Linux Chrome now with Flash & extensions (+adblock)

12 07 2009

The Linux version of Chrome has been coming along fairly quickly, the latest development build of Chrome (Chromium) for Linux now works with Flash and has extension support. It is also possible to configure the options (although there are still some TODO stubs so setting a proxy isn’t possible, EDIT: Try the –proxy-server argument). Tested under Ubuntu 9.04 64bit.

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Update (05 Mar 2010): Google now have a proper version of Chrome with flash, themes, greasemonkey and extensions. Including .deb packages for Ubuntu (And packages for Debian, Fedora and OpenSUSE). Simply grab them from the the Chrome site, no other setup needed. They will also install repositories to keep things up to date. They are ‘beta’ but there more likely to be stable than grabbing the bleeding edge ones from the chromium-team repo (there is an ‘unstable’ packages too). I was running into issues with Chromium freezing up (mainly Flash related) which are not an issue with the official Google Chrome build.

There is also a fairly good Adblock extension. It includes the same filterlists as the Firefox one. If you need to block something extra hit ctrl+shit+k and you get a handy wizard where you can just click on whatever you want to nuke.

I also recommend giving the HTML5 version of YouTube a try. It seems faster than the flash one and things like seeking are quick. Full screen has a few issues. In order to activate it you need to first popout the video using the icon up the top right of the video, although it’s much faster to popout and Flash since it doesn’t need to rebuffer the video like Flash often does. I did have some sluggishness of the controls in full screen but the video playback works fine. Also for some reason it goes back to the Flash player when I am logged into YouTube with a user account, but works fine without a login.
/update

Old instructions:
To install under Ubuntu:
sudo su
echo "deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main #chromium-browser" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/chromium.list
sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 0xfbef0d696de1c72ba5a835fe5a9bf3bb4e5e17b5
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

To enable Flash support:
cd /usr/lib/chromium-browser/plugins
sudo ln -s ../../flashplugin-installer/libflashplayer.so

For extensions:
Start browser with the following:
chromium-browser --enable-plugins --enable-greasemonkey --enable-user-scripts --enable-extensions
Clink on a crx link (such as adsweep) and browse to chrome://extensions/ to check installation.


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12 07 2009
H3g3m0n (hegemon) 's status on Sunday, 12-Jul-09 04:25:45 UTC - Identi.ca

[...] Linux Chrome now with Flash & extensions « ☠ I could not think of a blog title … [...]

12 07 2009
Billy (seeds) 's status on Sunday, 12-Jul-09 05:25:42 UTC - Identi.ca

[...] Linux Chrome now with Flash & extensions « ☠ I could not think of a blog title … [...]

12 07 2009
12 07 2009
The Educated New Village Boy » Who should use alpha-status Chromium on Linux?

[...] Edit 2009-07-12: Chromium now supports Flash plugins. [...]

12 07 2009
Petar Toushkov (cellfourteen2) 's status on Sunday, 12-Jul-09 09:44:46 UTC - Identi.ca

[...] Linux Chrome now with Flash & extensions « ☠ I could not think of a blog title … [...]

13 07 2009
BobCFC

If you are using 64bit get the 32bit libflashplugin.so for Chromium

13 07 2009
Martin Notes » Ubuntu, Chromium and Adobe Flash!

[...] somebody finally figured out how to make flash work in Chromium. Have a look at this blog. I checked it with youtube and it worked [...]

13 07 2009
Top Posts « WordPress.com

[...] Linux Chrome now with Flash & extensions The Linux version of Chrome has been coming along fairly quickly, the latest build of Chrome for Linux now works with [...] [...]

13 07 2009
ddorda

I never succeed using the extensions.. the browser doesn’t even ask me if i want to install or not, it just install, and nothing happenes…
any idea why? it works for you?
*using ubuntu 9.04 32bit.

13 07 2009
Aaron

FWIW, you don’t need –enable-greasemonkey.

14 07 2009
Linux Chrome now with Flash & extensions « .:DE$TROY3R:.

[...] 13, 2009 Yeah, somebody finally figured out how to make flash work in Chromium. Have a look at this blog. I checked it with youtube and it worked fine! Posted by tanveer Filed in Linux, ubuntu Tags: [...]

