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Installing and using extensions to Dreamweaver

  1. Dreamweaver User Guide
  2. Introduction
    1. Responsive web design basics
    2. What's new in Dreamweaver
    3. Web development using Dreamweaver - An Overview
    4. Dreamweaver / Common Questions
    5. Keyboard shortcuts
    6. Dreamweaver system requirements
    7. Feature summary
  3. Dreamweaver and Creative Cloud
    1. Synchronize Dreamweaver settings with Creative Cloud
    2. Creative Cloud Libraries in Dreamweaver
    3. Using Photoshop files in Dreamweaver
    4. Work with Adobe Animate and Dreamweaver
    5. Extract web-optimized SVG files from Libraries
  4. Dreamweaver workspaces and views
    1. The Dreamweaver workspace
    2. Optimize Dreamweaver workspace for visual development
    3. Search files based on filename or content | Mac OS
  5. Set up sites
    1. About Dreamweaver sites
    2. Set up a local version of your site
    3. Connect to a publishing server
    4. Set up a testing server
    5. Import and export Dreamweaver site settings
    6. Bring existing websites from a remote server to your local site root
    7. Accessibility features in Dreamweaver
    8. Advanced settings
    9. Set site preferences for transferring files
    10. Specify proxy server settings in Dreamweaver
    11. Synchronize Dreamweaver settings with Creative Cloud
    12. Using Git in Dreamweaver
  6. Manage files
    1. Create and open files
    2. Manage files and folders
    3. Getting and putting files to and from your server
    4. Check in and check out files
    5. Synchronize files
    6. Compare files for differences
    7. Cloak files and folders in your Dreamweaver site
    8. Enable Design Notes for Dreamweaver sites
    9. Preventing potential Gatekeeper exploit
  7. Layout and design
    1. Use visual aids for layout
    2. About using CSS to lay out your page
    3. Design responsive websites using Bootstrap
    4. Creating and using media queries in Dreamweaver
    5. Present content with tables
    6. Colors
    7. Responsive design using fluid grid layouts
    8. Extract in Dreamweaver
  8. CSS
    1. Understand Cascading Style Sheets
    2. Laying out pages using CSS Designer
    3. Using CSS preprocessors in Dreamweaver
    4. How to set CSS Style preferences in Dreamweaver
    5. Move CSS rules in Dreamweaver
    6. Convert inline CSS to a CSS rule in Dreamweaver
    7. Work with div tags
    8. Apply gradients to background
    9. Create and edit CSS3 transition effects in Dreamweaver
    10. Format code
  9. Page content and assets
    1. Set page properties
    2. Set CSS heading properties and CSS link properties
    3. Work with text
    4. Find and replace text, tags, and attributes
    5. DOM panel
    6. Edit in Live View
    7. Encoding documents in Dreamweaver
    8. Select and view elements in the Document window
    9. Set text properties in the Property inspector
    10. Spell check a web page
    11. Using horizontal rules in Dreamweaver
    12. Add and modify font combinations in Dreamweaver
    13. Work with assets
    14. Insert and update dates in Dreamweaver
    15. Create and manage favorite assets in Dreamweaver
    16. Insert and edit images in Dreamweaver
    17. Add media objects
    18. Adding videos in Dreamweaver
    19. Insert HTML5 video
    20. Insert SWF files
    21. Add audio effects
    22. Insert HTML5 audio in Dreamweaver
    23. Work with library items
    24. Using Arabic and Hebrew text in Dreamweaver
  10. Linking and navigation
    1. About linking and navigation
    2. Linking
    3. Image maps
    4. Troubleshoot links
  11. jQuery widgets and effects
    1. Use jQuery UI and mobile widgets in Dreamweaver
    2. Use jQuery effects in Dreamweaver
