Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Firefox flash broken ? How to install Pepper Flash on Fedora

Since two weeks, I can't read any YouTube videos on Firefox, other flash sites are either broken or don't play sound...

Adobe has stopped the development of flash for Linux which means that only bug and security fixed are applied. For an unknown reason my last "yum update" just broke my flash support and ability to watch YouTube video.

The alternative is to use Pepper Flash which is flash wrapper to the Google Chrome flash plugin. Google continues to support flash for linux by shipping the plugin inside Chrome.

Haven't found any detailed tutorial for Fedora so here it goes.


You need to have the official Adobe Flash plugin installed.

# rpm -q flash-plugin


Exit any Firefox processes.

Install Pepper Flash Repositories :

# yum install http://mirror.yandex.ru/fedora/russianfedora/russianfedora/free/fedora/russianfedora-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm
# yum install http://mirror.yandex.ru/fedora/russianfedora/russianfedora/nonfree/fedora/russianfedora-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm 

Install Chromium :

# yum clean all && yum install chromium 

Install Pepper Flash :

# yum install chromium-pepper-flash.x86_64  

Install FreshPlayer :

# yum install freshplayerplugin.x86_64  

Start Firefox, go to the "Add on" configuration menu, you should now have two "Shockwave Flash" plugins. One is the official Adobe Plugin (old version 11.x), the other one is Pepper Flash plugin (up to date version) binded to libfreshwrapper-pepperflash.so. Check they a both activated.

Finally go to http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/ and check that you are using the up to date version.

Hopefully you can play Youtube videos and other flash based sites.

Hope that helps !