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It's True: Adobe Bridge 2021 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, 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 2021 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, Adobe XD, 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 universal file manager and 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 for both Windows and macOS:

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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 Creative Cloud trial or a paid subscription (or even any other Adobe software at all). Regardless, Bridge 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 2021 either standalone by itself, or together with other applications like Photo­shop (and all the rest), or even Photoshop Elements… Either way, Bridge requires no purchase, no paid membership or subscrip­tion, and not even any other Adobe tools on the same system. It installs and runs fine, and even allows updating to the latest version of the app itself plus the ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) plugin for the display and previewing of raw files within Bridge.

Adobe recommends that photographers use the more sophisticated Lightroom ecosystem 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 (100% legitimate and authentic full version), you can download and install it here – look for the big blue “Download” button at the top right, which will give you Bridge via the Creative Cloud Desktop App. Alterna­tively, you can use the CC direct download links. 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 Photo­graphy bundle for just $9.99/month. If you’d like to try out the latest Creative Cloud 2021 software first at no cost, then just download the free trial to get started.

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This policy could change at any time, so don’t miss this unusual opportunity to quickly grab the full working version of new Bridge 2021 legally from Adobe at no cost:

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143 thoughts on “It's True: Adobe Bridge 2021 Is 100% Free for You to Download & Use”

  1. Unfortunately Free Bridge does not allow you to use Camera RAW without a subscription to Photoshop or other Adobe software.

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    • It’s true that without a paid copy of Photoshop to go with Bridge, you won’t be able edit images in ACR. That’s because the Adobe Camera Raw plugin which integrates with both Photoshop and Bridge is view-only if Photoshop is not activated.

      Meaning that within Bridge, the ACR plugin works in a read-only way in order to display and preview the content within your Adobe files. Bridge 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 need to have a subscription that includes Adobe Photoshop.

      But either way – either with or without Photoshop – all other features in Bridge itself are functional.

  2. I actually have a licensed Photoshop CS6 version on my PC, but looks like the new Bridge is not seeing the older version of Photoshop.

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    • Adobe Bridge became a free application in 2013, with the very first release of CC (after CS6).

      Installing or using Bridge CC would not change or update the Camera Raw plug-in/version that is used by Photoshop CS… They are managed separately within each program.

      Likewise, Bridge CC’s “Open in Camera RAW” command would not work, but the plain “Open” command should launch Photoshop CS6.

      In any event, you should be able to continue using the version of Bridge (CS6) that came with Photoshop CS6.

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