How to Uninstall Flash Player in Linux

Adobe's Flash Player is a Web browser plug-in that runs flash applets on webpages. Flash is used by many websites for video and other rich media. For example, YouTube's video player is a flash applet. The Flash Player plug-ins runs on a variety of operating systems, including Linux. Uninstalling the Flash Player is required when installing a new version. Uninstalling the Flash Player plug-in on Linux requires a different process whether you installed it directly from Adobe or from your Linux distribution's package manager.

Installed from Adobe

Step 1

Open a Terminal by clicking "Applications" > "Accessories" or "System Tools" > "Terminal".

Step 2

Navigate to your Mozilla plug-ins directory by typing "cd .mozilla/plugins" in the Terminal window and pressing "Enter". This directory contains your Web browser plug-ins; even if you use other Web browsers, they look for plug-ins here.

Step 3

Delete the Flash Player plug-in files by typing "rm libflashplayer.so flashplayer.xpt" in the Terminal window and pressing "Enter".

Ubuntu & Debian-based Distributions

Step 1

Open a Terminal by clicking "Applications" > "Accessories" or "System Tools" > "Terminal".

Step 2

Type "sudo dpkg --remove flashplugin-installer" in the Terminal window on Ubuntu or "su -c 'dpkg --remove flashplugin-installer'" on other Debian-based Linux distributions and press "Enter".

Step 3

Authenticate yourself by typing your password on Ubuntu or the root password on other Debian-based distributions when prompted and pressing "Enter".

Fedora, Red Hat & RPM-based Distributions

Step 1

Open a Terminal by clicking "Applications", "System Tools" and "Terminal".

Step 2

Become the root user by typing "su" in the Terminal window and pressing "Enter".

Step 3

Authenticate yourself by typing the root password when prompted and pressing "Enter".

Step 4

Uninstall the flash player by typing "rpm -e flash-plugin" in the Terminal window and pressing "Enter". Press "y" and "Enter" if prompted.

Tip

Consult your Linux distribution's documenation for more information about uninstalling software if you installed Adobe's Flash Player from another Linux distribution's software repositories.

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