[solution] Flash Player Broken in Firefox Unbutu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)

I Upgraded to Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) and I ran into a problem. I have a 64bit machine, and Adobe Flash wouldn’t work in Firefox. I’ve run into this before with Adobe flash player and Firefox, so I wasn’t that surprised.

I tried traditional methods, but I didn’t have much luck. I reinstalled the Flash plugin via the software center – no joy. I reinstalled the Flash plugin via Synaptic – not happening. I installed Flash-aid (a Firefox plugin designed to solve any issues with flash) –  nope.

I finally went to the Adobe website and downloaded the plugin tarball and manually installed it. Success! You can get the flash player here.

Here’s how I did it:

Download the tarball to the desktop and extract it. There will be a folder called install_flash_player_11_linux.x86_64 containing libflashplayer.so, a folder called usr and a readme.txt. Follow the instructions there.

My new install removed my root user folder, so I can’t login as root anymore.  I had to open a terminal and manually copy the files where they were supposed to go.

Here’s the terminal commands:

# su root (It will ask you for the root password. You have to be root user)
# cd /home/yourusername/Desktop/install_flash_player_11_linux.x86_64
# cp libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/
(this should be the default location, but yours could be different)
# cp -r usr/* /usr

The last copy command surprised me as it copied the contents of my extracted usr/ folder to  the root /usr/ folder while libflashplayer.so went in the plugins folder. No wonder the automatic methods didn’t work.

Restart firefox and it should work.

Adobe Flash player for Firefox has always been a bit finicky when it comes to 64bit installs and can take a little more work to configure. That hasn’t changed. Anyway, here’s a workaround that gets the job done.

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4 Responses to [solution] Flash Player Broken in Firefox Unbutu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)

  • Maria G

    Hi Kevan,

    A big Thank you! Your post has finally answered why I have been having so much trouble streaming online video to my 64 bit machine in Firefox.I love Ubuntu and had hopes that 12.04 Precise Pangolin was not going to be a problem but it was and still is. You have a solution for me but that may create a log in problem. Are there any suggestions for a novice Linex user that may simlify my understanding of doing your work around?

  • Maria, as far as I know, newer updates to Pangolin have resolved this issue without this workaround. What problems are you having?

  • intruder

    Also I have a problem here:
    cp: cannot stat `usr/*’: No such file or directory
    obviously there is something I don’t know…:/
    Please help!
    Thanks! 🙂

  • The install directory should be /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/. It was in my install, but yours may be different. Since I wrote this post, the flash player has been updated many times so these instructions may now be out of date.

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