Ubuntu – how can I revert to previous version of flash


The other day I applied updates and broke my ability to watch amazon videos on my computer. I am not alone. See the amazon forum post.

How can I rever to the previous version of Flash?

Here's what I've tried so far. Using

tail -10 /var/log/dpkg.log

I found this line that looks like the culprit on my system:

2013-04-10 16:31:56 status installed flashplugin-installer:amd64

At this point, I'm not sure what to do. And I think the issue is complicated by the fact that the package I'm referring to is an installer, not an actual plugin.

Best Answer

  • Here is the fix:

    1. Close running instances of your browser.
    2. If you don't already have synaptic package manager installed (it isn't by default) install it. From the terminal type:

      sudo apt-get install synaptic
    3. You will also need to install "hal" and "hal-info", unless already installed:

      sudo apt-get install hal hal-info
    4. Start Synaptic Package Manager
    5. In the top right of the application is a search box. Search for "flashplugin-installer"
    6. Highlight the package and press Ctrl + E
    7. The "Force version" window should open
    8. Pick version instead of the currently installed
    9. Apply changes by clicking the button that says "Apply" with a check mark under it.
    10. With the package still highlighted, select from the top menu: Package->Lock Version
    11. Close Synaptic and open a terminal
    12. We need to remove old cached versions of the plugin. First type:

       cd ~/.adobe/Flash_Player
    13. Next type:

       rm -rf NativeCache AssetCache APSPrivateData2
    14. You can now close the terminal and reopen your browser

    Thanks to Rob S for the instructions on how to do this. The above instructions are his with only slight modifications. Additionally, the last few instructions are from the Arch Linux Wiki.