Want to install Photoshop or other Adobe CC apps on Linux? If so there’s a handy new script that can help.
Designed for the PlayOnLinux Wine front-end, the script makes it easy to install Adobe CC apps on Ubuntu and other Linux desktops without worrying about Wine configs or missing packages.
It’s long been possible to run Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator and other Adobe creative suite apps on Linux using the WINE compatibility later (albeit with varying shades of success).
But when the subscription-based Adobe Creative Cloud was introduced in 2015 the process became a little more difficult due, in part, to some versions of the setup program Adobe distributes not working well in Wine.
This Script Makes it Easier to Install Adobe CC on Linux
Corbin Davenport, a writer and developer, was among the Linux users who encountered this hurdle, noting that he found it “challenging” to install Photoshop CC on Linux.
“Getting Creative Cloud working in Wine is pretty difficult, thanks to multiple versions of the setup program being available from Adobe’s website that vary in compatibility with Wine,” he explains on the Github repo for his script.
But, keen to scratch this itch, he soon “figured out the best method” and, credit to him, put together an installation script that ‘takes care of everything’ for other users too.
Creative Cloud for PlayOnLinux
This is an install script for Adobe Creative Cloud, designed to be used with PlayOnLinux. This downloads and installs the Creative Cloud software from Adobe’s website. Once setup is completed, you can use the Adobe Application Manager to download and install Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, and other apps.
How to use the Creative Cloud PlayOnLinux Script
Step 1: Therefore you’ll need to download and install PlayOnLinux in order to use this script:
Step 2: Once you have set-up PlayOnLinux you can go ahead and download/save the Creative Cloud script from Github:
Step 3: Next, open PlayOnLinux, head to ‘Tools’ > ‘Run a local script’
Step 4: Select the install script you just downloaded.
The script will automatically configure your Wine environment, install relevant/required packages (atmlib, core fonts, gdiplus, etc) and then proceed to download and install the Adobe Application Manager app.
It’s the Adobe Application Manager you will need to use to download and install Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, and other Adobe CC apps.
Video Guide Install Adobe Creative Cloud on Linux
Which apps work?
Corbin says that only he’s only tested Adobe Application Manager, Photoshop CC 2015, and Lightroom 5, but adds that he “didn’t encounter any bugs” while using them.
For details on how well other apps in the Creative Cloud work you can, as always, head check the Wine Application Database for details.
You don’t get Photoshop for Free
Now, lest anyone get too excited but this script I must stress that it doesn’t give you free, unfettered access to the Adobe creative suite.
You’ll need an Adobe ID to download and install applications using the Adobe Application Manage too, most of which will also require a paid subscription.
Background info From Corbin Davenport
I made this script because getting Creative Cloud working in Wine is pretty difficult, thanks to multiple versions of the setup program being available from Adobe’s website that vary in compatibility with Wine. I found that the Creative Cloud setup program from the Photoshop download page works best in Wine, especially when the OS is temporarily set to Windows XP.
Here’s everything the script does, if you want to re-create this in normal Wine:
- Creates a new Wine prefix and sets the OS to Windows XP
- Installs atmlib, corefonts, FontsSmoothRGB, and gdiplus
- Downloads and runs the the Creative Cloud setup program from the Photoshop download page (direct link)
- After Creative Cloud/Application Manager is done installing, set the OS back to Windows 7 so newer apps can be installed
- Creates a shortcut for PDapp.exe (Adobe Application Manager)