This document was last updated for Opera 11.00.
Opera supports the standard plug-in interface on Linux, the Gecko Plugin API. Opera runs plug-ins in a separate process using an external application called operapluginwrapper. If a plug-in is misbehaving, you can kill this process without exiting Opera.
All the major Linux distributions today have excellent systems for installing and updating software, making it possible to download and install a plug-in with a simple click or command. We recommend using such a package manager to install plug-ins. However, on this page we give additional instructions for those who prefer to install the plug-in manually.
The general procedure for manual installation is the following:
Instructions for the first step are usually given by the plug-in manufacturer, and are repeated below. For the second step, there are at least two alternative procedures: either copy the plug-in to,where it will be discovered automatically after restarting Opera, or add the directory containing the plug-in to the plug-in path. To add a new directory to the plug-in path, select , click on "Plug-in options", and "Change path".
After changing the path, restart Opera, and if all went well, the plug-in should be listed under. To be certain that Opera will use the plug-in, and not some alternative application, go to , and select the mime-type associated with the plug-in. Click on "Edit", and make sure that "Use plug-in" is marked appropriately.
Note: A user without root access can install the plug-in in.
Try asking in the My Opera Forums.
Command line instructions to locate the Adobe Reader plug-in, if it is installed:
locate nppdf.so, or
find / -name nppdf.so 2> /dev/null
If Adobe Reader plug-in is not installed, or you wish to upgrade, proceed as follows:
tar xvf AdobeReader_enu-8.1.7-1.i486.tar.gz
ln -s /opt/Adobe/Reader8/Browser/intellinux/nppdf.so
Command line instructions to locate the Adobe Flash Player plug-in, if it is installed:
locate libflashplayer.so, or
find / -name libflashplayer.so 2> /dev/null
If Adobe Flash Player is not installed, or you wish to upgrade, proceed as follows:
tar xvf install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz
For additional information on Adobe Flash Player for Linux, see Adobe's blog.
gecko-mediaplayer is free software (GPL), distributed together with most Linux distributions. To compile it yourself, see the gecko-mediaplayer website.
As of Opera 10.50, Opera uses the Java plug-in. Previously Opera used the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) directly.
The installation instructions for Java on java.com are are correct, but the configuration step is wrong. Use the following instructions instead.
Command line instructions to locate the Sun Java plug-in, if installed:
locate libnpjp2.so, or
find / -name libnpjp2.so 2>/dev/null
If Java plug-in is not installed, or you wish to upgrade, proceed as follows:
ln -s /opt/jre-1.6.0_21/usr/java/jre1.6.0_21/lib/i386/libnpjp2.so
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