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[Sticky] How do I install Adobe Flash on Fedora?

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How do I install Adobe Flash on Fedora?

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Better don't install it. NPAPI plugins are depreciated by most browser (vendors) as they are mostly obsolete and only pose an additional security risk. YouTube can be used without flash for years. It uses HTML5, available in every modern browser. (Not to mention that flash is obviously closed source.)

rugk gravatar imagerugk ( 2017-05-30 08:57:00 -0500 )edit

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answered 2011-11-28 07:40:25 -0500

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Adobe Flash is proprietary software and hence Fedora does not include it by default.


As of 2017, most websites don't need Adobe Flash any more (actually in 2018 less then 5% of websites uses it). Videos should play fine by default e.g. on,, or any social media. If they don't, try installing additional video codecs.

Please note that Flash and all its replacements are very broken and risky to use for stability, security and safety reasons. Here you can find statistics about vulnerabilities found and published for Adobe Flash: - yep, it's the worst, it has the biggest amount of the most severe bugs and the highest weighted average of vulnerabilities and their severity (simple rating of how unsecured it turned out).

Chrome: Pepper Flash

Google provides newer features in Pepper Flash Player. Pepper Flash Player can currently be used with Chromium (and with Chrome); and Firefox with Freshplayer Plugin. Chrome dropped support for 32bits (March, 2016); therefore the support with Pepper Flash Player for 32bits.

Firefox, Epiphany, …: NPAPI Flash plugin

Note that this plugin is not supported by Adobe very well, it did not receive even critical security updates for a long time. You should not use it. This is one reason why Firefox will remove any support for Flash (and similar plugins) in the end of 2017.

Adobe Flash is known to be horribly insecure by design, so be very careful where to use it. Except for some very old or shady websites you probably don't need Flash at all. Especially on shady websites, please note that Adobe Flash is used as a primary target for malware, that is software attacking your computer and trying to take control over it.

Note that the download links below are insecure, since data transmission is not signed or encrypted. Make sure that the files are not manipulated. If you don't know how to do that, don't install them.

You need to set up Adobe repository first. This is used for automatic updates.

For the x86_64 (64-bit) version, click here or use a terminal:

sudo dnf install

For the x86 (32-bit) version, click here or use a terminal:

sudo dnf install

You then need to install the plugin from the repository:

sudo dnf install flash-plugin

Checking the plugin in Firefox

Type the following text in the Firefox address bar:


Also check the Adobe Flash Player test page

Chromium web browser

Since Chromium 34 does not include support for NPAPI. Therefore, you need to use Pepper Flash to be able to use Flash.

Some extra steps are required to use the plugin with Chromium. After you've installed the plugin as detailed above:

On 64-bit:

1) wget -c -P /tmp/
2) cd /tmp
3) rpm2cpio /tmp/google-chrome-stable_current_x86_64 ...
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Does this method for installing flash sudo dnf -y install add the package to the list that is maintained by the dnf package manager, so that a future dnf install update will also look for the flash player updates?

jethreezy gravatar imagejethreezy ( 2015-12-12 15:37:41 -0500 )edit

Yes it does, but Adobe dropped support for Linux, so don't expect to receive any updates.

mikechav gravatar imagemikechav ( 2016-03-26 08:24:11 -0500 )edit

I use flash-plugin and it still receives security updates. The Linux version 'flash-plugin' still gets patches every month like the Windows version. I'm not complaining about that, but it is very confusing. These may be patches that are not promised by Adobe, but they are regular and frequent. I agree, that could stop any moment, but way too many sites still only work with it. It wasn't safe when Adobe did support it, so that's not really a change.

pdestefa gravatar imagepdestefa ( 2016-06-22 17:31:57 -0500 )edit

This simply isn't true! Adobe never dropped security update support for the NPAPI version.

jhasse gravatar imagejhasse ( 2016-11-02 12:07:36 -0500 )edit

Adobe said they would stop updating the NPAPI version for Linux, but backtracked in August 2016. The cautions under Now and Flash plugin are untrue and should be removed.

skierpage gravatar imageskierpage ( 2017-03-23 17:01:08 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-03-23 16:57:12 -0500

skierpage gravatar image

I agree Flash Player should be discouraged. But the wording

Actually; Adobe Flash is only available in Chrome, Under the name "Pepper Flash Player" Pepper Flash Player is maintained by Google, and is newer than Adobe Flash Player.

Note that this plugin is not supported by Adobe any more, it doesn't receive any security updates at all. You should not use it.

isn't true in 2017. The Flash Player plug-in for Linux I installed following the sudo dnf install instructions is at version, same as the Windows and Mac versions listed at . Back in 2016 the Adobe Flash Player Team commented on its blog:

In the past, we communicated that NPAPI Linux releases would stop in 2017. This is no longer the case and once we have performed sufficient testing and received community feedback, we will release both NPAPI and PPAPI Linux builds with their major version numbers in sync and on a regular basis.

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I fixed the comment. Thanks!

genodeftest gravatar imagegenodeftest ( 2017-04-18 11:15:21 -0500 )edit

answered 2015-03-08 16:43:29 -0500

AdmiralFlush gravatar image

The fedora people say "We do not like flash in our OS. Here use a VP8 player from google. That means that x263 codec that flash people love so much has a problem with open source." "Here this will play MKV content just fine. Flash is not the only system to play it." Flash is NOT supported under linux anymore. It is at v16 now in Windows.