  12. Coding websites
    1. About coding in Dreamweaver
    2. Coding environment in Dreamweaver
    3. Set coding preferences
    4. Customize code coloring
    5. Write and edit code
    6. Code hinting and code completion
    7. Collapse and expand code
    8. Reuse code with snippets
    9. Lint code
    10. Optimize code
    11. Edit code in Design view
    12. Work with head content for pages
    13. Insert server-side includes in Dreamweaver
    14. Using tag libraries in Dreamweaver
    15. Importing custom tags into Dreamweaver
    16. Use JavaScript behaviors (general instructions)
    17. Apply built-in JavaScript behaviors
    18. About XML and XSLT
    19. Perform server-side XSL transformations in Dreamweaver
    20. Performing client-side XSL transformations in Dreamweaver
    21. Add character entities for XSLT in Dreamweaver
    22. Format code
  13. Cross-product workflows
    1. Installing and using extensions to Dreamweaver
    2. In-App updates in Dreamweaver
    3. Insert Microsoft Office documents in Dreamweaver (Windows only)
    4. Working with Fireworks and Dreamweaver
    5. Edit content in Dreamweaver sites using Contribute
    6. Dreamweaver-Business Catalyst integration
    7. Create personalized email campaigns
  14. Templates
    1. About Dreamweaver templates
    2. Recognizing templates and template-based documents
    3. Create a Dreamweaver template
    4. Create editable regions in templates
    5. Create repeating regions and tables in Dreamweaver
    6. Use optional regions in templates
    7. Define editable tag attributes in Dreamweaver
    8. How to create nested templates in Dreamweaver
    9. Edit, update, and delete templates
    10. Export and import xml content in Dreamweaver
    11. Apply or remove a template from an existing document
    12. Edit content in Dreamweaver templates
    13. Syntax rules for template tags in Dreamweaver
    14. Set highlighting preferences for template regions
    15. Benefits of using templates in Dreamweaver
  15. Mobile and multiscreen
    1. Create media queries
    2. Changing page orientation for mobile devices
    3. Create web apps for mobile devices using Dreamweaver
  16. Dynamic sites, pages and web forms
    1. Understand web applications
    2. Set up your computer for application development
    3. Troubleshoot database connections
    4. Removing connection scripts in Dreamweaver
    5. Design dynamic pages
    6. Dynamic content sources overview
    7. Define sources of dynamic content
    8. Add dynamic content to pages
    9. Changing dynamic content in Dreamweaver
    10. Display database records
    11. Provide and troubleshoot live data in Dreamweaver
    12. Add custom server behaviors in Dreamweaver
    13. Building forms using Dreamweaver
    14. Use forms to collect information from users
    15. Create and enable ColdFusion forms in Dreamweaver
    16. Create web forms
    17. Enhanced HTML5 support for form elements
    18. Develop a form using Dreamweaver
  17. Building applications visually
    1. Build master and detail pages in Dreamweaver
    2. Build search and results pages
    3. Build a record insert page
    4. Build an update record page in Dreamweaver
    5. Building record delete pages in Dreamweaver
    6. Use ASP commands to modify database in Dreamweaver
    7. Build a registration page
    8. Build a login page
    9. Build a page that only authorized users can access
    10. Securing folders in Coldfusion using Dreamweaver
    11. Using ColdFusion components in Dreamweaver
  18. Test, preview, and publish websites
    1. Preview pages
    2. Preview Dreamweaver web pages on multiple devices
    3. Test your Dreamweaver site
  19. Troubleshooting
    1. Fixed issues
    2. Known issues