14 07 2009
Chrome en Linux, con Flash y Extensiones! | hookdump

[...] lo probaba, relaté mis problemas en Twitter, y el usuario gonzalomr me pasó este link, el cual traduciré y resumiré a continuación: 1. Para instalar Google Chrome en [...]

14 07 2009
TheTilde

hi
I’m on ubuntu hardy. For the flash plugin to work, I had to modify the last instruction this way:
ln -sf ../../flashplugin-nonfree/libflashplayer.so . (note in the directory name: “-nonfree” instead of “installer”)

cheers
TheTilde

14 07 2009
dannyboy

Would have been nicer if you said “Chromium” rather than Linux Chrome. Save people some time.

16 07 2009
JD

The latest chromium seems to require “–enable-plugins” as an option for flash to work.

17 07 2009
Brad

You can set the proxy server on the command-line with –proxy-server

17 07 2009
David

You can also set the proxy server by setting the system proxy settings in Ubuntu

17 07 2009
anon

This is Chromium, and not Chrome, as a someone already stated.

Chromium = upstream Open Source project

Chrome = the google spin on the same project

They are not the same. Flash does not work yet with ‘google-chrome-unstable’

I

17 07 2009
komasoftware

after the last update, flash stopped working :-(

18 07 2009
Leonardo Bernardes

I follow this instructions, but it doesn’t work
Chromium still doesn’t load flash videos

Someone else had the same problem?

18 07 2009
Flash working in Chromium on Linux, Linux geek productivity falls sharply » Shai Perednik.com

[...] a current version of Chromium from Launchpad, adding Flash to the speedy browser is a breeze. As detailed here, a couple minutes in terminal is all it takes. Follow the steps, and at long last you’ll be [...]

18 07 2009
ad

The latest versions of Chromium require this new way to start with Flash support. Everything else in the walkthrough is still correct, except start Chromium with this line instead:

chromium-browser –enable-greasemonkey –enable-user-scripts –enable-extensions –enable-plugins

19 07 2009
Flash working in Chromium on Linux, Linux geek productivity falls sharply | DodaPedia

[...] a current version of Chromium from Launchpad, adding Flash to the speedy browser is a breeze. As detailed here, a couple minutes in terminal is all it takes. Follow the steps, and at long last you’ll be [...]

22 07 2009
jkarretero

Google Chrome for linux DOES support setting a proxy.
I use Google Chrome 3.0.194.3

This works for me:
google-chrome –proxy-server=10.0.0.60:8080

22 07 2009
tecosystems » links for 2009-07-21

[...] Linux Chrome now with Flash & extensions « ☠ I could not think of a blog title ☠ this worked great for me (tags: linux chrome flash google ubuntu browser daily ppa chromium) [...]

22 07 2009
links for 2009-07-21 | Tech-monkey.info Blogs

[...] Linux Chrome now with Flash & extensions « ☠ I could not think of a blog title ☠ this worked great for me (tags: linux chrome flash google ubuntu browser daily ppa chromium) [...]

24 07 2009
Bartosz Radaczyński

Was that with 32 bit system or 64 bit? I can’t seem to get it running under amd64 (the flash player does not work, extensions do work indeed)

29 07 2009
airtonix

seems that if you set your proxy in the gnome-settings fashion, then you are still required to use the –proxy-server parameter in order for it to honour the settings in gconf :

chromium –proxy-server
google-chrome –proxy-server

29 07 2009
5 Reasons why Flash will take over Gaming - Game Devigner

[...] would need is games – specifically browser-based games.  It is almost a given that the new Chrome OS would be able to run Flash 10 on Linux.  This completely new demographic of gamers would need games for their Netbooks.  And not just [...]

1 08 2009
ilzar

i followed the instructions, but it doesn’t work at all…
it says “E: malformed line 1 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/chromium.list (dist), E:The list of sources could not be read”
How do I get rid of this?
I’m using linux ubuntu 9.04

2 08 2009
DaVince

Extensions don’t seem to work: I click on a crx, refresh chrome://extensions/, Chrome crashes, I reopen Chrome and chrome://extensions/ and it tells me that there are NO extensions installed. It did however make folders in /home/vincent/.config/google-chrome/Default/Extensions/.

