Install Pepper Flash Plugin for Firefox in Ubuntu 15.10/16.04

Last updated: October 29, 2015

Firefox Flash Plugin

Still need flash to view some websites in Firefox? Ubuntu users now can choose between the old Adobe Flash 11.2 and Google’s Pepper Flash with newer features.

Flash plugin for Linux provided by Adobe stopped at version 11.2. For Chrome and Chromium users there’s a Pepper Flash plugin but it’s not supported by Firefox. In Ubuntu 15.10 and 16.04, there’s now a new project called browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash which makes the Pepper Flash working in Firefox.

1. Open Ubuntu Software Center, search for and install the package named browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash

For those who prefer Linux command. Run below command in a terminal instead to install the package:

sudo apt-get install browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash

The command should installs the recommended package pepperflashplugin-nonfree, which automatically downloads Chrome from Google and unpacks it to make the included Pepper Flash available for use with Chromium.

Then installs browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash, which works as a wrapper to make the unpacked Pepper Flash working in Firefox.

2. After installation, restart Firefox browser and enjoy!


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10 responses to Install Pepper Flash Plugin for Firefox in Ubuntu 15.10/16.04

  1. Don`t use Flash! Don`t make HOWTO use Flash! Thx

  2. Nice. I used to do this manually. Now it’s much easier. Thanks!

  3. I got Pepper working in Ubuntu 14.04 using the PPA described in It is only currently using Flash v16, though, but it works in places where v11 didn’t.

  4. It worked perfectly ! But how can i keep Pepper Flash Plugin updated ?
    Any help … ?

    • @tifo It becomes fairly automatic. If you install the package with an Ubuntu package manager (as this article does) then anytime there’s a new release of the package it’s available almost immediately for download. From the command line it’s ‘sudo apt-get update’ to refresh the package list and ‘sudo apt-get upgrade PACKAGENAME’. In this case ‘PACKAGENAME’ is really ‘browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash’. Or you can just update everything using the Ubuntu Software Updater.

  5. ERROR: failed to retrieve status information from google : W: Can’t drop privileges for downloading as file ‘./var/lib/apt/lists/partial/’ couldn’t be accessed by user ‘_apt’. – pkgAcquire::Run

  6. I get the same error as Guto Ribas. Anyone have any suggestions?

  7. Flash sucks. BUT since web site owners still use it, we have to use flash to view the content. So thanks for the tutorial.

  8. installs is not the imperative. Install is. “then installs the pineapple in the grapefruit destroyer” is not correct. “then install the pineapple in the grapefruit destroyer” is.