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Adobe CS6 Trials: Direct Download Links (no Manager or Assistant)

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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.

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…

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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 more) 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 (to install Edge Animate, see these tips).

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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.

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Note: Very Important Instructions

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Lightroom 6/CC
Elements 2022

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 (free).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Then follow the product installation instructions here.

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Adobe CS6
Direct Downloads
 
Size
Windows Mac
English Western Europe English Europe
Illustrator CS6 1.8 GB File 1 File 2 File 1 File 2 File 1 File 1
Photoshop CS6 1.1 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 Pro 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
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
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 Premium 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 Premium 5.8 GB File 1 File 2 File 1 File 2 File 1 File 1

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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.

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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, CS5.5, 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.

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1,942 thoughts on “Adobe CS6 Trials: Direct Download Links (no Manager or Assistant)”

  1. Hi! The ‘Click «HERE» to visit this page first’ link doesn’t seem to be working for me right now. It just opens a new tab and then immediately closes it again!

    Since it’s a critical step, I thought I’d let you know asap (or maybe it’s just a problem with my browser?)

    Cheers!

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  2. Of these direct downloads, what I am looking for is not the download that is the program suite. It is nice to be able to get, as discs can get scratched and what not, but I need the last CS updates not an upgrade… Meaning, I have downloaded the suite and still couldn’t get the updates to the programs which includes the Camera Raw plugin that allows me to see my old Nikon’s raw files… I just bought a newer Apple mac pro to replace my very old one that finally bit the dust, and I can no longer work from raw files in Camera Raw… The in-program launcher works if you are on Mountain Lion OS (but really bad web support) when you get closer to the modern age where you get modern day communication via browser support, the in-program launcher can NOT get the updates… What gives? There is a package that can be accessed but not from an OS that is too new… Why not? Apple could simply put the UPDATE package available as a link on everyone’s My Apple Account Page like they did for everything else we paid for… that stuff belongs to our suite… So my question is… Is there a link to just the updates or a link to the suite where all the updates have been added… I can install the suite all day long, but if the truncated single file that replaces the 2 original CD’s doesn’t include ALL of the updates (I would expect that this would be improbable) the extra set of updates, not to be confused with upgrade, would be available somewhere…

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    • additional… I have a verifiable account with serial number, purchase date and all necessities, I can get without assistance that which they keep sending me otherwise… These links are amazing and totally helpful but without updates included before the next upgrade, they’re simply incomplete versions of the overall program.

    • The Creative Suite 6 links above are the original base versions from the initial CS6 release in May 2012. You can try updating the software from the “Help” menu to get the last available version, which may work, though is not using a direct download link.

      But you mentioned Adobe Camera Raw in particular. Our links above are for Camera Raw 9.1.1, which is the final version of ACR that works with CS6.

      So, that version should work for you. You can install it to replace whatever version of Camera Raw you have, but you you cannot update CS6 beyond ACR 9.1.1 above.

      For the rest of CS6, an enterprising reader named Bryan has dug through Adobe’s old web archives for all CS6 product update downloads and catalogued them here for Windows and here for Mac.

      Note: CS6 became “end-of-life” software years ago and is completely unsupported by Adobe. It will not install on macOS Catalina (v. 10.15) or newer, because CS6 had 32-bit software components and Apple removed all support for 32-bit applications. It may possibly still run on Windows, sometimes with Compatibility Mode, though plenty of users have reported issues over the years.

  3. I don’t know why Adobe wouldn’t notify their loyal purchasers that they are going to pull (not support) upgrades that were paid for as a part of their product… If I could get what I bought then I wouldn’t need any support… I click on the CS6 Updates link from this site and get redirected to Adobe where the cloud stuff is pushed… I am trying to see the raw link… I actually had the vision from many contributors to get my new Mac tower sent with two OS… I got Mountain Lion to do what I needed before updating to High Sierra, which was a must to get my other third-party programs to work… If I hadn’t done that, I would still be in a bind… How many others are still stuck… The in-program installer still works for 32-bit OS but not newer… They should give all purchasers in their My Apple Account page a link to the updates. They have given us all the appropriate links for what we had originally purchased…

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    • The direct downloads to the original CS6 installers are given in the table above on this page. And thanks to Bryan, all the CS6 updates (for both Windows and macOS) are available from the links shared in our previous comment reply. That is, if updating from the Help menu doesn’t work for you. Is there anything we assist you with further, Robert?

      If you have feedback for Adobe, you can submit it to them directly here.

