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Install the Flash plugin to view videos, animations and games

Adobe Flash Player is a plugin that allows browsers such as Firefox to display Flash media on web pages. Flash is often used for animations, videos and games. This article explains how to install Flash.

When you visit a webpage that uses Flash and the plugin is missing, you will see the message "A plugin is needed to display this content" for parts of the page that require Flash (if at all):

flash required fx35

Follow the steps below to install the latest Flash Player plugin.

Installing the Flash plugin manually

  1. Go to Adobe's Flash Player download page and download the Flash installer.
    Caution: Adobe's download page may include a checkbox for optional software (such as Google Chrome or McAfee Security Scan) that is selected by default. If you do not clear the checkbox before downloading, that software will be installed on your computer when you open the Flash installer.
  2. When the download has finished, close Firefox. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and then click ExitQuit Close 29 .
  3. Open the Flash installer file you downloaded and follow the instructions.
Note: If you are having problems with the Flash installer from Adobe's download page, you can use this Flash Player installer link to directly download the full installer.
  1. Go to Adobe's Flash Player download page and download the Flash installer.
  2. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and then click ExitQuit Close 29 .
  3. Open the file you downloaded (i.e. install_flash_player_osx_intel.dmg).
  4. In the Finder, open the Install Adobe Flash Player.app to run the installer, then follow the installer's instructions.
  1. Go to Adobe's Flash Player download page.
  2. When prompted, save the file (i.e. install_flash_player_"version"_linux."processor".tar.gz).
  3. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and then click ExitQuit Close 29 .
  4. Open a Terminal window (in Gnome, click on the Applications menu, select Accessories, and then select Terminal.)
  5. In the Terminal window, change to the directory where you saved the file you downloaded (e.g. cd /home/user/Downloads).
  6. Extract libflashplayer.so from the file you downloaded with the command tar -zxvf install_flash_player_"version"_linux."processor".tar.gz.
  7. As the super user, copy the extracted file, libflashplayer.so, to your Firefox installation directory's plugins sub-directory. For example, if Firefox is installed in /usr/lib/mozilla, use the command sudo cp libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins and then enter your super user password when prompted.

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Keeping Flash up-to-date

The latest version of the Flash plugin should perform better and crash less often. To check if Flash is up to date, visit Mozilla's Plugin Check page. If it says that Flash needs to be updated, install the latest version manually using the steps in the section above.

Troubleshooting the Flash plugin

See Flash Plugin - Keep it up to date and troubleshoot problems for steps to troubleshoot the Flash plugin.

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See /forums/knowledge-base-articles/695408 for past discussion about this article.

See also /forums/knowledge-base-articles/704958 for related discussion about the Template:updateflash used in this article.

I think this topic should be included in the KB article, inside "Installing the Flash plugin manually".

here is a rough draft

If you are a Firefox user and want to use Flash but do not have administrative privileges do the following:

  1. Download the latest version of the Firefox Flash plugin from the adobe website. Your best option is to right-click the download link and select Save As.
  2. Extract the contents of the downloaded file to a folder on the local system. You may need to change the file extension to zip if you have only access to the standard Windows unzipper.
  3. Move the two files NPSWF32.dll (NPSWF64.dll for 64 bit) and flashplayer.xpt into the Firefox plugin directory e.g.: C:\Program Files\Firefox\plugins. The plugin directory is located in the root directory if you are using a portable version of Firefox, if Firefox is installed is is located in the profile folder. Easiest option to find out where the folder is located is to enter about:support in the address bar. This works for Firefox 3.6 and up.
  4. If no Plugins folder exist create the folder and move the two Flash Player files into the folder.
  5. Restart Firefox to make this work and visit http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/ to check your flash player version number.
  6. You can now enjoy Flash based contents. Be aware that the plugin is not auto-updating itself. You need to make sure to keep it up to date manually.

Note that Firefox portable can be run from anywhere and keeps all settings in the same folder.

Paste them in the following folder in your portable installation of Firefox \App\firefox\plugins\

I came a cross this new bug and thought I should mention it here.

On changes being planned to the Plugin Finder Service, see also

... which links to:

  • Bug 848160 - Determine the set of plugins for which Firefox will help users download/install

Hello, in the article we use the Template:updateflash and all is ok, except in linux the libflashplayer.so redirects to nowhere, even if the above template is correct, inside the article became wrong.......redirects.

Before my review (always in the template) is libflashplayer.so, i'll review it to libflashplayer.so (with a empty space between the dashes) hopefully to fix the problem...............but it is the same thing...........redirect again.


thank you

Related bug:


Benjamin Smedberg [:bsmedberg] 2014-09-12 05:54:17 PDT
Hector, there is no special treatment planned for Flash. Pretty much every site I've seen either falls back reasonably to HTML5 video, or prompts the user to install Flash using JS. Is that really not the case for major video sites?
Also note that since Flash is bundled with Windows 8+, we'd only be talking about new installs of Windows 7 or older, which isn't a growth market.

Carsten Book [:Tomcat] 2014-09-19 05:28:50 PDT
https://hg.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/rev/d1ae4274cf8b
Status: ASSIGNED → RESOLVED
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Target Milestone: --- → mozilla35
Last Resolved: 2014-09-19 05:28:50

The article does not match my experience on Windows 7 with Firefox 34.0.5.

Flash cant be downloaded in the plugin finder window, so there is a button to manually download which goes to https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ where i can download a .exe file and running that gives me the windows dialogbox warning with the Run button.

"I have read and agree to the terms of the license agreement" now seems to be called : "I have read and agree to the terms of the Flash Player License Agreement".

This article will need major changes in Firefox 35 since the Plugin Finder Service is going away. Related discussion:

Update to the above, from bug 836415 comment 18


Masatoshi Kimura [:emk] 2014-11-23 07:45:19 PST
(In reply to Benjamin Smedberg  [:bsmedberg] from comment #4)
> Also note that since Flash is bundled with Windows 8+, we'd only be talking
> about new installs of Windows 7 or older, which isn't a growth market.
The Flash Player bundled with Win8+ is unusable from Firefox (it is ActiveX only). Users will still have to download NPAPI Flash Player from Adobe.

I think that instructions in the new revision are wrong. If I don't have Flash installed and go to a page that requires Flash, I get a A plugin is needed to display this content notification without any download link. I have Firefox 35.0 beta 4 on Windows 7.

Marko said

I think that instructions in the new revision are wrong. If I don't have Flash installed and go to a page that requires Flash, I get a A plugin is needed to display this content notification without any download link. I have Firefox 35.0 beta 4 on Windows 7.

Here is the new revision Joni made: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/install-flash-plugin-view-videos-animations-games/revision/8427...


{for fx35}

Installing Flash when required by a website

When you visit a page that requires Flash, you will see the following icon in place of content:

activate flash
  1. Simply click on the link Install Adobe Flash or Activate Adobe Flash and the Flash player will install in a matter of seconds.
  2. When the installation is complete, you'll be able to view the video or animation on the webpage.

{/for}


Hopefully Joni will see this and doublecheck her revision but you could add something like this to the end of that section:

Note: If you have problems with this process, you can install the Flash plugin using the steps in the next section, Installing the Flash plugin manually.

Thank you both for pointing this out. The message in my previous revision showed up because Flash wasn't completely uninstalled from my machine.

I re-tested it and got the message that Marko mentioned. I've revised and self-approved the article, but I'll wait until someone does another check before I mark for L10N.

Hi, Joni. I made a couple of edits.

The new revision seems to be OK. You can mark it RFL.

Marko said

The new revision seems to be OK. You can mark it RFL.

I marked my last revision ready for localization.