UPDATE – You can now get Adobe’s new Creative Cloud 2023 Direct Download Links!
Every year, Adobe’s creative product launches seem to get bigger – and this year is no exception… This morning, with over 500,000 people attending the first-ever all-virtual (and completely free!) MAX conference, Adobe rolled out the new CC 2021 Release, which has to be the largest product rollout since they first introduced Creative Cloud over eight years ago.
As we’ve come to expect from Adobe, there are major updates across the entire suite of tools and services, including entirely new Creative Cloud tools as well as significant new features and improvements to existing applications, and even some surprises: Illustrator on iPad 1.0 now shipping, the free interactive AR app Adobe Aero coming to the desktop, popular painting app Adobe Fresco now available on the iPhone (also free) – plus, over 1,000,000 professional images, vectors, illustrations, templates, 3D models, and videos now available to everyone at no cost with the new Adobe Stock Free Collection.
As always, all upgrades to your CC apps are included are part of your Creative Cloud membership at no additional cost. The new 2021 software is available immediately for worldwide download via the CC Desktop App… This means everyone gets either a free upgrade or a free trial – but some folks want or need to access the new tools directly without using Adobe’s download/app manager.
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Offline installers for the Creative Cloud Desktop app and for Acrobat DC Pro/Standard are currently available, but the rest of the new CC 2021 direct download links
have not yet been released, though we expect they’ll be out soon… As in the past, we are actively in touch with Adobe management and advocating for you – our readers and for customers everywhere. Everybody is asking us about this!
In the meantime, the CC 2020, CC 2019, and CC 2018 standalone installers are still available for use and download.
Just reach out to Adobe’s Customer Care team via live online chat, and they will give you temporary links to download offline installers for all the 2021 apps that you need. Free trial users may be denied, but you could subscribe to gain access to the links and then cancel for a full refund if you do not wish to continue.
You simply need to ask. We suggest: “Hello, I need the direct download links (offline installers) for the new 2021 releases of ___________. Could you please help me?”
You can connect with an agent to get the downloads here. Look for “Contact Us” or “Your contact options…” at the bottom of the page, or the Chat icon at the lower right. If asked, choose the “Download & Install” category. That’s it!
OPTION 2 – Or, you can do this instead: Adobe just launched a new offer where you can now get a free Creative Cloud for Teams trial for 14 days. All users of the Teams plan can create their own custom Managed packages to download the latest 2021 offline installers for use on any computer.
No credit card or payment details are required, and you can get started immediately. You can do this if you don’t have an Adobe account, have a free Creative Cloud membership, or have a paid Individual subscription. If you decide not to purchase the Teams plan, then you can simply let the trial expire automatically.
For more info, check out the new Adobe help page detailing this offer:
» Start Your Creative Cloud for Teams Free Trial Now
You can access versions 2021 and older, and there is no obligation to remove any of the apps you install; however they will continue to work only with an ongoing paid membership plan of some type.
We just tried it out and it works seamlessly as described, even if you already have an Individuals plan or if you currently have no paid plan at all. If you go this route, please let us know how it goes, or if you have any issues!
For decades now, Adobe has always provided publicly-available CC and CS industry-standard downloadable installers for many valid reasons… In our view, the need is strong and they should continue to do so.
If you agree, then share your thoughts below on why you want or need direct download links. More importantly, please also post feedback on the Adobe Forums and definitely send your comments to the product teams to tell the company directly. Then spread the word to others you know!
As always, we will be following this story closely going forward, and keeping this page up to date with the latest news regarding new offline installers, as well as publishing further information on the status of CC 2021 direct download links.
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Changing System Requirements
Also important to know that the system requirements have evolved, both on Windows as well as on Mac, in order to take advantage of the latest operating system features and technologies… On Macs, the CC 2021 release now requires macOS 10.14 (Mojave) or later. If you’re not yet running a compatible version of macOS, then you can get a free upgrade directly from Apple to Mojave (10.14) or Catalina (10.15). Be aware, however, that in Catalina, Apple has dropped support for any older 32-bit programs that you may have. And while still in beta/preview, macOS 11.0 (Big Sur) is supported by Adobe as well.
On PCs, Windows 10 (version 1903 or higher) is a fully-supported platform for all Creative Cloud applications. Importantly, except for Acrobat DC, the CC 2021 apps no longer support 32-bit or any Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating systems.
