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How to Install Flash in Kali Linux

This is a small guide with instructions that users can copy paste and make Flash work in their Kali Linux. Copy paste supported instruction to make life simpler.

Readers: DO NOT INSTALL FLASH. Just DON’T. Explanations coming soon.

There’s two different ways you can install flash in Kali Linux: Adobe Flash in Kali Linux

  1. Install Flash from Repository – Usually works
  2. Install Flash Manually – For the rest failed at step 1

Now lets move on to instructions …

Choice 1: Install Flash from Repository:

This is fairly simple and easy and should work from most people out there:

In the terminal:

apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

and then type in:

update-flashplugin-nonfree --install

That’s it. You flash should be working as expected. Go to testing section at the bottom on this post to confirm installation.

Choice 2: Install Flash Manually

In case you tried Choice 1 and failed, try this steps below to install and activate Flash manually.

Step 2.a: Download the latest Flash Player archive

Launch your browser (I assume IceWeasel?) and download the Flash Player in a separate folder.

At the time of writing this guide the available version was install_flash_player_11_linux.x86_64.tar.gz

Download and save the file in /root directory.

Users should take note that the version used in this guide is x64 which is 64-bit. 32-bit users should choose their versions accordingly.

Download link = http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
(Note: Choose Version to download tar.gz for other Linux)

Step 2.b: Untar archive and install

Follow the instructions below:

cd Downloads/
tar xzvf install_flash_player_11_linux.x86_64.tar.gz
cp libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

That’s it. Those who failed at choise 1, should be able to do this fairly easily. Now move on to ttesting to confirm flash is working as expected.

Testing

First of all, close your browser and re-open.

Many users actually forgets to do this step and later complains Flash ain’t working.

My advise is to bookmark this site to be able to reopen these instructions quickly, or simply copy these into a leafpad/vi/text file.

Go to following website to test if you have Flash player:

http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/find-version-flash-player.html

NOTE: Adobe now serves an older version of Flashplayer for Linux. So the above page gives an error…. But just go to Youtube and if you can see a video properly, that means Flash is working as expected. THATS IS UNFAIR!! (Updated: 18/12/2013)

Hang on a second, the main reason you installed Flash is to watch youtube videos, so try that too.

Now that you have Flash, follow this guide guide to enable Java support for your browser in Kali Linux How to Install Java JDK in Kali Linux.

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22 comments

  1. awesome! working like a charm!
    thanks

    • Hi santhrax

      Thanks for your feedback. Glad that it all worked as expected :)

      • As ever, seemless triumph :)
        You know when you are new to something and keep running into errors, then you sit down, find a good source and fix it? Properly? That just happened, oh the feelz. <3
        Thank you, sir.

      • Whoever wrote this article ought to be ashamed of themselves. The literacy level of this is atrocious. Random arbitrary pluralization of words, poor grammar and punctuation, it reads like it was written by a 12 year old. Please use some text editor that provides at least rudimentary spellchecking and grammar checking so you are writing in English – assuming you do not have editors at this website to proof or peer review things before posting. If you don’t perhaps it is time you do that, you’re taught it in primary school that before submission you ought to hand your paper to your neighbor and peer review one anothers work. In adulthood, in academia, and especially where intrinsic instructions are given it is a must if you are generally incoherent as our author seems to be.

        • Oi Grammar Nazi, Don’t like this site, leave it.
          Not many people writes Kali guides and this website is one and it’s a damn good one. Admin is definitely not from English speaking background, but just be more appreciative that he’s writing these and keeping this site up when no one else does.
          Keep up the good work admin, most of your guides (about 90%) are spot on and fixed my issued. Haiz.

  2. Ohh, Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Became great! You are alive and well and will be returned in good 100 :) (Y) With greetings and kisses from Bulgaria!

  3. and google translator also thank :D (Y)

  4. Hi blackMORE Ops.. I have a problem..

    I took all the necessary steps. to install flashplugin, but when i m visiting Youtube and play a video.. all i see is a white rectangular, in place of where the video was supposed to play.. and no video plays.. How do i fix this?

    Congratz for your wonderful work.. :)

  5. thanks for your note, cheers

  6. bless you man.. thanks

  7. how abt installing fo 32bit kali linux… these commands doesnt work for 32bit..:( wat shalll i do..???

  8. Thanks!
    Btw what is the best way to update your flash player when it’s already isntalled? Just reinstall it? or is there another method?

  9. cp libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins
    cp: cannot create regular file `/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so’: Permission denied

    what is the problem ??

  10. This tutorial works for kali 2.0

  11. apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package flashplugin-nonfree

  12. Does it works with latest kali linux version?(rolling)

  13. Your style is so unique compared to other
    folks I’ve read stuff from. Many thanks for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I’ll just bookmark
    this page.

  14. The Problem with Adobe Flash Player are very frequent updates. As you know Firefox stops playing flash if it is out of date for good reasons. There is a script on github that can auto-update or make it easy to update using ‘update_flash’ in a console.

    https://github.com/gigadevelopment/kali-flashplayer-update

  15. doesnt work in kali 2017

  16. Hello ya all,

    Read somewhere on the net that running Flash-Player on a Kali Linux distro is not safe?

    Is that a true or false message? I don’t know.

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