On Ubuntu

$uname -a
Linux me-VirtualBox 2.6.38-8-generic #42-Ubuntu SMP Mon Apr 11 03:31:50 UTC 2011 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

I downloaded the CDF player plugin from WRI web page and installed it OK:

$chmod +x CDFPlayer_8.0.1_LINUX.sh 
$sudo ./CDFPlayer_8.0.1_LINUX.sh 

Mathematica Player 8.0.1 for LINUX Installer Archive

Verifying archive integrity. 
Extracting installer. ...........................................................................................................

                         Wolfram CDF Player Installer 

Copyright (c) 1988-2011 Wolfram Research, Inc. All rights reserved.

WARNING: Mathematica and Wolfram CDF Player are protected by copyright law
and international treaties. Unauthorized reproduction or distribution may
result in severe civil and criminal penalties and will be prosecuted to the
maximum extent possible under law.

Enter the installation directory, or press ENTER to select

Now installing...


Type the directory path in which the Wolfram CDF Player script(s) will be
created, or press ENTER to select /usr/local/bin:

Installation complete.

Now I start firefox 4.0.1 on this linux, and go to run a Mathematica demonstration, but it is not detecting any plugin. It keeps asking me to download the CDF plugin again and again.

When I open the firefox plugin tab, I do not see the CDF plugin there. And I do not see any way to manually install it.

Just wondering if anyone out there has linux and is able to run the demonstrations using the CDF plugin without them having Mathematica itself installed.

EDIT1: Here is screen shot for downloading the plugin for CDF for linux. Or may be I am mixing this with the CDF player? I thought they are the same now? Need to check on this more.

enter image description here

EDIT 2: OK, it is a player, not a plugin. I have to download the CDF and then it will run OK. Like this:

/usr/local/bin/WolframCDFPlayer RigidBodyPendulumOnAFlywheel.cdf 

sorry for the confusion.


No. Because so far the browser plugin is only for Windows and OSX.

In the download link it mentions that the linux plugin is still under development (stealing your screenshot) enter image description here

Also, if you look at the bottom of http://www.wolfram.com/cdf-player/ you'll currently see the text

Already have CDF Player installed on Windows or Mac? Test the browser plugin»

The program you installed is just the normal CDF player - a stand-alone program.

  • @Simon, I do not understand. But it does say Linux in the download page? Please see EDIT1 I added for screen shot. – Nasser M. Abbasi Jun 8 '11 at 10:32
  • Here's some blog posts that mention the fact that the browser plugin is only for Windows and OSX: walkingrandomly.com/?p=3323, mhreviews.wordpress.com/2010/11/17/… – Simon Jun 8 '11 at 10:34
  • OK, I see now ! it is not a plugin, but a player. Did not read the fine print :) Thanks. – Nasser M. Abbasi Jun 8 '11 at 10:36
  • @Nasser: As I said. You downloaded the CDF player. This is basically a crippled version of Mathematica. For Windows and OSX this includes browser plugins - but for linux, it does not. To run the cdf player enter wolframcdfplayer into the shell – Simon Jun 8 '11 at 10:36
  • (Damn comment overlaps!) I know, it's annoying. I'm also running Ubuntu and want my browser plugin! – Simon Jun 8 '11 at 10:37

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