Adobe Creative Cloud at IU

Overview and available software

Indiana University has renewed its contract with Adobe, under which Creative Cloud software, storage, and services are available to eligible users.

To view a list of Adobe software currently available via Creative Cloud under IU's contract with Adobe, navigate to Indiana University: Included applications and services. If prompted to log in:

  1. In the "Email address" field, enter your IU username followed by, even if your primary IU email address is different.
  2. Click Sign in.
  3. If prompted, on the IU Login page, enter your IU username and passphrase. You'll then see a list of the Adobe apps currently available to IU users; this list is subject to change.

For Adobe software available at IU outside of Creative Cloud, see the "Software available individually" section of About Adobe software at IU.

Licensing and installation


Under IU's contract with Adobe, Creative Cloud eligibility is limited to currently enrolled students, current faculty, current staff, and certain affiliates.

To be eligible to use Creative Cloud, students must be admitted to IU and enrolled in or registered for a credit-bearing course. This means that students who are enrolled for a future semester are eligible.

Limit on concurrent activations

IU's Adobe Creative Cloud license allows two concurrent active instances of Creative Cloud. You can install Creative Cloud on as many computers as you wish, but you can only be logged in on two of them at any given time. If you attempt to log into a third instance, you will receive a warning and an opportunity to deactivate (in other words, log out of) the other instances. For this reason, if you have Creative Cloud installed on more than one computer, UITS recommends that you deactivate Creative Cloud any time you are not actively using it.


For full instructions for downloading and installing Adobe Creative Cloud, see Get started with Adobe Creative Cloud.

Clarifications about Creative Cloud

  • While the software installers for the various Creative Cloud apps (such as Photoshop or Illustrator) are managed through the cloud, the desktop applications are still installed locally on your computer. This allows you to choose which applications to install locally rather than having to install the entire suite.
  • Creative Cloud does not encompass all Adobe software, although IU does offer several premium Creative Cloud services such as Typekit, Behance, and Story Plus. Several applications will still be distributed via IUware as individual software packages. For more, see About Adobe software at IU.
  • IU users have access to Adobe Stock, including unlimited access to Adobe's standard stock assets, including nearly 200 million photos, vector graphics, and illustrations, which can be used in presentations, reports, videos, websites, and other creative work. See About Adobe Stock at IU.
  • In accordance with Adobe's Privacy Policy, usage information for education users (individuals at IU using a FederatedID to log in) is not shared with Adobe and cannot be enabled. See Desktop app usage information for details.

Information for departments only

All single-user machines require a named-user installation for all Creative Cloud applications, including Acrobat Pro. On multi-user machines, you can deploy a shared device license, but to remain compliant with the terms of IU's contract, all users accessing the software on those machines must meet the eligibility criteria for Adobe usage described above. For details, see What is Shared Device Licensing.

  • Using UDM/CPE: All single-user machines must use a named-user license installation for Creative Cloud. The named-user license installer for the Creative Cloud Desktop Application plus Acrobat Pro is available via the Windows Device Management (UDM) and Apple Device Management (CPE) services. (For more about central software provisioning, see Get started with Windows device management and Get started with Apple device management via Jamf Pro.) Users will then be able to choose additional applications to install. Serialized installers for multi-user machines, including labs, classroom instruction stations, infostations, and so on, are also available via the Global ConfigMgr (UDM) service. Departments may also package Creative Cloud applications for their own UDM site using the Adobe Admin Console; to obtain the necessary permissions, email Tier 2 Support.
  • Not using UDM/CPE: Installers for managed systems not using UDM or CPE services can be built using the Adobe Admin Console; to obtain the necessary permissions, email Tier 2 Support. Although the Creative Cloud Packager (CCP) was previously used to build these installers, the CCP cannot be used to create packages that include Creative Cloud 2019 or later applications.

Get help

Consult the following resources for help with Adobe products at Indiana University:

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