Installing Flash for Mozilla

Out of the box, the Mozilla browser that comes with Ubuntu does not include any Flash support. Which is such a shame. As far as usability is concerned, something like this already ought to be packaged with the whole thing.

Anyway, it's not that big a deal and it takes all of five minutes to fix. Herewith are the instructions for installing Flash support for Mozilla.

Personally, I prefer to download the installer manually from the Adobe web site. It comes as a 2.5MB archive file in tar.gz format.

Open up a command-line terminal and unpack it. Note that, by default, Mozilla places all downloaded files in the Desktop.

cd ~/Desktop

tar xzvf install_flash_player_9_linux.tar.gz

Go into the resulting install_flash_player_9_linux directory and run the installer.

cd install_flash_player_9_linux.tar.gz


Follow the dialog. Most defaults should be sufficient. Of course, you'll need to restart your browser to activate the Flash component. You should then be good to go!