Adobe Flash in Kali Linux

This is a small guide with instructions that users can copy paste and make Flash work in their Kali Linux. Copy paste supported instruction to make life simpler.

There’s two different ways you can install flash in Kali Linux:

  1. Install Flash from Repository – Usually works
  2. Install Flash Manually – For the rest failed at step 1

Now lets move on to instructions …

Choice 1: Install  Flash from Repository:

This is fairly simple and easy and should work from most people out there:

In the terminal:

apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

and then type in:

update-flashplugin-nonfree --install

That’s it. You flash should be working as expected. Go to testing section at the bottom on this post to confirm installation.

Choice 2: Install Flash Manually

In case you tried Choice 1 and failed, try this steps below to install and activate Flash manually.

Step 2.a: Download the latest Flash Player archive

Launch your browser (I assume IceWeasel?) and download the Flash Player in a separate folder.

At the time of writing this guide the available version was install_flash_player_11_linux.x86_64.tar.gz

Download and save the file in /root directory.

Users should take note that the version used in this guide is x64 which is 64-bit. 32-bit users should choose their versions accordingly.

Download link =
(Note: Choose Version to download tar.gz for other Linux)

Step 2.b: Untar archive and install

Follow the instructions below:

cd Downloads/
tar xzvf install_flash_player_11_linux.x86_64.tar.gz
cp /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

That’s it. Those who failed at choise 1, should be able to do this fairly easily. Now move on to ttesting to confirm flash is working as expected.


First of all, close your browser and re-open.

Many users actually forgets to do this step and later complains Flash ain’t working.

My advise is to bookmark this site to be able to reopen these instructions quickly, or simply copy these into a leafpad/vi/text file.

Go to following website to test if you have Flash player:

NOTE: Adobe now serves an older version of Flashplayer for Linux. So the above page gives an error…. But just go to Youtube and if you can see a video properly, that means Flash is working as expected. THATS IS UNFAIR!! (Updated: 18/12/2013)

Hang on a second, the main reason you installed Flash is to watch youtube videos, so try that too.

Now that you have Flash, follow this guide guide to enable Java support for your browser in Kali Linux How to Install Java JDK in Kali Linux.

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