Install Adobe Flash Player in Slackware Linux (UPDATED!)

You probably noticed that during browsing the Internet with Firefox, several website gave you a message similar to the example below:

"Additional plugins are required to display all the media on this page. Click Install Missing Plugins."

That means your Firefox web browser does not have plugins required by the website. It offers you to install the plugins . You can install the plugins just by clicking on the "Install Missing Plugins" button in windows operating system. In Linux, you cannot do that. Linux protected itself with permissions. Here is what happened when you click the Install Missing Plugins button:

Firefox Plugin Finder Service screenshot image

The Firefox Plugin Finder Service offers to install the plugins for you. Click Next to install those plugins.

Firefox Plugin Finder Service screenshot image

The process completed with no plugins installed. But we know now that the missing plugin is Adobe flash player. So we can manually download flash player from Adobe website and install the plugin. Here is Adobe flash player download page for Linux if you need it: Adobe flash player for Linux download page.

Choose Manual Install and click Finish.

Adobe Flash Player download page opened.

Choose flash player for Linux screenshot image

Click Select version to download... dropdown button and choose .tar.gz for Linux. Next, click Agree and install now button.

Agree and install now screenshot image

Choose Save file and click OK.

Save Adobe flash player screenshot image

Open Slackware Linux command line terminal and type su - and enter root password.

Note:

The new 'install_adobe_flash_player_11_linux.x86_64.tar.gz' has changed. See instruction update at the bottom of the article.

Type cd /usr/local/src and press enter. Untar Adobe flash player 10 with tar zxvf /path/to/install_adobe_flash_player_10.tar.gz command. See the step by step example below:

[email protected]:/home/luzar# cd /usr/local/src
[email protected]:/usr/local/src# tar zxvf /home/luzar/install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz

Change directory into the new extracted folder with command cd install_flash_player_10_linux. See an example below:

[email protected]:/usr/local/src# ls
install_flash_player_10_linux/
[email protected]:/usr/local/src# cd install_flash_player_10_linux/

Run flashplayer-installer* like the example below:

[email protected]:/usr/local/src/install_flash_player_10_linux# ls
flashplayer-installer* libflashplayer.so*
[email protected]:/usr/local/src/install_flash_player_10_linux# ./flashplayer-installer

The flash player installation starts. You need to answer a few questions during the installation. So stay put. It only takes a few seconds. See the example below:

Copyright(C) 2002-2009 Adobe Macromedia Software LLC. All rights reserved.

Adobe Flash Player 10 for Linux

Adobe Flash Player 10 will be installed on this machine.

You are running the Adobe Flash Player installer as the "root" user.
Adobe Flash Player 10 will be installed system-wide.

Support is available at http://www.adobe.com/support/flashplayer/

To install Adobe Flash Player 10 now, press ENTER.

To cancel the installation at any time, press Control-C.

We want to install Adobe flash player, so press enter to continue. The Adobe flash player will ask for the installation path of the Mozilla, Netscape, or Opera browser. In Slackware, the path should be in /usr/lib directory by default. Enter the name of web browser you are using and press enter to continue. See an example below:

Please enter the installation path of the Mozilla, Netscape,
or Opera browser (i.e., /usr/lib/mozilla): /usr/lib/firefox
Proceed with the installation? (y/n/q): y

Installation complete.

The Adobe flash player will ask again whether we want to perform another installation. It means, if we have many web browser in our Linux operating system, we can install Adobe flash player for that browser too. Answer y if we want to install Adobe flash player for other web browser, such as Seamonkey or Opera. Once again, provide the path to the seamonkey web browser. Answer y to continue the installation. If you want to install Adobe flash player to other web browser, repeat the step above. If not, answer n to the Perform another installation question. The step by step example is shown below:

Perform another installation? (y/n): y

Please enter the installation path of the Mozilla, Netscape,
or Opera browser (i.e., /usr/lib/mozilla): /usr/lib/seamonkey

----------- Install Action Summary -----------

Adobe Flash Player 10 will be installed in the following directory:

Browser installation directory = /usr/lib/seamonkey

Proceed with the installation? (y/n/q): y

Installation complete.

Perform another installation? (y/n): n

Please log out of this session and log in for the changes to take effect.

The Adobe Flash Player installation is complete.

The Adobe flash player installation in Slackware Linux is complete. Login from a new terminal as a normal user and start kde (if kde is not opened already). Open Firefox and test the new Adobe flash player with youtube video to see does it work or not. Do the same test for Seamonkey web browser.

Update! Adobe Flashplayer 10

The new 'install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz' file contains only 'libflashplayer.so' file when you extract it. What you need to do is just copy the libflashplayer.so file to the /firefox/plugins directory (and other web browser as well). Here's the complete 'howto' steps:

  1. Download 'install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz' from adobe website.
  2. Extract it when the download is finished. The command is tar zxvf /path-to/install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz
  3. Copy 'libflashplayer.so' to /usr/lib/firefox-3.X.XX/plugins directory. Here is the command example: cp /path-to/libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/firefox-3.0.13/plugins
  4. Open Firefox web browser. Type about:plugins to verify flash player.

Install Flashplayer from slackbuild scripts

If you are planning to install Adobe flash player 10 plugins in Slackware64 13.37, the easiest way is to get the slackbuild scripts from slackware ftp server or http mirrors such as Slackware64 13.37 Adobe flash player 10 plugin slackbuild script. Download both "flashplayer-plugin.SlackBuild" and "slack-desc" files and save it in your home directory. When you have those scripts, open command line terminal and run "sh flashplayer-plugin.SlackBuild" command. To make it easier for a Slackware beginner, here are step-by-step instructions:

1) Download "flashplayer-plugin.SlackBuild" and "slack-desc" from Slackware mirror. The above link is one of them.

