How to Enable Flash Player in Mozilla Firefox in Ubuntu


This tutorial will help you to enable Adobe Flash Player in Mozilla in Linux distributions (Ubuntu, Fedora).

This article is tested and updated for latest Ubuntu release – Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus)

Mozilla Firefox installer for Linux doesn’t comes with the Flash Player plugin like Google Chrome. To enable in Flash in Mozilla, you have to perform some extra steps. You can download Flash Plugin also from search plugins options in Mozilla but one can prefer below method to enable Flash.

Test whether Flash is already installed

Before you begin, first check whether Flash is already installed in your system. Visit below official Adobe flash tester page.

Test Your Flash Plugin

In this page, if you see a flash animation and a box mentioning “Version Information” of flash, then it is enabled in Mozilla in your system.

Alternatively, you can also visit about:plugins in Mozilla and check for flash plugin entry.

Steps to Enable Flash in Mozilla – Ubuntu, Fedora

    • Open Mozilla and download flash GZIP Installer using below links:

Linux (64 Bit)
Linux (32 Bit)

    • Once downloaded, extract the files.
    • Create a new directory named "plugins" at the path /usr/lib64/firefox/browser/ using below commands.
      • For Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus): Create the “plugins” directory at the path /usr/lib/firefox/browser, if the directory is not available.
$ sudo mkdir /usr/lib64/firefox/browser/plugins
    • Copy the file from extracted directory to the above created plugins directory. You can use below commands to do the same Or, you can run file manager as Administrator and use.
$ sudo cp Downloads/install_flash_player_11_linux.x86_64/ /usr/lib64/firefox/browser/plugins/
  • Restart Mozilla. Visit about:plugins or this link to check the flash plugin.

Before Flash Plugin Enable

Before Flash Plugin Enable

Before Flash Plugin Enable

After Flash Plugin Enable

After Flash Plugin Enable

After Flash Plugin Enable

Flash Plugin Enabled in Mozilla

Flash Plugin Enabled in Mozilla

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  • DarthBrookes

    This didn’t work for me until I changed the terminal references for “lib64” to “lib” then it worked. I have a 64bit system, and I’m using the 64bit plugin, but I guess Mozilla don’t put the plugins in a lib64 folder (at least they didn’t for me).

    • Yes. You are correct. The article is updated to create lib folder for latest Ubuntu and Firefox.

  • Enzzo

    If you want to do all this stuff com user-site (without root)
    And with just one line of code:

    mkdir -p ~/.mozilla/plugins/ && curl -s “$(curl -s ‘’ | grep -o ‘11.2(.[0-9]{3}){2}’ | sort | tail -1)/install_flash_player_11_linux.x86_64.tar.gz” | tar -x -z -C “$HOME/.mozilla/plugins/” “”

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