Flash 9 with Opera 9.20 on Linux (GTK problem)

The current Flash 9 Browser Plugin for Linux requires the browser to support GTK. As Opera for Linux is QT-based, it does not offer a GTK-API to plugins. Opera 9.5 Release Candidates now implement GTK support. However, Opera 9.5 is far from stable, and not suitable for production use (= my experience).
If you have accidentally installed the current Flash plugin (r.115), or your package manager upgraded it automatically for you, this means no Flash support in Opera 9.20.
However, there is a quick workaround:

  1. Uninstall the current Flash plugin.
  2. Download a ZIP archive with all Flash 9 Plugin versions (73 MB) from Adobe.
  3. Extract install_flash_player_9r48_linux.tar.gz from the 9r48 folder in the archive.
  4. Extract libflashplayer.so from the tar.gz and put it e.g. in /usr/local/lib
  5. In Opera's plugin preferences add this path to the plugin paths and re-scan for plugins. Opera should detect the Flash plugin and use it from now on.
  6. Watch funny videos on Youtube

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  1. treb

     /  April 26, 2008

    Thanks for the how-to! Works great (once you figure out how to get root permission…) 😀

  2. anonymous

     /  September 3, 2008

    Anonymous writes:Thanks! works great

  3. anonymous

     /  November 13, 2010

    [deleted] Dear Spammers: this blog will not show any links to your sites.


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