Install Adobe Flash Player 10 in openSUSE Linux


  1. When I run the install script it asks me
    “Please enter the installation path of the Mozilla, Netscape,
    or Opera browser (i.e., /usr/lib/mozilla): /usr/bin/firefox”

    It then accepts neither
    “/usr/bin/firefox” nor “/usr/lib/firefox” nor

    So how is this supposed to work?
    Any hints (I’m running 11.1-b3)?

  2. Thanks for the howto. How about getting it to work under x64 version? I’ve installed it with nspluginwrapper, but it doesn’t seem to work, although it was working in 11.1.

  3. @Stefan: Just don’t run the installer as root. Just run as normal user and the script will suggest the correct directory.

    To use the plugin in konqueror it may be necessary to start a plugin search in the konqueror plugin configuration dialog

  4. To install flash 10 system-wide just untar the installer and as root move to /usr/lib/browser-plugins/

    I’m using 11.0

  5. Sérgio is right.
    After installing rpm, you need to copy from /usr/lib/flash-player/ to /usr/lib/browser-plugins/ (OpenSUSE 11.0)

  6. I’m a little new to linux so please forgive me if this is a dumb question. I installed flash using this method, but does YAST “know” it is installed?

    The only reason I ask is say I installed another package that for whatever reason depended on flash being installed, whould it see it that it already is?

  7. hi

    i have followed the same instructions. i am not about to install 10 version.. in the plugin it is still showing flash plyer 7 version. i am able to watch youtube but when ever i open i am unable to watch the video

  8. But guys how can i install it as a root user???

  9. so, i am a total linux noob, how do i not do it as root? is root the default account i made when installing
    (11.1) when i try to unzip/untar it, i get an error:
    oren@linux-sst0:~> tar -zxvf install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz
    tar: install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz: Cannot open: No such file or directory
    tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
    tar: Child returned status 2
    tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors


  10. Thanks! I did your installation instruction but the reply is this:

    jo:~> cd install_flash_player_10_linux
    jo:~/install_flash_player_10_linux> ./flashplayer-installer

    ERROR: Your architecture, \’x86_64\’, is not supported by the
    Adobe Flash Player installer.

    Is there an Adobe Flash Player for this architecture?

    Thanks in advance!

  11. This is how it works for me on opensuse 64 bit.

    You have to get 64bit version of library from Adobe homesite (dont remember location, you can google it). Its prerelease version, not available from default download place, but its definitely somewhere there.

    do all as root: (close all browsers!)
    unpack anywhere
    copy unpacked ‘’ to ‘/usr/lib64/browser-plugins’ directory
    set permissions: ‘chmod 755 /usr/lib64/browser-plugins/’
    remove ‘/usr/lib64/firefox/components/X.dat’ file

    restart firefox

    good luck

  12. I’m running into the same issues as Oren.

    Has anyone figured this one out?

  13. Hi
    Since flash player 9 sound rendering is no longer supported. For all those seeking to Even more a big evidence would be to open a flash video website like and you should be able to view the videos. will be treated with some choppy video and silece. This new feature of excellent stereo silence will surely enhance your youtube experience

  14. Diablisko’s instructions worked perfectly for me (OpenSuSE 11 on 64 bit architecture), so many thanks!

  15. i have a problem
    i can download the flash player but after that i unzip and untar it with the target file path tar -zxvf install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz after that i open the downloaded file there stands “open with” what do i have to do now???
    please answer me!!

  16. @Ray: Actually the tar -zxvf install_… is not a target file path, it’s a command with the file path to be run in a console, terminal, or whatever you call it. It’s just for extracting the content. If you are (sorry) new to Linux, you can just extract using the GUI application like Ark, XArchiver, etc. or anything you can do to extract it.

  17. Noticed bad swf performance, because flash 10 does not support OpenGL (on all GPU’s)

    A hack said to modify the by opening it in a hex-editor, and replace ‘compiz’ with ‘xxxxxx’.

    Upside: Worked for me.
    Downside: Firefox crashes at random (not often, but nevertheless)

  18. I’ve downloaded the install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz file from the flash player site, untar ed the file onto the desktop but I just got one file. I didn’t got any directory, I moved this file into the /usr/lib/browser-plugins as stated in the above posts, but still I got no flash player, the browser is still asking for download plugins. Please help me out with this.