      Not sure about Apple, as we have nothing to do with that, but it’s Apple who removed all support for 32-bit applications in newer releases of macOS… They are somewhat notorious for breaking backwards compatibility with older software.

  4. Robert, those links for the updates are on Archive.org, so you can get all or just the ones needed. The Adobe updates are cumulative, so you only need to install the last update for an app, not all of them.

    I was gonna suggest that you run a virtual machine on the newer Mac Tower, but you didn’t say if it was an Intel-based or M1-based machine.

    If it’s an M1- or M2-based CPU, I’m sorry to say you’re probably out of luck, as new ARM versions of the CPU only support macOS 12 and above, even in a VM. So, no love for Mac customers who may have bought several versions of Adobe’s products.

    So unless your new Mac is has an Intel CPU, it will not run older macOS’s even in a Virtual machine due to the ARM architecture. So all the valuable Mac software you spent good money on is now useless.

    I could see your ire is up about this. I’d be furious if I spent $1,500 on CS6 and couldn’t use it, still!

    I can still run my version of CS6 on Windows 10. Won’t upgrade to Win 11 at least for another year at this point.

    This whole mess is made worse by Apple going to their M1 and M2 CPU’s.

    It’s not Adobe’s fault that macOS only supports Adobe’s pro 2 or 3 years. It’s Apple’s.

    Apple is and has been crapping on all their customers for years, as you have new been experiencing, when it comes to supporting older third-party software.

    My suggestion is to get a new Windows PC with at least 16GB of RAM and CPU that has at least 12 cores, then use VMware player to set up and run a VM with macOS 10.7 as the OS or purchase VMware Pro.

    This way you can extend the life of the CS6 software you spent good money on.

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  5. Are the direct download links listed above the final upgrade or the final updates??? As in, are they standalone programs or updates to a program I must have loaded already??? I downloaded some stuff that was supposed to be updates but they were just redundant CS6 final version Upgrades…. I know of a Navy buddy that upgraded his OS and it rendered his PS inoperable… What is last Mac OS that you can use the CS6 suite on??? Many thanks for all the help on what may seem to some to be the same old question… Is it apple or is it adobe… I hear it is Apple but if Adobe is going to give me links on my Adobe Account Page, denoting everything I purchased, as in I can download anytime, why not give everyone’s page a link to a file for their last respective upgrades??? Thanks to All who helped me…

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    • The CS6 direct download links above are complete, standalone programs.

      The updates that Bryan put together are patches to be applied on top of your installed programs.

      The official CS6 system requirements (for macOS and Windows) can be found here:

      Adobe CS6 Complete System Requirements for All Products on PC and Mac

      CS6 can not be installed on macOS Catalina (v. 10.15) or newer, because Apple removed all support for 32-bit software.

      Adobe says if you purchased Creative Suite from them (or registered it with them), then you can also find the CS installers in your online account:

      How to download older versions of Adobe apps

    • So to use the updates, you have to have CS6 for Mac installed.

      I believe Mac OS X v10.8 “Mountain Lion” is the last Mac OS version supported.

      After CS6 is installed you will have to install Adobe Application Manager version 6.2.exe before you can successfully add all the mac updates.

      You need to do all of the following offline, e.g. –

      1. install CS6 for Mac
      2. install AAM 6.2 (located in the Mac updates archive).
      3. install the updates.

      If you go online after installing CS6 but before installing AAM 6.2, CS6 will install the subscription version of AAM 8.0 or later and then you won’t be able to install the updates.

      Since you’re on a Mac, good luck removing all of CS6’s setup files and the subscription AAM files, as that is what you would have to do to start over.

    • Thanks so much. You guys are definitely the info center I have been looking for… Perhaps I accidently discovered a very simple way to do this. I purchased both Mountain Lion and High Sierra. I discovered the download manager works with M. Lion and I simply upgraded the OS from there till I got to High Sierra… I discovered I had to do it all over because Wacom needs to be installed before High Sierra… It can install on M. Lion… I figured it out thru a bit of a loophole, but a single patch for the suite would’ve been nice… Where would the Mac Community be without you guys and your tireless work? Many thanks.

  6. I bought Photoshop CS6 Extended years ago. I have a license key, the serial number. It’s what I’ve been using to edit my photos; I’m a photographer. But this morning I spilled coffee on my laptop, it shut down and I can’t get it to run, so I bought a new laptop this morning. It doesn’t have a CD drive, so how can I get my Photoshop CS6 Extended back? I’m running Windows 11 now.

    Please someone HELP??????

