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Monday, April 25, 2011

How to install adobe flash player 64 bit in rekonq - kubuntu's new default browser

Today I was testing the kubuntu 11.04 beta 2 from usb. I am using kde after 2 years. I always wanted to test the latest changes brought by kde 4.6 and now only I actually ventured into it. This was really a refreshing experience for me and I liked the recent changes in kde. The thing which most interested me in kubuntu is its new default browser rekonq.

Rekonq is the default browser is kde for the good. I used konqueror before but can't stick with it. Even though konqueror is different it had many quirks and irks which made me switch to firefox. But the new default browser rekonq has rectified all the drawbacks of konqueror. I am not going to write a review about rekonq here but I am going to talk how to install adobe flash player 64 bit in rekonq.



I have searched all over internet to find a way to install flash player 64 bit in rekonq. I do not want to install firefox and  I want to stick with rekonq. I haven't got a direct and easy answer to install flash 64 bit in rekonq. So I found a way myself to install it.

It's very simple. Just use the method we uses in installing flash in firefox. Just download the flash player 64 bit. Extract it. Then copy the libflashplayer.so file in plugins directory. But there is a problem. There is no plugins folder for rekonq. So I have created a ".rekonq/plugins" folder in my home directory and moved the libflashplayer.so file there. I have reloaded the youtube page and it did not work. So I created a .mozilla/plugins folder in my home directory and moved the libflashplayer.so file there. This time it has worked like a charm. Flash has loaded in the youtube page. So please be aware that you can use this step to install 64 bit flash player in firefox as well as rekonq as rekonq will check in firefox plugins directory by default.

Steps to install Flash player 64 bit in rekonq:


  1. Download Adobe flash 64 bit for linux from here and save it to downloads folder.
  2. Extract the flashplayer10_2_p3_64bit_linux_111710.tar.gz there itself.
  3. Create a folder  using the following command:
  4. mkdir -p .mozilla/plugins
  5. Then copy the extracted libflashplayer.so file to newly created folder using the following command:
  6. cp ~/Downloads/libflashplayer.so .mozilla/plugins/
  7. Reload your browser 
That's it. You can see that flash player is loading fine and you can enjoy your youtube videos.

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