Easy steps to install (and update) AIR 2 on Linux (via repositories)

In addition to a binary installer, Adobe AIR 2 is also available as .rpm and .deb installer packages on Linux.
AIR 2’s .rpm and .deb installer packages have been added to Adobe’s Yum repository and Canonical’s Lucid Partner repository, respectively.
Please visit our tech note on adobe.com for easy instructions to add Adobe’s Yum repository to your system, and effortlessly install and update Adobe AIR on RPM-based Linux distributions.
To do the same for an Ubuntu (10.4) system, please follow these steps:
Using the Command Line
1. As root, edit /etc/apt/sources.list (sudo vim /etc/apt/sources.list) and add/uncomment the following lines:
deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ lucid partner
deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ lucid partner
2. Update the system’s package database with the following command:
sudo apt-get update
3. Install the adobeair with the following command:
sudo apt-get install adobeair
The same command can also be used to install updates to Adobe AIR in the future.
Using the Synaptic Package Manager UI
1. Launch System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager
2. Open Settings > Repositories
3. Under “Other Software”, check/add the following 2 lines:
http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ lucid partner (Source Code)
http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ lucid partner
4. Click Close. A dialog pops up, mentioning that repositories have changed. Close it.
5. Click Reload.
6. Search for the package “adobeair”. Mark it for installation and click Apply.

9 Responses to Easy steps to install (and update) AIR 2 on Linux (via repositories)

  1. Wesley says:

    This is 32-bit right? Will there be a 64-bit AIR runtime available or will the installer automatically detect the architecture?

  2. That’s right – this is the 32-bit AIR runtime. We’re working on a 64-bit version.

  3. Rick says:

    Is there any estimate on when a proper 64 bit version will be up and running? The process to install 32bit on 64bit is painful!

  4. @Rick I don’t think the steps in http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/521/cpsid_52132.html are very painful, and have had AIR running on my 64bit box for ages.
    @Ashutosh Sharma You should get this linked from the original technote, possibly along with something like my guide for using the YUM repository on SuSE. Better still would be grouping all three into a single article like the dependencies link in my comment to Rick.

  5. Derrick says:

    No, I agree with Rick, the steps are painful. It seems in my experience the document is out of date for one thing. The links at kernel.org fail as is, the files/folders listed in an nss archive I tried instead do not correspond to the tutorial, among other issues.

    I was able to get AIR working months ago on Karmic, but on Lucid it is more painful than Karmic.

    As long as there is not going to be a native version, the least Adobe could do is make a script and deb package (or similar) with all these dependencies to make this much less painful. Or at least try to follow their own tutorial at least once a week.

  6. Derrick says:

    Moreover, adobeair is NOT in the Lucid 64 partner repo

  7. Adeb says:

    As Derrick points out, adobeair is not in the Lucid Repo. Please correct the tutorial or provide an alternative.

  8. Darik Horn says:

    Adobe Air from the 32-bit Ubuntu partner repository runs almost perfectly on 64-bit Lucid with the ia32-libs compatibility package.

    I’ve repacked it in a PPA here: https://launchpad.net/~dajhorn/+archive/adobeair

  9. Wesley says:

    If anyone is still having issues with installing the 32bit version on a 64bit Linux distribution. This post worked for me http://bit.ly/gH9jHb . I run Ubuntu Lucid 10.04 64bit and was able to install AIR2.5 32bit.