Adobe explains that focusing their efforts on more modern OS versions allows them to concentrate on developing the features and functionality most requested by members, while ensuring peak performance that takes advantage of modern hardware. For more details, please consult the complete CC 2021 System Requirements. If these specifications don’t work for you for some reason, then you can instead continue to use the older CC 2020 applications, or even CC 2019 or CC 2018.
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26 thoughts on “Update on New Creative Cloud 2021 Direct Download Links”
Just a heads up, if you have an Adobe Team or enterprise account, you can generate your own packages and I have done so this morning (Australia time).
Thanks Daniel, you’re absolutely right!
All Teams or Enterprise customers have access to the Admin Console, where you can create your own offline packages with the latest 2021 app installers to use wherever you want, on any computer, etc.
Importantly, anybody can sign up to be a Teams subscriber (even if only for a single user, and even if just for a short period) in order to do this themselves, if and when needed.
In other words, one possibility for someone who needs the absolute latest (fully-updated) 2021 versions is to sign up for a Creative Cloud for Teams plan, make the needed packages for yourself, and then cancel that account within 14 days for a full refund:
More details here:
How to Exchange, Return, or Refund Adobe Software Products
Note that a Teams subscription can be purchased even for just one single ordinary individual user, so it’s not necessary to have a company or group in order to get it… And that gives full access to the Admin Console in order to create any needed 2021 standalone installer packages.
This should work anywhere in the world where the Teams plan is offered.
In less than four weeks, on November 17th, in a seemingly once-in-a-decade event (1994, 2005, and now 2020), Apple is widely rumoured to host an event that commences the end of its relationship with Intel by announcing the first MacBook powered by an ARM processor.
Knowing how torturous it is for us Adobe CC aficionados to obtain direct downloads for the latest-and-greatest CC Suite for Win/Mac, when should we expect Adobe to make the availability of CC 2021 for the Qualcomm SQ2 ARM-powered Microsoft Surface Pro X (considering Microsoft revealed in late September that finally the much-awaited x64 application emulation support for WoA [Windows on ARM] is imminent) ?
I don’t give two hoots for Apple desktops/laptops, regardless of whether they are powered by a Motorola, PowerPC, Intel, or ARM chips.
Good question! We can’t give any specific dates, but know that Adobe is working on ensuring that Creative Cloud will run on all major Windows and Mac hardware platforms.
“(F) You must not access or attempt to access the Services or Software by any means other than the interface we provide or authorize”
Meaning that unless Adobe provides your regular consumer account with access to offline installers (e.g. through customer support) you’re stuck with using Creative Cloud Desktop, and anything else being a violation of their terms. Of course, creating a Team account for the express purpose of accessing the software in a way that Adobe does not make available to your regular account is a violation in itself:
“(S) You must not create Adobe accounts for the purpose of violating these terms […]”
These restrictions are further mentioned in Adobe’s Additional Software Terms, 1.3. (B), “Restrictions:”
“(3) You must not circumvent technological measures intended to control access to the Software”
Hi Severin, this is a misunderstanding of Adobe’s Terms of Service. These cover how the software is employed by the end user, not how it is installed.
The terms you cite are intended to protect against the applications being used as a Service Bureau, for example. In other words, someone trying to offer or sell access to the running apps online or over a network.
They have nothing to do with how the software itself is installed on your own computer.
We’ve been offering direct download links on this site since Creative Suite 3 in 2007, with no problems at all. Adobe has offered them for even longer.
Readers have been using the Creative Cloud Teams plan to create packaged offline CC installers for many years, as well. The end result is the programs being installed on your local desktop computer just like the Individual plan.
There is nothing anywhere that says folks can’t try out the Teams plan to see how it works, with the possibility of cancelling later – exactly like any other trial you’ve ever run.
So, there’s no issue here! Hope that helps clear things up.
It has to stated that ProDesignTools has well-established links with Adobe for over a decade, and probably has the blessing of Adobe, making this website a resource for Adobe products like no other. It is therefore highly unlikely that ProDesignTools would give ill-informed, incorrect, or false information regarding Adobe products.
“(F) You must not access or attempt to access the Services or Software by any means other than the interface we provide or authorize”.
My understanding of the above is that generating a personalised offline Adobe CC suite for oneself is within the confines of the T&C, as access to the Admin Console for Teams/Enterprise customers is undertaken via the Services and interface provided by Adobe.
If however, as an example, one were to intercept the HTTP traffic between an internet browser/Adobe software and Adobe servers in order to bypass the Services and/or interface provided by Adobe, with the intention to gain an upper hand, then indeed that would be a violation of Adobe’s T&C.
