Adobe and Apple have worked closely together to test Adobe Creative Cloud applications and Adobe Creative Suite 6 applications for reliability, performance, and user experience when installed on Intel-based systems running Mac OS X Mavericks (v10.9). All Adobe CC and CS6 products are compatible, but a few products require updates to the latest builds to work properly. Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS4, and CS3 were also tested with Mac OS X Mavericks, and currently there are no known major issues.

As with any new release of an operating system, there could be unexpected issues that arise that were not discovered during testing. If you encounter any issues, report them using the bug reporting form.

Do any of the Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) or CS6 applications require updates to be compatible with Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9)?

Adobe Flash Pro CC, After Effects CC, and After Effects CS6 require updates for compatibility. Download the latest build updates from the following locations:

Is Adobe aware of any major issues, bugs, or odd user experiences when using Adobe CC, CS6, or Acrobat products with Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9)?

Creative Cloud




After Effects


Flash Player

  • Adobe Flash Player can require you to remove sandbox restrictions from your Apple Safari player. Learn more at Remove sandbox restrictions.

How do I install any future updates for Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) compatibility?

If updates for Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) compatibility with Creative Cloud or Creative Suite products are required, they are made available in the following ways:

  • Active Creative Cloud members receive updates. You are notified of any updates via the Creative Cloud desktop app or through the desktop application itself.
  • For nonsubscription versions, updates are made through the Adobe Updater, a utility that is installed with Adobe products to manage downloading and installing updates for you. As long as the automated notification feature in Adobe Updater is turned on, you are alerted automatically when the updates become available. You can then follow the onscreen instructions to download and install the updates.
  • Alternatively, if you own a CS6 product that requires an update, you can open the CS6 product, choose Help > Updates to open the Adobe Updater. Then, check all of the updates you want, and then click Download and Install Updates.
  • Lastly, you can also visit the downloads page on to monitor when updates are posted. Then, you can download and install the updates for each relevant product.

If you don’t see updates available in Adobe Updater but you believe that an update is available, visit the Product updates page. 

I use a number of plug-ins with my current version of Creative Suite. Are these plug-ins compatible with Creative Suite running Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9)?

Customers are encouraged to check plug-in compatibility by contacting the plug-in vendor before upgrading to Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9). For third-party products, contact the manufacturer for guidance.

Does Adobe offer technical support for its CC and CS6 products running on Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9)?

Adobe offers support to Creative Cloud and Creative Suite customers running Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) in accordance with Adobe's standard customer support policies. Visit thesupport page for additional information about complimentary and paid support programs.

I am a volume licensing customer. How do I get updates for my CC and CS6 products?

Adobe recommends following your company’s internal guidelines to manage updates. Contact the IT person who manages your Adobe licenses for information about your corporate policies on updating software. For volume licensing customers, information is available for IT managers on how to do a silent install of CC and CS6 updates, and Creative Cloud Packager.

Are the trial versions of CC and CS6 and applications compatible with Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9)?

Yes. If a full version of a CC or CS6 product is compatible with Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9), then the trial version is also compatible. If there are any known issues described in this document, they also apply to the trial versions.

Is Adobe aware of any major issues, bugs, or odd user experiences when using CS5, CS4, or CS3 products with Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9)?

Yes, Adobe Drive could cause the opening or saving of files to take longer. See Files open, save slowly for more information.

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