How to install Adobe AIR in Ubuntu

This guide will walk you through the steps required to install Adobe AIR in Ubuntu Linux. It’ll also show you how to install an AIR application.

Please note: Adobe no longer supports Air on any platform, and the download site has been removed. For more information see: The Future of Adobe Air.

  1. Start by downloading Adobe AIR Update: download site is gone.
  2. Once the download has completed, open a Terminal (select Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal). Use the cd command to switch to the folder that you downloaded the AIR file to. If you saved the file on your Desktop, type:

    cd ~/Desktop

  3. To make the file executable, enter the command:

    chmod +x adobeair_linux_b1_091508.bin (where adobeair_linux_b1_091508.bin is the name/version of Adobe AIR for Linux that you downloaded).
    Finally, to run the installation, type:

    ./adobeair_linux_b1_091508.bin (again, where adobeair_linux_b1_091508.bin is the name/version of Adobe AIR for Linux that you downloaded).

  4. The AIR installation interface will launch. Click I Agree to begin.
  5. AIR doesn’t take too long to install.
  6. Once it has completed, click the Finish button.
  7. Now it’s time to find an AIR application to install. For the sake of this tutorial, I installed Twhirl, a Twitter, FriendFeed, identi.ca and Seesmic client. Some pages will automatically detect which Operating System you’re using, and incorrectly tell you that AIR isn’t supported on it (see screenshot below). Ignore that message, locate the download link, and download the file.
  8. You can open the file directly after it has been downloaded using the Firefox Open with feature, or just save the file and double-click it once the download has completed.
  9. The AIR Application Installer will open, and prompt you to install the AIR app.
  10. Depending on the application, you might end out w/ a new desktop icon for it.
  11. And now you have an AIR app running in Ubuntu!

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