Installing Opera and Flash Player for FreeBSD.

Posted Monday, March 14th 2011 in FreeBSD - Permalink

I’ve always used Firefox as my browser for a while now. Setting up an old computer to hook up to the TV, I wanted to use FreeBSD, and have a browser with Flash capabilities for watching Youtube videos on the TV.

I opted to install and try out Opera, and install the Linux version of Flash Player, since a native FreeBSD version does not exist. You will need to be superuser to perform some of the following tasks.

First, you need to have a Linux emulation layer installed. If this is not the case, you will want to add the Fedora 10 Linux base port,

/usr/ports/emulators/linux_base-f10 # make install clean

After it is installed and running, you will want to load it into the kernel for executing Linux binaries,

# kldload linux

If you want this to stick after each reboot, edit /etc/rc.conf and add


First, we will install Opera.

# cd /usr/ports/www/opera
# make install clean

After this is installed, we will add the Linux Flash Player port,

# cd /usr/ports/www/linux-f10-flashplugin10 
# make install clean

You should now be able to add this plug-in to Opera. Open Opera and, in the menu, go to

Tools > Preferences > Advanced > Content > Add Plug-ins

Tell Opera to search for the plugins. You should now be able to watch Youtube videos.

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