Enable Flash Support for Chromium in Ubuntu Linux

Posted in:Tips 'n Tricks

Chromium Web Browser( Google Chrome for Linux ie ) has already won a lot of accolades among Ubuntu/Linux users and we have already seen how easy it is to install chromium web browser in Ubuntu. I am so impressed with this new chromium web browser, that i may even use it as my regular browser. Flash support is not available by default, but by a little bit of tweaking, you can enable it too. Here is how.

  • Make sure you have installed package flashplugin-nonfree. Best way to know that is by trying to install the package once again. Goto Terminal and do.
sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree
  •  Now copy libflashplayer.so into chrome-browser directory. Simply copy-paste the following in Terminal (Applications> Accessories > Terminal).
sudo cp /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/chromium-browser/plugins/
  •  Thats it. Now to start Chromium with flash support, goto terminal and type as follows.
chromium-browser  --enable-plugins

Adding shortcut for Chromium Web Browser

  • But going to terminal to start an application every time is kind of overkill. All you need to do is creating a shortcut on the top panel. Here is how we do it. 
  • You can add Chromium with Flash support in the top menu in your Desktop like in the screenshot below.

  •  Here is how it can be done. First right click on top of the menu and click on Add to panel.

  •  Now select Custom Application Launcher from top of the menu.

  •  Now in the Command menu, type in the command to start Chromium with flash support which is, chromium-browser --enable-plugins.

  •  That is it. Start Chromium Web Browser from top menu of your desktop and enjoy chromium web browser experience in Ubuntu.

Chromium Browser in action



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