Saturday, May 9, 2009

How to install flash player on centos/redhat linux !

This post can also answer the question " how to fix the firefox error on centos/redhat linux" 

Installing the flash player on centos/redhat linux seems to be very difficult sometimes. But the installation is quite simple :). The flash player may not be installed automatically using firefox. While trying install firefox, you may get the error following error " Firefox could not install this item because "install-0zr..rdf" (provided by the item) is not well-formed or does not exist. Please contact the author about this problem."The Screeshot of error is provided. To fix this issue, you need to upgrade/install certain libraries using yum. I have mentioned the commands below.

1. First you need to install those libraries (.i386 and .x86_64):

yum install curl compat-libstdc++-33 glibc nspluginwrapper

2. Once done with the libraries, we need to download the flash player rpm.

mkdir flash

cd flash

download the rpm inside the folder flash.

click here to Download

3. Next we need to execute the command below to install the rpm. This command should be executed inside the folder, where the rpm is downloaded. Ours is in the folder 'flash'.

rpm -ivh flash-plugin-

(replace with the version of rpm you have downloaded)

4. Close the Firefox and restart it. You should be able to see the flashes hereafter.

thanks & regards


  1. Finally someone puts up how to do this. I've been trying to figure out how to install flash in 64-bit CentOS forever. Thank you/

  2. This worked for me - Thanks a lot!

  3. worked worked worked!! thnx a ton!

  4. Started out on FreeBSD and CentOS is my 3rd revisit to Linux.

    Thanks for the help.

  5. hmm al last thanku..

  6. Thank you. Worked great

  7. yum install curl compat-libstdc++-33 glibc nspluginwrapperSetting up Install Process
    Setting up repositories [Errno 12] Timeout:
    Trying other mirror.
    Cannot open/read repomd.xml file for repository: adobe-linux-x86_64
    failure: repodata/repomd.xml from adobe-linux-x86_64: [Errno 256] No more mirrors to try.
    Error: failure: repodata/repomd.xml from adobe-linux-x86_64: [Errno 256] No more mirrors to try.

    1. I got a similar error. I am including below.

      [root@localhost ~]# yum install curl compat-libstdc++-33 glibc nspluginwrapper
      Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, refresh-packagekit
      Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
      * base:
      * c6-media:
      * centosplus:
      * extras:
      * updates:
      file:///media/CentOS/repodata/repomd.xml: [Errno 14] Could not open/read file:///media/CentOS/repodata/repomd.xml
      Trying other mirror.
      file:///media/cdrecorder/repodata/repomd.xml: [Errno 14] Could not open/read file:///media/cdrecorder/repodata/repomd.xml
      Trying other mirror.
      file:///media/cdrom/repodata/repomd.xml: [Errno 14] Could not open/read file:///media/cdrom/repodata/repomd.xml
      Trying other mirror.
      Error: Cannot retrieve repository metadata (repomd.xml) for repository: c6-media. Please verify its path and try again

      Does anyone have any idea as to why this is happening.

  8. where to download .i386 and .x86_64 from????

  9. replace with the version of rpm you have downloaded means wat we we have replace

  10. thanks, very useful !

  11. this one worked..thnkz,plz show me how to replace or update by latest version.I really need it.

  12. Worked on CentOS 6.3 x64
    Thanks from Italy

  13. Well done ! Worked on i386 32 bit system stella 6.3 (similar to centos 6.3 and red hat 6.3 ) on an AMD Sempron cpu system with nvidia vanta video card.

    Adobe Flash Player Plugin 11 series problem crash on non-intel computers.

    Solved !
    I found out that flash plugin 11.2 does not work on most AMD (athlon sempron etc.) cpu computers and must be replaced with (fall back) flash plugin 10.2 or 10.3 .

    Here is how I did it :

    First remove flash plugin 11.2 :
    clicked on system administration addOrRemoveSoftware
    searched with FLASH PLUGIN. Removed flash plugin 11.2 by unchecking it and apply.

    I made the directory FLASH as explained above using the terminal. Then I exited the terminal program .

    Next :
    I downloaded the 10.2 flash plugin .rpm from this site HERE into the
    DOWNLOAD folder by clicking on it and selected the SAVE option :

    and drag and dropped it from the DOWNLOAD folder into the FLASH folder and double
    clicked on it to RUN IT. THEN I shutdown and rebooted the computer YEAH ! BINGO !

  14. With Centos 6.3 i386 version you must first log out and log back in as the root user (ie. super root user).
    Check this article too :

    Scroll down to the flash plugin section using sourceForge.
    Install the latest update 11.2 and (if it doesn't work) then remove it and install the older flash update 10.3 using
    System -> Administration -> AddRemove software
    and search of firefox flash plugin .

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