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How To Enable Adobe’s Flash Player In Google Chrome (Ubuntu 9.04)


This tutorial explains how you can install the Google Chrome browser on Ubuntu 9.04 and how to enable the Adobe Flash plugin in it. Please note that Google Chrome for Ubuntu is still in alpha state and should not be used on production systems.

This document comes without warranty of any kind! I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!

 

1 Installing Google Chrome

Open Firefox and visit http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel. Scroll down to the Linux section and pick the right .deb package for your architecture (google-chrome-unstable_current_i386.deb or google-chrome-unstable_current_amd64.deb):

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Click on the Accept and download button to accept the Google Chrome Terms of Service and to start the download:

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In the Firefox download dialogue, select Open with GDebi Package Installer (default):

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A Package Installer window opens. Click on Install Package to start the Google Chrome installation:

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Type in your password:

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Afterwards Google Chrome is being installed:

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Click on Close to leave the Package Installer after installation has finished:

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2 Enabling The Flash Plugin

Open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal):

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If the Flash plugin is already installed for Firefox, we have to find out where it is located:

sudo updatedb
sudo locate libflashplayer.so

If it is installed, output should be similar to this one…

falko@falko-desktop:~$ sudo locate libflashplayer.so
/opt/Adobe AIR/Versions/1.0/Resources/libflashplayer.so
/usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/libflashplayer.so
falko@falko-desktop:~$

… which means the Flash plugin is located in /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/libflashplayer.so. If there’s no output, this means that the Flash plugin isn’t installed – you can then install it as follows:

sudo aptitude install flashplugin-installer

Now we create a plugins directory for Google Chrome…

sudo mkdir /opt/google/chrome/plugins

… and copy the Flash plugin to it:

sudo cp /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/libflashplayer.so /opt/google/chrome/plugins

Finally we have to tell the Google Chrome launcher that it should look out for plugins. To do this, we right-click on Applications and select Edit Menus:

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In the Menu Editor, go to Internet > Google Chrome and click on the Properties button:

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In the Launcher Properties window, replace the contents of the Command field with this line…

/opt/google/chrome/google-chrome –enable-plugins %U

… and click on Close:

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Then leave the Menu Editor.

That’s it! We can now launch Google Chrome (Applications > Internet > Google Chrome):

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If you start Google Chrome for the first time, you’ll see this dialogue. Make your choices and click on Start Google Chrome:

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Now go to a web site that has Flash videos (e.g. YouTube), and you should be able to watch them which means that the Flash plugin is working:

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  • Google Chrome for Linux: http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel
  • Adobe Flash Plugin: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
  • Ubuntu: http://www.ubuntu.com/

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