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

[UPDATE (June 2014) – These still work to download the CS6 trials. We also now have Adobe’s all-new CC 2014 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 2014
Acrobat XI
Captivate 8
Lightroom 5
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
EnglishWestern EuropeEnglishEurope
Photoshop CS61.1 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
Illustrator CS61.8 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
Dreamweaver CS6272 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Fireworks CS6438 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
InDesign CS6879 MBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
InCopy CS6638 MBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
Flash Professional CS61.1 GBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Flash Builder 4.71.0 GBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Premiere Pro CS61.1 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
After Effects CS6997 MBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
Audition CS6223 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Prelude CS6488 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
SpeedGrade CS695 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Adobe Muse32 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Adobe Edge Animate143 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Acrobat X Pro465 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Adobe Camera Raw 8.8177 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Creative Suites
CS6 Master Collection6.2 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
CS6 Design & Web Prem4.5 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
CS6 Design Standard3.7 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
CS6 Production Prem5.8 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 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 2014 plus Lightroom 5 and Mobile 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 2014 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. Anonymous

    thankz PDT – U R awesome

  2. asher

    why does it keep saying “access denied on this server”?

    • Hi Asher, that’s because you have to carefully follow the important download instructions before you click any of the CS6 direct links, otherwise Adobe’s servers will give you that message instead… (sorry, not up to us!)

      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.

  3. christian weber

    Thank you for the link. Everything works fine!

  4. c

    It’s a trial, it’s not forever

  5. John

    So, I am following your instructions to the letter. I have clicked the link and signed in with my free adobe account. I have cleared my cache in all three browsers that I have tried this in, and re-signed in to my adobe account, and still am not able to download any of your links. I am not getting an access denied message, just a “File could not be downloaded” message. Not sure what the next step is here.

  6. John

    Well I just kept trying it, and all of the sudden it worked. Maybe a server glitch or something.. Installing now. Thanks for getting back so quick..

  7. elaine

    hey, i downloaded both the .exe and .7z files and put them in a same folder. But i still can’t install it, as it pops out a window stated, “a problem occurred while extracting some files. Check available space on your computer and the write privileges on the destination folder.” I totally have no idea what i should do.

    Sometimes it also will pop out a window stating, “the file archive part of Adobe premiere Pro CS6 is missing. You need all parts in the same folder in order to extract Adobe premiere Pro Cs6. Please download all parts.”

    I even tried to download the 2 files (.exe & .7z) by using chrome or firefox.

  8. Roberta

    I have CS5, but need to download CS 6 trial for a Photoshop class. Can I download it and keep my CS5?

  9. Roberta

    Apparently, I have to use Device Central and can’t figure out how to make it work. Any suggestions? It says it was discontinued on the internet.

  10. sam

    I cant open my NEF file from NIKON D610 with my Photoshop CS5 and CS3.

    Is it necessary to download a plugin?
    Can you give me the link?

    • Hello Sam, support for the Nikon D610 was added to Adobe Camera Raw 8.3 and Lightroom 5.3, which were released in December 2013

      CS3 and CS5 of course came out long before that. So, upgrading your older software to the latest versions (to CS6 or CC with the $9.99 PS Photography Plan) would definitely support that and other recent cameras.

      But even if you don’t upgrade, note that Adobe provides free ongoing camera compatibility for previous versions of all Photoshop & Lightroom products via the DNG Converter utility.

      What does that mean? Well, you can also use the free Adobe DNG Converter Tool for support of the Nikon D610 (or any other available camera) in older programs like Photoshop CS5 and CS3.

      Otherwise as mentioned, all current software releases support this new camera natively.

      Hope that helps!

  11. Aryan Arif

    installed Windows … so my previous software no longer on pc… still getting the mso of ‘Adobe Genuine Verification Failed’

  12. Anonymous
  13. pete


    If I download for example cs6 prelude or audition, will it be the 64bit or the 32bit version of the applications?

  14. pete

    thanks for the answer. ok, so the installer asks me if i want to run the other programs as 32bit or 64bit?

  15. Jenna

    is this just a trial? if so, why should i download it from here?

  16. angela

    Hello, I’m trying to download Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, using the English version for Windows. My OS is Windows 8.0.

    I downloaded the .exe file but when I tried to open it, it displayed an error message that said: “The file archive part of Adobe Premier Pro CS6 is missing. You need all parts in the same folder in order to extract Adobe Premier Pro CS6. Please download all parts.”

    I assumed that I needed to download File 2, which is the 7-Zip file, so I did that. However, the 7-Zip simply won’t download. It shows up on the download queue, but that’s it, it doesn’t download a single bit. The estimated download time fluctuates from 2 hours to 3 hours to 4, and that’s all that happens.

    I don’t know why this is occurring. I signed up for the Adobe ID and followed all the instructions. What happened?

    • Not sure Angela, but you definitely need that second (.7z) file on Windows – it’s the compressed archive where the program installer actually resides…

      Did you try with a different web browser (like Firefox or Chrome), another computer, or a different Internet connection? If possible, use a wired (cable) connection, as it’s generally faster and more reliable than wireless (Wi-Fi).

  17. knowledge

    hi guys, brother needs help here. I just downloaded the illustrator trial now but it does not install – it says, network connection problem. so what do u think seems be the problem, besides network ’cause it’s covered.

    • What is the exact error message? It would help to know that.

      Also, did you try a different web browser (like Firefox or Chrome), another computer, or a different Internet connection? If possible, use a wired (cable) connection, as it’s generally faster and more reliable than wireless (Wi-Fi).

      Otherwise, we’d suggest taking a look through this list of download tips we put together. Most folks that have any difficulties find their solution there.

  18. Tic

    Are your adobe download links activated or are they just trials? What is the best and the cheapest way to activate the adobe products? They are way too expensive to buy.

  19. brit

    I read the instructions, I have tried downloading the cs6 for the course. I currently use cs4. I have clicked on windows cs6 file 1 and 2 and downloaded them. I have went through my downloads, trial downloads. I am not getting an error, but I am also not getting anything else. This is very frustrating!!!

  20. thanks for the answer. ok, so the installer asks me if i want to run the other programs as 32bit or 64bit?

  21. Brit

    Hey Brit, what happens when you open or double-click File 1? (to start the installation process)


    It tells me I do not have permission to access this.

  22. Wisdom Option

    cs6 is very very good for me

  23. Cody

    I have downloaded the files for Master Collection a few times, and every time it won’t unzip. I followed the download directions and it fails to extract.

    “Error: A problem occurred while extracting some files. Check available space on your computer and the write privileges on the destination folder.”

    Even trying to extract on my own, there is about 800+ corrupt files.

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