Lightspark- A good alternative to adobe Flash player| PPA Ubuntu, Fedora RPM

The decision of adobe and google to allow Flash player only on google chrome browser via the “Pepper” API flash plugin, pose a real problem to users of Firefox, opera and other small browsers. Hopefully, there are a good alternative to adobe flash player plugin that works like a charm, one of those is

Lightspark, an LGPLv3 licensed Flash player and browser plugin written in C++/C that runs on Linux. Lightspark support Adobe’s newer Flash formats and AVM2 virtual machine.

Installation of Lightspark on Ubuntu/ LinuxMint/ Fedora

Lightspark on Ubuntu and LinuxMint

Lightspark is available in Ubuntu and LinuxMint repository and can be installed using the command:

sudo apt-get install lightspark browser-plugin-lightspark

If yo want to install to use the latest version of lightspark, use the following PPA for Ubuntu 11.10 and 12.04:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:sparkers/daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install lightspark browser-plugin-lightspar

Lightspark on Fedora:

lightspark is available in RPM Fusion for Fedora 13 and above, to install :

– Standalone player :

su -c ‘yum install lightspark –enablerepo=rpmfusion-free-updates-testing’

– Mozilla plugin :

 su -c 'yum install lightspark-mozilla-plugin --enablerepo=rpmfusion-free-updates-testing'

And is done.

Via lffl & Lightspark

  • John Gallacher

    how do you activate it?

  • Fred

    in about:config with Opera

  • dakira

    That would be opera:plugins

  • Daniel Etche

    Friends, the links run but not are archives, is empty.

  • NikosMidi

    You miss a K in the end when you say:
    “sudo apt-get install lightspark browser-plugin-lightspar”

    Tried to type it like that and didnt worked, so i figured it was the missing k, and then everything ok.

    Thanx by the way!

  • Alius Panfilovas

    Totally sucks…

  • tHeDUde

    i cant type my password when terminal asks me to

  • tHeDUde

    is the mozilla plugin for ubuntu too?

  • Rodolfo Robles Rivera

     Then don’t use it, but this will be necessary in a near future.

  • AliusPanfilovas

     Maybe, but i think HTML5 is future not flash.

  • Kayman

    total waste of time. It doesn’t work on any video I tested except for the a single Youtube clip I found in some forum which is supposed to be a demo. If you only need flash for Youtube there are already much much better ways without flash  like the flashvideoreplacer addon for Firefox or the Linternia Magica script , these also work on a few more sites and LM works on many and you can use it on other web browsers than Firefox.

    Flash is hopefully on their way out, why are these people still waste their time reverse engineering something that is dying and that doesn’t even work?

  • Kayman

    Dude, I am wondering have you even bother testing it before you publish this article? It is not an alternative cos it almost never works, let alone a ‘good alternative’. It is embarrassing.

  • Rgundberg

    This dog don’t hunt

  • obetus

    what a mess.. :(

  • ipprograms

    root@bt:~# sudo add-apt-repository ppa:sparkers/daily
    Executing: gpg –ignore-time-conflict –no-options –no-default-keyring –secret-keyring /etc/apt/secring.gpg –trustdb-name /etc/apt/trustdb.gpg –keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg –primary-keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg –keyserver –recv 3FFBD36EC8C791DB1A08D83400DC1FD50AA42215
    gpg: requesting key 0AA42215 from hkp server
    gpg: key 0AA42215: public key “Launchpad PPA for Sparkers” imported
    gpg: Total number processed: 1
    gpg: imported: 1 (RSA: 1)
    root@bt:~# sudo apt-get update
    Ign lucid Release.gpg
    Ign lucid/main Translation-en_US
    Hit lucid Release.gpg
    Ign lucid/main Translation-en_US
    Ign lucid Release
    Hit lucid Release
    Ign lucid/main Packages
    Hit lucid/main Packages
    Ign lucid/main Packages
    Err lucid/main Packages
    404 Not Found
    W: Failed to fetch 404 Not Found

    E: Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

  • dfowensby