Making Amazon Instant Videos work with Linux Mint

The out of the box experience was very disappointing when I decided to watch something from Amazon’s Instant Video service. The flash player plugin in Firefox loaded but once the content attempted to start, it gave a less than informative error. After search the depths of the internet I finally found a solution. Since I forgot the solution between the time I installed Olivia and when I installed Petra, I decided I should post this to the blog so I won’t have to find it again when I install Qiana.

Amazon relies on Adobe Flash to deliver its video content, which is not encouraging since Adobe has stated they are not going to continue developing their Linux Flash player.  Fortunately you can get your videos working with the latest version ( and possibly earlier versions as well.  The trick is to install and set up HAL, which Amazon relies on for their DRM. HAL has been deprecated for a while and it was not included in the Petra repositories, but thanks to others in the Linux community there is a user repository where we can get the pieces we need.

Running the following commands will get us up and running on Petra for sure and should work for any recent Ubuntu based flavor.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mjblenner/ppa-hal
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install hal
sudo mkdir /etc/hal/fdi/preprobe
sudo mkdir /etc/hal/fdi/information
/usr/sbin/hald –daemon=yes –verbose=yes
rm -rf ~/.adobe

Once that is done, fire up Firefox and start catching up on your favorite shows.




1 comment

  1. Ernie - December 21, 2014 3:32 pm

    This worked well.



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