How To Install Flash On Your Apple iPad

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This is not a joke, you can actually install and run Flash on your Apple iPad provided that it is jailbroken and you have a little extra time on your hands.

It still remains to be a debacle on the reasons Steve Jobs claims Flash is on the way out and HTML5 is the new standard. Sure he may be right but in the meantime what do we do when we want to view a flash website or flash video content? The guys at Engadget, one of my favorite gadget blogs, posted several steps you can take to get flash working on your iPad.

The only big catch to running Flash on your iPad is it must be jailbroken meaning you are using a open-sourced “hacked” version of the iPad operating system that allows developers (others) to perform functions that Apple did not intend to be used for their device. It is rather self-explanatory for jailbreaking your iPad. You simply download Spirit and follow the instructions. After your iPad is jailbroken, then you can follow the steps for getting Flash on that bad boy.

Below are the steps provided by Engadget for installing flash on your Apple iPad:

  1. Download Frash.deb and keep it nearby. [Update: We've been advised against hosting this ourselves, but it's not hard to find out there.]
  2. 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!
  3. Once you’ve got access to the iPad’s filesystem, navigate to /var/root/Media.
  4. Once there, open Media and create a folder called “Cydia.”
  5. Open the new Cydia folder and create another new folder called “AutoInstall”
  6. Upload Frash to your new folder.
  7. Restart your iPad a couple times.
  8. You’re set! Now just navigate to a page in Safari with non-video Flash content and hit the F logo to play it. Again, no video for now, but games and other simple content works. We did have a few crashes here and there, but it’s early code, and things are bound to get better.

Below are two videos demonstrating the process of installing flash on your iPad.

Source: Engadget

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