How to install gnash in Debian 5.0 (Lenny)

Gnash is a GNU Flash movie player. Flash is an animation file format pioneered by Macromedia which continues to be supported by their successor company, Adobe. Flash has been extended to include audio and video content, and programs written in ActionScript, an ECMAScript-compatible language. Gnash is based on GameSWF, and supports most SWF v7 features and some SWF v8 and v9.
Gnash Features

Runs standalone – Gnash can run standalone to play flash movies.

Browser plugin – Gnash can also run as a plugin from within most Mozilla derived browsers, such as Firefox. Gnash also has support for Konqueror.

SWF v7+ compliant – Gnash can play many current flash movies.

Streaming Video – Gnash supports the viewing of streaming video from popular video sharing sites like or

XML Message server – Gnash also supports an XML based message system as documented in the Flash Format specification.

High Quality Output – Gnash uses OpenGL for rendering the graphics on the desktop, and AntiGrain (AGG) for embedded framebuffer only devices.

Free Software – Gnash is 100% free software. For more information on the GPL, go to the Free Software Foundation web site.

Better Security – Gnash pays extra attention to all network connections, and allows the user to control access.

Extensible – Gnash supports extending ActionScript by creating your own. You can write wrappers for any development library, and import them into the player.

Install Gnash in Lenny

First you need to edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file

#vi /etc/apt/sources.list

add the following line

deb lenny gnash

Save and exit

Update the source list using the following command

#apt-get update

Install gnash and mozilla plugins using the following command

apt-get install gnash gnash-common gnash-cygnal gnash-tools  mozilla-plugin-gnash

apt-get clean

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3 thoughts on “How to install gnash in Debian 5.0 (Lenny)

  1. Hi i need to install gnash but i dont use GUI desktop only console how i do this thx

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