How to Enable Flash Support in Google Chrome in Ubuntu

The Chromium team has released an alpha unstable version of the Google Chrome for Linux and Mac platform. Those who are keen to try out Google Chrome in their Ubuntu machine, but are not willing to run it under wine, you can now grab the deb file and install it in your system.

One of the limitation of Google Chrome in Linux is that it does not support flash. If you intend to use it to watch your favorite YouTube channel, then you are out of luck. Luckily, there is a little trick that you can use to overcome this limitation. If you have installed the Adobe Flash player for your Firefox browser, you can now use the same player to run flash script in Google Chrome.

Installation

If you have not installed Google Chrome (unstable), go to the Chromium dev channel and grab the respective deb file for your system (32-bit and 64-bit). Double click on the deb file to start the installation. The whole process shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes.

Check for Adobe Flash player

If you have previously installed the Adobe Flash Player in your system, you should be able to find the libflashplayer.so file in the /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer directory. However, if you have installed the Flash player via the ubuntu-restricted-extra package, the libflashplayer.so will be located at the /usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin directory instead.

To find out where your libflashplayer.so is located, you might want to do a search in Nautilus.

google chrome search for libflashplayer in nautilus

google chrome libflashplayer properties

If you have not installed Flash Player, run the command in your terminal to install it:

Installing the Flash plugin

Create a plugins folder in the Google Chrome directory

Copy the libflashplayer.so file to the plugins folder.

Note: change the source path if your libflashplayer.so file is not located at other location.

Editing the Application menu

Right click at the Application menubar and select “Edit Menus

Scroll down to find “Internet” on the left pane and select Google Chrome on the right. Click on the Properties button on the right side.

google chrome application menu

In the Command field, change the command to

google chrome command line

Save and close all the windows.

The flash player should be working in your Google Chrome now.

google chrome playing youtube with flash support

20 comments

  1. Why would anyone want to use a snoopy browser like Chrome?
    All it does is spy on the user for google.

  2. Thanks for pointing this out – both the flash plug-in and the fact their is now a Linux release.

  3. I believe the Chrome Dev Release for Linux already specifies that you can use –enable-plugins command while starting Chrome to enable flash support.

    All I have done is create a new launcher on the desktop and given the command to launch chrome with the –enable-plugins argument. There was no need to copy the .so from anywhere to anywhere else or to use the flash installer.

  4. Thank you very much.
    It is working for me now ;)
    All I had to do is copy the file and start chrome…
    Flashy Flashy Chrome!!

  5. Just a quick note that the latest version of Chrome for Linux (beta) already support Flash by default, so there is no need to perform the above hack anymore.

  6. Try

    sudo mkdir /opt/google/chrome/plugins
    sudo cp /opt/google/chrome/npwrapper.libflashplayer.so /opt/google/chrome/plugins/

    and Restart Google Chrome

  7. sorry, it actually works. I had used a 32-bit flash plugin, that's why it didn't work.

    thank you for this great tutorial!

  8. Creating a symlink will work as well. Personally, I have copied the flash file over to the plugins folder and the files update still work properly. So I guess it worked both ways.

  9. If the file at /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/libflashplayer.so is updated by apt-get, you would have to copy it again to get those updates.

    Using a symlink avoids that problem.

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