The nightmare of installing adobe flash player plugin in Chrome on Linux

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Problem :

Installing the flash player plugin on a Linux PC has proven to be a true nightmare every time I’ve tried it. This time I’m on Fedora 15 x64 on a Notebook computer. I have downloaded and installed Chrome 13.0.782.112, which now resides in /opt/google/chrome.

Googling how to install the flash player plugin, I’m told that the stable release of Google Chrome has had flash player built in since some time in 2010, and that I can enable it by visiting chrome://plugins. Not surprisingly, the plugin is not there.

So I download the flash player plugin, libflashplayer.so, by installing the .rpm package from the adobe flash player download page. I try copying it into /opt/google/chrome without success. I try placing it into /opt/google/chrome/plugins without success. i tried creating a symbolic link from /opt/google/chrome/libflashplayer.so to /usr/lib/flash-plugin/libflashplayer.so (Most of the plugins shown in chrome://plugins are symbolic links placed in the chrome folder) but still no success. Between every attempt I exited Chrome from the wrench icon menu and restarting it, visiting youtube.

I’m having no luck installing the plugin, and Googling for help only slaps me in the face with “it’s pre-installed in all stable versions since 2010”.

Thanks for any help on the matter.


Edit: I’ve now specified that I’m using Fedora x64. Thanks for pointing it out

Solution :

The flash you downloaded is probably a 32-bit flash if you got a packaged version.

Download the 64-bit beta from Adobe.

Unpack libflashplayer.so to /opt/google/chrome/plugins and merge the usr directory with your filesystem’s usr directory.

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