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answered 2015-05-21 09:49:18 -0500

sergiomb gravatar image

updated 2017-09-05 07:28:03 -0500

Hey this is obsolete now we use freshplayerplugin:

This is now even simpler:

  • remove Adobe's Flash player (if installed): sudo dnf remove flash-plugin
  • install freshplayerplugin from RPMFusion: sudo dnf install freshplayerplugin
  • download the standalone Pepper Flash plugin from (Choose Linux 64-bit, FP 23.0 (or later) for other Linux 64-bit, PPAPI) as ~/flash playerppapilinux.x8664.tar.gz

  • extract its contents:

    sudo mkdir -p /usr/lib64/chromium-browser/PepperFlash
    cd /usr/lib64/chromium-browser/PepperFlash
    sudo tar -xf ~/Apps/flash_player_ppapi_linux.x86_64.tar.gz

JFTR 2017-09-05, I endup using adobe [1] from adobe disabled, just enable it time to time and I use flash-player-ppapi with rpmfusion freshplayerplugin , BTW some videos works without flash-player-ppapi , I have to dig it further

[1] cat /etc/yum.repos.d/adobe-linux-x8664.repo [adobe-linux-x8664] name=Adobe Systems Incorporated baseurl= enabled=0 gpgcheck=1 gpgkey=file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-adobe-linux

dnf repoquery --disablerepo='*' --enablerepo=adobe-linux-x86_64 --available --quiet

adobe-release-x8664-0:1.0-1.noarch flash-player-ppapi-0: flash-plugin-0:

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THANKS ! This only solution worked for me on fedora 25 and chromium 57 ! :D

vito gravatar imagevito ( 2017-04-07 14:27:36 -0500 )edit

Why not follow this simply way?

sudo dnf install
dnf provides */
sudo dnf install flash-player-ppapi
sudo ln -s /usr/lib64/flash-plugin/ /usr/lib64/chromium-browser/PepperFlash/
sudo ln -s /usr/lib64/flash-plugin/manifest.json /usr/lib64/chromium-browser/PepperFlash/manifest.json
metajiji gravatar imagemetajiji ( 2017-05-09 12:12:42 -0500 )edit

yes it is even more easy , to work on firefox we need still need freshplayerplugin (from RPMFusion) , I test it now and I don't need do the "ln -s ", even better , we only need install flash-player-ppapi also we will get updates automatically

sergiomb gravatar imagesergiomb ( 2017-05-31 06:24:50 -0500 )edit

THANKS! this workes on chromium (:

susn-- gravatar imagesusn-- ( 2017-08-29 20:10:32 -0500 )edit

answered 2016-03-23 16:23:02 -0500

genodeftest gravatar image

You probably don't need Flash any more. Most website's videos play just fine. Browser games mostly use HTML5 + JavaScript. And anyhow, Adobe Flash is known to have serious design flaws and is rarely updated for Linux. So my suggestion is: don't use it any more.

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answered 2015-01-23 16:09:49 -0500

gjanssens gravatar image

As yet another alternative way to install Adobe's Flash plugin I have been using the repositories maintained by negativo17.

There are individual repositories for a limited set of proprietary packages that can't be included in Fedora straight away. The site has clear installation instructions and the packages are updated regularly.

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answered 2017-03-14 07:58:28 -0500

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updated 2017-03-14 08:03:19 -0500

After a long time waiting for adobe to support again flash on linux finally is here.

Adobe Repository 32-bit x86

rpm -ivh
rpm --import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-adobe-linux

Adobe Repository 64-bit x86_64

rpm -ivh
rpm --import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-adobe-linux

dnf install flash-plugin alsa-plugins-pulseaudio libcurl

Verify that the Flash Player Plugin is working

Open Mozilla Firefox and write about:plugins on address bar.

NOTE : You can also go to adobe flashplayer page, get download there and install it via terminal session.


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based on community work ... , even half of software is GPL3, but PPAPI with freshplugin should be a better solution

sergiomb gravatar imagesergiomb ( 2017-03-14 10:11:49 -0500 )edit

Don't use Flash!!! I am sure you don't need it.

gobigobi66 gravatar imagegobigobi66 ( 2017-04-18 23:39:01 -0500 )edit

answered 2014-03-31 13:53:23 -0500

pdestefa gravatar image

What about Linux Package Factory flash-plugin package that is included with fedora?

I wish I could give a more definitive answer, but I just noticed it. Could be new to F20; I haven't seen it before. I just found the LPF-ized Skype package and it worked much better than the official pkg I downloaded from the Skype web-site. I'm hoping the same for flash-plugin, but haven't got around to trying it.

P.S. Gnash really seemed to not work at all for a couple years. I'm using it now, again, but doesn't work in a lot of cases.

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answered 2012-03-20 13:54:15 -0500

Akshay gravatar image

updated 2012-05-27 05:32:25 -0500

for 32 bit

rpm -ivh

rpm –import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-adobe-linux

for 62 bit

rpm -ivh

rpm –import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-adobe-linux

for mor you can check out my post here

Ok a quick update those who are using firefox 12 you dont need to install nspluginwrapper and now you can direct install flash from ---> select linux yum

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answered 2016-10-31 05:31:43 -0500

fedoramonsecond gravatar image

this "sticky" is even linked on this Wiki page but imho there could be a better askfedora page to link, the one mentioning fresh-player. Nonetheless the installation of Flash subject is quite controversial, and to me it sounds ridiculous that such a fine distro as Fedora doesn't address the subject in complete manner through its wiki, askfedora and other support pages (please see this question of mine). I know fedora it's not a distro for newbie but it should be more clear about codecs and flash installation, because otherwise it's a very easy and usable distro that deserves more attention out there. Many thanks

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