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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 plus Edge Animate 1.5. We also now have Adobe’s all-new CC 2015.5 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 more) 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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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, legal, 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.

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Note: Very Important Instructions

More Direct Download Links
CC 2015.5
Acrobat DC
Captivate 9
Lightroom 6/CC
Elements 14

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 “no permission” message block­ing 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 (free).
  4. Click the big blue “Download” button at the bottom of that Adobe page – but then immediately cancel the download that starts, and close the windows that popped up.
  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

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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 1.5 143 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 9.1.1 220 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

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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.

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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.

  • Illustrator CS6 Extra Content (112 MB)
              Windows:  File 1                  Mac:  File 1
  • InDesign CS6 Extra Content (130 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.

Adobe CS6 Updates

If you already have the CS6 application(s) installed and are trying to download the available product updates, then you’ll find them on this Updates page.

See Also

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  1. Heather

    Hi, I downloaded the CS6 Design Standard trial and installed all programs fine – but every time I try to open Illustrator, it quits (all other programs work fine)… any idea why this might be? Thanks.

  2. Heather

    Just followed your link and installed updates and now it’s working, thank you very much! :)

  3. Nitin Jain

    Links are not working.

    CS6 Master Collection 6.2 GB

    • Hey Nitin, everything here works fine. Just make sure you are carefully following the important download instructions (given in the article above) before you click any of the links.

      That’s required by Adobe’s servers; otherwise the CS6 direct links won’t work and you’ll get an “access denied” message instead. If you still have any difficulties, 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. Anonymous

    i lost my serial number with adobe master collection cs6, please help me

  5. Pauline

    Hi, when I try to download one of the software it says :

    Access Denied
    You don’t have permission to access “…/AdobeProducts/ILST/16/osx10/Illustrator_16_LS4.dmg” on this server.
    Reference #18.3f70dd58.1463584938.7b632a

    What can I do?

  6. Rachel

    what if I do not have an Adobe Serial number? Is there any serial numbers that you can provide for the download to complete?

  7. PJ

    Hi. Are the CS6 version trials, 7-day or 30-day, trials?

  8. pete


    i have photoshop cs6 and would like to upgrade to photoshop extended. can I also download the extended version on your website?

  9. Rence

    So does it mean it lasts forever? and how can i install this?

  10. mani

    i downloaded the after effects cs6 from your website. after downloading, i double-clicked on the install button. after that, i’ve got only two options – but the third option (install a trial version) is not available. so, how can i install a trail version? what’s the problem with it. can you help me in this issue.

  11. avi smile


    Whats the latest version of Camera Raw for CS6?


  12. Mike

    Hi there,

    I am trying to download the Premiere Pro CS6 file and it keeps telling me that “access denied”. As I continue to read it, it states that I need an Adobe login – which I have. I am logged in at right now, but how come I can’t access the file? What am I missing?

  13. Mike
  14. Rhianna

    When I click the download button on the page you have to open in the instructions, it goes to a “Download Error” page.
    I tried closing the page and downloading Fireworks anyway, but I still get that “Access Denied” page.
    Is there any way to fix this? Or any other way to download Fireworks?

  15. spencer


    so all of these links are safe and virus and malware free, correct?
    I think you said above they are exactly what adobe had on their website before?


  16. Spencer


    Yes, correct on all points.

    thank you so much :-)

  17. Klaus

    For photoshop cs6, updates get up to version ? No others exist for windows?

  18. Klaus
  19. Jordan

    Hi, Is Photoshop CS6 Extended Available

    • You can download Photoshop CS6 Extended from the direct links above, however it is the free trial version and after 30 days will request the serial number or license key…

      However, Adobe ceased selling Creative Suite 6 standalone on their website last year. The reason is because CS6 is over 4 years old now (from spring 2012) and increasingly unsupported; they stopped releasing updates for it last summer as the newer CC rapidly grew and took over.

      With the CS6 software EOL and end of support, there are no updates, no bug fixes, and no guarantees it will run on the latest or future operating systems. So at this point we’ve stopped recommending it as a good or viable option going forward.

      Thus, when your CS6 free trial expires, you can purchase & use Photoshop CC (it is a much better tool), or downgrade that to use Photoshop CS6 instead – because Creative Cloud subscribers can choose either or both versions.

  20. Vaibhav Jain

    Hi, I’m not able to install its Trial version on my MacBook Pro.
    Everything i did as you mentioned, but don’t know what’s wrong that i’m doing..

    Can you help ?

  21. PJ

    after clicking on the link in step #1, an initial pop-up will appear (download manager), allow that to open, then a 2nd pop-up will appear to download the Photoshop Elements file, CLOSE THAT DIALOG WINDOW. Then come back to the download links and they should work.

  22. Anonymous

    Well I have downloaded the CS6 file properly as you have mentioned above.
    But when I INSTALL it on my MAC, then it give me an error:

    ” Installation Failed ”
    Your installation encountered errors. ”

    I’m 100% sure that I’m doing something wrong as because I’m a new Mac user. This is the first application that I’m installing, but didn’t get any success.

    • Well, considering that CS6 is 4½-year-old software, there are a lot of help pages out there covering it… So we would try googling the exact errors that you received (they should be listed under that text), and that will probably turn up the solution.

  23. Jessica Snider

    This tutorial is awesome, thanks so much! Excited to have my programs back after updating to a new computer!

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