Tech Tip: Installing Adobe Creative Suite 6 on macOS Sierra

Okay, so you haven’t made the switch to Adobe Creative Cloud and are still using Adobe Creative Suite 6; however, you’ve upgraded or are running Apple’s latest Mac OS, macOS Sierra, and now want to install Adobe Creative Suite 6 on macOS Sierra. Will it work?

While Adobe Creative Suite 6 is not officially supported on macOS Sierra and Adobe has discontinued updates and support for Adobe Creative Suite 6, you can install and run Adobe Creative Suite 6 on Apple’s latest macOS. However, if you run into problems, you are on your own so use it at your own discretion.

When you try to install Adobe Creative Suite 6 from your install disc or via a .dmg installer, you may run into an error message that goes something like “We’ve encountered the following issues . . . Installer failed to initialize . . .”

Adobe CS macOS Sierra


To workaround the issue, follow the steps below:

  1. Mount the Adobe Creative Suite 6 install disc or .dmg installer
  2. Open “Adobe CS6 Design Standard” (or whichever Adobe CS6 product you are trying to install)
  3. Right-click (or Ctrl-click) on “Install” then select “Show Package Contents”
  4. Go to “Contents” then “MacOS” and click “Install”
  5. Follow the on-screen prompts to install Adobe Creative Suite 6

If all works according to plan, Adobe Creative Suite 6 should now be installed on macOS Sierra.

Note: If you already had Adobe Creative Suite 6 installed prior to upgrading to macOS Sierra, your Adobe Creative Suite 6 products should launch normally.

Additional Resources:

For additional assistance, refer to Adobe’s support article “Installing Creative Suite on macOS 10.12 (Sierra).” Scroll down to the section labeled “Creative Suite 6 perpetual license.”


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