User Guide Cancel

Deploy Adobe Acrobat

  1. Adobe Enterprise & Teams: Administration guide
  2. Plan your deployment
    1. Basic concepts
      1. Licensing
      2. Identity
      3. User management
      4. App deployment
      5. Admin Console overview
      6. Admin roles
    2. Deployment Guides
      1. Named User deployment guide
      2. SDL deployment guide
      3. Deploy Adobe Acrobat 
    3. Deploy Creative Cloud for education
      1. Deployment guide
      2. Approve Adobe apps in Google Admin Console
      3. Enable Adobe Express in Google Classroom
      4. Integration with Canvas LMS
      5. Integration with Blackboard Learn
      6. Configuring SSO for District Portals and LMSs
      7. Deploy Adobe Express through Google App Licensing
      8. Add users through Roster Sync
      9. Kivuto FAQ
      10. Primary and Secondary institution eligibility guidelines
  3. Set up your organization
    1. Identity types | Overview
    2. Set up identity | Overview
    3. Set up organization with Enterprise ID
    4. Setup Azure AD federation and sync
      1. Set up SSO with Microsoft via Azure OIDC
      2. Add Azure Sync to your directory
      3. Role sync for Education
      4. Azure Connector FAQ
    5. Set up Google Federation and sync
      1. Set up SSO with Google Federation
      2. Add Google Sync to your directory
      3. Google federation FAQ
    6. Set up organization with Microsoft ADFS
    7. Set up organization for District Portals and LMS
    8. Set up organization with other Identity providers
      1. Create a directory
      2. Verify ownership of a domain
      3. Add domains to directories
    9. SSO common questions and troubleshooting
      1. SSO Common questions
      2. SSO Troubleshooting
      3. Education common questions
  4. Manage your organization setup
    1. Manage existing domains and directories
    2. Enable automatic account creation
    3. Set up organization via directory trust
    4. Migrate to a new authentication provider 
    5. Asset settings
    6. Authentication settings
    7. Privacy and security contacts
    8. Console settings
    9. Manage encryption  
  5. Manage users
    1. Overview
    2. Administrative roles
    3. User management techniques
      1. Manage users individually   
      2. Manage multiple users (Bulk CSV)
      3. User Sync tool (UST)
      4. Microsoft Azure Sync
      5. Google Federation Sync
    4. Change user's identity type
    5. Manage user groups
    6. Manage directory users
    7. Manage developers
    8. Migrate existing users to the Adobe Admin Console
    9. Migrate user management to the Adobe Admin Console
  6. Manage products and entitlements
    1. Manage products and product profiles
      1. Manage products
      2. Manage product profiles for enterprise users
      3. Manage automatic assignment rules
      4. Review product requests
      5. Manage self-service policies
      6. Manage app integrations
      7. Manage product permissions in the Admin Console  
      8. Enable/disable services for a product profile
      9. Single App | Creative Cloud for enterprise
      10. Optional services
    2. Manage Shared Device licenses
      1. What's new
      2. Deployment guide
      3. Create packages
      4. Recover licenses
      5. Manage profiles
      6. Licensing toolkit
      7. Shared Device Licensing FAQ
  7. Manage storage and assets
    1. Storage
      1. Manage enterprise storage
      2. Adobe Creative Cloud: Update to storage
      3. Manage Adobe storage
    2. Asset migration
      1. Automated Asset Migration
      2. Automated Asset Migration FAQ  
      3. Manage transferred assets
    3. Reclaim assets from a user
    4. Student asset migration | EDU only
      1. Automatic student asset migration
      2. Migrate your assets
