Install plug‑ins

The InDesign plug‑in modules are software programs developed by Adobe, and by other software developers working in conjunction with Adobe, to add features to Adobe software. A number of importing, exporting, automation, and special-effects plug‑ins come with your program and are automatically installed in the Plug‑Ins folder. In fact, most of the features you see in InDesign are provided by plug‑ins.

Once installed, plug‑in modules appear as options on menus, in dialog boxes, or in panels.

  1. If an installer is provided, use it to install the plug‑in module. Otherwise, drag a copy of the module into the Plug‑Ins folder inside the InDesign application folder.
  2. Follow any installation instructions that come with the plug‑in.


You can use any commercial plug‑in designed for use with InDesign. Adobe Technical Support can help you isolate problems related to plug‑ins. However, if it has been determined that the problem is directly related to a plug‑in created by another company, you will need to contact that company for further support.

Use Extension Manager to configure plug‑ins

Use the Extension Manager application to inspect and customize the set of installed plug‑ins. For example, you can get detailed information about installed plug‑ins, create custom plug‑in sets for different tasks or workgroups, and isolate plug‑ins when troubleshooting problems. You can also disable plug-ins.

  1. Choose Help > Manage Extensions (Windows) or InDesign > Manage Extensions (Mac OS).

For more information on using Extension Manager, click Help in the Extension Manager application.

Integration with Creative Cloud Add-ons via the Browse Add-ons menu 

You can search and install plug-ins, extensions, and more for Adobe InDesign and other products from the Adobe Add-ons website.

  • To add-on InDesign with the additional plug-ins select Window > Browse Add-ons. These add-ons can be free or paid. All the installed/acquired plug-ins from the creative cloud app for InDesign get synced to InDesign from this workflow. It takes you to the browse add-ons webpage.
  • These add-ons are later visible in Window > Extensions, downloads or location mentioned in the where to find description of the add-on. To view the add-ons you have downloaded, go to the browse add-ons webpage and in the left side pane of the webpage there is an option of View my add-ons. It also lists for which products and respective versions these add-ons are supported on.

When file-syncing is ON, the browse add-ons sync to the creative cloud account.