Well-said as always, John – thank you!
Yes, of course making such install packages for the user account accessing the admin console or other users under the business subscription is permitted under the terms. But, since Adobe explicitly prohibits your regular consumer account from ever accessing that interface, signing up for a business account *for the sole purpose of accessing that interface, but keeping your consumer account to use the software obtained in this manner* constitutes a clear bypass of that restriction, because of course the consumer account user was accessing the software “by other means than provided.” In fact I would argue that such conduct would constitute, as you say, “an intention to gain an upper hand” over the restrictions Adobe imposes on you as a consumer subscriber.
I don’t believe that it is in Adobe’s interest to have people pretend to sign up for an annual business subscription, Adobe processing the order, pay a month’s fee (I guess, since you mention refunds), make use of the business interface to download their software, subsequently cancel their subscription, and then Adobe having to refund the money to the customer and closing their account.
Do you not think for a moment that suggesting, in all seriousness, that paying (!) Adobe customers jump through these sort of hoops might just be “wrong” and not something that should be excused or even condoned, as you are doing here? You’re saying that you’re advocating on behalf of “customers everywhere,” but seriously, that’s not what this is. You’re making up ridiculous excuses for Adobe’s ever increasingly consumer-hostile behavior here. I suppose that’s the price you have pay for getting to keep the “Adobe Partner” distinction.
Not at all. And your argument is puzzling. On one hand, you’re saying that Adobe is acting hostilely to consumers, yet on the other hand you’re saying that customers shouldn’t be able to work through the system to download the products they’re paying for or would like to purchase. Further, you’re disparaging our efforts to help our readers find a way to do exactly that.
The process of signing up for Creative Cloud and even canceling a subscription is now largely automated. In most cases, it is zero imposition on the company. In fact, it’s quite the opposite – because undoubtedly there will be plenty of people who, after trying the Teams plan and learning of its benefits & advantages, will continue as ongoing paid subscribers to this option. Which, of course, Adobe would be happy about.
In other words, it’s a win-win for everyone if folks can get the tools they need and Adobe can increase its customer base. No sane company would ever turn down people wanting to briefly try out its product at no cost to anyone.
Finally, your reading of “accessing the Software” from the Terms of Service is misinterpreted. Those terms are regarding how the running program is accessed, not how a legitimate standalone installer is obtained. Our site and Adobe themselves have provided offline installers for many years and continue to do so. Once installed, the program resident on your machine is identical to all others, as is your use of that program.
So ultimately, this controversy is a big nothingburger.
Update: Someone at Adobe reached out to us about this. The company has just launched a brand new initiative whereby anyone can now start a free Creative Cloud for Teams trial with All Apps for 14 days, for you and up to nine other team members if desired. You can invite and manage the free trial licenses from the online Admin Console, as well as easily create downloadable “self-service” installer packages for whichever apps you want.
No credit card or payment details are required, and you can get started immediately. You can sign up for the Creative Cloud for teams trial if you don’t have an Adobe account, have a free Creative Cloud membership, or have a paid Individual subscription. If you wish, you can purchase Creative Cloud for Teams anytime during or after your trial period, or you can simply let the trial expire automatically after 14 days without payment.
There is no obligation to remove any of the Creative Cloud apps you install; however they will continue to function only with an ongoing paid membership plan of some kind.
For more information, check out the new Adobe help page detailing this offer:
Start Your Creative Cloud for Teams Free Trial
We just tried it out and it works seamlessly as described, even if you already have an Individuals plan or if you currently have no paid plan at all.
I am not of the opinion that customers shouldn’t be able to “work through the system,” but obviously this is not the place to discuss the various ways of achieving that. I just think it’s against Adobe’s terms either way, but we’ll have to leave it at that.
It’s a win-win for Adobe and an affiliate such as yourself getting people to sign up with them, I’ll give you that.
It is a loss for paying customers to receive the suggestion that they go through a process like this in order to simply get offline installers for the software they are already paying for, and I’d argue that attempting to portray this as something customers would “want to do” is a severe mischaracterization.
It’s not against Adobe’s terms. On the contrary, the company is encouraging folks – whether a current customer or not – to try out the Teams plan for free… We have done exactly that and signed on for that trial to prove it works. Further, there is no credit card required and no cancellation needed; the Teams free trial cancels automatically after 14 days with no further action and zero financial obligation.
In fact it’s a better offer than the normal Individuals trial for 7 days, which does require a form of payment up front.