  8. Manage services
    1. Adobe Stock
      1. Adobe Stock credit packs for teams
      2. Adobe Stock for enterprise
      3. Use Adobe Stock for enterprise
      4. Adobe Stock License Approval
    2. Custom fonts
    3. Adobe Asset Link
      1. Overview
      2. Create user group
      3. Configure Adobe Experience Manager Assets
      4. Configure and install Adobe Asset Link
      5. Manage assets
      6. Adobe Asset Link for XD
    4. Adobe Acrobat Sign
      1. Set up Adobe Acrobat Sign for enterprise or teams
      2. Adobe Acrobat Sign - Team feature Administrator
      3. Manage Adobe Acrobat Sign on the Admin Console
    5. Creative Cloud for enterprise - free membership
      1. Overview
  9. Deploy apps and updates
    1. Overview
      1. Deploy and deliver apps and updates
      2. Plan to deploy
      3. Prepare to deploy
    2. Create packages
      1. Package apps via the Admin Console
      2. Create Named User Licensing Packages
      3. Adobe templates for packages
      4. Manage packages
      5. Manage device licenses
      6. Serial number licensing
    3. Customize packages
      1. Customize the Creative Cloud desktop app
      2. Include extensions in your package
    4. Deploy Packages 
      1. Deploy packages
      2. Deploy Adobe packages using Microsoft Intune
      3. Deploy Adobe packages with SCCM
      4. Deploy Adobe packages with ARD
      5. Install products in the Exceptions folder
      6. Uninstall Creative Cloud products
      7. Use Adobe provisioning toolkit enterprise edition
      8. Adobe Creative Cloud licensing identifiers
    5. Manage updates
      1. Change management for Adobe enterprise and teams customers
      2. Deploy updates
    6. Adobe Update Server Setup Tool (AUSST)
      1. AUSST Overview
      2. Set up the internal update server
      3. Maintain the internal update server
      4. Common use cases of AUSST   
      5. Troubleshoot the internal update server
    7. Adobe Remote Update Manager (RUM)
      1. Use Adobe Remote Update Manager
      2. Channel IDs for use with Adobe Remote Update Manager
      3. Resolve RUM errors
    8. Troubleshoot
      1. Troubleshoot Creative Cloud apps installation and uninstallation errors
      2. Query client machines to check if a package is deployed
      3. Creative Cloud package "Installation Failed" error message
    9. Create packages using Creative Cloud Packager (CC 2018 or earlier apps)
      1. About Creative Cloud Packager
      2. Creative Cloud Packager release notes
      3. Application packaging
      4. Create packages using Creative Cloud Packager
      5. Create named license packages
      6. Create packages with device licenses
      7. Create a license package
      8. Create packages with serial number licenses
      9. Packager automation
      10. Package non-Creative Cloud products
      11. Edit and save configurations
      12. Set locale at system level
  10. Manage your account
    1. Manage your Teams account
      1. Overview
      2. Update payment details
      3. Manage invoices
      4. Change contract owner
      5. Change reseller
    2. Assign licenses to a Teams user
    3. Add products and licenses
    4. Renewals
      1. Teams membership: Renewals
      2. Enterprise in VIP: Renewals and compliance
    5. Automated expiration stages for ETLA contracts
    6. Switching contract types within an existing Adobe Admin Console
    7. Purchase Request compliance
    8. Value Incentive Plan (VIP) in China
    9. VIP Select help
  11. Reports & logs
    1. Audit Log
    2. Assignment reports
    3. Content Logs
  12. Get help
    1. Contact Adobe Customer Care
    2. Support options for teams accounts
    3. Support options for enterprise accounts
    4. Support options for Experience Cloud

