“For Flash Player releases after 11.2, the Flash Player browser plugin for Linux will only be available via the “Pepper” API as part of the Google Chrome browser distribution and will no longer be available as a direct download from Adobe. Adobe will continue to provide security updates to non-Pepper distributions of Flash Player 11.2 on Linux for five years from its release.” said in a blog post by Adobe.

If you’re using Chromium web browser instead of Google Chrome, this simple tutorial will show you how to install the Pepper Flash Player using a PPA repository.

This repository provides the pepflashplugin-installer package, which will download and install the newer “Pepper” (PPAPI) version of the Adobe Flash Player plugin for use with the Chromium Web browser on Ubuntu GNU/Linux. The package is similar to Ubuntu’s official flashplugin-installer in that it does not include the plugin itself, but instead downloads the plugin and installs it automatically. (Specifically, it downloads the latest Google Chrome package, extracts the Pepper Flash files, and installs only those. Google Chrome itself is not installed nor otherwise used in any way.)

Hit “Ctrl+Alt+T” to open a terminal, copy and paste following commands and run one by one to add the ppa and install Pepper Flash from Google Chrome. It supports Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, 12.10 Quantal, and 12.04 Precise.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:skunk/pepper-flash
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pepflashplugin-installer

Once installed, you will need to configure Chromium to use the Pepper Flash plugin by running this command to edit the configuration file:

sudo gedit /etc/chromium-browser/default

Add the following line, after the CHROMIUM_FLAGS= assignment:

. /usr/lib/pepflashplugin-installer/pepflashplayer.sh

(a dot at beginning, a space, and the file path)


Restart Chromium, and load the chrome://plugins page to verify that the plugin is active. (Note that if you see a Flash plugin with a version of 11.2 or lower, then that is an old, non-PPAPI version of Flash. A current version of Pepper Flash will be 11.5 or higher.)