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Direct Download Links for Adobe Acrobat DC Pro/Standard + Reader

Download the Adobe Acrobat DC Free Trial

Adobe Acrobat DC 2016 is now shipping!  “DC” stands for Document Cloud, which is Adobe’s new set of integrated online services that helps people and businesses better manage critical documents. At the heart of Document Cloud is Acrobat DC – the industry standard for creating, sharing and editing PDFs – which was completely reengineered last year for the initial DC 2015 milestone release.

This new version of Acrobat continues as a desktop product in both Pro or Standard editions, and is available either via subscription or with a perpetual license. Adobe has incorporated many new features and improvements to bring Acrobat up the modern day.  Further, the company has moved to a year-based versioning model for Acrobat… So this revision is officially called the “the 2016 Release of Acrobat DC” – and the technical version number is actually 15 rather than 12.

And in maintaining our tradition of providing the direct download links for major Adobe software such as Creative Cloud, CS6, Lightroom 6/CC, Captivate 9, and Elements 15, you’ll find the direct links for the new Acrobat DC 2016 below.

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The trial version includes all desktop features of Acrobat Pro DC, plus a limited set of Document Cloud services including the ability to fill, sign, and send forms on a tablet device, store and share files online and access recently viewed files across devices. A paid subscription is required to take advantage of other services including the ability to get signatures from others; send and track documents online; and create and export PDFs from a browser or mobile device. If/when the free trial expires, you can still use Acrobat to view PDFs, comment and fill forms – but to access the full set of features again, you will need to purchase Acrobat.

Note that this newly-upgraded desktop release of Acrobat Pro DC is also included as one of the many applications that all subscribers get with the complete Adobe Creative Cloud.

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The links given below go to the authentic and secure files residing on Adobe’s servers, are guaranteed genuine, safe and legal. They are especially useful when you are unable to download these products via other means – perhaps due to issues with the Adobe’s Download Manager. Here the file access is open and you can just use your browser, or another DLM.

Note there is no actual trial version of Acrobat DC Standard for any platform, but Pro includes all Standard features – so you can try out Pro for free and then decide which version you want at the time of purchase.  Naturally, the free Adobe Reader DC 2016 for PDF is also downloadable for both oper­ating system platforms – Windows (7, 8, 10) and Mac OS (10.9, 10.10, 10.11).

Note: Very Important Instructions

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Except for the Reader, you must have a free Adobe account and be logged in to use the links below, as Adobe sets a session cookie on your browser that lets you to access the software. Otherwise, you will receive an “access denied” message preventing the connection. So please follow these instructions carefully.

  1. Adobe recommends temporarily turning off any browsing restrictions you might have running, like site or cookie blocking, filtering, firewalls or antivirus software.
  2. Click «HERE» to visit this page first, before clicking any of the links in the table below – this is critical!
  3. If asked, sign in with your Adobe ID or take a minute to create one for yourself (free).
  4. OK! Now you’re logged in at Adobe with the trials cookie set, so you can instantly download any of the links below. Just make sure you have enough disk space.
  5. Download the files either by clicking directly on the DDL links, or by right-clicking and choosing “Save Link As…” on the popup menu.
  6. Then follow the product installation instructions here.

Adobe Acrobat DC Pro/Standard (Subscription) – Direct Download Links

This is trial or version to download if you’re considering purchasing Acrobat DC by subscription, via a lower-cost monthly/annual plan. Subscribers are entitled to the complete product featureset, including forthcoming new features and improve­ments on an ongoing (or continuous) basis at no extra charge, along with all product fixes and platform support enhance­ments.

 » Windows – Free Acrobat DC Pro trial in 26 languages (1.0 GB)

 » Mac OS – Free Acrobat DC Pro trial in 26 languages (638 MB)

Adobe Acrobat DC Pro/Standard (Standalone) – Direct Download Links

This is trial or version to download if you intend to upgrade or buy Acrobat DC outright, via a tradi­tional (or “classic”) perpetual license. Perpetual customers will get the regular product fixes and platform support enhance­ments, but don’t receive future new features or upgrades. Standalone product users also don’t have access to all the Acrobat DC web, mobile, and cloud-based workflows.

 » Windows – Free Acrobat DC Pro trial in 26 languages (670 MB)

 » Mac OS – Free Acrobat DC Pro trial in 26 languages (562 MB)

Note: Before deciding whether to get the subscription or perpetual version of Acrobat DC, you should see this product comparison.

Free Adobe Acrobat Reader DC – Direct Download Links

This is the new Acrobat Reader DC, which is completely free for all users.

 » Windows – Reader DC in English (86 MB)
 » Windows – Reader DC in German (87 MB)
 » Windows – Reader DC in French (86 MB)
 » Windows – Reader DC in Spanish (86 MB)

 » Mac OS – Reader DC in 23 Languages (141 MB)

Installation Tips

  • The trial version includes all desktop features of Acrobat Pro DC for 30 days (or possibly longer) from the time you first launch the program on your system.
  • Installation of Adobe Acrobat Pro DC trial may uninstall any earlier version of Adobe Acrobat on Windows computers. If you want to reinstall the older release later, then you’d need your original serial number and software disc/installers.
  • Acrobat Distiller DC, the batch engine for converting other types of documents into PDF files, is included within the Acrobat Pro/Standard downloads above.
  • Make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements for Pro/Standard and the Reader.
  • For the smoothest installation experience, exit any open programs, including virus protection software, prior to installing the product.
  • Install with an account that has administrative privileges (not a Limited User Account if you are using Windows).
  • If you encounter any difficulties, try Adobe Assistance.

