Install Adobe Flash for Opera on Ubuntu

Written by Mark Sanborn: Nov 12, 2008

Flash doesn’t come with Ubuntu by default so we need to install if for all of our browsers if we want to view any sites that have flash. Adobe provides an easy deb installation file to install it for browsers like Firefox but not Opera. Although the package from Adobe doesn’t automatically install flash for Opera, adding it manually is as simple as copying over a file.

Download the .deb file from Adobe and install it like you normally do.

dpkg -i nameofdeb.deb

This will install the flash library file here: ‘/usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin/libflashplayer.so’.

This package then copies this library to the directories of Netscape/Mozilla browsers like Firefox, but doesn’t do it for Opera.

To do it manually just execute this command as root:

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin/libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/opera/plugins/libflashplayer.so

Thats it.

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