How to set up Frash Jailbreak Flash player for iPad

It's no secret our beloved iPads will not be running Adobe Flash natively anytime soon. That however hasn't stifled the communities desire to at least try it out. Be it good, bad or just downright ugly; @comex has come to the rescue of those with inquiring minds by putting together what he considers and alpha build of Frash. Frash, being a port of the Adobe Flash runtime for Android taken from the latest Froyo builds. It's been a while now since the actual release took place. Given that, I decided since I have a jailbroken iPad I would give it a try and see if Flash on iPad was something so compelling that it would add to the already awesome experience and the following is what I came up with.

Installation And Uninstallation:

The installation process of Frash is quite simple. While it may not exactly be for everyone, if you managed to jailbreak your iPad then you should be quite comfortable in installing Frash. The process is as follows:

  1. You must have a Jailbroken iPad.
  2. You will need to install SSH on your iPad from Cydia and then reboot iPad.
  3. You will need the latest Frash.deb file (Google this folks, we cannot host it)
  4. You'll need to load up something to browse your iPads internal files. CyberDuck for Mac is suggested or WinSCP for Windows users. When logging in, you will need to supply your iPads credentials. In this case login is ‘root’ and password is ‘alpine’.
  5. Open up the iPad’s filesystem and navigate to /var/root/Media
  6. Inside here create a folder named ‘Cydia’, open it and inside it create a folder, ‘AutoInstall’ i.e. /var/root/Media/Cydia/AutoInstall
  7. Open the folder ‘AutoInstall’ and copy Frash.deb from step 3 here and reboot the iPad (May need to do it more then once)
  8. Should you decide to uninstall Frash, just search for Frash in Cydia and you will find the uninstaller.

Implementation And Use:

So now what?? If the process has gone as it should have you should now be able to open up mobile Safari and browse to any site which has Flash content be able able to view it. Again, keep in mind all this is alpha. Do expect crashes, do expect certain portions of flash enabled sites to not work. Also, get used to seeing that HUGE red Flash logo on practically every site you go to. The implementation is certainly not where some folks would love it to be but, comex has said he will continue to improve upon frash and eventually also make it available for the iPhone (3GS and iPhone 4). This is great stuff for those who really want to have Flash on their devices.

Closing Thoughts:

For now anyways, Steve Jobs was right in my opinion. We really do not need flash in our iPads. Using Frash in it's current state after a while just simply began to annoy me. Flash ad's, big flash logos all over the place, embedded videos that once worked, no longer did. Some of this stuff comex can surely fix. However, some of it really just isn't worth having in the grand scheme of things. I'm sure many could argue had Steve allowed it we'd likely see a better implementation of Flash but since that's not how things turned out, this is what we have. Once some of the bugs have been worked out in frash, I may return to check it out but for now, I'm of the impression that I'm better off without it.

Chris Parsons

Editor-at-Large at Mobile Nations, gadget junkie, energy drinker, ranter.

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How to set up Frash Jailbreak Flash player for iPad

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Problem is that this .deb does not have an origin (none that I could find), just multiple copies around the web. This creates a mess and, just like comex posted on github (http://github.com/comex/frash), leads to buggy versions that are just always outdated.
And the jailbreak community, even being against Apple's terms, is totally legit, so I don't see this package going anywhere but hackulous.

That's why you have settings and enable/disable automatic Flash loading. Well, at least jb Android you do. I would expect the same in Frash.

If I really need flash... which happens maybe once a year... I just use one of the many remote desktop apps and do it via my computer remotely. But really people, how many times do you need to get into farmville while on the road. Flash isn't dead but its dying fast, and I really don't understand the need to jailbrake an iPad.

iPad not run in flash content websites through set up Frash Jailbreak Flash player for iPad.people can browse to any site which has Flash content.such a nice thing

Just did this last week. I wasn't as impressed as I'd thought I would be. It provided more pop-ups than anything, especially on CNN's website. I ended up removing Frash, because it just wasn't worth having it and more of a pain than a asset.

@JD
I think the real question you should be asking is "why would anyone NOT want a jailbroken iPad (or any other iDevice)".

The thought of jailbreaking your iPad to install even genuine Adobe Flash is kinda scary. But the idea of jailbreaking your iPad to install a freaking alpha version of imitation freaking Flash - too horrifying to even contemplate. No thanks.

I hoped that my daughter could do her online classes with my ipad. But the tests and videos in those programs use flash. Then I wanted to use it to work on my neighbor's presentation for her class, but presi.com uses flash. Since I get email on my phone already.... I didn't know what else the thing is good for. I gave it to my 8year old but Line Rider uses flash, so he brought it back. I think I want to bring it back too.

can you help me:
i did all steps from above but after the reboots the frash.deb is not anymore in the directory, flash does not work and in cydia i cannot find frash. what am i doing wrong?
thanks
tom

command back. worked now. copied the wrong file :)
working now, but as already stated: alpha. many crashes and not everything is really working fine :(
let's wait and see :)

Can someone answer this question. With the new law passed on Monday about Jailbreaking, can you now get Adobe Flash on an iPad? It would be a great tool for me at work, but I'm in finance and everything uses Adobe. So, I'm just tring to figure out if I buy an iPad will I be able to use it with Adobe.
Thanks,

This is great!
The only thing i was missing on the iPad was Flash and Multitasking. Wonderfull Article!

The iPad still a toy. I can't print and bought two wireless apps that don't work. Can't store and have to use Dropbox. Why do I want to carry an iPad plus cell phone, net book and this. This could have been so much better with storage and USB charging. Apple can put half ass product out and people cant wait to buy them. Stop letting them get away with crappy releases of product I got it as a Xmas gift from my company. They should have given me the cash instead!

I wish I seen this site before buying Ipad. Main reason I bought it is for my school homework and what a wonderful to know thAt apple don't support adobe which all my homework required adobe flash. i am returning this piece of %%%##%%

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