Install Adobe Air on Fedora 16

First, I want to share some bad news. Adobe no longer supports Adobe Air for Linux. You can get further explanation from Adobe from this post. Adobe will not provide any updates including security updates for Adobe Air. You could still install the latest version of Adobe Air (which is version 2.6) from the archive provided that the air applications you are running still supports Adobe Air version 2.6.

Here is my suggestions. If you can live without Adobe Air and its apps, please do not install Adobe Air for Linux. I am more concern about not getting any security updates rather than features update. Please search for other alternatives. For TweetDeck user, you can install the Chrome version of TweetDeck instead of desktop version. 

If you still need Adobe Air and its apps, you can follow the instructions below. I've installed Adobe Air for Linux (v2.6) and tested some air applications with it. It works fine for now. As I've mentioned earlier, I'm more concern about not getting security updates, please note that you'll be installing at your own risk.

Getting Adobe Air for Linux  (v. 2.6)
To get the last version of Adobe Air, visit the Adobe Archive page. Scroll down to "Adobe Air 2.6 runtime downloads" and download the bin file labeled "Adobe Air 2.6.0 Linux (15.4MB)". You will be downloading a file named "AdobeAIRInstaller.bin"

Pre-Installation Setup
Before you runs the bin file, you need to install all the essential libraries (both 32-bit and 64-bit) required. Use the following command:
$sudo yum install -y gtk2-devel.i686 rpm-devel.i686 gnome-keyring-devel.i686 libxml2-devel.i686 nss-devel.i686 libxslt.i686 xterm rpm-build libgnome-keyring.i686

Install Adobe Air
To install the Adobe Air, navigate to where you kept the file "AdoebAIRInstaller.bin" and use the command:
$chmod +x AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
$sudo ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

Install AIR Apps
I've successfully installed twhirl, TweetDeck (desktop version) and Zinio Reader 4. All applications installed successfully, although it took a while to install on my virtual machine. If you encounter any problem installing TweetDeck (desktop version), don't bother to troubleshoot it, switch to TweetDeck for Chrome version.

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  1. Thanks for this!

    Yum didn't find, but the install worked fine without it =)

  2. Hello

    Thanks for your tip. I am still facing the permission denied issue with the Adobe Air Installer though. I have Fedora 16 on a Dell Studio Laptop

    What could be the other points to look at ?

  3. Now that Adobe have unhelpfully removed adobeair from their yum repo, I found this article and tried it. The installer starts (run as root) and stops with this error:

    "An error occurred while installing Adobe AIR. Installation may not be allowed by your administrator. Please contact your administrator."

    Does anyone know how to turn on better logging of this install. there must be more information than that...

  4. Same here. It worked once and failed the second time (I just changed my hard drive).
    I'm now facing this bug:

  5. Hi I have a problem with the installation, I just installed all the dependencies and i get the error

    "An error occurred while installing Adobe AIR. Installation may not be allowed by your administrator. Please contact your administrator."

    I even change permissions to the file and the directory and the result is the same =(

    Any words of wisdom?

  6. Make sure the bin file has execution permission. Use sudo or su to run the bin file.

    If you still encounter any problem I would advise not to install the package since it is not supported officially.

  7. Script to automate the process:

  8. Hi,

    Nice post. I have been trying to install AIR following the instructions. I encountered following issues

    1. No package gnome-keyring-devel.i686 available
    2. No package available.

    I went on installing .bin file using sudo the following message appear

    "An error occurred while installing Adobe AIR. Installation may not be allowed by your administrator. Please contact your administrator."

    Any suggestions

    1. If you are still using Fedora 16, 17, 18 or 19, please refer to my post

      If you are using Fedora 20, then there is no luck in installing AIR. However, a user did try to install AIR on Fedora 19 and then do an upgrade to Fedora 20. It seem to work.

      Good Luck


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