All Adobe background services and processes have an important role. Find out more about some common ones such as CCXProcess, Core Sync, CCLibrary, and CEPHTML Engine.

Why do I need Adobe background processes?

Adobe background processes run behind the scenes and perform several important tasks that make your Adobe apps run seamlessly. You may not always notice them, but these critical background processes are doing their job even when you are not working in any of your Adobe apps. Some of them are meant to sync your fonts or libraries to the cloud, while some install automatic updates for your apps.

Similarly, your Creative Cloud desktop app interacts with other background processes that running on your device. These services (such as Adobe Desktop Service, CoreSync, and CCLibrary) perform tasks like app installations, app updates, and assets syncing, to name a few. 

Common Adobe background processes

Let's learn more about the most common Adobe background processes.

AAM Updates Notifier

AAM Updates Notifier is a legacy background process that is available to detect patch updates for the old versions of Creative Cloud apps.

Adobe CEF Helper

The Creative Cloud desktop app has several individual components inside its user interface, such as the App tab, the Your work section, and the Discover tab. Adobe CEF helper is a process that renders these components of the Creative Cloud desktop app. Usually, there are multiple processes with this name running at the back end as we have divided the user interface in the different sections to monitor each process separately. If there's an issue in one component, CEF helper manages that individual component of the Creative Cloud desktop app without impacting other components. CEF helper is important to run the Creative Cloud desktop app.


Adobe CRDaemon reports back if Creative Cloud desktop app or any of its background processes crashes on your device. It also captures crashes for Creative Cloud apps.

Adobe Desktop Service

Adobe Desktop Service is the core of the Creative Cloud apps and keeps them running. It is responsible for fetching and processing critical information such as the licenses that you have, apps available in your subscription, and updates required.

Adobe Installer, Adobe Update Service (Windows), and "com.adobe.acc.installer.v2" (macOS)

Adobe Installer, Adobe Update Service (Windows), and com.adobe.acc.installer.v2 (macOS) all manage the privileges required for various actions like installing app updates, and syncing fonts. Adobe Update Service is a Windows-specific process, while com.adobe.acc.installer.v2 is specific to macOS only. These processes ensure that you are not prompted for your system password each time you try to sync fonts, or install or update your apps. 


The AdobeIPC Broker is responsible for all interactions among the various Adobe apps and processes. There are several instances when Adobe apps need to communicate with each other or to pass some data or information to each other. The AdobeIPC Broker helps make this communication possible.

Adobe notification client (Windows only)

Only available for Windows, Adobe Notification Client is responsible for all notifications you get in your Creative Cloud desktop app. It also manages the notifications that Adobe servers send to your desktop apps. It is vital for syncing, sharing, and collaborating assets.

Adobe Genuine Service

The Adobe Genuine Service runs validation checks that identify whether certain installed Adobe software is genuine or non-genuine. When non-genuine installations are found, the service can inform users that their software is not genuine through a pop-up notification. Adobe Genuine Software Service, Adobe GC Client Application, Adobe Genuine Software Integrity Service, and AdobeGCclient.exe all function together as part of the Adobe Genuine Service. 


CCXProcess is a background process that supports Adobe Creative Cloud applications to provide dynamic content including tutorials, stock templates and filters.


CCLibrary manages your Creative Cloud Libraries inside the Creative Cloud desktop app.


The CEPHTML Engine is a process that is launched when a Adobe Common Extensibility Platform (CEP) extension is loaded in any Creative Cloud app. CEP gives you the power to enhance and extend Adobe Creative Cloud apps with the standard web stack such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Core Sync

Core Sync is responsible for syncing data between your machine and Creative Cloud account. It also manages and syncs your fonts and Creative Cloud Libraries in other Adobe apps. Additionally, Core Sync syncs cloud documents created in applications like Adobe XD, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator. 


CreativeCloud(URI Handler) acts as a bridge between Adobe's web pages, Creative Cloud apps, and the Creative Cloud desktop app· It lets the Creative Cloud desktop app take predefined actions that are triggered either by Creative Cloud apps or Adobe web pages. For example, if you want to update an app from the Creative Cloud website, it takes you back to the Creative Cloud desktop app to complete the action.

Creative Cloud

Creative Cloud is responsible for the user interface of the Creative Cloud desktop app.

Creative Cloud Helper

Creative Cloud Helper is responsible for sign-in and activation of Creative Cloud apps through the Creative Cloud desktop app.


LogTransport2 is an Acrobat background process that sends product usage analytics data back to Adobe so that it can be used to serve customers better.


The background process node.js is used by CCXProcess and CCLibrary. It's used by any Creative Cloud app that uses the node framework.

"com.adobe.ARMDC.Communicator" and "com.adobe.ARMDC.JobBlessHelper"

These two processes belong to a component called Acrobat Refresh Manager (ARM), which is used to update Acrobat and Reader to the latest version.