Working from the command-line

Learn how to use the command-line to list, install, and remove plugins for your Adobe app on Windows and macOS.

You have the option of installing and removing plugins using the Unified Plugin Installer Agent (UPIA). This command-line tool is automatically installed with the Creative Cloud desktop app version 5.5 and above.

Unified Plugin Installer Agent command-line basics

Follow these steps to manage plugins from the command-line:

  1. Open the command-line:

    • Windows: Select Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt.
    • macOS: Open Terminal by double-clicking its icon in the Applications/Utilities folder.
  2. Navigate to the Unified Plugin Installer Agent application folder. You can copy and paste the file paths below directly into the Command Prompt (Windows) or the Terminal (macOS):

    • Windows:   

    cd "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Adobe Desktop Common\RemoteComponents\UPI\UnifiedPluginInstallerAgent"

    • macOS

    cd "/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Desktop Common/RemoteComponents/UPI/UnifiedPluginInstallerAgent/"

  3. On the command-line, enter the executable as follows:

    • Windows: UnifiedPluginInstallerAgent.exe
    • macOS: ./UnifiedPluginInstallerAgent
  4. After the executable, enter the desired command.

    The following list describes the available commands:

    Command on Windows

    Command on macOS


    Required Attributes



    Display help information of the command-line.



    Install a plugin.

    ZXP (file path)



    Remove a plugin.




    • Lists all plugins that are installed.
    • Plugins installed for a specific product.
    • all
    • Product_name



    Returns the version number of the Unified Plugin Installer Agent.

    The following table describes the list of available attributes:



    ZXP (file path)

    Specifies the name and location of the package file in ZXP format.


    Specifies the name of the plugin (as specified in the list response).


    Specifies the name of the product that uses the plugin.

Install a plugin from the command-line

  1. Ensure that you have the ZXP file of the plugin that you want to install.

  2. Enter the following command, specifying your own attribute value:     

    • Windows: 

    UnifiedPluginInstallerAgent.exe /install c:\myfile.zxp

    • macOS: 

    ./UnifiedPluginInstallerAgent --install /myfolder/mysubfolder/myfile.zxp

  3. Test the plugin to make sure that everything works as intended.

List plugins from the Command-line

Enter the following command:

  • WindowsUnifiedPluginInstallerAgent.exe /list all
  • macOS./UnifiedPluginInstallerAgent --list all

Use the all attribute to list all plugins installed on the system.

Remove a plugin from the command-line

Enter the following command, specifying your own attribute values:

  • Windows:  

UnifiedPluginInstallerAgent.exe /remove Plugin_name

  • macOS:

./UnifiedPluginInstallerAgent --remove Plugin_name 

Replace Plugin_Name with the specific name of the plugin you want to remove.

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