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Adobe CS6 Trial Downloads: Direct Links (no Manager or Assistant)

[UPDATE (June 2015) – These still work to download the CS6 trials. We also now have Adobe’s all-new CC 2015 Direct Download Links!]

Creative Suite 6 is now available for instant download and direct shipping, and there are many important differences in this release compared to Creative Suite 5, including hundreds of new features added to the individual applications.

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Here we’ve put together a complete set of Adobe CS6 direct download links for all the new products (Windows and Mac OS), for instant easy access and the ability to use your own download manager or download assistant if you have any difficulty with what Adobe normally employs and need to get the trials without it…

Whether you’re considering buying a full version or will be upgrading from a prior CS release, or even if you’re getting a volume license or joining the Creative Cloud, you can always use these free trials to install, run, and activate the CS6 software on your system, without needing to reinstall.  All of these CS6 trials will run fully for 30 (or possibly 60!) free days after initial launch.

Where available, we’ve also linked the free CS6 Extra Content downloads (aka Additional or Functional Content).  Direct links for both the Adobe Muse 30-day trial plus the completely FREE, full Adobe Edge Animate 1.5 are offered as well.

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Download New Adobe CC 2014 Free Trials (Direct Links)

Below is a table for CS6 trials in major languages. These links go to the auth­entic and original CS6 files residing on Adobe’s servers, are guaranteed genuine, safe, and will not change. For Windows, each program consists of up to two files, an .exe and a 7-Zip file (.7z). The .exe file will only work when the .7z file is also fully downloaded and resides in the same location. For the Mac, it’s just a single .dmg file for each program.

The supported Language Sets vary by product. The Western Euro­pean languages can include French/Français, German/Deutsch, Dutch/Nederlands, Italian/Italiano, Spanish/Español, Portuguese/Português, Danish/Dansk, Finnish/Suomi, Swedish/Svenska & Norwegian/Norsk. To see which product supports which languages, visit the main Adobe trials page and then click on the selection menu for whichever product(s) you’d like to try – it will tell you which languages are currently available.

Related: Which option is right for you? Compare Adobe CS6 vs. Creative Cloud

Note: Very Important Instructions

More Direct Download Links
CC 2015
Acrobat DC
Captivate 8
Lightroom 6/CC
Elements 13

You need to have a free Adobe account and be logged into it to use the links below, as Adobe sets a session cookie on your browser that allows you to access the direct download links. Otherwise, you will receive an “access denied” or “resume your download” message prevent­ing the connection. So please follow these instructions carefully or the links will not work!

  1. Adobe recommends temporarily turning off any surfing 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.
  4. Now close any windows that popped up and cancel any downloads that started.
  5. OK! Now you’re logged in at Adobe with the trials cookie set, so you can instantly download any of the software below. Just make sure you have enough disk space.
  6. Download the files either by clicking directly on the DDL links, or by right-clicking and choosing “Save Link As…” on the popup menu – and save all files to the same place.
  7. Then follow the product installation instructions here.

Creative Suite 6 – Adobe CS6 Download Links

Adobe CS6
Direct Downloads
Windows Mac
English Western Europe English Europe
Photoshop CS6 1.1 GB File 1 File 2 File 1 File 2 File 1 File 1
Illustrator CS6 1.8 GB File 1 File 2 File 1 File 2 File 1 File 1
Dreamweaver CS6 272 MB File 1   File 1   File 1 File 1
Fireworks CS6 438 MB File 1   File 1   File 1 File 1
InDesign CS6 879 MB File 1 File 2 File 1 File 2 File 1 File 1
InCopy CS6 638 MB File 1 File 2 File 1 File 2 File 1 File 1
Flash Professional CS6 1.1 GB File 1   File 1   File 1 File 1
Flash Builder 4.7 1.0 GB File 1   File 1   File 1 File 1
Premiere Pro CS6 1.1 GB File 1 File 2 File 1 File 2 File 1 File 1
After Effects CS6 997 MB File 1 File 2 File 1 File 2 File 1 File 1
Audition CS6 223 MB File 1   File 1   File 1 File 1
Prelude CS6 488 MB File 1   File 1   File 1 File 1
SpeedGrade CS6 95 MB File 1   File 1   File 1 File 1
Adobe Muse 32 MB File 1   File 1   File 1 File 1
Adobe Edge Animate 143 MB File 1   File 1   File 1 File 1
Acrobat X Pro 465 MB File 1   File 1   File 1 File 1
Adobe Camera Raw 9.1 213 MB File 1   File 1   File 1 File 1
Creative Suites
CS6 Master Collection 6.2 GB File 1 File 2 File 1 File 2 File 1 File 1
CS6 Design & Web Prem 4.5 GB File 1 File 2 File 1 File 2 File 1 File 1
CS6 Design Standard 3.7 GB File 1 File 2 File 1 File 2 File 1 File 1
CS6 Production Prem 5.8 GB File 1 File 2 File 1 File 2 File 1 File 1