2 08 2009
DaVince

Wtf? Automatically submitted my comment…

Anyway, once, it didn’t crash and instead told me there was some sort of version mismatch (extension was FlashBlock).

4 08 2009
nick

Pretty cool post. I just came by your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your posts.

Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post

again soon!

5 08 2009
Anderson Supriano

Does anyone have success on enabling flash on 64-bit Ubuntu? I’m using 32-bit flash plugin from Adobe, it shows as enabled on “about:plugins”, but if you go to Youtube, it reserves space for the video but nothing happens. Any ideas?

5 08 2009
@hmad

nice..

7 08 2009
digitalseb

Hi there,
may I translate this to german and post it on my block?
Greets,
digitalSeb

7 08 2009
digitalseb

oups… blog noch block. sorry

7 08 2009
digitalseb

hmm ok.. I published it without waiting for your answer, Im a very impatiently person, sorry … if you want I delete it

7 08 2009
digitalSeb | der status quo (oder so) » Chromium mit Flash/AdBlock (Linux und so)

[...] es eingedeutscht (eine andere deutsche Anleitung hab ich nicht gefunden) und abgerundet. Quelle:http://h3g3m0n.wordpress.com/2009/07/12/linux-chrome-flash-ext/ « Trennung, Singledad (und weiteres) Sorry, keine Kommentare [...]

8 08 2009
H3g3m0n

@JD: Thanks, added to flags.

@nick: Thanks :)

@anon: If you want to get technical sure, but there arn’t any Linux Chrome releases so it should be fairly obvious. In anycase I added a Chromium to the post.

@ilzar: Check what’s in the file.

@Bartosz Radaczyński, @Anderson Supriano: It’s 64bit Ubuntu but it is probabbly using the32bit flash (this is the default Ubuntu 64bit way). Havn’t tried with 64bit flash, don’t really see much point (although I have had some issues with 32bit flash stopping under Ubuntu).

@Brad: Good to know, added note.

@digitalseb: Go for it.

9 08 2009
DaVince

With the latest alpha DEB, the extensions I mentioned earlier now work. Awesome.

12 08 2009
jetpeach

thanks! for me, i’m using the adobe-flashplayer package in ubuntu for my flash support, so the directory to make the link to isn’t
sudo ln -s ../../flashplugin-installer/libflashplayer.so
but instead
sudo ln -s ../../adobe-flashplugin/libflashplayer.so

you could make note of this, since i think we’re going to see a lot of people starting to use the adobe-flashplayer package instead of the flashplugin-installer package, since it doesn’t have to go through the extra download (i think adobe recently lets ubuntu distribute, hence the new adobe-flashplugin package…)

man chromium is fast!!!

16 08 2009
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17 08 2009
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31 08 2009
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3 09 2009
flazfun

very good information. thanks.

7 09 2009
30 09 2009
flash actionscript 3.0 tutorial

i want to try google chrome

18 11 2009
jas84

how do i reset chrome … plz suggest

20 11 2009
DaVince

As in, make it completely clean, including history, cache, themes and extensions?

Delete the ~/.config/chromium directory. (~ means your home dir btw, and dirs starting with a period are hidden by default so be sure to press ctrl+H to show hidden files in your file manager.)

8 12 2009
JatStraikarFan

Great, kinda great subject. I’m goin to write about it also!

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14 05 2010
Mikeharvey

New here, from Toronto, Canada

Just a quick hello from as I’m new to the board. I’ve seen some interesting comments so far.

To be honest I’m new to forums and computers in general :)

Mike

5 07 2010
William

Very cool, i have ubuntu on my laptop so i’ll have to give it a try. Thanks for the info!

26 09 2010
7 10 2010
Devman

good list. thanks.

7 02 2011
Markus

For those who is having trouble with 64bit and Google Chrome on linux, be sure to check this out!

http://www.high-on-it.co.za/2011/01/flash-player-for-google-chrome-on.html

19 11 2011
Alex

wow, that took a long while…

26 02 2012
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