The Adobe Creative Cloud desktop application is your central location for managing the dozens of apps and services that are included in your Creative Cloud membership. You can also sync and share files, manage thousands of fonts, access libraries of stock photography and design assets, and showcase and discover creative work in the community. The Creative Cloud desktop app is your window into it all.
When you download your first Creative Cloud product, the Creative Cloud desktop app is installed automatically. If you have Adobe Application Manager installed, it auto-updates to the Creative Cloud desktop app.
If you don’t have the Creative Cloud desktop app installed, you can download it manually. To do so, follow these steps:
We do not recommend uninstalling the Creative Cloud desktop app. But if you must uninstall it, see Uninstall the Creative Cloud desktop app.
Here's how to download, install, and update your apps using the Creative Cloud desktop app. You can also browse apps by popularity, category, and version to discover new apps.
To access the Creative Cloud desktop app, click the Creative Cloud icon , located in the taskbar (Windows) or Apple menu bar (Mac OS).
By default, the Creative Cloud desktop app is launched when you log in to your computer. If you don’t see the Creative Cloud icon, you may have quit the application. Here’s how to relaunch it:
- Windows: Choose Start > Programs > Adobe Creative Cloud.
- Mac OS: Choose Go > Applications > Adobe Creative Cloud > Adobe Creative Cloud.
You can check for updates manually by clicking the three vertical dots icon in the upper-right corner of the Creative Cloud desktop app, and choosing Check for App Updates from the pop-up menu. You can also refresh the Creative Cloud desktop app and check for updates by pressing Ctrl+Alt+R (Windows) or Command+Option+R (Mac OS).
To download and install a previous version of an app, click the arrow next to Install or Open. Then, choose Other Versions. In the list that appears, find the version that you want to install, and then click Install.
Depending on your network’s download speed, it could take some time to download your app.
For more detailed information, such as how to launch your app, see Download and install Creative Cloud apps.
If you need to uninstall an app, see Uninstall or remove Creative Cloud apps.
For help with installation issues, see Troubleshoot Creative Cloud download and installation issues.
Sync files from your computer to Creative Cloud and access them from anywhere. Files are instantly available on all your connected devices and computers, and on your Creative Cloud Files page. To sync files, download and install the Creative Cloud desktop app on all computers.
To sync files, do one of the following:
- Copy, paste, or move files to the Creative Cloud Files directory or folder on your computer.
You can open the Creative Cloud Files directory or folder from the Creative Cloud desktop app by clicking the Assets tab, then the Files panel, and clicking Open Folder.
- In an app, choose File > Save or File > Save As and navigate to the Creative Cloud Files directory or folder on your computer.
You can view your files online on the Creative Cloud Assets page. Once the files are synced, you don't need to be online, and you can view them from the Creative Cloud Files directory or folder on your computer.
For information on working with files uploaded to Creative Cloud, see Browse, sync, and manage assets.
If there is an update available for Creative Cloud Sync, a red badge is displayed next to the Assets tab.
You can use Typekit fonts in all your Creative Cloud apps and other desktop software.
Choose a typeface from one of Typekit’s many foundry partners and sync it to your desktop with Creative Cloud. Synced fonts are available for use in all Creative Cloud apps and other desktop software.
You must have a paid Creative Cloud membership or an eligible Typekit account to sync fonts to your desktop computer.
Have questions about syncing fonts? Find answers in Add fonts from Typekit.
Adobe Stock is a service that provides designers and businesses with access to 55 million high-quality, curated, royalty-free images, illustrations, vector graphics, video, and our new Premium collection for all their creative projects. You can purchase a single image on an as-needed basis, or purchase a multi-image subscription.
You can add a watermarked image preview from the Adobe Stock website to any of your libraries. In Creative Cloud apps that support Libraries—Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, and After Effects—simply drag the watermarked stock image from the Libraries panel to your project. When you’re ready, you can also license the stock image from within the Libraries panel in the Creative Cloud desktop app.
When you license an image, Creative Cloud apps that support library-linked assets—Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign—automatically updates all linked instances of the image to the licensed, high-resolution version without the watermark.
For more information, see Using Adobe Stock.
Creative Cloud Market is a collection of high-quality, curated content by creatives, for creatives. Creative Cloud subscribers can access assets from Market for free on desktop and mobile devices (via Creative Cloud connected apps), choosing from an incredible selection of vector graphics, icons, patterns, UI kits, and more. Creative Cloud subscribers can download up to 500 unique, royalty-free assets each month. This powerful new service lets creatives seamlessly find assets to build upon, manipulate, and modify to jumpstart their creative process.
For more information, see Creative Cloud Market.
Showcase and discover creative work on Behance. As a member, you can create a portfolio of your work and broadcast it widely and efficiently. Or, explore the latest creative work from designers around the world by browsing featured or popular work across fields.
- Log in or sign up to access your Behance Activity Feed, Portfolio, and Share & Discover New Work. If you already have an account, you are prompted to log in. If you don't have an account already, signup is quick and easy.
- Even without a Behance account, you can explore Projects and Work in Progress from the Creative Cloud desktop app, using the Discover panel.
For more information, see Publish to Behance from Creative Cloud or visit the Adobe Behance community forum.
The Activity Stream on the Creative Cloud desktop app Home panel shows your interactions with Creative Cloud. Here you can view events and activities, such as new app availability, updates, and installation status.
To activate Creative Cloud, simply sign in to Creative Cloud with your Adobe ID, Facebook or Google account, and password. Signing in activates the Creative Cloud license and all installed apps and services that are associated with your Adobe ID. You can then use your apps and services normally.
- To sign in, click the dimmed Creative Cloud icon, located in the taskbar (Windows) or Apple menu bar (Mac OS), to open the Creative Cloud desktop app.
- Enter your Adobe ID (usually your email address) and password, and click Sign in. (If the Creative Cloud desktop app opens, you are already signed in.)
You are now able to use Creative Cloud services, install Creative Cloud apps, and launch Creative Cloud apps that you may have previously installed.
To deactivate Creative Cloud, sign out from Creative Cloud. Signing out deactivates all installed Creative Cloud apps and services associated with your Adobe ID on that computer. The apps are still installed, but they are no longer connected to a valid license. Sign in again to reactivate the license and use the apps and services.
- To sign out, open the Creative Cloud desktop app, and then click the gear icon and choose Preferences. Click General and then click Sign Out.
The Creative Cloud apps and services associated with your Adobe ID are now deactivated on that computer.
For more detailed instructions, see Sign in and sign out to activate Creative Cloud apps.
To open the Preferences dialog box in the Creative Cloud desktop app, click the three vertical dots icon at the upper-right, and then choose Preferences.
The Preferences dialog box gives you options for customizing and working with Creative Cloud, including changing your software install language and adjusting settings for Creative Cloud services.
Launch at login
Select this option to launch Creative Cloud desktop app by default, every time you log in to your system.
Attach window to Notification Area
Select this option to attach the Creative Cloud window to the taskbar. If this option is selected, the Creative Cloud desktop app does not launch in a separate window.
Change the language setting of your Creative Cloud apps. All apps that you download after making this change installs in the new language.
Change the install location of your Creative Cloud apps. All apps that you install after making this change will install in the new location.
Manages syncing of files and libraries to Creative Cloud. Turning sync off only stops syncing your files and libraries but do not delete them locally.