Sunday, June 10, 2012

[SOLVED] Install Adobe flash in Debian and make it work!

The default flash player won't play a lot of videos for me. Hence, I installed Adobe flash player 11 directly from Adobe site.

  • First uninstall default flash player by #apt-get remove gnash
  • Download latest Firefox install_flash_player_11_linux.i386.tar.gz from Adobe site, store it in downloads and exit Firefox or any web browser.
  • Hit root terminal and type
#cd ./Downloads
#tar xvf install_flash_player_11_linux.i386.tar.gz
#cp /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

#cd ./usr/bin
#cp flash-player-properties /usr/local/bin

Now once you restart Firefox, by default it will use the Adobe Flash Player for live streaming or playing flash videos.

You may face a situation like me - after installation of Adobe flash, iceweasel kept crashing. To handle it, you need to install Firefox and remove iceweasel. My blog post describes how to install Firefox and remove iceweasel.

19 June 2012

One minor correction - please install install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz or Adobe Flash player 10. Somehow live streaming lags in Flash Player 11 even after stopping hardware acceleration. I removed it and installed Flash Player 10 and it performs way better than Flash Player 11. Search online for Flash Player 10 or install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz.


  1. I'm still a novice in Linux, but it helped me a lot, thank you

  2. By now there, it seem to me, an easier way to do this. I've done it in Wheezy, but it seems much like it should work just as well in Squeeze.
    There is no need to remove Iceweasel for it, which so far plays back all videos nicely for me:
    There is a debian package flashplugin-nonfree ( in the contrib repository.
    Basically all you need to do is
    1.) to add the contrib repo to your sources list (check here:
    Note that the file to edit is /etc/apt/sources.list, with an i, not sources.lst and you need to be root to edit it). Don't forget to update and upgrade afterwards!
    and then
    2.) install the package!

    1. ...also note that this installs the latest version of Flash plugin (and, according to Adobe HP, the last to be supported for Linux!)

  3. Awesome, worked for me. Thanks!

  4. Awesome. Worked perfectly and I'm a noob.

  5. Awesome!!! :)))) Big Thanks, my friend!!! :)))) You are genious :)))))

    1. Glad that my blog post was helpful to you :). Thanks for liking it.

  6. Hi! You may consider that: "sudo update-flashplugin-nonfree --install"

  7. I'll give this stuff a go:...uh..let's try this....

  8. Awesome! I give it a try for and its work perfectly. Even i dont uninstall gnash. i can do speedtest now. thank you