In ubuntu i have downloaded flash rpm,how to install it.i am new to ubuntu and i have tried the following

    alien -k flash-plugin-
    alien -i flash-plugin-
    rpm -i flash-plugin- //this works in rhel versions

The above doesn't seem to work..


  • having run alien it will have output a .deb which you can install with dpkg - but as others have said its not the way to go ;-) May 31, 2010 at 20:06

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It's available in the repositories and you should use the Synaptic or aptitude package manager to install it rather than downloading and installing it manually.

For Jaunty, Karmic and Lucid:

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer

For Dapper, Hardy and Intrepid:

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

Installing a .rpm on Ubuntu is a last resort and should not be used when .deb packages are available.


RPM files are for RedHat Package Manager, and generally not meant for Ubuntu...

actually the better/preferred way would be to use Repository using #apt-get install

since you have already downloaded RPM and wanna use the same, there are two ways you could follow

[] using 'alien' converting *.rpm RedHat package to a *.deb Debian Package like *this you alrady performed *This will convert your RPM to a DEB {in your case should be flash-plugin-} and then you can install deb with:

#sudo dpkg -i flash-plugin-

[] other way is converting RPM to CPIO, extracting contents of CPIO and installing from the source

#rpm2cpio flash-plugin- | cpio -dimv


The Flash plugin is also in the Canonical partner repository, the package is called adobe-flashplugin. Using this you'll automatically get security updates for Flash if they are available

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