Learn how to deploy Adobe Acrobat if you are using Adobe Creative Cloud for teams or enterprise. It applies to both Acrobat Pro and Acrobat Standard.


On macOS and Windows OS, Acrobat is included in the package file that is created using the create package workflows in Admin Console. 

You can deploy Acrobat using the package Setup file through the command line or by double-clicking it (and not through the Exception deployer tool).

You can also use the Enterprise Toolkit (ETK) to deploy customized products across your organization, set up virtualized installs, and create enterprise PDF workflows. Acrobat ETK provides wide range of IT details about Adobe Acrobat Document Cloud configuration and deployment, also, about the earlier product versions.


Acrobat can also be deployed using the package created by using Creative Cloud Packager but we recommend that  you use the create package workflows provided in the Adobe Admin Console.

Download and deploy Acrobat


Adobe Acrobat Licensing: To use Acrobat, start by choosing your license program.
Learn more >


Download Acrobat installer: Once you have chosen a licensing program, download the Acrobat installer. Learn more >

Deploy acrobat

Deploy Acrobat: Deploy Acrobat for teams using the downloaded Acrobat installer. Learn more >

setup security notification service

Setup Security Notification Service: Setup Adobe Security Notification Service to send email notifications to users. Learn more >

Adobe Acrobat Licensing

Based on your business or organization requirement, you can choose one of the licensing programs:

  • Adobe subscription license
  • Adobe term license
  • Adobe Acrobat perpetual license

To find best licensing program for your organization, see Compare licensing Programs.

Continuous Track

In Acrobat, there are two tracks - Continuous and Classic. Download Continuous track builds. For more information on tracks, see Document Cloud Product Tracks. Once you have chosen a licensing program and the required product track, download the installer to proceed further in the deployment process.

Download Acrobat installer

Before you download Acrobat, ensure that your system meets the requirements:

Download the installer based on your OS and product version.




Acrobat Pro

Acrobat Standard



  • This installer is multilingual; it can install Acrobat in any of the languages Acrobat supports. See the installation section below for more details.
  • Windows installers are self extracting exe files. Run the downloaded .exe once to extract the installer in the Acrobat folder on your desktop.

Deploy Acrobat

To deploy Acrobat as Creative Cloud for teams, perform the following steps in sequence:

  1. Customize packages
  2. Install Acrobat on Windows or Install Acrobat on macOS

Customize packages

Use the Customization Wizard (Windows and macOS) available in ETK to customize packages. The wizard streamlines the task of configuring (customizing) the installer before organization-wide deployment. For example, if you have a volume license, you do not need to register and personalize each copy of the product you install. You can customize the installer to skip the standard registration questions, accept the End User License Agreement, and fill in your organization name automatically.

The wizard can only be used to tune Acrobat products. 

 For more information, see the Adobe Customization Wizard documentation (Windows / Mac) and and MSI and Cmd-line examples. . You can download the wizard from here.

Want to learn more about Acrobat Enterprise Toolkit (ETK)? See  Enterprise Toolkit for Acrobat users.

Create customized package

Use the Customization Wizard to further customize your package, using the one of the following workflows (based on end user machine OS).

To customize Acrobat from your downloaded package, you need the latest version of the Customization Wizard, and the downloaded Acrobat Pro .msi file.

  1. Download the Customization Wizard.

  2. Create a package using the create package workflows in Admin Console

  3. Launch the Customization Wizard.


    Do not enter your Creative Cloud Enterprise License key in to the configuration wizard if already specified in the Create Package workflow.

  4. From the File menu in the Customization Wizard, select Open Package.

  5. Browse to the package created in step 2, and open the Acrobat Pro .msi (Windows) or .pkg (macOS) file in the following location:
    \Acrobat\Build\Setup\APRO20.0\Adobe Acrobat\

  6. In the Personalization Options section, select the required options.

    Customize Acrobat packages

    • If you have more than one Acrobat Pro serial number, you can use the serial number for Creative Cloud for enterprise or Acrobat Pro.
    • The serial number field is only used for serialized deployments where the machine is licensed. If you use the Customization Wizard for creating a custom package via the Adobe Admin Console for named users, leave the serial field blank. 
  7. Save the package. Saving the package generates a "transformations" file (with the extension .mst) in the Acrobat directory. This file is used when installing Acrobat via the package. 

To customize Acrobat from your downloaded package, you need the latest version of the Customization Wizard, and the downloaded .pkg file.

  1. Go to the terminal and expand the package file (downloaded from the Admin Console) using the following command:

    "pkgutil --expand "path of package" "<destination directory to expand the package file contents>".

    Sample expand command

  2. Copy the APRO19.0.dmg file out from the structure of package that you expanded in steps above ,and place it on your desktop.

    APRO file extract from package contents

  3. Double-click and mount the APRO19.0.dmg file. Open the mount volume.

    Mount APRO20.dmg

  4. Create a folder on your desktop AcrobatVolume, and copy the contents of mount volume (from step 3 above) to that folder.

    Create Acrobat Volume folder

  5. Next, use Customization Wizard on the Acrobat Installer.pkg in the AcrobatVolume folder structure.

    Use Customization Wizard


    You can also set up the plist preferences for your customized packages. To learn more, see Pre-deployment configuration.

