Install Flash Player 9 in Ubuntu

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Install Flash Player 9 in Ubuntu

Preparing your system

First you need to install alien to convert .rpm to .deb package you can check here for complete details

First you need to download the .rpm file from here


Now you have flash-plugin- package convert this to .deb using the following command

sudo alien -k flash-plugin-

Outputlooks like below

Warning: Skipping conversion of scripts in package flash-plugin: postinst prerm
Warning: Use the --scripts parameter to include the scripts.
flash-plugin_9.0.31.0-release-1_i386.deb generated

Now you need to install this .deb package using the following command

sudo dpkg -i flash-plugin_9.0.31.0-release-1_i386.deb

Selecting previously deselected package flash-plugin.
(Reading database ... 174973 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking flash-plugin (from flash-plugin_9.0.31.0-release-1_i386.deb) ...
Setting up flash-plugin ( ...

This will complete the installation

Test Flash Player 9 Plugin

To check if Flash Player 9 is recognized by Firefox or not, open your Firefox and type in about:plugins.

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10 Responses

  1. I’m sure you don’t need to follow all those steps to install; you just need to unpack the .tar.gz and install via the terminal. Very easy.

    You can also use Automatix.

  2. jj says:


    Did exactly what you said. W/ “about:plugins” I get ” No plugins installed” What gives? I even restarted machine and same response.

  3. cm says:

    I also needed to do:

    sudo ln -s /usr/lib/flash-plugin/ /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox/plugins/

  4. harry says:

    Do I need “Flash!”? – not if it applies to advertisements that pop-up from nowhere and scrall across my screen…and No! if they keep telling me I need to. No I don’t and haven’t noticed missing anything. Flash! (IMHO) is a shoerthand for lazy advertisers…instead of giving us something of value they think a flashy (oops) cartoon will do. There is some stupid ad with a guy being run-over by a bus – what darn-fool thinks this will Sell —?(I dunno what – and if possible, I’d buy the competition’s product.)
    Is Flash! used in games? – that might be it…since I don’t play games, but I think it’s fairly common on web-advertisements…..getting in the way of the work in hand. Creating cartoons the easy way may help to while away winter evenings, but to my mind there are better things to be doing.

  5. jj says:

    You might also want to point out for the newbie that Alien is not in the default installation of Ubuntu and you can use Symantic or apt-get install alien to get it.

  6. Dr Kurian says:

    I used the same procedure to install flash player 10
    It worked
    Thank you very much.

  7. Aneslin says:

    Guys, i went the site which u mentioned to downlaod,

    there is an option to select the file type.
    tar,rpm and deb.

    i downloaded the deb format file using firefox. it ask to open that file using Ubuntu application instaler.
    and it installed fine. 🙂

  8. ajay says:

    Thanks a million, this was useful!

  9. Machello says:

    404 not found is all I get.

  10. Shri says:


    Very helpful. Thanks for the post. Did work well.

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