Learn how to use add-ons or extensions in Dreamweaver to reformat tables, connect to back-end databases, or help you write scripts for browsers.

Add-ons or extensions are new features that you can add easily to Dreamweaver. You can use many types of add-ons; for example, there are add-ons that let you reformat tables, connect to back-end databases, or help you write scripts for browsers.


To install add-ons that all users have access to in a multiuser operating system, you must be logged in as Administrator (Windows) or root (Mac OS X). For more information on using Dreamweaver on multiuser systems, click here.

The Adobe Add-ons page lists all the add-ons that you can install and use with Dreamweaver. You can also install the add-ons easily from the Add-ons page.

Install add-ons using the Add-ons page

Click Windows > Extensions > Browse Extensions to browse and install add-ons. When you click Browse Extensions, the Adobe Creative Cloud Add-Ons page appears.

On the Adobe Creative Cloud Add-Ons page, click Dreamweaver on the left to view Dreamweaver-specific add-ons. You can also use the search box on the right to search for a specific add-on.

Adobe Creative Cloud Add-Ons page. Dreamweaver extensions.
Adobe Creative Cloud Add-Ons page

Important: Before installing add-ons, ensure that you have enabled file sync for your Adobe Creative Cloud account. See Enable file sync on Adobe Creative Cloud for more details.

Follow the on-screen instructions to install the add-on.

To view the add-ons that you have installed or shared, click All Your Purchases And Shared Items under My Add-Ons.

Adobe Creative Cloud Add-Ons page - My Add-Ons. Dreamweaver extensions.
Adobe Creative Cloud Add-Ons page - My Add-Ons

Enable file sync on Adobe Creative Cloud

Before installing add-ons from Adobe Creative Cloud, ensure that you enable file sync through your Adobe Creative Cloud client.

  1. Click  on your system tray to open the Adobe Creative Cloud client.

  2. Click , and then click Preferences.

    Preferences in Adobe Creative Cloud client. File sync.
    Preferences in Adobe Creative Cloud client

  3. In the Files tab, set Sync On/Off to On.

    File sync in Adobe Creative Cloud client
    File sync in Adobe Creative Cloud client

Use acquired add-ons in new versions of Dreamweaver

Most times, an add-on is built to work with a specific version of Dreamweaver, mostly the latest version. The add-on can be used with later versions of Dreamweaver too, if it is built or configured to be used across Dreamweaver versions. When you install a new version of Dreamweaver and the previous version is uninstalled, the add-ons too are uninstalled. 

In such cases, the Adobe Creative Cloud desktop app automatically installs the add-ons that you have acquired (from the Add-ons page) while installing the new version of Dreamweaver. After the add-ons are installed, the Creative Cloud desktop displays a notification to indicate that the installation is successful. The only thing that you have to ensure is that the file sync option in the Creative Cloud desktop app is enabled for the automatic installation of add-ons.

Note: Only those add-ons that are compatible with the new version of Dreamweaver are installed by the Adobe Creative Cloud app.

Install third-party extensions

Third-party extensions can be installed through ZXP files using the Exman command line tool. If you do not have the ZXP file with you, contact the company selling the extension.

Ensure that the extension is supported on the version of the application on which it is being installed.

Install third-party extensions on Windows

  1. Download the ZIP file for the ExMan Command Line tool from

  2. Extract the files to a location on your computer. For this this tutorial, the files are extracted to C:\Exmancmd_Win.Step text

  3. Download the ZXP file, and copy it to the same location. In this example, the ServerBehaviorDatabase_1_0_0.zxp file is copied to this location.

  4. Run the command line tool as an administrator. Right-click the command line application and select Run as Administrator.


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

  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.


    When using the command line tool, ensure that you maintain case for the letters that you type.

  6. To install the extension, run the command ExManCmd.exe /install .zxp.

    To troubleshoot errors during installation, see this article.

  7. To verify the extension being installed, run the command ExManCmd.exe /list all.

  8. Open the application related to the extension, and follow instructions in the user guide to locate the extension. Ensure that you open the correct version of the application.

Install third-party extensions on Mac OX

Similar to Windows OS, you can install extensions using the Terminal application on Mac OS. Ensure that you maintain case for every command.

  1. Download the ZXP file, and place a copy on the desktop.

  2. Download the ZIP file for ExMan Command Line Tool from

  3. Extract the contents of the downloaded ZIP file. Copy the Contents folder to the Desktop.

  4. Open Finder. Select Application > Utilitiies, and double-click Terminal.

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


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

  6. Run the command ./Contents/Mac OS/ExManCmd --install .zxp to install the extension.

    To troubleshoot errors during installation, see this article.


    If you run into permission issues, you can run the command using elevated privileges. Prefix sudo to the command. For example, in this case, use sudo ./Contents/Mac OS/ExManCmd --install .zxp.

  7. Enter password at the prompt and press Enter. It is possible that you do not see the cursor moving or the text being entered as you type.

  8. Open the application related to the extension, and follow instructions in the user guide to locate the extension. Ensure that you open the correct version of the application.


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