Flash not working on Opera: a summary on the reported cases

  • Greetings,

    Opera is going through an enormous process when it comes to the problems of implementing Flash to their Linux browser. This has already been pointed out at 14 different threads here at the Opera forum. In this post, however, I'll try to make a small summary out of the reported cases. Personally, I've been trying to approach the problem through ‘pepperflashplugin-nonfree’ that I've got, so it might explain the chronological/-thematical classification of the posts, which I have divided into four categories:

    1.  **Independent installations.** Installations that do not depend on any
        specific browser, such as *Chromium* / *Chrome*, or any other software
        provider, such as *Adobe* (https://forums.opera.com/topic/12193/how-to-fix-video-playback-problems-with-opera-32-on-linux-tutorial
        how-to-fix-video-playback-problems-with-opera-32-on-linux-tutorial#Item_1)
                                    
                                    
        Date and title:             2015/10/01  How to fix video playback problems
                                                with Opera 32 on Linux [Tutorial]
                                    
        Suggestion:                 Install the necessary Chrome libs for H.264/MP4
                                    codec
                                    
        Suggestions put in code:    sudo apt-get install chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra
                                    
                                    sudo mkdir /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera/
                                    lib_extra/
                                    
                                    sudo ln -s /usr/lib/chromium-browser/libs/
                                    libffmpeg.so /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ope
                                    
        Comments:                   -
                                    
                                    
                                    
                                    
    2.  **Suggestions without command-line instructions.**
        (https://forums.opera.com/post/114896;
        https://forums.opera.com/topic/19186/streaming-flash-no-longer-working-again-after-update-to-43-0-2442-806'
        no-longer-working-again-afte-update-to-43-0-2442-806#Item_7;
        https://forums.opera.com/topic/17474/flash-player-error-plug-in-path-for-opera-devel-42-0-2372-0
        error-plug-in-path-for-opera-devel-42-0-2372-0/p1)
                                    
                                    
                                    
        Date and title:             2017/07/02  Opera browser does not play twitter
                                                videos and gifs again
                                    
        Suggestion:                 Install the chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra library.
                                    
                                    Copy the libffmpeg.so file from the library
                                    (/usr/lib/chromium-browser)
                                    
                                    Replace the libffmpeg.so file in the
                                    browser folder (/usr/lib/x86_64-linux- gnu/opera)
                                    with this file.
                                    
        Suggestions put in code:    -
                                    
        Comments:                   Does not provide the commands to run via Terminal
                                    
                                    **OR**
                                    
        Suggestion:                 Download the package opera-
                                    ffmpeg-codecs-56.0.2924.76-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
                                    from https://repo.herecura.eu/herecura/x86_64
                                    
                                    Extract the libffmpeg.so file
                                    
                                    Then move it to /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
                                    opera/libffmpeg.so (using "sudo")
                                    
                                    Do NOT put it inside "/usr/lib/x8664-linux-gnu/
                                    opera/libextra".
                                    
        Suggestions put in code:    -
                                    
        Comments:                   Does not provide the commands to run via Terminal
                                    
                                    
        Date and title:             2017/08/02  streaming flash no longer working
                                                again after update to  43.0.2442.806
                                    
        Suggestion:                 After installing libflashplayer.so and
                                    libpepflashplayer.so and manifest.json to /usr/
                                    lib/adobe-flashplugin/ from archive
                                    flashplayerppapilinux.x8664.tar.gz
                                    streaming works properly
                                    
        Suggestion put in code:     -
                                    
        Comments:                   Does not provide the commands to run via Terminal
                                    
    
        Title and date:             2016/10/01  Flash player error & plug-in path
                                                for opera devel - 42.0.2372.0
                                    
        Suggestion:                 Simply download the version 23.0.0.207 from Adobe
                                    (.gz version), extract the  libpepflashplayer.so 
                                    and install it
                                    
        Suggestion put in code:     mkdir /usr/lib/PepperFlash
                                    
                                    cp libpepflashplayer.so /usr/lib/PepperFlash/
                                    
        Comments:                   Does not tell how to extract the file
                                    
                                    **OR**
                                    
        Suggestion:                 Download and override the flash player
                                    at:  */opt/google/chrome/PepperFlash
                                    libpepflashplayer.so*
                                    
                                    NOTE that it's need to replace
                                    libpepflashplayer.so and manifest.json
                                    file if you do.
                                    
