Install Adobe Air and use Tweetdeck in Ubuntu linux

by on 22nd January 2009

I’m really liking Tweetdeck in Ubuntu! It relies on Adobe Air so here’s a quick “how to install” with Adobe Air and Ubuntu Linux.

1) Install Adobe Air in Ubuntu Linux

Go to the Adobe Air download page, and download the latest .bin file. (AdobeAIRInstaller.bin). Save the downloaded file in your Home folder. Next, run this command from Terminal:

Now run this command:

Follow the instructions and quite quickly you’ll end up seeing this screen:

Install Adobe Air in Ubuntu

2) Install Tweetdeck:

Go to the Tweetdeck site, and scroll down to the “Download TweetDeck beta for Linux (manual installation)” section.

Click the “TweetDeck AIR file” link and open with Adobe Air:

tweetdeck install Ubuntu

After clicking install, you’ll see:

tweetdeck installation Ubuntu Linux

And finally, Tweetdeck arrives!

tweetdeck on Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex

Props to Tom for showing me Tweetdeck today :-) You can follow him on Twitter here and me on Twitter here!


  1. I created a video tutorial to install TweetDeck :)

  2. What theme are you using?

  3. Thanks for this – it was useful. You are linking to an old version of the installer now, but that’s not a problem as the app prompts for an update. However, you’ll be screwed when they remove or move that direct link from their server.

  4. I tried doing this on a fresh install of Kubuntu. For some reason I get an error message when trying to install Adobe Air that says I need gnome-keyring or Kwallet. Anyone have any ideas on what I need to do? I’m pretty fresh to this whole Linux thing.

  5. Here is the actual message verbatim.

    Adobe AIR could not be installed. Either gnome-keyring or Kwallet must be installed prior to installing Adobe AIR.

  6. Thank you. Tweetdeck are absolutely hopeless in every regard at providing usable information for their users.

  7. Not working for me. Says cmod is: command not found

  8. @George – try chmod – that’s the command we’re using in this post:

    chmod +x AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

  9. Adobe Air installs fine, but no manual link at all on the TweetDeck site. please help.

  10. I got this “[sudo] password for rodney:”
    how do I make the password?

  11. Thanks for direct link Mike, TweetDeck site didn't want to give up the goodies for me!

  12. they removed that link so you can get tweetdeck on your ubuntu box anymore! that sucks!

  13. Thanks for the information. Very helpful. :D

  14. Hi.. I am having an issue… I am trying to install Adobe AIR but all I get is: “An error occurred while installing Adobe AIR. Installation may not be allowed by your administrator. Please contact your administrator”.

    I have tried just about anything before issuing the command: “sudo ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin” like closing firefox, making sure the /opt/Adobe Air directory does not exist.

    Actually Adobe Air was working fine.. up until I decided to run “Computer Janitor” thats when Adobe Air started to get messed up…

    Please shed some light over this issue…

    I will really appreciate it.

  15. well its sayin now: “Gtk-Message: Failed to load module “atk-bridge”: /usr/lib/gtk-2.0/modules/ wrong ELF class: ELFCLASS64″

    what should i do?

  16. Thanks. It was a snap

  17. tanks so much brother…:-)

  18. error,,, helllp me!!!!

    irrel@irrel-laptop:~$ chmod +x AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
    irrel@irrel-laptop:~$ sudo ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
    [sudo] password for irrel:
    Segmentation fault

  19. Wow! after searching and trying many suggestions this one just worked,simple easy to follow for newbies like me.. keep up the good work !!

  20. Very cool :)

  21. There is already a package for Adobe AIR that you can install using Apt Get. After installing the package you can install TweetDeck going to the official site and following the instructions on this article.

  22. I tried to do this in 234567098764786 different ways, different was via the terminal as well and I just can’t get it to work!!!!!

  23. Originally Posted by zerwas
    Go to and choose the version “.bin”.
    Go to your Downloads folder, rename the downloaded file from .bin to .sh so it looks like this:
    Now right click the file -> Properties -> Permissions and check the last option “Execute as an application”.
    Click on the file and follow the instructions. From now on, you can click on any .air file to install it.

  24. I have an issue installing adobeair, the systems request to instal gnome keyring or Kwallet before installind AdobeAIR, I have installed KWalletManager from the Ubuntu Software Center but it still doesn’t recognize it and keep sending the same message
    What can i do?

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