We suggest using a browser other than Internet Explorer to download the files above. They can be quite large and IE has been known to drop the extension (like “.exe”) from the Windows filename. If this happens and you can’t open a file, then just rename it to add back the extension. But generally, using Firefox or Chrome will work better – and if you have any issues getting the downloads to work with one browser, then try another.

*** Note: If you have any problems getting the files to download or install, be sure to read the earlier comments on this page – as most questions have already been asked and answered below!

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  1. Rachel

    Hi, thanks so much for posting the direct links. There are two options given above for which way to go. If I start with the perpetual trial download, can I switch to the subscription download if I decide I want to go that route instead? Or vice versa. Thanks.

    • Hi Rachel, good question. Yes – if you change your mind, then you can simply uninstall one and download/install the other. In other words, you can switch to the other type later if you wish, if you decide to make a different purchasing choice.

      You can tell which flavor you have installed by selecting Help > About Adobe Acrobat Pro DC… from the top menu. It will say “2015 Release” and then either “Perpetual” or “Continuous.”

      With the Perpetual version, you’ll need to purchase a serial number after the free trial is up. With the Continuous update model, you’ll need to sign up for a subscription after the trial expires – either for Acrobat DC on its own, or included as part of the complete Creative Cloud.

      Note that changing the installers wouldn’t give you a longer trial period though… Whichever path you take, the longest you can go for free is:

      How Long Do Adobe Free Trials Last? Here’s Why It’s 60 Days, Not 30

  2. Johny

    Does the language changing option in edit works? I tried it and picked choose at startup but it does not ask to pick language just uses same language that it already had selected.

    • Hey there Johny, this information comes from Adobe’s website:

      Multilingual User Interface (MUI) installers allow you to install any combination of supported languages. For example, you can install French, German, and Spanish simultaneously and then switch among those languages within the product. The user interface changes to the appropriate language automatically. With 11.0 [and DC], all Acrobat installers are MUI installers. MUI installer features include:

      •  – Support for more than one language so that users can switch languages.
      •  – Automatic selection of the language based on the language of the current OS.

      All the Acrobat DC trial installers posted above are MUI installers.

      It wasn’t entirely clear from your question, but if you’re instead looking for how to set the language of your edited PDF document, then see the answer here.

  3. Hector

    “The install acrobat license module has failed. For possible solutions to this problem see:


    any solution?

  4. negotio

    Adobe was so nice to put the links for Adobe Reader DC on their FTP. This includes a wide range of localized instasllers as well as MUI, which is the recommended setup in multi-user environments:

    Adobe Reader DC:

    Adobe Reader Addons (spelling, fonts pack):

    Nice links overview with links to all Adobe Reader versions from X to DC:

  5. negotio

    Oh one more thing 😉
    There is a Setup Customization Wizard for Adobe Acrobat DC (Reader/Std/Pro), too.

  6. Malte

    Worked just fine, thanks!

  7. Faisal

    Dear Sir,

    I downloaded a free trial of Acrobat pro DC, I like the program, and I would like to buy it, can you please provide me a link to buy the software and get the serial number?

    Best Regards,


  8. Christine

    Is there an Adobe book for Acrobat Pro DC?

  9. bob

    the Adobe Acrobat DC Pro/Standard (Standalone) for windows link above works fine but downloads a 644MB file. last time i was here it was 545MB.
    did something happen to the original? what changed to add 100 more MB?

    • Not sure Bob, but apparently the sizes of all download files have changed since we first published this post last year. It’s possible that Adobe revised the downloads to reflect subsequent updates to the tools. In any event, we have changed the posted file sizes accordingly; thanks for the heads-up.

      Confirmed: Adobe did indeed update the installer files on their servers to incorporate the latest available updates to the tools.

  10. Alice

    Can you install both classic (perpetual) and continuous versions of the Acrobat DC Pro at the same time on the same machine? Will one conflict the another? I want to try both because from their latest May updates, it looks like the continuous has more new features than the classic.

    • Yes, the Acrobat DC Continuous (subscription) track definitely has significantly more new features & capabilities than the Classic (standalone) track – but no, you can’t have both installed on the same computer at the same time…

      The Adobe Acrobat DC free trial linked above is always the Pro subscription edition. When you sign up with an annual or monthly plan (see prices here), then the software converts for continuous use (with ongoing updates included). If you decide you want to go with the classic edition instead, then your installation changes over to perpetual (with functionality lost) when you purchase the license.

  11. Himanshu Shivhare

    Daer Sir,

    The given link is not working, and showing this notification…!

    Access Denied
    You don’t have permission to access “…/AdobeProducts/APRO/15/win32/Acrobat_DC_Web_WWMUI.exe” on this server.
    Reference #18.269c4c17.1463030579.2d0ec12

    • Actually all of the Acrobat DC direct links here work fine – but you have to make sure to follow the important download instructions carefully (these are required by Adobe’s servers!) before clicking on the links – otherwise they won’t work and you’ll get that exact message instead.

      If you have any further difficulties, then you might want to try with a different web browser or another computer – while still following those same directions.

  12. Arjun

    Any hope we get short introduction of using of configuration tools provided here?

    Thank You.

  13. Ed

    They tend to include the updates as a .MSP file as part of the install. Seen them do it with Reader.

  14. Ed

    The links to Reader seem to be the same Adobe Reader DC/2015 and not 2016.

    • Thanks Ed. Those Reader links are the most recent full builds of the program that are available, from May 10, 2016.

      (Their version numbers may say “2015,” but they are the 2016 Releases of Reader.)

      After installation completes, additional updates (from early May to date) will be downloaded and applied by the software.

  15. Oliver

    The direct links actually give the old DC 2015 version with a couple of .msp update files packed into the same installer. Nothing new really. The main version is still v15, same as the 2015 version. So I don’t see anything new here.

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