2) Open Command Line Terminal, gain root privilege and change directory to where you save slackbuild scripts. Run slackbuild script to create Slackware package. See example below:

[email protected]:~$ su -
Password:

[email protected]:~# cd /home/jinlusuh
[email protected]:/home/jinlusuh# ls -l
total 4228
drwx------ 2 jinlusuh users 4096 May 19 14:11 Desktop/
-rw-r--r-- 1 jinlusuh users 6838 May 19 14:21 flashplayer-plugin.SlackBuild
-rw-r--r-- 1 jinlusuh users 1017 May 19 14:26 slack-desc.htm
[email protected]:/home/jinlusuh# chmod 755 flashplayer-plugin.SlackBuild
[email protected]:/home/jinlusuh# chmod 755 slack-desc.htm
[email protected]:/home/jinlusuh# mv slack-desc.htm slack-desc
[email protected]:/home/jinlusuh# sh flashplayer-plugin.SlackBuild
++
|| flashplayer-plugin-10_2.111710
++
Extracting the source archive(s) for flashplayer-plugin...
libflashplayer.so

Slackware package maker, version 3.14159.

Searching for symbolic links:

No symbolic links were found, so we won't make an installation script.
You can make your own later in ./install/doinst.sh and rebuild the
package if you like.

This next step is optional - you can set the directories in your package
to some sane permissions. If any of the directories in your package have
special permissions, then DO NOT reset them here!

Would you like to reset all directory permissions to 755 (drwxr-xr-x) and
directory ownerships to root.root ([y]es, [n]o)? n

Creating Slackware package: /tmp/flashplayer-plugin-10_2.111710-x86_64-1.txz

./
install/
install/slack-desc
usr/
usr/doc/
usr/doc/flashplayer-plugin-10_2.111710/
usr/doc/flashplayer-plugin-10_2.111710/flashplayer-plugin.SlackBuild
usr/lib64/
usr/lib64/mozilla/
usr/lib64/mozilla/plugins/
usr/lib64/mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so

Slackware package /tmp/flashplayer-plugin-10_2.111710-x86_64-1.txz created.

/tmp/build/package-flashplayer-plugin
[email protected]:/home/jinlusuh#

Adobe flashplayer plugin successfully created and can be found in /tmp directory. You can save a copy of the file if you want. Then using "installpkg" command to install the plugin. See example below:

[email protected]:/home/jinlusuh# cp /tmp/flashplayer-plugin-10_2.111710-x86_64-1.txz /usr/local/src/
[email protected]:/home/jinlusuh# cd /usr/local/src/
[email protected]:/usr/local/src# ls
flashplayer-plugin-10_2.111710-x86_64-1.txz
[email protected]:/usr/local/src# installpkg flashplayer-plugin-10_2.111710-x86_64-1.txz
Verifying package flashplayer-plugin-10_2.111710-x86_64-1.txz.
Installing package flashplayer-plugin-10_2.111710-x86_64-1.txz:
PACKAGE DESCRIPTION:
# flashplayer-plugin (flash plugin for web browsers)
#
# Provides Adobe Flash plugin for browsers that recognize
# /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins as a valid plugin directory
#
# Plugin is subject to Adobe terms of use:
# http://www.adobe.com/go/labs_term_of_use
#
# Plugin is subject to Adobe Flash EULA:
# http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/eula/flashplayer.html
#
Package flashplayer-plugin-10_2.111710-x86_64-1.txz installed.

[email protected]:/usr/local/src#

Update on December 2013 for Slackware14.1 64bit

The new 'install_flash_player_11_linux.x86_64.tar.gz' file contains 'libflashplayer.so' file and 'usr' directory when you extract it. What you need to do is copy the libflashplayer.so file to the /mozilla/plugins directory and the rest of usr directory contents to your Linux usr directory. Here's the complete 'howto' steps:

  1. Download 'install_flash_player_11_linux.x86_64.tar.gz' from adobe website and save in your computer.
  2. Extract it when the download is finished. The command is tar zxvf install_flash_player_11_linux.x86_64.tar.gz.
  3. Copy 'libflashplayer.so' to /usr/lib64/mozilla/plugins directory. Here is the command example: cp libflashplayer.so /usr/lib64/mozilla/plugins/
  4. Copy contents of usr directory (from extracted adobe flashplayer file) to /usr directory in your Slackware system. The command is: cp -r usr/* /usr
  5. Open Firefox web browser. Type about:plugins to verify flash player.

If you are planning to install Adobe flash player 11 plugins in Slackware64 14.1, the easiest way is to get the slackbuild scripts from slackware ftp server or http mirrors such as Slackware64 14.1 Adobe flash player 11 plugin slackbuild script. Download both "flashplayer-plugin.SlackBuild" and "slack-desc" files and save it in your home directory. When you have those scripts, open command line terminal and run "sh flashplayer-plugin.SlackBuild" command. Check out the step by step instructions in the example above.

That's all. Now head to youtube and enjoy!

Comments

2

hello...
i tried as the steps guide...but whenever i unzip the install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz file...i get libflashplayer.so and so the step->
[email protected]:/usr/local/src/install_flash_player_10_linux# ./flashplayer-installer
cannot be done...
please help...

You just need to copy the file. See instruction in the tutorial.

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