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Install Adobe AIR on Ubuntu/Linux

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Linux 19 March 2010 - 

Since quite some time Adobe Technologies released the Linux version of Adobe AIR to bring web applications and widgets to your desktop. Installing new applications on a Linux system is not always as easy as switching the computer on. The following instructions might be helpful to install Adobe AIR on any Linux system.

First of all, get the latest installer of Adobe AIR from - as of writing this article the file name is AdobeAIRInstaller.bin. Save the download in your preferred folder.

Now, there are two ways to run the installer - visual style or console style.

Visual Installation

Launch your favorite or standard file manager like thunar or nautilus and browse to the folder where the AdobeAIRInstaller.bin has been saved.

  • Right click on the file and choose 'Properties' in the context menu
  • Set 'Execute' permissions and confirm modifications with OK
  • Rename file into AdobeAIRInstaller
  • Double click and follow the instructions

Using the console

  • Open a terminal like xterm
  • Change into the directory where you stored the download
  • Run this command:
    [code]chmod +x AdobeAIRInstaller.bin[/code]
  • Now run this command:
    [code]sudo ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin[/code]

The normal installer will open, install it. From now whenever you download a .air file, just double click it and it will be installed.


In case that the installation does not start properly, try to install via console. This gives you more details about the reasons. Should you run into something like this:

[code]AdobeAIRInstaller.bin: 1: Syntax error: "(" unexpected[/code]

Double check the execute permission of the installer file and try again.


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