        Suggestion put in code:     -
        
        Comments:                   One might not be using Google Chrome, nor have
                                    it installed on the system
                                    
                                    Does not provide the commands to run via Terminal
  • 3.  **'adobe-flashplugin' -based suggestions** These suggestions ignore
        'pepperflash-plugin', and are based completely on 'adobe-flashplugin'
        (https://forums.opera.com/topic/17474/flash-player-error-plug-in-path-for-opera-devel-42-0-2372-0
        plug-in-path-for-opera-devel-42-0-2372-
        https://forums.opera.com/topic/19550/can-t-get-flash-player-installed
        player-installed; https://gist.github.com/ruario/215c365facfe8d3c5071;
        https://forums.opera.com/topic/17898/flash-player-and-opera-41 player-and-opera-41-; 
        https://forums.opera.com/topic/17622/flash-won-t-work-on-ubuntu;
        http://www.webupd8.org/2014/12/how-to-get-flash-and-h264-to-work-in.html)
        
        
        
        Title and date:             2016/10/01  Flash player error & plug-in
                                                path for opera devel -
                                                42.0.2372.0
                                    
        Suggestion:                 Make sure to install the PPAPI Flash player
                                    from Adobe
                                    
        Suggestion put in code:     -
                                    
        Comments:                   Instead of ‘adobe-flashplugin’, I’ve got ‘
                                    'pepperflashplugin-nonfree’ 
                                    installed. However, the flash is not
                                    showing up at  ‘opera://plugins’
                                    
                                                                        
        Title and date:             2017/03/02  Can't get Flash Player installed
                                    
        Suggestion:                 Install  ‘adobe-flashplugin’
                                    
        Suggestion put in code:     -
                                    
        Comments:                   Instead of ‘adobe-flashplugin’, I’ve got
                                    ‘pepperflashplugin-nonfree’ installed.
                                    However, the flash is not showing up at
                                    ‘opera://plugins’
                                    
                                    
        Title and date:             2016/04/01  ruario/README.md
                                    
        Suggestion:                 Install ‘adobe-flashplugin’ and Pepper
                                    flash (the latter by running the 
                                    ‘latest-pepper-flash.sh’ script)
                                    
        Suggestion put in code:     sudo add-apt-repository "deb 
                                    http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu 
                                    `lsb_release -cs` partner" 
                                    
                                    sudo apt update
                                    sudo apt install adobe-flashplugin
                                    
        Comments:                   Instead of ‘adobe-flashplugin’,
                                    I’ve got ‘pepperflashplugin-nonfree’ 
                                    installed. However, the flash is
                                    not showing up at ‘opera://plugins’
                                    
                                    
        Title and date:             2016/11/01  Flash player and Opera 41+
                                    
        Suggestion:                 Install 'adobe-flashplugin' package
                                    
        Suggestion put in code:     -
                                    
        Comments:                   Instead of ‘adobe-flashplugin’, I’ve got
                                    ‘pepperflashplugin-nonfree’ 
                                    installed. However, the flash is not
                                    showing up at ‘opera://plugins’                  
        
        
        Title and date:             2016/10/01  Flash Won't Work on Ubuntu
                                    
        Suggestion:                 Adobe has created a .deb file for
                                    flash plugin for opera 
                                    (https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer)
    
                                    If you opens link above, the site will
                                    detect your browser, and you only need
                                    to select the right package for your
                                    system: Just select APT for Ubuntu 
                                    10.04 and higher
    
        Suggestion put in code:     -
                                    
        Comments:                   -
        
                                    **OR**
                                    
        Suggestion:                 Enable the Canonical Partners' repository
                                    in order to install 'adobe-flashplugin'.
                                    
