Shockwave Player - Ubuntu / Linux

I have discovered a way to get Shockwave working under Linux.  I am using Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake), Wine 0.99.22, Firefox, and Shockwave

  1. Install Wine.  For those who don't know, this is a program which will allow you to run Windows-based programs from within Linux.  Wine will automatically associate .exe files with itself.  More information on Wine is available at .
  2. Download the Windows version of Firefox and install.  Wine will ensure the installer functions correctly.
  3. Install the Windows version of Shockwave for Mozilla.  I downloaded and installed it manually (slim install).

After these steps, I had a working Shockwave player from within Firefox.  Note that to use the Shockwave player, you must start the Windows version of Firefox, which will be running under Wine support.

re: shockwave player - ubuntu/linux

Thanks so much for your tip! It worked straight away, but I probably wouldn't have thought of installing the windows version of firefox, since I'm already running linux firefox. I suspect that a lot of other people have benefited from your tip, considering how many have read it. Thanks again.

Not working too well...

I got it working, but it ran really slow and the text wasn't readable.


Since this blog post turns up so high in Google searches for "Shockwave Linux wine", I had to post and say that installing the Windows version of Firefox....well, it's not really a fix.I completely understand that for the casual Linux user, installing a Windows browser might be a good idea - but if you want to go and do that, why not just install Internet Explorer, to get everything you need?What we need is a way to (at least) get the Windows Shockwave plugin working under Wine for the LINUX version of Firefox....I know Crossover Office does this, so it MUST be possible with Wine. Installing the Windows version of a browser to use a certain plugin just seems like too much of a comprimise...

adobe suports

adobe suports linux -

adobe does not support

Adobe supports flash but not shockwave files (e.g. ".aam"). Even newer Intel based Mac's are not supported. Shockwave is going to die.

How to play shockwave files- NOT A WORK AROUND

I stumbled on this in a roundabout way but it is a straight forward easy way to view shockwave files. Go to

and download RealPlayerGold. I downloaded the deb version, it downloaded, installed, and loaded with only one click. (well, I did have to accept privacy but I didn't count that click nor the one for finish). After playing a MP3 to make sure it was working I decided what the heck, lets try that nasty shockwave file. It loaded right up and started playing. No muss, No fuss.

Sure hope this helps some of you out.

Ubuntu and Wine

I have the acer aspire one and i used to have linux software but changed to ubuntu seeing as it was more user friendly and eaiser to use...

I have recently encountered many problems failing to load - fan tweaking and we have just go it to work again. We recently upgraded to 9.04 version will it work or will it crash and mess up my computer.

Thanks For your help hope to hear from u soon


Acer Aspire One

Ubuntu is also Linux. What came with the Aspire One was Xandros Linux.

I've been using an Aspire One and Ubuntu Netbook Remix for more than a month and have zero issues. See

I would recommend anybody with a netbook to check out Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Read more

Your idea did work but

Your idea did work but shockwave(and the a other DOS Windows programs)were slower than ever!

Why doing that?

There are shockwave plugin available at Ubuntu repo for firefox plugins. So, why doing that? Its not necessary..


You're confusing "Shockwave Flash" with Shockwave. The plugin you're probably thinking of (Gnash) is an OSS adaptation of (Shockwave) Flash, and works with most Flash applications (meaning .swf files). However, it does not work with actual Shockwave applications.

As an example, one of my favorite online games is iSketch, a kind of online version of Pictionary, available here:

This site uses Shockwave (NOT Shockwave Flash) and cannot currently be made to work under Linux without some form of emulation (Wine, VirtualBox, etc.)