Much like Windows and Mac, Ubuntu doesn't comes with Flash pre-installed.

It's not difficult to install Flash, but you can't tell that from Adobe's website.

Note: You'll probably also want to check out So I installed Ubuntu... Now what? for a one-shot command that will install Flash as well as perform several other common (and important) tasks for a freshly installed Ubuntu.

Install Flash

From Ubuntu Software Center

Having trouble with YouTube?

You may not need to install Flash. Try this first:

  1. Go to YouTube's HTML5 page:
  2. Click Join the HTML5 Trial
  3. Don't ask me why YouTube doesn't do this automatically... I think it's silly.

If that doesn't work for you or you find that you just can't avoid Flash, you can install it from Ubuntu Software Center.

  1. Click Dash (the upper left-most button in Launcher)
  2. Type Ubuntu Software Center
  3. Hit the <enter> key to open Ubuntu Software Center (or click on the icon)
  4. Type flashplugin into the search bar
  5. Click on the first Adobe Flash package
  6. Click Install
  7. If asked, type your password
  8. Repeat the process for installing Ubuntu Restricted Extras and Ubuntu Restricted Addons
  • Restricted refers to the things Ubuntu is not allowed to install automatically, not adult material
  1. Close Firefox (and any other browser)
  2. Flash should work the next time you open Firefox

From Terminal

Open Terminal (from Dash) then copy and paste all of the lines below (at the same time) into Terminal, hit the key, and type in your password (you won't see *s as you type, but that's okay).

sudo apt-get install -y \
  ubuntu-restricted-extras \
  ubuntu-restricted-addons \

Avoid Flash

Flash makes my computer fan turn on full-speed almost every time any page uses it. It seems to do the same to others. Also, it's been replaced by HTML5, and it's not like like this is an old man that needs friends and family at its bedside as it dies.

Also, flash doesn't run on iPhone.


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