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Enabling Flash in Chrome on Ubuntu 10.04

Update: The same steps seem to work on Ubuntu 11.04 as well.

Another update (10/24/2011): The same seems to work as well for 11.10. "Virtue" hints that the path may have changed to /usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin/libflashplayer.so, but that doesn't seem to be the case for me.

Hello again there, world. I've been away from my computer for a little while now as I relocated to Silicon Valley, but I got a chance to play around with one of the Alpha's of Ubuntu 10.04 this weekend. The new version has some vast improvements in the looks over the last one as well as now it includes Google Chrome in the default repository. When I wanted to setup Flash for Chrome, I followed a handy how-to, but this one didn't account for the fact that Chrome was installed via the regular repositories and wasn't installed to /opt.

To install, I simply had to follow the step-by-step with a few modifications:

  1. Install Chrome and Flash (with the Ubuntu Software Center or with apt-get
  2. sudo apt-get install chromium-browser flashplugin-nonfree
  3. Add the Flash plugin to the Chrome plugins directory
  4. sudo cp /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/chromium-browser/plugins/
  5. Restart Chrome

That's it. While a bit annoying that one has to install Flash for Chrome this way (especially considering YouTube - another Google product - relies on Flash), but it's not too painful.

If you still run into problems, you can double-check the location of the file (using locate libflashplayer.so) needed and the location where Chrome is installed (using whereis chromium-browser).

If you've just installed Ubuntu 10.04 and came across this, you may also want to install the browser Java plugin as well.


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