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03/06/2019

Debian 7 Wheezy: Install Flash Player



I am a new Debian Linux version 7 user. I found out that Pandora player is not working due to Adobe flash player. How do I install and use flash player on Debian 7 with Firefox browser?

Adobe Flash Player is a multimedia plugin used to play video, games, streaming, and interactivity to Web pages. This how-to describes how to install the Adobe Flash Player (also known as the Macromedia Flash Player), on Debian 7 desktop or laptop systems.

Say, hello to flashplugin-nonfree package

This package acts as a wrapper packages and will download the Flash Player from Adobe. It is a Netscape/Mozilla type plugin. Any browser based on Netscape or Mozilla can use the Flash Player such as

  1. Mozilla-Firefox
  2. Iceweasel
  3. Iceape
  4. Galeon
  5. Epiphany
  6. Konqueror if konqueror-nsplugins is installed.

Installation

Open a terminal and edit the file /etc/apt/sources.list using a text editor and make sure following line exists:
deb ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian stable main contrib non-free
Save and close the file. Type the following command:
$ sudo apt-get update
Next, type the following apt-get command to install flash player plugin:
$ sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree
OR
# apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree
Sample outputs:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Suggested packages:
  konqueror-nsplugins ttf-xfree86-nonfree hal
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  flashplugin-nonfree
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 20.1 kB of archives.
After this operation, 181 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 http://mirrors.kernel.org/debian/ wheezy/contrib flashplugin-nonfree amd64 1:3.2 [20.1 kB]
Fetched 20.1 kB in 2s (8982 B/s)                   
Can't set locale; make sure $LC_* and $LANG are correct!
perl: warning: Setting locale failed.
perl: warning: Please check that your locale settings:
	LANGUAGE = "en_IN:en",
	LC_ALL = (unset),
	LC_CTYPE = "UTF-8",
	LANG = "en_IN"
    are supported and installed on your system.
perl: warning: Falling back to the standard locale ("C").
locale: Cannot set LC_CTYPE to default locale: No such file or directory
locale: Cannot set LC_ALL to default locale: No such file or directory
Selecting previously unselected package flashplugin-nonfree.
(Reading database ... 193647 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking flashplugin-nonfree (from .../flashplugin-nonfree_1%3a3.2_amd64.deb) ...
Processing triggers for man-db ...
locale: Cannot set LC_CTYPE to default locale: No such file or directory
locale: Cannot set LC_ALL to default locale: No such file or directory
Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus ...
Setting up flashplugin-nonfree (1:3.2) ...
--2013-06-05 15:55:53--  http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/pdc/11.2.202.285/install_flash_player_11_linux.x86_64.tar.gz
Resolving fpdownload.macromedia.com (fpdownload.macromedia.com)... 173.222.18.70
Connecting to fpdownload.macromedia.com (fpdownload.macromedia.com)|173.222.18.70|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 7234643 (6.9M) [application/x-gzip]
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2013-06-05 15:56:12 (504 KB/s) - `/tmp/flashplugin-nonfree.i7GZyK1Oxl/install_flash_player_11_linux.x86_64.tar.gz' saved [7234643/7234643]

How do I verify installation?

Close the browser. Open Firefox/Iceweasel and click on the Tools menu > choose Add-ons

Fig.01: Firefox/Iceweasel tools menu

Choose Plugins tab. You should see flasy player as follows in the list:
Fig.02: Verification for Flash player on Debian 7

Open a webrowser and visit the following youtube video for testing purpose:
http://youtu.be/jqlIQ0MXsnA

And there you have it a working flash player for Firefox/Iceweasel on Debian Linux version 7.

Posted by: SXI ADMIN

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

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