    Iam using openSuse linux 11.0
    Any help will be highly appreciated,
    thanks in advance.

  19. If you use gnome and have your own desktop starter created to start firefox, it may not be working. Best to start firefox from computer->firefox or drag & drop the firefox-Item from there to your desktop to create a starter automatically.
    If it is still not working you may have to uninstall all 32-bit flash player installations. Than it should be working.

  20. Try to start firefox from computer->firexox if you use gnome. There might be an error if you created the starter yourself.

  21. Hello,
    I use openSUSE 11.2 64 bit and try to install flash 10.1 beta 3 as Diablisko said:

    “do all as root: (close all browsers!)
    unpack anywhere
    copy unpacked ‘’ to ‘/usr/lib64/browser-plugins’ directory
    set permissions: ‘chmod 755 /usr/lib64/browser-plugins/’
    remove ‘/usr/lib64/firefox/components/X.dat’ file

    restart firefox”

    But I don’t have X.dat file in /usr/lib64/firefox/components/ and now I can’t install successfull flash 10.1 beta 3 in my system 🙁
    Please help me, thanks!

  22. This is what i get
    Cannot open: No such file or directory
    tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
    tar: Child returned status 2
    tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

  23. Hi,

    iam really new to all this so excuse me if i am askin silly questions, i open the tar file and all i get is not any folder nor any installer, how should i get the folder? cause as i understand, i should get a folder with two files inside ( and installer) i tried extracting with the command and Ark but they both give me one single file not any folder, and i do not understand how can i get it to work, iam running on KDE.

    and i am not sure what running (or not running) on root means, if on root means typing commands in Terminal – Super User Mode, then iam not typing commands in super user mode either.

    also i tried copying the file but it says access denied. i changed permissions of the folder but no luck.

    any help is appreciated.

  24. please help me download this

  25. Hi,

    I am new to Linux and OpenSUSE11.1 is the first version I have ever installed. Already I am having difficulties finding solutions for some problems. Please can you expand on the forum a bit or email me.


  26. Hi,

    I am having exactly the same problem as Sara, every time I unzip the tar i just get a file called and no directory. Can somebody please help me?

  27. Hi, I followed Sergio’s advice and now it does work, but only as root. If I log in as a different user flash just doesn’t run. What do you think my problem is?
    Thank you

  28. I am also using 10.3 have the setting on my desktop. The hyper link posted for 10.3 no longer works. I have this problem listed on a couple of forums. Even downloaded a version that has installer. Still the same results. Has anybody found a way to work with the .so file?

    Thank you


  29. The command “tar -zxvf install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz” does *not* result in a directory,
    it is simply a .so file. So I don’t see how the “cd install_flash_player_10_linux”
    command could ever work. So these instructions are useless.

  30. Hello,

    As Jamesu mentioned, the tar.gz file only contains and there is not even a readme.txt included so I don’t really know what to do with this file. I already spent 2 evenings searching everywhere I could and nothing worked to get sound out of Firefox and Chrome when playing videos. I have the the Shockwave Flash 10.1 r102 plugin installed in Firefox.

    I also already went through that guide:

    The link that was posted just above is broken.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  31. Hey, I ran into a problem with this too. From the plugin doc page

    I installed to my plugin directory which was

    updated permissions so that it looks like this with ls -l
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 12127284 2011-04-04 15:37

    and ran (which seemed to be the key):
    nspluginwrapper -i /usr/lib64/browser-plugins/

    Hope this helps

  32. I have followed the instructions successfully until I get to the installer where I get the message permission denied. How do I change permissions?

  33. Following on from my previous message it would appear that I had created an empty document called flashplayer-installer. I have deleted this document and now have a usrs folder and a file called I am in a directory called #/install_flashplay_10_linux I then type ./flashplayer-installer but get the message no such file or directory

    Any ideas

  34. Neither of aurthor worked for me (cannot untar the file) nor the Diablisko, it’s denies the access to move the file ( to the directory that needed.
    (OpenSuse 11.4)

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