Illustrator system requirements

Your computer must meet the minimum technical specifications outlined below to run and use Illustrator.

Applicable for:

June 2021 release

System requirements for Illustrator on the iPad

System requirements for earlier releases

Update Illustrator and OS

Get the latest features and bug fixes by simply updating Illustrator to the latest version.

Update Illustrator

Also, make sure that your Windows or macOS operating system is up to date.

Minimum system requirements for Illustrator on desktop

Windows

Specification

Minimum requirement

Processor

Multicore Intel processor (with 64-bit support) or AMD Athlon 64 processor

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-bit) versions V1809, V1903, V1909, and V2004.

Windows Server versions V1607 (2017) and V1809 (2019).

Note: Not supported on Windows 10 versions 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709 and 1803.

RAM

8 GB of RAM (16 GB recommended) 

Hard disk

2 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation; SSD recommended

Monitor resolution

1024 x 768 display (1920 x 1080 recommended)

To use Touch workspace in Illustrator, you must have a touch-screen-enabled tablet/monitor running Windows 10 (Microsoft Surface Pro 3 recommended)

GPU

OpenGL 4.x

Optional: To use GPU Performance: Your Windows should have a minimum of 1 GB of VRAM (4 GB recommended), and your computer must support OpenGL version 4.0 or greater.

Internet connection

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

Limitations

  • Scalable UI: Minimum monitor resolution required is 1920 x 1080.
  • GPU in Outline mode: Minimum monitor resolution required is 2000 pixels in any dimension.

Supported Video adapters

The following video adapter series support the new Windows GPU Performance features in Illustrator:

NVDIA

  • NVIDIA Quadro K Series
  • NVIDIA Quadro 6xxx
  • NVIDIA Quadro 5xxx
  • NVIDIA Quadro 4xxx
  • NVIDIA Quadro 2xxx
  • NVIDIA Quadro 2xxxD
  • NVIDIA Quadro 6xx
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX Series (4xx, 5xx, 6xx, 7xx, 9xx, Titan)
  • NVIDIA Quadro M Series
  • NVIDIA Quadro P Series
  • NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000

Important: Microsoft Windows may not detect the availability of the latest device drivers for NVIDIA GPU cards. Get the latest GPU card device drivers:

 - Quadro series
 - Other series

INTEL

  • Intel HD Graphics 4600 Series
  • Intel HD Graphics 5000 Series
  • Intel Iris Graphics 5000 Series
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5000 Series
  • Intel HD Graphics 6000 Series
  • Intel Iris Graphics 6000 Series

AMD

  • AMD Radeon R9 Series Graphics
  • AMD Radeon R7 Series Graphics
  • AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series Graphics
  • AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series Graphics
  • AMD FirePro V Series Graphics
  • AMD FirePro W Series Graphics

 Ensure that you have the latest GPU card drivers installed. See Illustrator GPU Performance | Driver Updates.

Don't see your card on the list?

The list of graphics processor cards above is updated as newly released cards are tested. However, Adobe cannot test all cards in a timely manner. If your card is not listed above, but meets the following requirements, you can assume that it works with the latest version of Illustrator:

  • Your Windows should have at least 1 GB of VRAM (4 GB recommended).
  • Your computer must support OpenGL version 4.0 or greater.

macOS

Specification

Minimum requirement

Processor

Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support

ARM-based Apple silicon processor

Operating system

  • macOS version 11 (Big Sur)
  • macOS version 10.15 (Catalina)
  • macOS version 10.14 (Mojave)

 

RAM

8 GB of RAM (16 GB recommended)

Hard disk

3 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation; SSD recommended

Monitor resolution

1024 x 768 display (1920 x 1080 recommended)

GPU

To use GPU Performance, your Mac should have a minimum of 1024 MB of VRAM (2 GB recommended), and your computer must support Metal.

Metal capable GPU feature is not available to all users as it is being rolled out in a phased manner from 16.2 or later.

  • Supported machines
  •   iMac 4K
  •   iMac 5K
  •   MacBook Pro Retina
  •   Mac Pro connected to a HiDPI monitor
  •   Mac mini connected to a HiDPI monitor
  • To check for VRAM value, choose Mac About This Mac (Graphics information)
  • To find out if your computer supports the required OpenGL version (4.0 or later), see this Apple support document.

Internet Connection

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

Limitations

  • Scalable UI: Minimum resolution required is 1920 x 1080.
  • GPU in Outline mode: Requires Retina display.

* NOTICE TO USERS:

  • Internet connection, Adobe ID, and acceptance of license agreement required to activate and use this product. This product may integrate with or allow access to certain Adobe or third-party hosted online services. Adobe services are available only to users 13 and older and require agreement to additional terms of use and the Adobe Privacy Policy. Applications and services may not be available in all countries or languages and may be subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Additional fees or membership charges may apply.
  • Illustrator is not supported on virtualized or server-based environments. These environments include, but are not limited to, Citrix Metaframe/Citrix Presentation Server, NVIDIA Grid, Microsoft App-V, VMWare, Parallels, and Virtual PC. "Thin Clients" are also server-based environments.
  • Illustrator is not supported on case-sensitive file system, removable flash storage devices, and network drives.

Language versions available for Illustrator on desktop

Illustrator is available in the following languages:

Dansk

Deutsch

English

Español

Français

Français*

Hebrew*

Hungarian

Italiano

Nederlands

Polish

 

Português (Brasil)

Svenska

Turkish

Ukrainian

čeština

Русский

عربي*

日本語

简体中文

繁體中文

한국어

* Arabic and Hebrew supported in a Middle Eastern version with full right-to-left language support, Arabic/Hebrew features, and an English interface; also in a North African French (Français*) version with full right-to-left language support, Arabic/Hebrew features, and a French interface.

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