  6. Create a customized installer with the name Acrobat Installer.pkg.

  7. Replace the customized installer package created in Step 6, above to the AcrobatVolume folder.

    Replace customized installer

  8. Now we have “AcrobatVolume” folder with dmg contents AND Customized Acrobat installer.

    Next, run the following command line to use AcrobatVolume folder to the create the APRO20.0.dmg:

    hdiutil create -volname "Acrobat"  -srcfolder "/Users/labuser/Desktop/AcrobatVolume" -ov -format UDZO APRO20.0.dmg


    Replace labuser with current user username in above command.

  9. Replace newly created APRO20.0.dmg in the package file folder expanded in step 1 above.

  10. Run the following pkgutil command to flatten the expanded file contents:

    "pkgutil --flatten "dir of expanded package" "package path for new package"

    Flatten package command

Deploy the customized package

Windows: Deploy the modified installer with the Customization Wizard to your clients as described in the Customization Wizard documentation.

macOS: Deploy the package created with the Customization Wizard output.

Proceed to deploy the package created MSI (Windows) or PKG (macOS) file to the client.


For a Windows package, once the MST file (also known as the transformations file) is saved to the Acrobat subdirectory within the package, you can begin to deploy the software to the target systems. It is possible to install Acrobat using its own MSI (Windows) or PKG (macOS) file, but it does not install the licensing information and any dependencies with the package. It is recommended to use the "setup.exe" in the "Build" directory to install a package created with the create package workflows in Admin Console which contains Acrobat, to ensure these dependencies (such as Microsoft's Visual C++ Redistributables) are also installed. See below for further information in installation.

The MSI installer does not handle dependencies such as the Microsoft Visual C++ redistributables relevant to the version of Acrobat (like PDFMaker) being installed.

Install Acrobat on Windows


If you are using hard disk cloning or a similar technology, the software should be installed after the operating system is imaged.

Windows installers are self extracting exe files. Run the downloaded exe once to extract the installer files. By default, the installer files are extracted in an "Acrobat" folder on your desktop. To install Acrobat on Windows, use any one of the following methods:

  • Method 1: Install in Command Line mode on the user's machine
  • Method 2: Install through GUI Mode on the user's machine.
  • Method 3: Install through deployment methods like SCCM.

Method 1: Install in command line mode on a user's machine

To install a package containing Acrobat, you can either run the setup.exe (in the "Build" directory) using the command line or by double-clicking it.

Language of the installed package

The language in which the package is installed depends on three factors:

  • If Match OS Language option is selected while creating the package.
  • The language you specify in the command while deploying the package.
  • The language in which you have created the package.

The following table details how each of these factors affects the language in which the package is installed. 

Match OS language

Language explicitly specified while deploying a package using  command line

The package is installed in...



OS Language



Language explicitly specified in command line while deploying a package

Not Selected

Not Selected


Language in which the package is created


Yes, but the specified language is unavailable

Language in which the package is created

Not Selected


When the installer is run, it checks for the locale that is set at the system level and not at the user level. For more details on this setting, see Install Creative Cloud package with Match OS Language option.

Command line has additional required parameters, for which default values are taken if you run package Setup.exe by double-clicking.

In the command:

  • [INSTALLDIR] is the installation directory where Acrobat is to be installed on the client machine.
  • [installLanguage] is the locale in which Acrobat is to be installed. Acrobat might not be available in all languages, so you can only provide a locale that is supported by the Acrobat for that particular media. For example, to install Acrobat in the English (US) locale, specify en_US as the locale in the command. For a list of available locales for Acrobat in a particular suite, see Locales for different Acrobat configurations.
Syntax  setup [--silent] [--ADOBEINSTALLDIR=] [--INSTALLLANGUAGE=] 
  Syntax example: setup.exe --silent --ADOBEINSTALLDIR="C:\InstallDir" --INSTALLLANGUAGE=fr_CA   Location of setup.exe: [Package]\Build

The following table provides the value of the locale to be specified for the --installLanguage option.

