install-flash-plugin-in-firefox-on-slackware Print Published: 08-May-2012
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One thing you might want to do when configuring slackware is to install the flash plugin in Firefox. Fortunately this is very simple.

Step 1: Download Flash Plugin

First download the flash plugin tar.gz file from the adobe website other flash versions download page.

Select the relevant "32/64-bit" linux type and then select the ".tar.gz" option to download the plugin.

Step 2: Decompress The Tar File

Run the tar command to decompress the tar.gz file. This creates a file named "libflashplayer.so".

#tar xvzf install_flash_player_linux.tar.gz

Step 3: Copy to mozilla plugins directory

To install the plugin in Firefox simply copy the .so file into the mozilla plugins directory.

#cp libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

Step 4 : Restart Firefox

Finally restart Firefox and test if you can see a flash video. The homepage of this site displays a flash video so if you can see the video then flash is working.

Reader Comments

gary f heisler's Gravatar
gary f heisler
Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 7:23:29 PM EDT

Nicely done! Short and to the point. These instructions worked perfectly. Flash works extremely well in Slackware 14.
Thanks!

glj's Gravatar
glj
Friday, November 9, 2012 at 4:55:58 PM EST

Didn't quite work for me, because I decided to upgrade firefox and replace(by overwriting) with localised firefox version from mozilla page, instead of building my localised version. This worked, when I was modifying installation path of plugin, on earlier local install for firefox and basically it is not quite the same, as instructed. This works(found on slacker boy page) if plugins folder is created:


Step 4: Copy the libflashplayer.so to the plugins folder

# cp libflashplayer.so / usr/lib/firefox-*/plugins / (for 32 bit slackware)

Or

# cp libflashplayer.so / usr/lib64/firefox-*/plugins / (for 64 bit slackware)

Step 5: Restart the Firefox browser

Step 6: Open Firefox web browser. Type about:plugins to verify flash player.

Steven Neiland's Gravatar
Steven Neiland
Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 9:58:49 PM EST

Thanks for that glj. I'll keep that in mind whenever I get around to upgrading my FF install :-)

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