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Last active Apr 29, 2017

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Installs (or updates) PPAPI Flash, so that it can be used by Chromium-based browsers


If you use Ubuntu or a derivative distro, issue the following to install an appropriate version of Flash:

sudo add-apt-repository "deb `lsb_release -cs` partner" 
sudo apt update
sudo apt install adobe-flashplugin

If your distro does not provide a copy of Pepper Flash that works with Vivaldi, this script will download and install it for you. To use, click on the "Download ZIP" button listed on the GitHub Gist page and then unpack the .zip archive locally. You should now have a directory containing the file "".

Open a terminal within that directory and run the script like so:


The script will fetch and install the latest Pepper Flash. From time to time (perhaps once a month) you should re-run this script and if there is a newer Flash it will upgrade your installed copy, otherwise it will just confirm that you have the latest version.

available () {
command -v $1 >/dev/null 2>&1
# Make sure we have wget or curl
if available wget; then
SILENT_DL="wget -qO-"
elif available curl; then
SILENT_DL="curl -sL"
LOUD_DL="curl -O"
echo "Install wget or curl" >&2
exit 1
# Set Output dir
# Set temp dir
# Set staging dir
# Setup Arch
case $(uname -m) in
x86_64) ARCH=x86_64 ;;
i?86) ARCH=i386 ;;
# Work out the VERSION
VERSION=$($SILENT_DL | grep -FA1 'Chromium-based browsers - PPAPI' | grep -Eo '([0-9]+\.){3}[0-9]+' | tail -n1)
# Error out if $VERISON is unset, e.g. because previous command failed
if [ -z "$VERSION" ]; then
echo "Could not work out the latest version; exiting" >&2
exit 1
# Don't start repackaging if the same version is already installed
if [ -r "$PPAPI_FLASH_INSTALL_DIR/manifest.json" ] ; then
CUR_VER=$(grep -Eo '"version" *: *"([0-9]+\.){3}[0-9]+",' "$PPAPI_FLASH_INSTALL_DIR/manifest.json" | cut -d'"' -f 4)
if [ "$CUR_VER" = "$VERSION" ]; then
echo "The latest Flash ($VERSION) is already installed"
exit 0
# Now we could screw things up so exit on first error
set -e
# If the staging directory is already present from the past, clear it down
# and re-create it.
if [ -d "$STAGINGDIR" ]; then
rm -fr "$STAGINGDIR"
# Now get the tarball
$LOUD_DL "$VERSION/flash_player_ppapi_linux.${ARCH}.tar.gz"
# Extract the contents of the Google Chrome binary package
tar xf flash_player_ppapi_linux.${ARCH}.tar.gz -C "$STAGINGDIR$PPAPI_FLASH_INSTALL_DIR"
chmod -R u+w,go+r-w,a-s .
# Escalate privileges if needed and copy files into place
if [ "$UID" = 0 ]; then
tar --owner=0 --group=0 -cf- ".$PPAPI_FLASH_INSTALL_DIR" | tar -xf- -C /
elif [ -r /etc/os-release ] && grep -qx 'ID=\(ubuntu\|linuxmint\)' /etc/os-release; then
echo "Calling sudo ... (if prompted, please enter your password, so Flash can be copied into place)"
tar --owner=0 --group=0 -cf- ".$PPAPI_FLASH_INSTALL_DIR" | sudo tar -xf- -C /
echo "Please enter your root password so Pepper Flash can be copied into place"
su -c "sh -c \"tar --owner=0 --group=0 -cf- .$PPAPI_FLASH_INSTALL_DIR | tar -xf- -C /\""
# Tell the user we are done
printf "\nFlash installed into $PPAPI_FLASH_INSTALL_DIR\n"

Great script ! Really nice !

ruario commented Oct 19, 2016

Updated, to use packages from Adobe, rather than pulling apart Chrome.

Thanks for this script!

fld commented Dec 16, 2016

For Debian jessies chromium users:

% cat /etc/chromium.d/latest-pepper-flash
flashversion=`strings $flashso 2> /dev/null | grep LNX | cut -d ' ' -f 2 | sed -e "s/,/./g"`
CHROMIUM_FLAGS="$CHROMIUM_FLAGS --ppapi-flash-path=$flashso --ppapi-flash-version=$flashversion"
kernc commented Dec 29, 2016

For Debian jessies chromium users

In addition, they should remove /etc/chromium.d/pepperflashplugin-nonfree, if any.

@ruario Instead of checking for ubuntu|linuxmint in /etc/os-release, how about testing if groups | grep -q '\bsudo\b'. I use Debian in root-locked-sudo-mode and the latter test works.

ruario commented Jan 2, 2017 edited

@kernc doesn't help as that is just how it is done in debian. Other distros do not always use a sudo group.

In your case, just run the script itself under sudo (or tweak it for your own use).

@fld that command shouldn't be necessary, Vivaldi looks for flash in that location by default

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