Run the Adobe CC Cleaner Tool to resolve some Creative Cloud or Creative Suite installation issues.

Getting started

The Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool allows you to more precisely remove installation records for Creative Cloud or Creative Suite applications that may have become corrupted or may be causing problems with a new installation. It can be particularly helpful if you have installed prerelease software on your system, and now want to remove it.

If you’re having trouble installing Creative Cloud apps, Creative Suite (CS3–CS6) apps, Photoshop Elements, or Adobe Premiere Elements, the Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) Cleaner Tool can help. Likewise, if you're unable to connect to Adobe servers, the Cleaner Tool can help by removing entries in your computer's host files that are blocking access to Adobe software and servers.

Run the CC Cleaner Tool

Choose your operating system

Run the CC Cleaner Tool for Windows

  1. Back up all files stored in Adobe product directories, including custom plug-ins or profiles you have installed.

  2. Uninstall Creative Cloud or Creative Suite applications by doing one of the following:

    • Windows 8, 7, or Vista: Choose Start > Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features.
    • Windows XP: Choose Start > Control Panel and double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select the application that you want to remove, and click Remove or Uninstall.

    Uninstall app
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the uninstallation.

  5. Restart your computer.

  6. Click the following link to download the Adobe Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool for Windows: AdobeCreativeCloudCleanerTool.exe

    If you see a download or save file prompt, click Save File to download it on your computer.

  7. Right-click the downloaded AdobeCreativeCloudCleanerTool.exe file and choose Run as Administrator.

    If you can't locate the downloaded file, see Find your downloaded Adobe app or file.

    Adobe CC cleaner tool

    Note:

    If Run as Administrator is not available when you right-click, double-click AdobeCreativeCloudCleanerTool.exe to run the EXE file.

  8. Follow the onscreen instructions in this order:

    • Choose your language: Press E for English or J for Japanese, and then press Enter.
    • Review the Adobe End-User License Agreement: Press Y to accept or N to decline (if you decline, the script stops). Press Enter.
    • Select the application you want to remove: Press the number that corresponds to the app name and then press Enter.
    • Confirm that you want to remove the product: Press Y and then press Enter.
    • (Optional) If you're unable to connect to Adobe's servers, repeat these steps to fix your host files. After accepting the End-User License Agreement, press 12 to select the host files option. Confirm that you want to fix the host files: Press Y and then press Enter. The Cleaner Tool creates a backup of the hosts files (named hosts_bkup) in the same directory, which you can revert to if a problem occurs.
  9. When you see the message “Adobe Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool completed successfully,” press Enter and restart your computer.

  10. To verify that the CC Cleaner Tool completed successfully, in a text editor such as WordPad, open Adobe Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool.log. The location of this file depends on your version of Windows:

    • Windows 8, 7, or Vista: C:\Users\[user name]
    • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]
  11. Review the log file entries. If any of the entries indicate failure, contact us.

  12. Once you have successfully run the Adobe CC Cleaner Tool, install your Creative Cloud or Creative Suite application. For instructions, see one of the following documents:

Run the CC Cleaner Tool for Mac OS

  1. Back up all files stored in Adobe product directories, including custom plug-ins or profiles you have installed.

  2. To uninstall Creative Cloud or Creative Suite applications, in the Finder, navigate to Applications > Utilities > Adobe Installers.

  3. Double-click the application’s uninstaller.

    Uninstall app
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the uninstallation.

  5. Restart your computer.

  6. Download the Adobe Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool for Mac: click the link to download the file - AdobeCreativeCloudCleanerTool.dmg

    If you see a download or save file prompt, click Save File to download it on your computer.

  7. To run the Adobe CC Cleaner Tool, double-click the AdobeCreativeCloudCleanerTool.dmg file.

    Adobe CC cleaner tool
  8. Double-click Adobe Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool and follow the onscreen instructions in this order:

    • Choose your language: Type e for English or j for Japanese, and then press Return.
    • Review the Adobe End-User License Agreement: Type y to accept or n to decline (if you decline, the script stops). Press Return.
    • From the menu in the upper-right corner of the script window, select the version of the application you want to remove. Press Return.
    • From the table, select the app you want to clean up, and then click Cleanup. (Click Clean All to clean up all installer-related files for the version of the CC or CS app you chose in step c.)
    • (Optional) If you're unable to connect to Adobe's servers, select Fix Host Files from the table to repair your host files, and then click Cleanup. The Cleaner Tool creates a backup of the hosts files (named hosts_bkup) in the same directory, which you can revert to if a problem occurs.

    Note:

    The End-User License Agreement is displayed in English or Japanese, depending on the language setting of the Root user account.

  9. When you see the message “Adobe Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool completed successfully,” click Quit and restart your computer.

  10. To verify that the Adobe CC Cleaner Tool completed successfully, in a text editor such as TextEdit, open /Users/[user name]/Adobe Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool.log.

  11. Review the log file entries. If any of the entries indicate failure, contact us.

  12. Once you have successfully run the Adobe CC Cleaner Tool, install your Creative Cloud or Creative Suite application. For instructions, see one of the following documents:

Remove all or selected products (Enterprise users only)

Note:

This information is for Enterprise-installation administrators only.

To begin, select the relevant option and your operating system.

Run the Adobe CC Cleaner Tool in silent mode to list all the products that the tool can remove. It enables you to remove all CC or CS apps installed on the computer, or to remove selected apps by commenting out the lines in an XML file that the tool generates.