Related: Do you believe any of these? The 10 Most Common Myths About Creative Cloud

All of these trials are supported on Mac OS X or Windows (32-bit x86 and 64-bit x64), with the exception of After Effects CS6, Premiere Pro CS6, and SpeedGrade CS6 which are 64-bit only. For more, see the complete set of system requirements for Creative Suite 6.

If you need or want the newer Acrobat XI (released Oct. 2012) instead of Acrobat X which comes bundled in the CS6 suites, then see our Acrobat XI Direct Download Links.

Worldwide Offer: Get New Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 plus Lightroom 6/CC for $9.99 a Month (Regular Ongoing Price)

Note there is no separate trial download for Photoshop CS6 “Standard” – the trial is always the Extended version (having all Photoshop features including 3D and motion-based content), and then you decide which version you’d like to keep at time of product purchase.

You do not need to uninstall previous versions of Creative Suite; some users prefer to keep the older, familiar version(s) around as they come up to speed with the new product’s features, and some folks have CS3, CS4, CS5, and CS6 all on one computer.

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!

Adobe CS6 Extra Content

This is Extra Content (also called Functional Content) that Adobe bundles with some CS6 applications. It is technically optional and not required to run the main products, but will improve your experience if you can take the time to download and add it to your installation.

What’s included in this free additional content are typically media assets, templates, tutorials, documentation, fonts, footage, sample files and projects, and so on. If you own a suite, you can download the bundle for that plus whichever applications are in it.

  • InDesign CS6 Extra Content (130 MB)
              Windows:  File 1                  Mac:  File 1
  • Illustrator CS6 Extra Content (112 MB)
              Windows:  File 1                  Mac:  File 1
  • Premiere Pro / Encore CS6 Extra Content (733 MB)
              Windows:  File 1   File 2      Mac:  File 1
  • After Effects CS6 Extra Content
              AE content will be migrated to the After Effects Exchange.
  • Adobe Audition Content Download Extras
              This contains thousands of royalty-free audio sound effects and music loop files.

See Also

New Adobe CC 2015 Direct Download Links: All Free Trials

Did these links work for you? Hope they helped out; please let us know with a comment below…  Do you have any questions about CS6 or CC? Just ask us and we’ll get you answers fast!

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  1. Cody


    That did not help. I even tried from different computers. Still download completes, but not able to extract.

  2. adha bluestar

    Please update with new link for adobe muse

  3. Inti

    i try to download the trial version of cs6 master collection for mac, but get this message instead:

    Access Denied
    You don’t have permission to access “…/AdobeProducts/STAM/CS6/osx10/MasterCollection_CS6_LS16.dmg” on this server.
    Reference #18.2c497b5c.1428051576.8136bbb

    why is that, and how to get around it?

    • Hi Inti, that’s because you have to carefully follow the important download instructions before you click any of the CS6 direct links (it’s required by Adobe’s servers), otherwise you will get that exact message instead…

      If you have any difficulties after doing that, then try a different web browser, another computer, or Internet connection.

      Also, make sure you’re not blocking or filtering anything with your browser(s) – like cookies, downloads, or any sites or URLs – or running blocking utilities like Ghostery, AdBlock, or Disconnect. Adobe recommends temporarily turning those things off (including antivirus, firewalls, etc. – it’s the first step in those directions above). Some third-party download managers or other utilities may also interfere with the process.

      If you’re still stuck, check out this list of download tips we put together to help.

      Then to complete the installation, you must have Administrator privileges on your computer, plus your security software must allow you to install programs.

