How to Uninstall Flash Player in Linux

By Chris Hoffman

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.

Tips & Warnings

  • 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.