Remove all products (Windows)

  1. Back up all files stored in Adobe product directories, including custom plug-ins or profiles you have installed.

  2. Uninstall Creative Cloud or Creative Suite applications. Follows steps 2 through 5 in the Run the CC Cleaner Tool for Windows section.
  3. Run the Adobe CC Cleaner Tool by following these steps in order:

    • Click the following link to download the Adobe Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool for Windows: AdobeCreativeCloudCleanerTool.exe.
    • Create a directory/folder named AdobeCreativeCloudCleanerTool_Win and then copy the downloaded file in it.
    • Choose Start > Run and type cmd.
    • In the Command Prompt window, change directories to the AdobeCreativeCloudCleanerTool_Win directory that you created.
    • Type AdobeCreativeCloudCleanerTool.exe ‐‐removeAll= CREATIVECLOUDCS6PRODUCTS
    • To remove Flash Player, type AdobeCreativeCloudCleanerTool.exe --removeAll= CREATIVECLOUDCS6PRODUCTS --removeFP=1.
  4. Verify that the CC Cleaner Tool completed successfully. Follow steps 11 and 12 in the Run the CC Cleaner Tool for Windows section.

Remove selected products (Windows)

  1. Back up all files stored in Adobe product directories, including custom plug-ins or profiles you have installed.

  2. Uninstall Creative Cloud or Creative Suite applications. Follows steps 2 through 5 in the Run the CC Cleaner Tool for Windows section.

  3. Run the Adobe CC Cleaner Tool by following these steps in order:

    • Click the following link to download the Adobe Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool for Windows: AdobeCreativeCloudCleanerTool.exe.
    • Create a directory/folder named AdobeCreativeCloudCleanerTool_Win and then copy the downloaded file in it.
    • Choose Start > Run and type cmd.
    • In the Command Prompt window, change directories to the AdobeCreativeCloudCleanerTool_Win directory that you created.
    • Type AdobeCreativeCloudCleanerTool.exe --createCleanup=[absolute path to the folder in which you want to store the XML file].

            Note: Make sure that there is one space after .exe. Do not enter any additional spaces in this command.

    • Choose your language: Press E for English or J for Japanese.
    • Review the Adobe End-User License Agreement: Press Y to accept or N to decline (if you decline, the script quits).

    The XML file that the tool creates contains a list of products installed on the computer. By default, all product entries are commented in the XML file. For example:

    Cleanup xml file

    Note:

    The XML file lists all CS5 to CS5.5 products in a </CS5> tag.

  4. Uncomment entries for the apps on which you want to run the Adobe CC Cleaner Tool. For example, if you want to clean up Adobe SpeedGrade CC and Adobe Contribute CS5.5, edit the XML file as follows:

    Edited Cleanup xml file
  5. In elevated mode, run the Adobe CC Cleaner Tool with the following argument:

    AdobeCreativeCloudCleanerTool.exe --cleanupXML=[Absolute path to cleanup xml]
    .

  6. Verify that the Adobe CC Cleaner Tool completed successfully. Follow steps 11 and 12 in the Run the CC Cleaner Tool for Windows section.

Remove all products (Mac OS)

  1. Back up all files stored in Adobe product directories, including custom plug-ins or profiles you have installed.

  2. Uninstall Creative Cloud or Creative Suite applications. Follows steps 2 through 5 in the Run the CC Cleaner Tool for Mac OS section.

  3. Click the following link to download the Adobe Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool for Mac:  AdobeCreativeCloudCleanerTool.dmg.

  4. Double-click the AdobeCreativeCloudCleanerTool.dmg file.

  5. In a Terminal window, type the following command:

    sudo [Path to Adobe Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool.app]/Contents/MacOS/Adobe Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool ‐‐removeAll= CREATIVECLOUDCS6PRODUCTS.

  6. Verify that the Adobe CC Cleaner Tool completed successfully. Follow steps 11 and 12 in the Run the CC Cleaner Tool for Mac OS section.

Remove selected products (Mac OS)

  1. Back up all files stored in Adobe product directories, including custom plug-ins or profiles you have installed.

  2. Uninstall Creative Cloud or Creative Suite applications. Follows steps 2 through 5 in the Run the CC Cleaner Tool for Mac OS section.

  3. Click the following link to download the Adobe Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool for Mac: AdobeCreativeCloudCleanerTool.dmg.

  4. Double-click the AdobeCreativeCloudCleanerTool.dmg file.

  5. In a Terminal window, type the following command:

    sudo [Path to Adobe Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool.app]/Contents/MacOS/Adobe Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool --createCleanup=[Absolute path to folder to create xml].

  6. Enter the root user password and accept the End-User License Agreement.

    The XML file that appears contains a list of products installed on the computer. For example:

    Cleanup xml file

    Note:

    The XML file lists all CS5 to CS5.5 products in a </CS5> tag.

  7. Uncomment entries for the products on which you want to run the Adobe Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool. For example, if you want to clean up Adobe SpeedGrade CC and Adobe Contribute CS5.5, edit the XML file as follows:

    Edited Cleanup xml file
  8. In elevated mode, run the Adobe CC Cleaner Tool with the following argument: \

    sudo /Contents/MacOS/Adobe Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool --cleanupXML=[Absolute path to cleanup. xml].

  9. Verify that the CC Cleaner Tool completed successfully. Follow steps 11 and 12 in the Run the CC Cleaner Tool for Mac OS section.

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