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Problems with Download or Update of Adobe Software? How to Fix It

The Adobe CC Desktop App Manager: How Does It Work?

We’re on the Adobe Help Forums every day and regularly see users posting queries like “Can’t install Photoshop CC from the Creative Cloud” or “CS6 won’t download,” or “my product updates aren’t working”… It could be for the free trials or for the full paid versions.

Often the issue is related to one or the other download managers (DLM) that Adobe uses to deliver its software install­ers. Over the years and for various tools, they have used the Akamai Download Manager, the Adobe Download Assistant (ADA), the Adobe Application Manager (AAM), and most recently the Creative Cloud’s CC Desktop App.

Adobe employs these helper utilities because their downloads are usually large – multiple gigabytes – and download managers can help correct for unreliable Internet connections, and resume a download after it has been paused or unexpectedly broken.

But it turns out there can be interactions between the DLM and some configuration on the user’s computer, web browser, anti-virus software, Internet connection, or something else which causes it not to work… So the first step is to try something different with those.

However instead of trying to troubleshoot the problem, often it’s just easier to avoid the DLM altogether and download/install the applications you want without using it, so long as you have a reasonably good online connection.

Using the Direct Download Links Instead

That’s where the direct download links (DDL) below come in… They link directly to the same original and authentic program installers stored on Adobe’s servers, but without having to going through any of their intermediary download managers or interfaces. And as a side bonus, they will give you backup copies of the offline installers for the Adobe software you use and rely on every day, as well as allow you to download the software on one computer but install on another.

The Adobe Download Problem Solution

You can just click on the DDL in your web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, or IE) to down­load the applications, or you can use a DLM of your own choosing (installed locally on your machine).

We’ve curated a collection of these hidden access points over the years and are providing them for you here: the direct links for cur­rent releases of all major Adobe prod­ucts in dozens of different languages… They are the free trial versions by default, but can be activated by logging in with your Adobe ID for all CC subscrip­tions and Creative Cloud member­ships, or by entering your valid purchased serial number for perpetual licenses like CS6. These links are also useful for downloading an offline backup of your software, burning to disc/DVD, copying to thumb/flash drive, installing on a second computer, etc.

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Whatever you do, make sure to carefully follow the download instructions given on each of these pages, which are required in order to activate the direct links on Adobe’s download servers.

Adobe Installers: Direct Download Links

All Adobe Software Direct Download Links

Updates to Installed Tools: Direct Links

If you’ve already got the Adobe programs installed but are just looking for the updates, we’ve got those for you too… If want the individual updates for any Creative Cloud tool, the direct download links are here:

For any Creative Suite (CS) application – or any other Adobe software including Acrobat, Lightroom, Elements, Captivate, and the rest – you’ll find direct links to the updates here.

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  1. Marilyn D. Coulson

    I am not not a total idiot techie, but I am not so good either. I recently purchased Acrobat Pro DC. I thought I had done what I needed to to download. I still can’t find it on my computer.

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  3. ProX

    Standalone Adobe Acrobat Pro DC updates can be downloaded here for Windows and here for Mac OS.

    For instance, the latest update from version 2015.0.0 to 2015.023.20053 (from 1/10/2017).

    But where are the standalone updaters to update applications like Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 18.0.0 and Adobe Illustrator CC 2017 21.0.0 to newer versions?

    • Thanks, yes, we have those Acrobat DC links given on our pages for CC 2015 updates for Windows and macOS.

      However, to date, we still only have the original CC 2017.0 release installers for about half the Creative Cloud tools… This is all Adobe has made available thus far; no standalone updaters have been released yet for CC 2017. But that will be changing, hopefully soon. As soon as more direct downloads become available, we will publish them here.

  4. Tina

    I’m looking for flash player 10.1 – I need it for school, do you have a free download?


  5. Hannes Skoog

    Hi, I’m trying to update After Effects 13 to 13.2 but the AdobePatchInstaller.exe tells me that it fails and that Adobe Application Manager might be broken. How can I fix this?

    • Hello Hannes, did you try googling the exact text of the error message? Often that will turn up a solution.

      If not, then try:

      1. Uninstalling the product.
      2. Downloading & installing the Adobe Cleaner Tool.
      3. Running that tool to completely remove your indicated software.
      4. Rebooting your computer.
      5. Then reinstalling the product.

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