        Suggestion put in code:     sudo add-apt-repository "deb 
                                    http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu
                                    `sed -n '/UBUNTU_CODENAME/s/.*=//p'
                                    /etc/os-release` partner" 
                                    
                                    sudo apt update
                                    
                                    sudo apt install adobe-flashplugin
    
        Comments:                   Instead of ‘adobe-flashplugin’, I’ve got 
                                    ‘pepperflashplugin-nonfree’ installed.
                                    However, the flash is not showing up at   
                                    ‘opera://plugins'
        
        
        Title and date:             2014/12/03  HOW TO GET FLASH AND H.264
                                                TO WORK IN OPERA BROWSER
                                                (UBUNTU 14.04, 14.10
                                                AND 15.04)
        
        Suggestion:                 Install adobe-flashplugin
    
                                    Make sure the "ffmpeg-real" package
                                    from Sam Rog's PPA isn't installed, 
                                    because the two aren't compatible and
                                    dpkg will throw an error like: "trying 
                                    to overwrite [...]  which is also in
                                    package"
    
                                    Add Kyrill's FFmpeg next PPA and install
                                    FFmpeg in Ubuntu 14.04 or 14.10 (or 
                                    Linux Mint 17 or 17.1)
    
                                    
        Suggestion put in code:     sudo apt-get install adobe-flashplugin
    
                                    sudo apt-get remove ffmpeg-real
    
                                    sudo add-apt-repository
                                    ppa:kirillshkrogalev/ffmpeg-next
    
                                    sudo apt-get update
                                    sudo apt-get install ffmpeg
    
        Comments:                   Instead of ‘adobe-flashplugin’, I’ve
                                    got ‘pepperflashplugin-nonfree’ 
                                    installed. However, the flash is not
                                    showing up at ‘opera://plugins’
  • 4.  **Threads left unanswered** Indeed, these threads were opened in
        order to find a solution to the the issue (just to emphasize the
        magnitude of this problem), but never yielded any decent answers.
        (https://forums.opera.com/topic/19462/can-t-view-flash-movies
        movies-; https://forums.opera.com/post/115561
        Comment_15258789; https://forums.opera.com/discussion/comment/
        15258831#Comment_15258831; https://forums.opera.com/discussion/
        1881769/can039t-get-flash-to-work-in-opera-42-running-under-
        lubuntu-ubuntu; https://forums.opera.com/topic/18212/opera-41-flash-not-showing-up-working-fedora-25-linux-gnome
        opera-41-flash-not-showing-upworking-fedora-25-linux-gnome)
    

    I hope Opera gets everything in order soon! Cheers!

  • Not just was the first option the clearest, it already resolved my problem. This is to say, I am using 'pepperflash-plugin'; no 'adobe-flashplugin' is installed on the system.

  • UPDATE: As been demonstrated in a new thread, Flash video problems never end, the first option might not resolve the case anymore. However, a new solution was suggested by @natasha-from-dnepropetrovsk

     DOWNLOAD:  https://github.com/iteufel/nwjs-ffmpeg-prebuilt/releases/download/0.20.3/0.20.3-linux-x64.zip
     EXTRACT:   "0.20.3/0.20.3-linux-x64.zip" as "libffmpeg.so"
     RENAME:    "/usr/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera/libffmpeg.so" to "/usr/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera/libffmpeg.so_orig"
     COPY:      "~/Downloads/libffmpeg.so" to "/usr/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera/"
    

    According to my calculations, this is now the eighteenth case concerning Flash problems when it comes to the Opera browser. I have Chromium as my backup browser, and I can tell you, no such problem has ever been encountered!

    Here are the three most recent cases after the fifteen, when this thread was originally composed: (16) Flash video problems never end, (17) New user Debian - Flash - Licence - Devices - Report, and (18) Flash player not work in Last opera stable and developer

  • (19) None of the versions of Opera runs a site with flash even in the block exception list, and (20) Opera updated to 49 and now having flash player problems.

    This is a result of a throughout and systematic investigation, not just some random sample. The earliest posts date back to 2014/12/03, and the newest one to 2017/11/27

  • @jayaguru-shishya Those are not related to the problem discussed on this topic.

    They are about issues with Flash that came with the changes in Chromium that now requires white-listing of pages for Flash to play on them while this topic is about an old problem with Flash playing on Opera for Linux.

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