Installing Flash and Java in Debian

By default in Debian, the Iceweasel web browser does not have very good flash support and does not contain any support for java. These are not difficult to install, so let's get started.
  • Flash installation
    We'll need to download the flash installation from Adobe. You can get the installation here, or you can download it with wget:

    $ wget http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz

    Once you've got the file, we'll need to untar it to get to the actual contents:

    $ tar -xvf install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz

    Now you need to change to the directory that was created from the above tar command and we can go ahead and run the installation:

    $ cd install_flash_player_10_linux
    $ ./flashplayer-installer

    The above command should recognize the directory for the default location of Debian's installation of Iceweasel. The installation will prompt you to close your web browser. You should now be able to go surfing the internet and play the flash games and flash videos that you want to.

  • Java installation
    Installing Java is a bit easier, as the required packages are in the Debian repositories. To install Java applet support in Iceweasel, we just need to run the following commands:

    # apt-get update
    # apt-get install sun-java6-plugin

    That's really all there is to installing Java support. You should now be able to run Java applets in Iceweasel.

See you next time.

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