How To Run Adobe Flash On Your iPad Using Frash

Flash for mobile platforms may not be ready

If you were missing Adobe Flash content on your iPad then we’ve some great news for you.

Frash, the hack that was going to allow Flash content to run on Apple’s iDevices is now available for iPad.

You can currently install Frash only on a jailbroken iPad.

Here are the installation instructions courtesy folks at Engadget:

1. We haven’t tried it out yet so please proceed with caution and at your own risk. Please take a backup your iPad before you proceed. You can refer to this post for instructions on how to backup your iPad.

2. You can use Spirit to jailbreak your iPad. You can follow our step-by-step guide, which is also applicable for iPad.

3. Download Frash.deb and keep it nearby. Update: It also looks like Frash isn't ready for prime time, you can get more details at the end of the post.

4. Decide how you’re going to get files onto your iPad. For Mac users, it’s dead simple — just install Netatalk, which will automatically pop up your iPad in the Finder’s Sharing list. Windows users can try out this guide at iClarified to get OpenSSH installed and running and use WinSCP — it’s just as easy. Either way, the login is “root” and the password is “alpine.” Remember, you can seriously screw things up while you’re in there, so be careful!

5. Once you’ve got access to the iPad’s filesystem, navigate to /var/root/Media.

6. Once there, open Media and create a folder called “Cydia.”

7. Open the new Cydia folder and create another new folder called “AutoInstall”

8. Upload Frash to your new folder.

9. Restart your iPad a couple times.

10. You’re set! Now just navigate to a page in Safari with non-video Flash content and hit the F logo to play it.

You can checkout these videos of Flash content running on the iPad after installing Frash:


Frash currently only runs on the iPad that runs on iPhone OS 3.2, but Comex had mentioned that support for other devices like iPhone, iPod Touch as well as support for iOS 4 is planned.

Update 1:

Frash currently doesn't support video currently, but Flash games and simple content works fine.

Update 2:

It also looks like Frash wasn't ready for prime time based on comments by chpwn on Twitter so please proceed with caution:

The reason @comex didn't post a guide is because it /isn't ready/ and he /didn't want to/ release it!

The Frash source is available for /developers/ to work on, not for someone to release unfinished. 

Thanks /so/ much to whoever put Frash on Engadget, illegally including Adobe files and making @comex look bad.

Please don’t forget to drop us a line in the comments to let us know how it goes.

[via Engadget]

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  • viet cong

    way 2 go

    • Margaret

      whenevr i click the red flash symbol lyk on a game, a greyish see-through box appears over the game area and it says _abort() food.c:43


      • Deandunk

        It doesn’t work for iOS 4.3.3.

  • PK

    Nice job!!!

  • ARVN

    sweeet. thanks! even tho i don't have an ipad, it can easily be ported to iphone. 🙂

  • Tom

    What do you mean by 'non-video flash content' ?

  • asa

    It means no video like hulu or youtube, but flash animation video is fine.

  • mike

    i got it to work fine, only took a couple mins, easy.. but, why dosn't it work on video? just curious

  • ainjo

    I read on @chpwn twitter that this wasn't suppose to be released to the public and it was only suppose to go out to developers to work on… I guess one of them leaked it, but it's still unfinished and recommends to not install it or uninstall it if you already have it. Engadget messed up.

  • Tom

    thanks 🙂

  • D3@th

    Waiting for the iphone version 🙂 Good work 🙂

  • TimW

    It's an Unfinished, Unstable Release!!
    Chpwn says to avoid unless your a Dev

    Engaget jumping the gun and risking peoples ipads!!
    IphoneHacks joining them, I'd suggest editing above instructions to state Dev's recent comments via Twitter

  • Yeah, def not ready! If you jumped the gun like I did, remove files, reboot in safe mode then restart. Seems to put iPad back to normal

  • Cyberfreak

    Animation seems to work ok, but I haven't found a flash game yet that works and video is a big no no,

  • asa

    how do you uninstall it

  • doesn't work on ipod touch 1g, nothing shows up. don't try, i almost froze up device. :/

  • Pete

    it works with SlideShow Pro!

  • mkimid

    It is so great…
    most of flash is work greatly….

  • It was nice to see the Alien Hominid game video work but the moment I had to press a button there was an error message.

    Worst thing is that embedded youtube videos now don't work. I think Flash is detected so no HTML5 protocol is used.

  • Ahh .. (an inevitable non-dev question) … how do you uninstall Frash?

  • D

    Uninstall through Cydia.

  • Thanks D. That worked fine. Didn't know that what was not installed through Cydia could actually be uninstalled through Cydia.

  • Cyberfreak

    Yes any .deb file you install shows up in cydia, also you no longer have to use the autoinstall procedure as there is a new version of mobile terminal available for ipad, much quicker and easier.

  • Joeypr3

    I can't make it work always says can't connect connection refused !!!! Pleace help

  • Joeypr3

    Someone please help ,,, I install it with cidia and when I try to used it says can't connet connection refuses!!! What aim doin worg???? Sorry with my enghish aim from puerto Rico!!!!

  • Joeypr3

    Wow nobody?????

  • Joeypr3

    Yo!!!!! Nobody ??????No answers???wow it been 3 days and no answers!!!!this site sucks!!!!!!!

  • Commander76

    ^^^^ What a crybaby. It's free a**hole…figure it out yourself.

  • Joeypr3

    Fu€k u commander76!!!!!!

  • Tim

    To the people who are getting the connection refused error… this is because you installed it using Cydia. (I havent found anyone who this actually works with yet)

    Uninstall it through cydia, reboot your ipad, and then download the .deb file manually and place it in your


    Now reboot your ipad twice, and you should be golden.

  • Deportedhaha

    I noticed your English got better when u talk shit douche bag either go back to or stay in puerto Rico homo and ask your dumb questions on some other site

  • joeypr3

    yo u most be some red neck ass motherfucker!!!u got no bisness here in PR, Yes dome ass i am in PR u fuck boy.fucking red neck!!!!!something good from PR,we dont have that white and black shit. we all Puertorricans!!!!

  • joeypr3

    i did the 2 ways and nothing, the same connetion fefused!! thanks for the answer..

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    I need the download link for jailbreak I pad and adobe flash player for ipad

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