[How to]Enable flash support in Google Chrome in Ubuntu

By | November 9, 2014

Google’s Chromium team has released an unstable Google Chrome version for Linux and Mac operating system. Everything is fine, but the inly limitation of Google Chrome in Linux platform is that it doesn’t support flash. In some cases like when you want to watch videos on YouTube, then you are out of luck. But, there is way to overcome this limitation. You can do it by installing the Adobe Flash player. Below is the tutorial explaining how to install and enable the flash support.

Enable flash support in Google Chrome in Ubuntu

  • First install Google Chrome, by going to Chromium dev channel and download respective deb file for your Linux PC (32-bit and 64-bit). Double click on deb file and start installation and the process take less than 5 minutes.
  • If you have installed Adobe flash player already, you should be able to find libflashplayer.so file in /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer directory. If you have installed Flash player through ubuntu-restricted-extra package, the libflashplayer will be located at usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin directory.
  • If you don’t have the flash player installed previously, run the command in your terminal to install it.
    sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer

Installing Flash plugin

  • Create plugins folder in Google Chrome directory
    sudo mkdir /opt/google/chrome/plugins
  • Now copy the libflashplayer.so file to the plugins folder
    sudo cp /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/libflashplayer.so /opt/google/chrome/plugin
  • Now you need to edit the application menu, to do this right click at the Application menubar and select Edit Menus
  • Scroll down to find internet and select Google Chrome on right and click on properties button on right side.
  • Now in the command filed, change the command to
    /opt/google/chrome/google-chrome --enable-plugins %U

Save and close the windows and now flash player will start working on the Google Chrome.

Author: Peter Jacksonn

Peter, the most experienced in The Tech Bulletin team is a professional blogger and interested in reviewing the gadgets, giving solutions for technical queries. He covers the consumer electronics section along with latest apps and games.+Peter