How to install Flash Player on Ubuntu 16.04

To install Flash Player on Ubuntu 16.04

Adobe flash player is an open source tool used for playing multimedia files. It is a collection of GUI, data manipulation and network components. It is widely used by the individuals and organization as it supports all forms of data. As it has advanced compression technology even videos of high quality and low bandwidth are seamlessly played on Adobe Flash Player. This tutorial covers the installation procedure of Flash Player on Ubuntu 16.04. 

Installation procedure

To proceed with the installation procedure, check whether the flash player is installed in the target system by entering the URL as If it's not installed, the browser will be displayed as shown below.


You can also check for the application by entering in the browser and go to setting-->add ons --> plugin. The Flash player will not be seen in the list of plugins. 

Both of the above mentioned methods shows that flash is not installed. 

To start installing the application, go to the terminal and update the target machine by executing the apt-get update command

root@linuxhelp:~# apt-get update
Hit:1 xenial InRelease
Get:2 xenial-security InRelease [102 kB]
Get:3 xenial-updates InRelease [102 kB]
Get:4 xenial-backports InRelease [102 kB]
Fetched 306 kB in 2s (109 kB/s)    
Reading package lists... Done

The target machine is updated with the repositories. Next install the Flash Player by running the following command and press y to continue with the installation. 

root@linuxhelp:~# apt-get install flashplugin-installer -y
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  gnome-software-common libgtkspell3-3-0
Use 'sudo apt autoremove' to remove them.
Suggested packages:
  x-ttcidfont-conf ttf-mscorefonts-installer ttf-bitstream-vera | ttf-dejavu
  ttf-xfree86-nonfree xfs
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 592 not upgraded.
Need to get 6,806 B of archives.
After this operation, 59.4 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 xenial-updates/multiverse amd64 flashplugin-installer amd64 [6,806 B]
Fetched 6,806 B in 0s (17.2 kB/s)          
Preconfiguring packages ...
Selecting previously unselected package flashplugin-installer.
(Reading database ... 172136 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../flashplugin-installer_27.0.0.183ubuntu0.16.04.1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking flashplugin-installer ( ...
Processing triggers for update-notifier-common (3.168) ...
flashplugin-installer: downloading
Get:1 [30.4 MB]
Fetched 30.4 MB in 1min 4s (475 kB/s)                                          
W: Can't drop privileges for downloading as file '/var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/adobe-flashplugin_20171025.1.orig.tar.gz' couldn't be accessed by user '_apt'. - pkgAcquire::Run (13: Permission denied)
Installing from local file /var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/adobe-flashplugin_20171025.1.orig.tar.gz
Flash Plugin installed.
Setting up flashplugin-installer ( ...

The Flash Player is installed in the target system. Enter the URL as, If it shows YES, then the application is installed in the system. 

after installation

You can also check in the plugins section of the browser. Go to setting-->add ons --> plugin. The Flash Player is installed in the system and it is also shown in the plugins list.  
plugins added

Both the above mentioned method shows that Flash is installed in the target system. 


Thus we conclude the installation procedure of Flash Player on Ubuntu 16.04. 

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