Whilst Adobe provide a 32bit version of their Adobe Air application for Linux, a native x64 version remains a dream. Thankfully, with few installed dependencies, the 32bit version will happily run on a 64bit installation too.

Get Air, Get Dependencies
First things first – you will need a copy of Adobe Air for Linux. The link below will take you to the download page.

Next you will need to download and install a package called ‘Getlibs’. What is it? ‘Getlibs’ is a clever little tool that helps install 32bit libraries required for an application to run in a x64bit environment.

Save the .deb from the link below and install it by double clicking on it.

Once installed we’ll need to get the dependencies for Adobe Air. We can do this in one go by opening a terminal and pasting the following: –

  • sudo apt-get install lib32asound2 lib32gcc1 lib32ncurses5 lib32stdc++6 lib32z1 libc6 libc6-i386 lib32nss-mdns

Now comes the boring part! Once the above have finished installing, you will need to paste each of the commands below into the terminal separately.

  • sudo getlibs -l libnss3.so.1d
  • sudo getlibs -l libnssutil3.so.1d
  • sudo getlibs -l libsmime3.so.1d
  • sudo getlibs -l libssl3.so.1d
  • sudo getlibs -l libnspr4.so.0d
  • sudo getlibs -l libplc4.so.0d
  • sudo getlibs -l libplds4.so.0d
  • sudo getlibs -l libgnome-keyring.so
  • sudo getlibs -l libgnome-keyring.so.0
  • sudo getlibs -l libgnome-keyring.so.0.1.1

Installing Adobe Air
Now install Adobe Air by either dragging the AdobeAIRInstaller.bin file into the terminal with a ‘sudo’ preceding it if needed or by being all posh and doing it the proper way as bullet-pointed below.

  • Move the download Abobe Air installer into your Home folder
  • Open a terminal and type the following
  • ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
  • Hit return and follow the prompts
  • If permission is denied use
  • sudo ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

Follow that up with a few more simple commands to sure up a few last features: –

  • sudo cp /usr/lib/libadobecertstore.so /usr/lib32
  • sudo ldconfig

You should now be able to install and run pretty much all Air Applications around – although some are Windows/OS X only, most are not.

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