How To Install Adobe Air in Ubuntu 13.04


For those of us that walk a blurry line between FOSS and proprietary, overcoming the annoyance and abandonment of Adobe ranks very high on our list of irritations.  Adobe Flash is a dying necessity for many of us that now exists in not one, but two separate evils in Linux.  There is the sandboxed, and completely up-to-date version that ships with Google Chrome; and then there is the abandoned 11.2 that users of other browsers are forced to live with.  This author falls into the latter category, as I am hopelessly dedicated to Firefox.  I am also an Indie gamer, so I manage to keep installed –with each new version of KubuntuAdobe Air; a 32-bit relic that mostly enables Flash-like entertainment and is based mostly on, well,  Flash…  So, without further ado, this is how you keep the fire burnin’, as dim as it might be.

For 64-bit Systems

First things’ first, we need to get the final Adobe Air installer.


Then, we need to mark it as executable.

chmod +x ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

Next, let’s grab Jeff Hendricks (or so it seems) awesome Get Libs utility.  What is Get Libs?  It is a handy little library downloader that will grab the 32-bit libraries that your package manager will not allow to co-exist with your 64-bit ones.


Let’s install Get Libs and grab our libraries.

sudo dpkg -i getlibs-all.deb

sudo getlibs -l

sudo getlibs -l

We are almost there.  Now we need to install the required package dependencies.

sudo apt-get install libhal-storage1 libgnome-keyring0 lib32nss-mdns

Now for the tricky part.  Well, not really, but most guides don’t waste any time explaining what’s happening here.  We are going to make a symbolic link between the 32-bit libraries installed by Get Libs, and the location they are expected to be found in.

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/ /usr/lib/

Lastly, install Adobe Air.

sudo ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

That’s it, folks!  32-bit install is after the break.


Get it.


Make it executable.

chmod +x ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

Make symlinks.

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/ /usr/lib/

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/ /usr/lib/


sudo ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin


Now you can play indie classics, and new indies like Botanicula, McPixel, and Anodyne.

About Dean Howell

Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.
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    • lordpenguin

      No reason to use with WINE, really. Unless you require something newer than 2.6.

  • Charlie Whitman

    It seems like one of the game installers from an older Humble Indie Bundle installed Adobe Air for me automatically, even though my system is 64 bit. I don’t remember which one it was though. At any rate, that was back when I was on Ubuntu Studio 12.04 (I think). Since I’ve only updated since then, I haven’t had to redo the Air install. It’s been working with whatever Air based software I’ve used since (including some stuff from Gameolith and maybe Desura as well).

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  • oldrocker99

    Update Adobe AIR

    This installer will update Adobe AIR.

    Click Update to install this update now.



    “An error occurred while installing Adobe AIR. Installation may not be allowed by your administrator. Please contact your administrator.”

    This is after I followed the instructions. The terminal said:

    IBUS-WARNING **: The owner of /home/oldrocker99/.config/ibus/bus is not root!

  • Killua Zoldyck DK

    thnx man really thnks

  • Fantome

    Tanks a lot man !

  • Raphael_13

    You can play McPixel bought in Humble Bundle with web browser if downloaded the tar.gz with swf in it.

  • Chtfn

    Thanks for that! Worked like a charm to install McPixel.

  • Wayne Riesterer

    Thanks. This worked perfectly. Installing packages in Linux is sometimes quite difficult. I’m sure lots of people would agree.

    I just copied and pasted the commands you provided and it worked fine! The only thing that happened is that my ia32 libraries were a later version, but this didn’t make a difference anyway…they just didn’t get installed.

    All the best

  • authentic8

    Any chance you could add some instructions for uninstalling it too? No doubt there will come a time when Adobe Air is completely useless to anyone. 😉 Thanks.

  • gallitOo88 .

    does not work for me…”An error occurred while installing Adobe AIR. Install Gnome Keyring or KDE Kwallet before installation.” plz help…im in 64 😡

  • gallitOo88 .

    I happen to install but now when I install an AIR application ihave this post in a small window:

    “TITLEBAR: xdg-su: /tmp/air.x0rSdF/setup
    TERM: This application requires administrative rights to run
    Please enter root Password:
    su: Authentication failure
    Please enter root Password:”

    When I typed in my password, it told me there was an authentication
    failure. I tried about 8 times total (on 3 separate install attempts),
    but even when I was certain I was typing my password correctly, it would
    tell me there was an authentication error.

    Any ideas?

  • SitthichaiCh

    that worked, …. thanks!

  • Vinay Chittora

    Thanks man ! This worked like a charm.

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  • Silver227

    Thanks for the help! Wanted to use Pandora One with Ubuntu, this helped me tremendously, thanks again!

  • 127wexfordroad

    F**k I hate Adobe. But this guide is great, thank you. Just tried this on 14.04 and it worked perfectly. Actually didn’t even need the getlib stuff, just the ln -s trick after installing gnome-keyring:i386


  • Neil Mayhew

    These instructions are a bit out of date now. You don’t need getlibs, just install i386 packages directly through multilib:

    sudo apt-get install libnspr4:i386 libnspr4-0d:i386 libnss3:i386 libnss3-1d:i386 libgnome-keyring0:i386 libnss-mdns:i386
    sudo ln -s /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/ /usr/lib/

    The symlink can (and should) be removed after installation. AIR will find the library automatically through the normal lookup path.

  • Darkshewitsch

    Great! very useful! <3