Install Adobe Flash / Reader & Air in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)

This brief tutorial is going to show you how to install Adobe Flash Player, Acrobat Reader and Adobe Air in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin). Having these three programs installed in Ubuntu makes your experience with Ubuntu better. You can watch flash videos, interact with rich applications online and open PDF documents easily. This tutorial is going to be short and easy, and without wasting anymore of your time let’s get going.


  • Install Adobe Flash / Reader / and Air in Ubuntu 12.04
  • Enjoy!

To get started, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When Terminal opens, run the commands below to enable Canonical Partner Repository.

sudo apt-add-repository "deb $(lsb_release -sc) partner"




Next, run the commands below to update your system and install Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Reader.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer acroread




Next, run the commands below to download Adobe Air executable.





Then run the commands below to change the permission on the file so that it’s executable.

sudo chmod +x AdobeAIRInstaller.bin




Next, run the commands below to install Adobe Air.

sudo ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin




If everything works, all should be installed. If you run into problems with adobe Air about missing gnome-keyring or KDE Wallet, run the commands below to fix it, then re-run the air installer.


sudo ln -s /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/ /usr/lib/
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/ /usr/lib/


For 64-bit systems, run copy and past the commands below

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ /usr/lib/

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ /usr/lib/



33 thoughts on “Install Adobe Flash / Reader & Air in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)”

  1. thank you, i need to use mindomo, and the adobe AIR is very important for mindomo works. grretings from Colombia, and sorry for my bad english.

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  3. Hi, I am using Kubuntu 12.04, followed all steps, created the symbolic links, but still am still getting the error message: “…An error occurred while installing Adobe AIR. Installation may not be allowed by your administrator. Please contact your administrator.”

    Any ideas?
    I appreciate your support


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    Thank you very much.

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  6. If you run into problems with adobe Air about missing gnome-keyring or KDE Wallet, run the commands below to fix it, then re-run the air installer.

    Ive got a problem hear.

    ln: failed to create symbolic link `/usr/lib/′:

    And it says the same thing again.

  7. “For 64-bit systems, run copy and past the commands below”

    When, when the installer fails? It is not entirely clear how this fits in. Clarity should be made when diff’ntiating 64b v. 386. Otherwise, you read this last and find out now you have to uninstall everything and start over.

    Appreciate the tutorial – in the future add that extra 5 minutes to the instructions to “prevent” inadvertent loading of 386 when you wanted 64 to begin with.

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  9. Hi there!

    I’m trying to install Adobe Air 2.6 on Ubuntu 14.04LTS with the aim of installing the Pandora|One Internet radio app. I followed the commands you gave, even down to copy/pasting them rather than retyping them.

    Everything went fine until I tried typing sudo ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin. When I did, it basically said it could not find the file. This is the exact message I received:

    sudo: unable to execute ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin: No such file or directory

    I’ve tried several different things, including moving the file into the home directory and renaming it AIR.bin. No matter what I try, I ultimately end up with the “no such file or directory” message.

    Does anyone have any ideas for what I can try next?

    Thanks! :-)

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