Uninstalling Gnash in Ubuntu

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Posted on November 10, 2007 3:55 PM in Computers
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One of the first mistakes I made when playing around with Ubuntu on my new Linux box was to install Gnash instead of Adobe Flash Player for viewing Flash-encoded videos in Firefox.

Since then, I've had a heck of a time trying to view YouTube videos posted in Google Reader and elsewhere. I've also had some troubles with Flash-based web forms (which are lame in their own right) on sites like Viddler.

Today I decided to attempt to uninstall Gnash and see if I couldn't rectify my mistake. The reason I've been avoiding it thus far is that in my past Linux experience, uninstalling applications has been a major pain in the buttcheeks. However, I was a bit surprised to find that in Ubuntu 7.10 (and likely in recent versions prior), there is an "Add/Remove" option in the Applications menu that works much like the "Add or Remove Programs" option you'll find in the Control Panel of Windows XP, only with the added benefit of breaking down installed applications by category and allowing you to search for the programs for which you're looking.

The only downside, in this case at least, is that I couldn't find Gnash in the dialog, either in the Sound & Video area or via search. So I turned to Google next and found what I was looking for in the Ubuntu Forums:

gnash is the GNU flash player, which is really not very stable and is slower than the official flash plugin. Uninstall gnash and install flashplugin-nonfree (the official Adobe Flash 9 plugin):

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree
sudo apt-get remove gnash

and that should fix it for ya.

Sure enough, I ran sudo apt-get remove gnash and Gnash was removed from my system. Pretty easy! Now I just need to install the "non-free" Adobe version and hope that serves my needs better.


stas on November 16, 2007 at 3:25 PM:

that helped me to 10x


d4nii on January 07, 2008 at 2:24 PM:

That helped me too!!! even if I was not able to install the non-free with that command i did with this fix for 32-bit

thanks a lot


Yeorwned on February 13, 2008 at 12:37 PM:



unsui on February 17, 2008 at 5:41 PM:

This solved my problem exactly! Thanks for the help.


Rajendra Alapaty on February 19, 2008 at 9:39 AM:

Helped me a lot. Thanks a ton.


Christopher G on March 10, 2008 at 8:44 AM:

Hallelujah! Thank you!!


Matt on April 09, 2008 at 5:13 PM:

I did the same thing. Thanks!


brodie on April 22, 2008 at 1:18 AM:

Worked great! I wonder why they even offer gnash as an option.


plgmgua on July 17, 2008 at 10:57 AM:

Excelent post, it was really helpfull


Rikardov on July 27, 2008 at 9:39 PM:

Thank you, this saved my life.


James Thomson on August 06, 2008 at 8:17 AM:

Your a legend, thanks ever so much!


morgoth on August 23, 2008 at 6:43 AM:

Thanks a lot!


cap3tusco on September 02, 2008 at 10:44 AM:

thanks god! thank you!


b on July 15, 2009 at 10:44 PM:



rm on August 18, 2009 at 9:52 AM:

Better than the ubuntu forums! fixed everything, instantly. boxee here I come.....


Morten on September 28, 2009 at 9:53 AM:

Thank you very much:) That definitely solved my problem once and for all!


marcus de vries on October 25, 2009 at 5:37 PM:

Aaaah, thanks a bunch. Solved my problem!


Richard on November 13, 2009 at 7:49 PM:

Thank you. I've been trying to track down the problem for a while, but never thought that gnash itself was the culprit. I had Adobe Flash pulgin installed, but it seems that on my machine (Ubuntu 9.04) gnash takes precedence over Adobe's plugin. Or maybe it goes in the order that they are installed? I don't know. All I know is now I can finally see all the pretty pictures on Google Analytics' website. Yay!


danny0085 on May 08, 2010 at 6:41 PM:
Chpit on June 26, 2010 at 3:29 AM:

Good post. Still works with ubuntu lucid
Remove gnash and swf...
Don't forget also to re-install package flashplugin-installer to make sure you got the libflashplayer.so in /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/

Thx I now got the video flash streaming perfectly displayed.



Fathermorgana on June 04, 2011 at 5:31 AM:

Thanks a million times


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Awesome. Hadi raha!


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