chromium-browser-] Not implemented reached in virtual void AutocompletePopupViewGtk::OnHoverEnabledOrDisabled(bool)
    [31623:31623:24922397746:ERROR:/build/buildd/chromium-browser-] Not implemented reached in virtual void AutocompletePopupViewGtk::OnHoverEnabledOrDisabled(bool)
    [31623:31626:24925889128:ERROR:/build/buildd/chromium-browser-] dlopen failed when trying to open /home/topoignaz/.mozilla/plugins/.DS_Store: /home/topoignaz/.mozilla/plugins/.DS_Store: invalid ELF header
    Error: Couldn’t find per display information
    [31623:31623:24926447080:ERROR:/build/buildd/chromium-browser-] Not implemented reached in virtual void TabContents::OnCrashedPlugin(const FilePath&) convert plugin path to plugin name

    Moreover, if I start Chromium with the –enable-plugins option, Google Mail does not work properly anymore.

  9. ubuntu_user says:

    Great tips, a few notes:

    1/ You can always download the latest flash player at
    2/ Just get the “tar.gz” file and unpack it to
    3/ Copy this into ~/.mozilla/plugins/ folder.

    PS: If you are on 64 bit system, you may have had the same plugin in the same folder, in that case you want to name your new file as Chromium Browser does not support 64 bit flash plugin and it will use the other version instead.


  10. KruyKaze says: worked

  11. Banny706 says:

    I use the Chromium Browser and every time I start the browser, I get the tab with my home page up (which I want only) and the about:linux-splash tab (which I don’t want).

    Can the about:linux-splash tab be removed and if so, how?


  12. dudeabides says:

    I have flash running in Firefox and I recently downloaded Chromium. Followed all the instructions above and…nothing. When I go to Youtube, I still get: Hello, you either have JavaScript turned off or an old version of Adobe’s Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player. If I download the new flash player, I’m told I have the latest one already installed…

  13. mehdi says:

    I installed the latest ubuntu build of chromium-browser and i only copied the flash plugin and it works like charm without –enable-plgins.

  14. topoignaz says:

    @mehdi: with the latest builds, there’s no need to specify the --enable-plugins option anymore.

  15. slavaS says:

    Thank you! It’s nice that you share useful information! I still could to install chromium browser!

  16. karbka says:

    Great tnx! I from Russia, but it was very easy to install flash player with your instruction!

  17. can says:

    it worked for me.. thanks a lot..

  18. TUXLOCO says:

    Thank?, is just that i needed!!

  19. Joliea says:

    It worked. Just the first step of installing flash and voila. No copying required. 😀

  20. Alexis says:

    Thanks for the tip.

    In my case on Debian, the plugin was installed in /usr/lib/flashplugin-nonfree diretory instead of /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer.

  21. Berk says:

    It worked at the moment, thank a lot.. 🙂

  22. Dan says:

    Hey Guys, I get the following error after doing everything correctly, like described above:

    chromium-browser –enable-plugins
    [6576:6576:5382521023:ERROR:webkit/glue/plugins/] Not implemented reached in bool WebPluginDelegateImpl::WindowedCreatePlugin() windowed plugin but without xembed. See
    [6576:6576:5382932016:ERROR:webkit/glue/plugins/] Not implemented reached in bool WebPluginDelegateImpl::WindowedCreatePlugin() windowed plugin but without xembed. See
    [6580:6580:5389254246:ERROR:base/] dlopen failed when trying to open Kann die Shared-Object-Datei nicht öffnen: Datei oder Verzeichnis nicht gefunden

    The last sentence means “File or Folder not found”
    Hope you can help me.

    Greetz 🙂

  23. aitkanti says:

    Thank you it worked fine for me

  24. Rajat says:

    i tried it but its throwing this error i am new to ubuntu need tyour help

    sudo cp /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/ /usr/lib/chromium-browser/plugins

  25. turtle11c says:

    just go to ubuntu software center in applications and click get sofware then in the search bar type flash and download the one for mozilla firefox it will automatically work for chromium and there is no crap to deal with trying to use the terminal.

  26. turtle11c says:

    it literally takes less than 30 seconds that way

  27. wtiger says:

    Thank you very much. It works in Chromium for Quimo!

  28. poojasaraff says:

    Thanks alot!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  29. Rod says:

    Yeeesh!! Thanks a ton!!

  30. Rosério says:

    Two years later and this post still has the solution. Thank you very much.

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