Install Adobe AIR 1.5 and the Google Analytics Reporting Application on Ubuntu

Posted by on Feb 6, 2009 in Featured, Linux, Ubuntu8 comments

Adobe AIR 1.1 Linux BetaSometimes, I’m just too lazy to browse to the Google Analytics site – all that bookmark clicking, logging in, choosing profiles etc. I just can’t be arsed. I could, of course, leave the page open, and click refresh every now and then, or even bookmark the profile/report and go back later. That’s too obvious, and too easy. I like to complicate things, before they get easy – it makes me appreciate just how easy things are when they are easy.

I was thinking a while back “wouldn’t it be cool if there was a desktop reporting tool for Google Analytics – I could just run it, and it’d sit there quietly in the background waiting from me to press Alt+Tab”, when a friend pointed me to an interesting Bundle on YouBundle – “Best Adobe AIR Desktop Applications“. Sat amongst the application list, was the “Google Analytics Reporting Suite” – Just what I need! The only thing is, I didn’t have Adobe AIR installed… So, here’s how I went about getting it installed…

Installing Adobe AIR 1.5 Linux

64 Bit Users Note: Adobe AIR is not yet available as a 64 Bit application, so you’ll need to install 32 bit libraries first. If you haven’t got them already, in a Terminal, run:

sudo apt-get install ia32-libs

Adobe AIR 1.5 is available for Linux. The binary can be downloaded from (it auto detects your system). Once the file had downloaded to my desktop, I opened a Terminal (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal), made the AdobeAIRInstaller.bin executable, and ran the file:

cd ~/Desktop
chmod +x AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
sudo ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

This fires up the Adobe AIR installer GUI, and it’s installed in a couple of clicks. It needs to be run with sudo, since it installs into /opt. The uninstaller, by the way, is located in the Applications -> Accessories menu.

Adobe AIR 1.1 Linux Beta Install

Additional 64 Bit step

I didn’t actually run this, as everything seems to run fine, but in a Terminal, run:

sudo cp /usr/lib/ /usr/lib32

Installing Google Analytics Reporting Suite

This part should be easy – it should just be a case of visiting and clicking on “Install”. However, for some strange reason, the page wouldn’t detect my flash plugin properly – even though I have the latest 64 Bit version (albeit Alpha) installed from Adobe – so instead of the install box, I just had a box telling me to install Flash. No worries – with some sifting through the page’s HTML source code, I found the flash installation application just points to, so I just entered that into the browser, and when Firefox prompted, selected “Open with Adobe AIR Application Installer” – this downloads the file, and begins the installation.

I went through the motions – enter Admin password, choose location to install etc. and that was it. Once installed, it’s launched from Applications -> Accessories -> Analytics Reporting Suite. No more pesky logging in (except, of course, for the initial account setup).


A Note about TweetDeck

Many people seem to be having problems getting TweetDeck to work, so after some digging around (see comments below) I found a solution on It basically involves using getlibs to resolve dependency issues with the 32 bit library. In a Terminal, run:

sudo dpkg -i getlibs-all.deb
sudo getlibs -l

Postscript: Some people may be wondering why the image at the head of the post says “Adobe AIR for Linux beta”. Well, I originally wrote this post some time ago in November 2008, using Adobe AIR v1.1 Beta, but the whole setup was a little buggy – i.e. I couldn’t configure any account information in the Google Analytics application. It seemed a little pointless publishing a post when the software didn’t work, so I waited until everything did work – i.e. Adobe AIR v1.5. I just can’t be bothered to find another image, upload it etc…

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