Suite GEO
Suite locales
Acrobat locales Acrobat bundle
English (North America) en_US Acro LS1
  English (International)
  German de_DE  
  French fr_FR  
  French Canadian fr_FR  
ja_JP Acro LS2
Americas / Europe
(Central Europe)
English (North America)
en_US Acro LS1
  English (International) en_US  
  German de_DE  
  French fr_FR  
  French Canadian fr_FR  
  Spanish es_ES Acro LS6
  Spanish North America (es_MX) es_ES  
  Spanish Latin America (es_LA) es_ES  
  Italian it_IT  
  Dutch nl_NL  
  Portuguese (Brazil) pt_BR  
  Swedish sv_SV Acro LS7
  Danish da_DK  
  Finnish fi_FI  
ko_KR Acro LS5
  Chinese Simplified zh_CN Acro LS3
  Chinese Traditional zh_TW Acro LS4
Eastern Europe Russian ru_RU  
  Turkish tr_TR  
  Ukrainian uk_UA  
  Czech cs_CZ Acro LS8
  Polish pl_PL  
  Hungarian hu_HU  
  North African French fr_FR Acro LS1
  Middle Eastern English Arabic en_US  
  Middle Eastern English Hebrew en_US  

Navigate to Acrobat folder in command prompt and run the following command:

Syntax example:

Setup.exe /sl "[LangCode]" /sALL

In the command above:

  • [LangCode] is the numerical Acrobat Launch language code based on the following language codes. For example, if you pass “1033” in [LangCode], Acrobat launches in English.

2052=Chinese Simplified

1028=Chinese Traditional



1043=Dutch (Netherlands)

1033=English (United States)


1036=French (France)

1031=German (Germany)


1040=Italian (Italy)



1044=Norwegian (Bokmal)


1046=Portuguese (Brazil)




1034=Spanish (Traditional Sort)




1025=English with Arabic support

1037=English with Hebrew support

6156=French (Morocco)

Method 2: Installation through GUI mode on a user's machine

In this method, you can simply copy the "Acrobat" installer folder you extracted from the downloaded exe (and optionally customized) to a user's machine and run Setup.exe to start the installation.

Method 3: Installation through deployment practices for Acrobat

You can also follow usual deployment practices for Acrobat as mentioned in Acrobat ETK –

The following example shows Acrobat deployment through SCCM:

Run the downloaded exe to extract the installer in "Acrobat" folder. By default, files are extracted to your desktop. Once extraction is completed, do not proceed with install yet. You will have the extracted installer files, which you will use to deploy Acrobat using SCCM. Follow the usual processes for creating a package for deployment in SCCM Configuration manager. Give the path of Setup.exe in the Create Program wizard in SCCM (see below).

Use it to deploy Acrobat using SCCM. Follow the usual processes for creating a package for deployment in SCCM Configuration manager. Give the path of Setup.exe in the "Create Program wizard" in SCCM (see below).

Create Program wizard in SCCM

Deploy Adobe Acrobat in a virtualized environment? For information on deploying Acrobat in a virtualized environment, see Virtualized deployments

Install Acrobat on macOS

To install Acrobat on macOS, simply install the downloaded installer package (or the customized package if you have to use the Customization Wizard).

macOS installers are .pkg type installers that provide the necessary user interface prompts to run.

You can use deployment practices on macOS like ARD to deploy the chained package. More information is available in Acrobat ETK:

Security Notification Service

The Adobe Security Notification Service is a free email notification service that Adobe uses to send information to customers about the security of Adobe products. For more information, see Adobe Security Notifications Registration.

Uninstall Acrobat

Uninstall Acrobat on Windows

Once you have deployed Acrobat using the package, you can uninstall it using the usual process for uninstalling msi packages. It can be done individually using Add and Remove Programs in Windows Control Panel

The Acrobat Pro MSI package is at the following path for Acrobat:



It is recommended to run the package MSI in uninstall mode to remove the Acrobat license. However, if you have installed other apps on the machine that you still require, do not run the package MSI to uninstall Acrobat, as it removes the license for other apps as well.

Also it can be done using command line. Here is the command line syntax for uninstalling the Adobe Acrobat:

Syntax Example:

msiexec.exe /x <path to Acrobat msi file> /qn

Acrobat updates

You can deploy Acrobat Updates using deployment practices used in your organization. For more information about updates, see Patch release notes.


Get help faster and easier

New user?