How to - Install Google Chrome browser with Flash plugin on Ubuntu 9.10 w/video

Update 04-05-10 - Since Last week, Google Chrome Browser now comes with Flash built-in (although you may have to add --enable-plugins to the command in the Chrome startup shortcut). Please disregard the instructions below, and get the new version Chrome instead, at

How to install Google Chrome browser with Flash plugin support on Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic) GNU/Linux

1. Import the GPG key for the chromium-daily PPA repository:
sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver 0xfbef0d696de1c72ba5a835fe5a9bf3bb4e5e17b5

2. Edit your sources.list file to add the chromium-daily PPA repository:
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following these lines below the last line in /etc/apt/sources.list , save then close:
#Chromium Web Browser
deb karmic main
deb-src karmic main

3. Update your source repository listing to include the latest change:
sudo apt-get update

4. Install the chromium browser
sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

5. Install the flashplugin-nonfree package. Note: This provides it for Firefox as well
sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

Note: if you want to add the flashplugin plus other restricted formats capabilities, e.g., mp3:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

6. Make a symbolic link to the in the chromium-browser plugins folder
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/ /usr/lib/chromium-browser/plugins/

7. To use the flashplugin in Chrome, you will need to use the command below to start it
chromium-browser --enable-plugins %U

8.(optional) Modify your Chromium Web Browser start button in Applications>Internet
Right-click > "Edit Menus" on the "Applications" menu in upper-left, then click "Internet", click to highlight the "Chromium Web Browser" button, then click Properties, then change the "Command" field to "chromium-browser --enable-plugins %U" (no quotes). Then click Close until you exit the Edit Menus dialog.

9.(optional) Add the newly modified "Chromium Web Browser" button to your panel
Click Applications>Internet>then right-click "Chromium Web Browser">click "Add this launcher to panel"

video made with gtk-recordMyDesktop - find it in the Ubuntu Software Center

Shannon VanWagner


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