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    • You can try to download Photoshop CS6 above and see if it will install and activate with your valid purchased serial number… It may or may not run or work properly on Windows 11; we’ve heard both. If not, you can try setting Compatibility Mode for the application in Windows and/or running it with Administrator privileges.

      If you had purchased the license for the Extended (vs. Standard) version, then that’s the edition which should reactivate, if all goes well.

  7. Hello Bryan, one more follow up to this… The Application Manager is labeled as “6.2” but the version is “7.0.0.233” – does that make a difference?

    Thank you!

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  8. So I’m not a Mac guy, so I have no way to test the Mac updates.

    Only thing I can say is make sure your computer can’t connect to the internet during any part of installing CS6, AAM, and the updates.

    So install a CS6 suite or single app offline, next, while still offline from the internet, install that 6.2 version that is reporting version 7. I reboot at this point on windows. So reboot if needed.

    Next, while still offline, see if you can install an update.

    If you get an error message about having to log into your Adobe account, while offline, then it is not the perpetual version of AAM (6.2) and is the subscription version which is indeed AAM 7.0

    If you can install any updates then it is not the subscription version even though it reports version 7.0.0.233.

    When I install the Windows version of CS6, I install everything offline, program, AAM6.2, then updates.

    Then when all done I disable updates when it pops up, because I’ve already installed them. There won’t be any new ones as CS6 is end-of-life as far as any further updates.

    If you install CS6 online, it will update you to the Creative Cloud version of AAM right away. When this happens on Windows it tries to get the Creative Cloud versions of CS6 updates. Since you have the perpetual version you can’t get any perpetual version updates. At this point you will need uninstall CS6, download the Adobe Cleaner Tool, run it, then start over and do the whole process over offline.

    Any time I’ve tried to install while online with a serial, I end up not being able to get the perpetual updates because the very first update installed is AAM 10, the Cloud version.

    If I do all offline, then I can install all the updates which are needed.

    There are a couple of CS6 applications where you need to install the updates in the order they where released, e.g., you can’t update using the last one.

    Also if you update using the most recent update you can’t use the earlier updates. So if one the CS6 apps isn’t working correctly then you will have to again start all over from scratch.

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  9. Trying to keep using CS6.

    Hi there. My late 2012 iMac which was running CS6 died the other day. I used to have a design agency, so have all the CS versions over the years right up to CS6, for which I own 5 licences but I think all my activations have been used on machines that I have sold over the years or that have failed.

    So I took the iMac apart and rescued the hard drive, put it in a disk caddy and hooked it up to a Mac mini I have and used it as the boot drive. Up came my old home screen, I logged in and started CS6 with fingers crossed. Up came Adobe Application manager saying I could start a trial of my design and web licence. Oh no, I thought – then I saw that it said I could use the trial for 32967 days, which I make to be around 90 years – which seems fine with me if indeed it stays that way. I just shut it down as I am waiting for a new power supply for the iMac and hope that it will work again with a new power supply. Does anyone have any ideas why it is offering such a long trial period and whether, if I take it, it will stay that way?

    Thanks for any responses.

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  10. I’ve downloaded the CS6 and keep getting this error: ‘The file archive part of Adobe Photoshop CS6 is missing. You need all parts in the same folder…’

    What do I need to do? I do not want the cloud as I use Photoshop not that often, and the cloud cannot load correctly due to my computer’s speed.

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  11. I was able to find the –

    Czech,
    French—North Africa,
    Hungarian,
    Middle Eastern English Arabic,
    Middle Eastern English Hebrew,
    Polish,
    Romanian,
    Russian,
    Turkish,
    and
    Ukrainian

    Windows and Mac Creative Suite 6 ESD’s on Achive.org.

    I also added them to my CS6 Master Collection archive library on Archive.org here: https://archive.org/details/creative-suite-cs-6-master-suite

    These ESD’s aren’t available on the ProDesignTools CS6 software downloads, on this page.

    Wanted to share them and let everyone know that they are now easy to find.

    Reply
    • Thanks, Bryan!

      Actually, if you take any of the English links above, copy it and change the Language Set designation to “LS6” near the end, and then paste it into your browser address bar, you will get the Eastern European language set (Czech, Polish, Russian, Romanian, Turkish, Ukrainian, Hungarian, Arabic, Hebrew) for Adobe CS6…

      Similarly, changing it to “LS3” at the end (instead of LS16, LS4, or LS7) will give you the Chinese, Taiwanese and Korean language versions (where available for certain tools) for Creative Suite 6.

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