Learn how to install extensions and add-ons for Adobe apps from the Exchange portal and using the Extension Manager (ExMan) command-line tool.

Extensions/add-ons for Adobe applications are installed from the Exchange portal using the Creative Cloud desktop app. You can also use the Extension Manager (ExMan) command-line tool to install them. 

Adobe Extension Manager is no longer available to install extensions.

Install extensions from Exchange portal using Creative Cloud desktop app

  1. Launch the Creative Cloud desktop app and ensure that file syncing and notifications are enabled.

    Depending on your version of the Creative Cloud desktop app, do the following:

    a. Click the gear icon in the upper-right corner.

     

    Gear icon in the Creative Cloud desktop app

     

    b. Click Syncing in the side bar. Ensure that Pause Syncing is displayed; if not, click Resume Syncing.

     

     

    Click "Syncing" in the sidebar

     

    c. Click Notifications in the side bar and ensure that OS notifications, App updates, Syncing, and Adobe Fonts are enabled.

    a. Click the three vertical dots in the upper right corner and select Preferences.

    Three dots in the Creative Cloud desktop app (old version)

    b. Click the Creative Cloud tab and ensure that the following are enabled:

    • Files -> File Sync.
    • Apps -> App updates.
    • Fonts  -> Adobe Fonts.
    Ensure "Syncing" is enabled

     

    c. Switch to the General tab and ensure that OS notifications is enabled.

  2. Ensure that you have installed the Adobe app to which you are adding the extension. For example, if you are installing an extension for Photoshop such as Adobe Exchange Assets, install Photoshop first.

  3. Sign in to the Exchange portal to install your extension. You can search for a specific extension, view extensions by product, or sort the list by paid, free, popularity, ratings, or title.

    Once installed, you can go to My Exchange to manage your extensions.

    Note:

    If you face any difficulties installing extensions, try installing extensions using the command-line tool. Alternatively, see Download / Install this extension using an Extension Install Utility.

  4. To see where you can find the extension in the app, go to My Exchange, click the extension, and see the section Where to find it.

    See where to find the installed extension in your app

Install extensions using command-line tool

You can install ZXP files of the required extensions using the ExMan command-line tool. If you do not have the ZXP file of the extension you are trying to install, contact the extension vendor. 

Before you begin, ensure that your version of the application supports the extension. Choose your operating system below and follow the steps to install extensions. For more information, see Working from the command-line.

Select Operating System

  1. Download the ExMan command-line tool ZIP file.

  2. Extract the files to a location on your computer. In the example below, the files are extracted to C:\Exmancmd_Win.

    Extract ExManCmd  files from the downloaded ZIP file
  3. Download the ZXP file of the extension and copy it to the same location.

  4. Type cmd in Windows Search. Right-click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.

    Note:

    Close the application related to the extension before you proceed with the installation.

    Open command prompt
  5. In the command prompt, navigate to the folder containing your extracted files. In our example, the location is C:\Exmancmd_Win. To navigate to this location, run the command cd C:\Exmancmd_Win

    Note:

    Commands are case-sensitive. While typing in the command, ensure that you use the correct case.

    Navigate to the folder location which has the extracted files
  6. To install the extension, run the command ExManCmd.exe /install <extension-filename.zxp>

    Install command on Windows
  7. Run the command ExManCmd.exe /list all to verify that the extension has been installed.

  8. To locate the installed extension in the Adobe app, follow the instructions given in the extension's user guide.

  1. Download the ZXP file of the extension you are trying to install. Copy the file to the desktop.

  2. Download the ExMan command-line tool DMG file.

  3. Double click the downloaded DMG file and copy the Contents folder to the desktop.

    Double-click the DMG file and copy the contents to the desktop
  4. Open Finder and go to Applications -> Utilities -Terminal. Double-click Terminal.

  5. Type the command  xattr -dr com.apple.quarantine and drag the file ExManBridgeTalkCmd from Desktop -> Contents -> MacOS on to the terminal, and then press Return.

    Alternatively, type the command  xattr -dr com.apple.quarantine Desktop/Contents/MacOS/ExManBridgeTalkCmd and press Return.

    Note:

    Commands are case-sensitive. While typing in the command, ensure that you use the correct case.

  6. Go to Desktop -> Contents -> MacOS and double-click ExManCmd. 

    Do you get a warning that ExManCmd can't be opened?

     Go to System Preferences -> Security & Privacy and click Open Anyway. You can now double-click ExManCmd.

    Warning that ExManCmd can't be opened
    Allow ExManCmd from Security & Privacy
  7. Go back to Applications -Utilities -Terminal and double-click Terminal

    Enter cd ~/Desktop to navigate to the desktop.

    Command to navigate to the desktop
  8. Run the command ./Contents/MacOS/ExManCmd --install <extension-filename.zxp> to install the extension.

    Install command on Mac

    If you run into permission issues, you can run the command using elevated privileges:

    1. Prefix sudo to the command. For example, in this case, use sudo ./Contents/MacOS/ExManCmd --install <extension-filename.zxp>
    2. Enter your password at the prompt and press Return. It's possible that you don't see the cursor moving or the text being entered as you type. 
  9. Run the command ./Contents/MacOS/ExManCmd -- list all to verify that the extension has been installed.

  10. To locate the installed extension in the Adobe app, follow the instructions given in the extension's user guide.

  1. Download the ZXP file of the extension you are trying to install. Copy the file to the desktop.

  2. Download the ExMan command-line tool DMG file.

  3. Double click the downloaded DMG file and copy the Contents folder to the desktop.

    Double-click the DMG file and copy the contents to the desktop
  4. Open Finder and go to Applications -> Utilities -Terminal. Double-click Terminal.

  5. Enter cd ~/Desktop to navigate to the desktop.

    Command to navigate to the desktop

    Note:

    Commands are case-sensitive. While typing in the command, ensure that you use the correct case.

  6. Run the command ./Contents/MacOS/ExManCmd --install <extension-filename.zxp> to install the extension.

    Install command on Mac

    If you run into permission issues, you can run the command using elevated privileges:

    1. Prefix sudo to the command. For example, in this case, use sudo ./Contents/MacOS/ExManCmd --install <extension-filename.zxp>
    2. Enter your password at the prompt and press Return. It's possible that you don't see the cursor moving or the text being entered as you type. 
  7. Run the command ./Contents/MacOS/ExManCmd -- list all to verify that the extension has been installed.

  8. To locate the installed extension in the Adobe app, follow the instructions given in the extension's user guide.

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