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Flash for Chromium in Debian

8 April 2017 3:35 pm (flash | chromium | debian)

The BBC website apparently still requires Flash for some of its video content - specifically, for the Davis Cup doubles match against France that GB are currently playing - so I just worked out how to get Flash working in Chromium on my Debian laptop. My laptop is always following Debian 'testing', which currently maps to 'stretch', aka the future Debian 9.

neil@neil-laptop:~$ cat /etc/os-release 
PRETTY_NAME="Debian GNU/Linux 9 (stretch)"
NAME="Debian GNU/Linux"
VERSION_ID="9"
VERSION="9 (stretch)"
ID=debian
HOME_URL="https://www.debian.org/"
SUPPORT_URL="https://www.debian.org/support"
BUG_REPORT_URL="https://bugs.debian.org/"

A little searching was needed, because https://wiki.debian.org/FlashPlayer and https://wiki.debian.org/PepperFlashPlayer/Installing don't cover Chromium on Debian 9/stretch; but there is Ubuntu-focussed information at http://ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/2016/11/new-pepper-flash-installer-for-chromium-firefox/, and a PPA at https://launchpad.net/~jonathonf/+archive/ubuntu/pepperflashplugin-nonfree/+packages, that happily works for Debian 9 as well.

So with those resources, the procedure that worked for me was to:

  • wget the .deb for Xenial, from that PPA page

  • try installing it with dpkg -i, to be told that it needs jq

  • apt-get install jq

  • install the .deb with dpkg -i

  • restart Chromium.

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