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Don’t miss out on new features and performance improvements in Flash simply because you want to use Firefox. Here’s how to get the latest version of Flash for Firefox in Linux.

Currently, Google Chrome is the only browser on Linux that offers the latest version of Flash. For Firefox, you’re just getting security updates to the much older 10.2 release. However, it’s possible to get around this.

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Why Doesn’t Firefox Get The Latest Flash?

A few years back, Adobe decided to drop the Flash plugin’s support for Linux. Since then, Adobe has just maintained the 10.2 and pushed security updates but nothing else. The big major exception is for Google Chrome users — they can still enjoy the newest versions of Flash because Google made sure that its browser would still be supported. As a result, they created the Pepper Flash plugin.

Unlike most other plugins, it’s not as simple as taking Pepper Flash from Google Chrome and putting it with the plugins of your other favorite browser. If you try that, it simply won’t get recognized. Mozilla also doesn’t seem to have any interest in adding support for Pepper to Firefox.

Pepper Flash Wrapper

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Thankfully, after a very long wait, we finally have a wrapper that we can install to get the Pepper Flash plugin into Firefox. Because it’s still rather new, it’s considered to be “alpha” quality software so you might experience some hiccups. But all major bugs have already been ironed out (at a very rapid pace, might I add), so it can only get better. I personally haven’t had any issues while trying it out.

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Installing Fresh Player Plugin

Installing the wrapper and getting it to work is pretty straightfoward, but it’s more than a simple step.

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First off, you’ll need to install the wrapper, called “Fresh Player Plugin”. You can do this by running the command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8 && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install freshplayerplugin

This will add the PPA (Personal Package Archive: an easy-to-add repository specifically for Ubuntu What Is An Ubuntu PPA & Why Would I Want To Use One? [Technology Explained] What Is An Ubuntu PPA & Why Would I Want To Use One? [Technology Explained] Read More ) for the Fresh Player Plugin so you can get updates for it. It also updates your package lists and installs the wrapper.

The wrapper is now installed, but that’s all it is so far — a wrapper. You still need to get the actual Pepper Flash plugin, which can be easily done by just installing Google Chrome. You may have to run it once for Chrome to download the latest version of the plugin, but that’s all you have to do. The wrapper will automatically look the in folder that Chrome uses to store the Pepper Flash player, so you don’t have to do anything extra to help it find it.

You Now Have Up-To-Date Flash In Firefox

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Now, you should be able to use the newer Flash in your favorite browser! If you also have the older Flash installed, it’s a good idea to uninstall it or find a way to disable it in your browser. Once that’s done, you should be good to go! At time of writing, hardware acceleration still doesn’t work, but it could very well be fixed soon. Try it if you want, but remember I warned you.

Although I still prefer HTML5 over Flash, I have to admit that there are still plenty of websites that use Flash. It will be many years before Flash finally undergoes its extremely slow death, and for the time being it’s still a good idea to have a working (and up to date) Flash setup going.

For those who need other plugins to work under Linux, check out the Pipelight plugin which allows you to use Silverlight in all Linux browsers How To Easily Enable Silverlight, And Watch Netflix, on Linux How To Easily Enable Silverlight, And Watch Netflix, on Linux Netflix depends on Silverlight; Silverlight doesn't play well with Linux. But Linux users have an easy-to-use workaround. Read More !

If you don’t use Chrome on Linux, are you happy that you can now use newer versions of Flash? How long do you think it’ll be until Flash is finally gone? Let us know in the comments!

  1. Jeff Dorenbush
    August 7, 2015 at 5:29 am

    I was having issues with a website that uses Flash, but it was only happening in Firefox not Chrome. I figured it might be related to the version of Flash that Firefox is stuck with. Sure enough, after uninstalling that Flash plugin and using this method to get Chrome's version of Flash working in Firefox, my problem was resolved.

    This was easy to do and it works great!

  2. Ned Ludd
    March 14, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Thank you so much! Worked first time.

  3. Barry Rowlingson
    January 9, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Brilliant! I've been trying to get the VMware vSphere web client working. It needs Flash > 11.2 and NPAPI support for its client integration plugin (without it, you can't mount local ISO images and boot your VM). So... Chrome has the Flash and not the NPAPI, and Firefox has NPAPI and not the Flash... Until I installed this and got the Pepper Flash plugin working in Firefox! Now the vSphere client is running fine! (Until Mozilla switch off NPAPI support, but oh well..)

  4. Tom Greenawald
    January 5, 2015 at 5:02 am

    Encounter this Error attempting you command, Any sugguestions?
    Err http://ppa.launchpad.net trusty/main i386 Packages
    404 Not Found
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com trusty/main Translation-en_US
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com trusty/multiverse Translation-en_US
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com trusty/restricted Translation-en_US
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com trusty/universe Translation-en_US
    W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/nemh/gambas3/ubuntu/dists/trusty/main/binary-i386/Packages 404 Not Found
    E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

  5. Ed
    July 6, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Does hardware acceleration for pepper flash work under Chrome?

    I would be willing to use Flash under Chrome and Firefox for everything else under Ubuntu if full screen flash is smoother in Chrome than Firefox under Ubuntu.

    • Danny S
      July 31, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      Yes, hardware acceleration works just fine in Chrome as it doesn't need this wrapper.

  6. Omar_alalousy
    July 6, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    nice

  7. Florin
    July 5, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Is there a way to do this in Fedora 20?

  8. abrake
    July 4, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    This is very useful! I got it working on Ubuntu 14.04 following the instructions in this post. Hopefully hardware acceleration will be enabled soon.

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