And yes, we absolutely agree that Adobe should be providing industry-standard offline installers that are easily downloadable for everyone, as they have in the past! If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll know that we have been saying this very often and for many years – and we are in regular contact with Adobe engineers and product managers pushing on this and advocating for our readers (and all other customers) who, like you, want or need these!
So we won’t rest until the new 2021 direct download links are out and available. But in the meantime, there are other possible avenues as outlined above.
Update: Here they are – Adobe has just released all the offline installers for Creative Cloud 2021 and here is our new post that should make it easier for you to get the links you need:
How to Get New Adobe Creative Cloud 2021 Direct Download Links
I cannot get the link in the above way. Who can get it and send it to me. I need Premiere Pro cc 2021 and Audition CC 2021
Could you tell us why you can’t get the links as described above?
The english and the german support didn’t provide me with direct download links of Adobe XD even after showing them this article. Can somebody else try to get a download of Adobe XD Starter Plan for individuals, which they can later share with me. I don’t know how long the temp download is valid, so if I react fast then I could also download the files if you would only share the link with me.
The direct download links expire after 24 hours. Regarding sharing the actual files themselves – sorry, we cannot copy, re-upload, or redistribute the installers in any way, as it is against Adobe’s terms of service and thus illegal.
Generally it is also very unsafe to try to download and install any software that doesn’t come direct from Adobe.
So the best way for readers to get the 2021 offline installers themselves is to use either one the two techniques described in the article above. However, the company is not likely to give the direct download links to people who are only free trial users. But, see what you can do about that here.
Hope that helps.
Hi bro, I downloaded the Photoshop CC 2021… but when I want to install it on my windows 7, it doesn’t work – please help sir, please.
Sorry, not sure; did you receive any error(s) or other messages?
If so, what are they exactly – and did you try googling that to find a solution?
Just tested that direct download link and it checks out 100% fine for us…
Nobody else has reported any issues, so we’d definitely need more detail in order to help you out.
@Ahmad – just noticed you asked about installing on Windows 7… Sorry, the 2021 versions are not supported and won’t run on Windows 7. Please check Adobe’s official system requirements for more information.
The previous release, Creative Cloud 2020, still supports Windows 7 SP1 for some CC tools, but not key ones like the video and audio apps.
The last CC release that supports Windows 7 for all tools was Creative Cloud 2018.
Hi Guys, Just to let you know that my request for direct download links for LR Classic and Photoshop (the Photographers package) was met with continued questions and stall tactics.
I have used your link, for 2020, with no issue. However this time, for 2021, it was an absolute pain in the rear. I have a genuine reason as here in Western Australia I live near a massive forest. All our main power is fed overhead, due to rock formations, when we get high winds, the power gets knocked out. No real issue as I have generators and solar power, but, I cannot control the internet supply, when wi-fi towers and exchange hubs get knocked out. I had to explain all this, via text, to the Customer Care bot/person and was still told it would not work as everything was Cloud-based and had to have internet to work.
After explaining that I just wanted my own hard copy, so that if a power outage happened during an update (where everything gets screwed), I could then reinstall the system files (saving me ages of downloads) and then just update when everything was stable again.
I don’t understand why, with a subscription base, I cannot have a permanent link to the main download each year, then authentication is carried out via Creative Cloud (as it is) when the minor updates are installed.
Why are simple things made so difficult by companies wanting to have control of everything the customer has already purchased?
I did not get the download for Photoshop. After our chat ended, I opened the link to find I had been given LR Classic and Lightroom CC only… doh!
Sorry to hear that, Andy. You shouldn’t have to explain all those things!
You’re right – you should just be able to request the offline installers that you need and receive them without difficulty. There are countless people in your situation around the world who have slow, intermittent or unreliable Internet connections.
So we’d suggest trying again and getting another agent who will give you the direct download links with no problem.
If you don’t get a positive response within the first few minutes of the chat, then insist on being connected to a supervisor or simply disconnect and repeat with someone else.
You will succeed, so don’t give up!
Lastly, it’s bad information for any Adobe representative to be insisting that the CC apps are “cloud-based and won’t work without an Internet connection.” That is a longtime misconception that they should working to dispel!
The 10 Most Common Myths About Adobe’s Creative Cloud (CC)
Please let us know how you make out.
Will these work with a MacBook?
Yes, the direct download links will run on either Windows and macOS – whichever you need.
Check the official Creative Cloud System Requirements for complete details.