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asked 2014-01-10 04:27:51 +0000

Floyd gravatar image

updated 2014-02-27 07:13:32 +0000

Flash problem again....

Someone asked pretty much similar question here, and the short story is that movies in Google Play and Amazon are DRM, which requires linux user to install a package called "hal". However Fedora has removed this package for a while, so I was wondering if anyone could come up with solution that let fedora user to play these movies too?

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answered 2014-01-11 20:20:30 +0000

Hi, HAL is no longer centric to most modern Linux systems (now we have UDev, UDisks etc). But I maked a rpm with hal-flash bassed in cshorler and it resolve the problem about DRM in flash.


First Install flash plugin...


From a terminal...


yum install http://sourceforge.net/projects/postinstaller/files/fedora/releases/20/i386/updates/hal-flash-0.2.0rc1-1.fc20.i686.rpm


yum install http://sourceforge.net/projects/postinstaller/files/fedora/releases/20/x86_64/updates/hal-flash-0.2.0rc1-1.fc20.x86_64.rpm
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Alternative if you want updates about hal-flash install PostInstallerF ;)

davidva ( 2014-01-11 20:22:29 +0000 )edit

It did work, and thanks for making the package. However this requires me to switch to adobe flash player every time I want to watch a DRM vidoe because the other flash videos I usually watch doesn't really work with Adobe flash player.

Floyd ( 2014-01-12 00:31:18 +0000 )edit

Thank you Davidva, Your resolution to this issue hit the spot for me. My Videos play now. I am so glad I don't have to break out that other OS just to watch a video. Creating the package for it made installation easy. Being a newer user to Linux, I am still getting ramped up on the many commands and avenues to do things in Linux.

rsmith ( 2014-04-20 21:23:01 +0000 )edit

+1. Enables watchespn in Firefox. (Doesn't help for Chrome since Chrome has it's own Flash player)

gshereme ( 2014-08-30 20:14:31 +0000 )edit

Fedora 23: sudo yum install https://sourceforge.net/projects/postinstaller/files/fedora/releases/23/x86_64/libhal1-flash-0.3.2-1.20151001gitc213405.fc23.x86_64.rpm

Fedora 24: sudo yum install https://sourceforge.net/projects/postinstaller/files/fedora/releases/24/x86_64/libhal1-flash-0.3.3-2.20160402git95cdd6e.fc24.x86_64.rpm

Or explore the releases for the version you have.

Voicu ( 2016-06-11 06:32:43 +0000 )edit

answered 2016-04-26 03:35:21 +0000

ernesto gravatar image

Complementing davidva's answer for a Fedora 23 installation:

DRM streaming sites like HBO Go and Amazon require you to have HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) installed. Unfortunately this component was removed long ago from fedora.

You can still install it own your own by running the following commands from the terminal:

First, install pm-utils, one of HAL's package dependencies not available in the fedora repositories.

For a 32-bit installation: wget

For a 64 bit installation:


Second, enable a new software repository

sudo dnf copr enable robotmaxtron/Fakehal

Third, install HAL from the new repository

sudo dnf install fakehal

I've tested it with HBO Go. It runs but the video does not load in HD. Hopefully somebody can shed some light into how to get that to work.

Source for these instructions in spanish: link

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The low quality thing is killing me. Hoping someone will post a solution that doesn't lower quality.

Brian P ( 2016-05-09 16:35:57 +0000 )edit

answered 2015-04-05 02:44:32 +0000

updated 2015-04-05 19:54:18 +0000

Just one problem. This doesn't work for me on F21 if SELinux is enabled. I tried following some instructions for previous Fedora versions for creating a policy module that works around it, but no luck (by the way I know nothing about SELinux). The only way that I can currently watch HBO Go is if I run "setenforce 0". But surely there is a better way...

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This sounds like a different issue and should be dealt with in a question of its own. Please ask a new question about this, including the text of any SELinx alerts you're getting on this issue. (If you're not receiving alerts, you need to make sure that the SELinux Troubleshooter is running and that you're set to receive alerts.)

sideburns ( 2015-04-05 20:36:46 +0000 )edit

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