• While you may continue to purchase and use Lightroom 6 with a perpetual license, Adobe will no longer provide updates to the software. Consider upgrading to the Creative Cloud Photography plan to get the latest updates in Lightroom Classic CC and the all-new Lightroom CC, and ensure that the software works with raw files from the newest cameras.
  • Due to an API behavior change introduced by Facebook, the Facebook publish service will no longer work in Lightroom 6 with a perpetual license. See this tech note for more details.

Download Lightroom 6 (Single App license)

You can buy Lightroom 6 as a Single App licensed product (without a Creative Cloud plan), and download and install it on your desktop. Lightroom is also included in the Creative Cloud Photography and Creative Cloud All Apps plans.


If you have a Creative Cloud plan of any type, you do not need to purchase Lightroom 6. See Download your Creative Cloud apps.

  1. Sign in to your Adobe account with your Adobe ID and password, or with your social (Facebook or Google) account. If you do not have an Adobe ID, click Get an Adobe ID and follow the onscreen instructions.

  2. Go to the Adobe product catalog. Scroll to find "Photoshop Lightroom 6", and click Buy now.

    The item refreshes to display available product options.

  3. Enter your email address and choose your desired product options, such as Full license or License upgrade, and click Continue.

    Upgrade or full version
  4. Enter your payment method and verify your order Type, Platform, Language, and Quantity. Click Place Secure Order.

    Place secure order for Lightroom 6 (Single app license)

    If you chose a License Upgrade, you need to enter the serial number of your previously purchased Lightroom product during the product installation and activation process.

    If you do not see the serial number screen after signing in with your Adobe ID, see Serialize Lightroom CC trial to activate as Lightroom 6.

  5. An Order Confirmation screen appears. In the Order Summary section, click Download.

    A Your Downloads screen appears. Note the serial number of your product.

  6. To download Lightroom 6 to your computer, click the Download link for your operating system (Windows or Mac OS).

    Download Lightroom 6


    Depending on your network and computer speed, it may take some time to download Lightroom.


    Having trouble with your download? See Troubleshoot Creative Cloud download and installation issues.

  7. To install Lightroom, double-click (Windows) or click (Mac OS) the downloaded file.

  8. Do one of the following:

    • Windows: Follow the Lightroom 6 installer’s onscreen prompts to unpackage the downloaded file and begin the install process.
    • Mac OS: In the Lightroom 6 window that appears, double-click Install.


    If asked whether you’re sure if you want to open the application, click Open.

  9. On the Welcome page, click Install I have purchased.

  10. If prompted, sign in with your Adobe ID and password, or with your social (Facebook or Google) account.

  11. Accept the Adobe Software License agreement.

  12. Enter the Lightroom serial number provided when you completed your purchase, and click Next.

    Enter serial number
  13. On the Options screen that appears, click Install.

    Lightroom 6 is installed on your computer in the same location where your applications are normally installed, such as the Program Files folder (Windows) or the Applications folder (Mac OS). You can access it the same way you access any application on your computer.

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