  4. I was trying to download the Audition Extras, but your link seems to be broken. It redirects to a blank page.

    • Yikes! Adobe moved it without warning or forwarding…

      Not to worry though, we dug around and found the new location for the Audition Downloads (with thousands of uncompressed, royalty-free audio sound effects and music loop files) – and have updated the link in the article with the new correct page address.

      Thanks so much for the heads-up Bill, really appreciate it!

  5. Jim

    After downloading the Photoshop files from the above download link, the Photoshop program fails to install. The error msg that appears states that files may be missing. I’ve noticed that the .exe file is 1200KB while the .exe file for Illustrator and InDesign is 1235KB. Perhaps the .exe file for Photoshop is corrupt. If it is would you replace it and send an email to me that it has been replaced.

    Thank you.

    • Hello Jim, the reason you’re getting that “files are missing” error is because for many of the CS6 programs on Windows, you need to download two files for the installer (not just one).

      So take a look back up at the chart of direct links above and you’ll see that you also need to download a “File 2″ for the Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign tools that you want.

      For more help, see this previous comment.

  6. Darius

    I am unable to download this Photoshop CS6, and i need it for a course I’m taking that links me to this page directly. Please help?

  7. Zakk

    Hey do you have a ps cs6 patcher? where can i find it?

  8. Coleen

    I purchased two courses, the Photoshop one and the Web Animation one … I have my Adobe account and I am following the instructions above, but no matter which one I click on I get a message “Oops! This link appears to be broken.”

    Also, the other instruction is ‘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 – and save all files to the same place’
    when right clicking there is no “Save Link As” option .. there is a “Save Target” but that doesn’t work either.

    I am obviously a beginner for both of these courses, and being so am finding the instructions difficult and the method is not very straightforward.

    Really need to have a 1. click this, 2. then click this ……

    • Sorry Coleen, unfortunately those are the requirements set by Adobe’s servers in order to allow/enable the download links… Otherwise, these CS6 installers cannot be accessed directly offsite.

      But it sounds like something with your browser or system is blocking the access. We’d suggest reading our reply above to Inti and see if that helps.

      Probably the biggest thing is to temporarily turn off anything that might be interfering (like third-party security software or blockers/filters), which is what Adobe recommends.

      Or sometimes just trying another web browser (or a different computer) will do the trick, while still following those same download instructions.

      But the direct links here definitely all do work fine, and many people use them every day. Hope that helps!

  9. Coleen

    Trying is one more time as my previous comment/question was not replied to or even shows up here.

    I bought 2 courses via Groupon … one is the Adobe Photo Shop and the other is Adobe Dreamweaver.

    I have followed the instructions very, very carefully and keep getting to step 4 where it does not instantly download anything … step 5 where you can right click and save link to …. I don’t get that option instead my option is to ‘save target to’ which doesn’t work either.

    I get around on a computer pretty good but don’t have an knowledge or experience with either of these programs and am definitely not an IT.

    In my opinion many of the people purchasing/signing up for these courses are not experts and need more simplified instructions … in my case Step 1 press this link, Step 2 press this link and that’s just it.

    Can anyone help me? I need to have my courses activated by the end of May before they expire … thanks

  10. Sipho

    Access Denied
    You don’t have permission to access “…/AdobeProducts/STAM/CS6/osx10/MasterCollection_CS6_LS16.dmg” on this server.
    Reference #18.c8254c5.1432123004.189e2c8b

  11. Tigerstar

    I tried to download but when I clicked on the files, it said that my access was denied… argh… I really love Photoshop but it just won’t download

  12. Anonymous

    i really love all the design software’s, but i really find it to download especially the books. But i will be grateful to have them.

  13. domi

    I tried to use Encore CS6 on Windows 8.1 64-bit, but it didn’t work. If I try to create a new project or open an existing one, I get this error message:

    “Adobe Encore has encountered an error.

    Any idea to solve this problem?

  14. Bernie

    I downloaded both File1 and File2 PS6 for Windows, and saved them both in the same folder. One was saved as an application, and the other was saved as a text document. When I tried running the application I received a pop-up saying, that the file archive part is missing. Is there something I am doing wrong?

    • Hey Bernie, it looks like your web browser dropped or changed a file extension(s) when downloading… That happens sometimes, especially when using IE (Internet Explorer).

      So on Windows, make sure the first (small) file has a .exe extension and the second (large) file has a .7z extension. If not, then just rename the file(s) to add back the extension(s) at the end, and you should then be able to proceed from there.

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