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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 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 2015 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, 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.

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 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.
  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

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

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 .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.

  • 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

New Adobe CC 2015 Direct Download Links: All Free Trials

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  1. peter Jensen

    I have downloaded and installed Photoshop CS6.

    I have new cameras – I need Camera Raw to be able to read and handle raw files. But I seems impossible to install???? as update is grayed out!!!! :(((

    • Hi Peter, it sounds like you already have all possible CS6 updates installed already… As this version is 3½ years old, Adobe stopped issuing updates for it some time ago.

      If you want to double-check the updates to be sure, you’ll find the direct download links for all the CS6 updates here.

      But what this means is that Photoshop CS6 cannot natively support the latest cameras. The integrated ACR plugin is simply not recent enough.

      However, Adobe has a solution for common situations like these. They provide free ongoing camera compatibility for previous versions of all Photoshop & Lightroom products via the DNG Converter utility.

      What does that mean? Well, you can use the free Adobe DNG Converter Tool for support of any recent camera in older programs like yours. You will need to convert your raw files to DNG, and then Photoshop can import those DNG files instead.

      The other solution is to get Photoshop CC instead, and then that camera support will be integrated right inside the program itself and you don’t have to do anything additional.

      Hope that helps!

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  2. peter Jensen

    I dont understand your comment.
    As you can see at this link:
    is it possible to update Camera Raw.

    So the problem must be, that the trial version doesnt allow new buyers of PS CS6 to update! or what?

    regards Peter

    • Yes, Adobe stated that Camera Raw 9.1.1 was the last version to support CS6.

      You didn’t say which version you were already running now (go to Help menu > System Info and look for the Camera Raw plugin) – but in any event, the direct download link for ACR 9.1.1 is given in our table above… as that was the final one available for CS6.

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