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It’s True: Adobe Bridge CC Is 100% Free for You to Download & Use

What Is Adobe Bridge?

In response to our How to Join Adobe’s Creative Cloud for Free post last week, we received this question from a reader:

Hi – is it really true that Adobe Bridge (the full version) is totally free to download and use forever, and I don’t have to pay for it or have a subscription?

The answer is yes, it’s absolutely true – although not that many people know about it because Adobe hasn’t really publicized it widely…

Bridge CC is Adobe’s flagship desktop media browser and powerful digital asset manager that allows you to efficiently locate, organize, browse, preview, and batch process your content files – including most image, vector, audio and video files. You can view (in fullscreen) and manage Photoshop PSD, Camera RAW, Illustrator AI, InDesign INDD, Acrobat PDF, Flash SWF/FLV, and many other types of files and documents, all without paid programs.

While Bridge won’t edit the content of these files on its own, it works beautifully as an easy-to-use visual gateway to all your creative assets – a very handy utility for quickly viewing and working with your creative files in many different formats (Adobe and otherwise). Bridge can also manage & set file metadata, create collections, add image watermarks, rate & label photographs, do slideshows, perform batch file operations including renaming, browse directories without importing, support multi-user workflows, and more. And it’s available worldwide in dozens of languages, with 32- and 64-bit versions for both Windows and Mac OS.

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What’s less known is that the license to run/use Bridge is completely free from Adobe and never expires! It doesn’t matter whether you’re running a free CC trial or a paid subscription (or even any other Adobe software at all). Regardless, Bridge CC will legally continue to work and be able to manage and view your media and Adobe files even if/when your trial or subscription ends.

Surprised? Well it used to be (with CS6 and older) that Adobe Bridge was bundled together with paid programs like Photoshop and After Effects. But Adobe decided to unbundle Bridge and make it a separate download for Creative Cloud, so now this product doesn’t even require a paid subscription. This basically means that Bridge comes with all CC plans – including the popular Photography plan – and even the 100% free level of Creative Cloud.

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You can install Bridge CC either standalone by itself, or together with other applications like Photo­shop CC (and all the rest), or even Photoshop Elements… Either way, Bridge CC requires nothing – no purchase, no sign in or log in, no membership or subscrip­tion, no activation, and not even any other Adobe tools on the same system. It installs and runs fine, and even allows full updating to the latest version of the app itself plus ACR (Adobe Camera Raw).

Adobe recommends that photographers use the more sophisticated Lightroom app to manage their photos, and that’s a product and workflow which work amazingly well for many customers. But folks who want a simple solution including designers who work with many different applications and file types will still want to use Bridge. Plus, you can install and use it on as many computers as you like, your friends and colleagues can use it, your clients and customers can use it, all at the same time (and even with the same files collaboratively) – there is no cost or limit or restriction.

So how to take advantage of it? To get your permanently-free Adobe Bridge CC (100% legitimate and authentic), you can download and install it here – look for the big blue “Download” button at the upper right, which will give you Bridge via the Creative Cloud Desktop App. Alternatively, you can use the CC direct download links here (be sure to follow instructions carefully). Either way works fine – and it’s not a free trial, nor has any expiration date – as promised above!

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If you’re not yet running the most recent release of Photoshop, then you can easily get it (plus Lightroom, and all ongoing upgrades to both products included) through Adobe’s new CC Photo­graphy bundle, which you can have for just $9.99/month. If you’d like to try out the latest CC 2015 software first, then just download the free 30-day trial to get started.

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Don’t miss this unique opportunity to quickly grab the full working version of new Bridge CC legally from Adobe at no cost, while it lasts!

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  1. Folkert Herlyn

    I am delighted to have Bridge download-update now, installed after so many years with older versions.

    Bridge is one of the few organizers left that does not force ‘importing photos’. How can I easily import 500,000!!!

  2. I work for Adobe

    Bridge CC is not free!

    According to Adobe, one has to subscribe to the Creative Cloud to be entitled to use Bridge.

    Check with adobe before posting stuff like this!

    • Bridge is free.

      And yes, we’ve definitely checked thoroughly with Adobe about this.

      The cost of Bridge changed in 2013 when Adobe unbundled it from Photoshop, and made it a separate free download that does not require a subscription… Anybody can download and use it.

      Bridge is first-and-foremost a media manager, browser and previewer – and in that capacity it will work with any Adobe files/software of any version, as well as all non-Adobe files/software. In fact, Creative Cloud customers can use Bridge to manage and view/preview their CC files even if/after their subscription lapses.

      The article above was originally published in 2015. Adobe has absolutely seen it and repeated the same thing:

      Do You Have to Pay Extra to Download Adobe Bridge?

      If you have anything definitive to the contrary, then you’re welcome to post it here and we’ll help clear it up for you.

  3. Caz

    Bridge is free but Camera Raw does not work with Photoshop. This article is misleading in that sense.

  4. Caz

    I meant Camera Raw does not work without Photoshop installed.

    • The article is not misleading. Bridge definitely does download, install and use the latest Camera Raw for its own functionality, and within Bridge, the ACR plug-in works in a read-only way in order to display and preview the content within your Adobe files. Bridge CC can also edit image metadata and the like, however to make changes to the image pixels (and actually open the file for editing) you would use your version of Adobe Photoshop and/or the Camera Raw plug-in that comes with it.

      So whenever there is a new update to ACR, then your Bridge CC will definitely receive that update for those purposes. By using the current release of the ACR plug-in, the free Bridge CC will always be able to properly manage, display and preview the latest Camera Raw images within its media browser. The key to remember is that ACR is used by several Creative Cloud/Suite apps and is technically separate from Bridge.

      Bottom line, you can absolutely download and use Bridge CC free for life. But again, you would not get to use the full editing functionality of Adobe Camera Raw without making a purchase, as that would be giving away the keys to the store – and we never said otherwise.

  5. Vince

    I installed PS7 on my Dell WIN 10 computer but the Bridge and or RAW plug-in didn’t come with the disk? I use my WIN 7 computer with PS5 to work JPEGs using its RAW plug-in. This older computer is dying and I want to have the RAW/Bridge plug-in for my PS7 system. How may I do this without spending more money?

    Thank you

    • Hi Vince, which version exactly are you referring to when you say “PS7”? (check under the Help menu > About) Normally all older releases of Photoshop came with Bridge bundled together. With CC above, they unbundled it and made Bridge a separate free product and download.

  6. Vince

    Photo Shop 7.0, Copyright 1990-2002

  7. Pam

    I just downloaded Bridge and I have PSE 11 – is there a tutorial or something available to help me from the beginning figure out how to use these two efficiently together?

  8. sarah hautcoeur

    Hi !
    Does Bridge work with PC’s ?


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