Learn how to install and manage new plugins or extensions using the Marketplace tab in your Creative Cloud desktop app. Also, learn how to install ZXP files of your extensions using the ExMan command-line tool.

Install plugins or extensions using the Creative Cloud desktop app

You can install plugins or extensions (also called add-ons) for Creative Cloud applications from the Creative Cloud desktop app. Adobe Extension Manager is no longer available to install plugins.

 Before you install a plugin or extension, make sure that you have installed the Creative Cloud app to which you are adding it. For example, if you are installing an extension for Photoshop, install Photoshop first.

  1. Download the Creative Cloud desktop app.

  2. Go to the Marketplace tab, and then select All plugins.

    Select All plugins

    Don't see the Marketplace tab? Currently, the Marketplace tab is not available in the Creative Cloud desktop app installed on Windows computers with ARM processors.

  3. When you find a plugin you'd like to install, select Get or Learn more

    Select Get to begin installation
    Select Learn more to begin installing your extension

    Note:

    Some plugins require you to purchase them. Select Buy for these plugins and then follow the onscreen instructions to install them. 

  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the install.

  5. To know where you can find the plugin or extension, go to My Exchange, select the extension, and navigate to the section Where to find it.

    See where to find the installed extension in your app

Install extensions using command-line tool

You can install ZXP files of the required extensions using the ExMan command-line tool. If you do not have the ZXP file of the extension you are trying to install, contact the extension vendor. 

Before you begin, ensure that your version of the application supports the extension. Choose your operating system below and follow the steps to install extensions. For more information, see Working from the command-line.

Select Operating System

  1. Download the ExMan command-line tool ZIP file.

  2. Extract the files to a location on your computer. In the example below, the files are extracted to C:\Exmancmd_Win.

    Extract ExManCmd  files from the downloaded ZIP file
  3. Download the ZXP file of the extension and copy it to the same location.

  4. Type cmd in Windows Search. Right-click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.

    Note:

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

    Open command prompt
  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

    Note:

    Commands are case-sensitive. While typing in the command, ensure that you use the correct case.

    Navigate to the folder location which has the extracted files
  6. To install the extension, run the command ExManCmd.exe /install <extension-filename.zxp>

    Install command on Windows
  7. Run the command ExManCmd.exe /list all to verify that the extension has been installed.

  8. To locate the installed extension in the Adobe app, follow the instructions given in the extension's user guide.

  1. Download the ZXP file of the extension you are trying to install. Copy the file to the desktop.

  2. Download the ExMan command-line tool DMG file.

  3. Double click the downloaded DMG file and copy the Contents folder to the desktop.

    Double-click the DMG file and copy the contents to the desktop
  4. Open Finder and go to Applications -> Utilities -Terminal. Double-click Terminal.

  5. Type the command  xattr -dr com.apple.quarantine and drag the file ExManBridgeTalkCmd from Desktop -> Contents -> MacOS on to the terminal, and then press Return.

    Alternatively, type the command  xattr -dr com.apple.quarantine Desktop/Contents/MacOS/ExManBridgeTalkCmd and press Return.

    Note:

    Commands are case-sensitive. While typing in the command, ensure that you use the correct case.

  6. Go to Desktop -> Contents -> MacOS and double-click ExManCmd. 

    Do you get a warning that ExManCmd can't be opened?

     Go to System Preferences -> Security & Privacy and click Open Anyway. You can now double-click ExManCmd.

    Warning that ExManCmd can't be opened
    Allow ExManCmd from Security & Privacy
  7. Go back to Applications -Utilities -Terminal and double-click Terminal

    Enter cd ~/Desktop to navigate to the desktop.

    Command to navigate to the desktop
  8. Run the command ./Contents/MacOS/ExManCmd --install <extension-filename.zxp> to install the extension.

    Install command on Mac

    If you run into permission issues, you can run the command using elevated privileges:

    1. Prefix sudo to the command. For example, in this case, use sudo ./Contents/MacOS/ExManCmd --install <extension-filename.zxp>
    2. Enter your password at the prompt and press Return. It's possible that you don't see the cursor moving or the text being entered as you type. 
  9. Run the command ./Contents/MacOS/ExManCmd -- list all to verify that the extension has been installed.

  10. To locate the installed extension in the Adobe app, follow the instructions given in the extension's user guide.

  1. Download the ZXP file of the extension you are trying to install. Copy the file to the desktop.

  2. Download the ExMan command-line tool DMG file.

  3. Double click the downloaded DMG file and copy the Contents folder to the desktop.

    Double-click the DMG file and copy the contents to the desktop
  4. Open Finder and go to Applications -> Utilities -Terminal. Double-click Terminal.

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

    Command to navigate to the desktop

    Note:

    Commands are case-sensitive. While typing in the command, ensure that you use the correct case.

  6. Run the command ./Contents/MacOS/ExManCmd --install <extension-filename.zxp> to install the extension.

    Install command on Mac

    If you run into permission issues, you can run the command using elevated privileges:

    1. Prefix sudo to the command. For example, in this case, use sudo ./Contents/MacOS/ExManCmd --install <extension-filename.zxp>
    2. Enter your password at the prompt and press Return. It's possible that you don't see the cursor moving or the text being entered as you type. 
  7. Run the command ./Contents/MacOS/ExManCmd -- list all to verify that the extension has been installed.

  8. To locate the installed extension in the Adobe app, follow the instructions given in the extension's user guide.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find solutions to some common errors that you might encounter when installing plugins or extensions.

  1. Open the Creative Cloud desktop app.

  2. Go to Marketplace > Manage plugins.

    Manage plugins in the Creative Cloud desktop app

    Don't see the Marketplace tab? Currently, the Marketplace tab is not available in the Creative Cloud desktop app installed on Windows computers with ARM processors.

  3. Select the More actions icon  for your plugin or extension, and then select Uninstall.

    How to uninstall plugins in the Creative Cloud desktop app

If you are trying to install your plugin or extension on a Windows computer with an ARM processor, you won't be able to view the Marketplace tab in the Creative Cloud desktop app.

We are working to ensure plug-in support for Windows computers that use ARM processors. In the meantime, we recommend that you install and run your plug-ins on Windows computers that use Intel processors.

Some plugins or extensions are installed as panels inside the Creative Cloud apps, while some others are installed in the form of zipped files. To know where you can find your installed plugin or extension, go to the Adobe Exchange website and select your plugin or extension. Scroll down to the bottom of the web page and navigate to the section Where to Find it. This section provides the location details of the plugin or extension after it has been installed.

How to find the 'Where to find it' tab