Adobe Acrobat - Install/Licensing


  • How do I install Adobe Acrobat?
  • What's the difference between serialized license and a named user license?


  • Oregon State University
  • Employee
  • Windows
  • MacOS

License Restrictions

Available for OSU faculty, staff and students on institutional computers for use in education and non-commercial research.

  • Named user license - Authenticated with a user's ONID credentials.  Installation is allowed on up to two devices.  One device may be personally owned.
    NOTE: Named user license is not required for University owned devices.
  • Shared device license (serialized) - A license for a device shared by individuals within a college unit or department.  The applications may be used by all individuals granted access to the device. This can only be installed on a university owned devices.

To obtain a license, please fill out the form at

Installation Steps

Named User License

  1. Once a named user license is granted, navigate to
  2. Click on "Download Creative Cloud".
  3. Run the installer.
  4. Once installed, login with your ONID and click continue.
    NOTE: If you have signed up for a personal Adobe account with your account previously, it will prompt which account to use - Federated or Adobe. The Federated login is the OSU managed account and will have licenses assigned by the University attached to it.
  5. This will redirect to OSU Login; login with ONID username and password.
  6. Once logged in, Acrobat DC should be available to install.
    NOTE: Sometimes Acrobat will show as "Start Trial". Click on start trial to install. Acrobat should see the named user license once it has been installed.

    NOTE: Sometimes the Adobe CC desktop app will say there isn't a license and only gives options for a trial. If this occurs:
    1. Start the trial (shouldn't ask for any payment info).
    2. Install Acrobat.
    3. Sign in.
    4. Once signed in, Acrobat should see the named user license.

Device License

  1. Once a device license is granted, a ticket will be submitted with the IS Service Desk to start the installation process on the desired machine.
    NOTE: This may require coordination with another IT department depending on if admin credentials are needed.

Install Troubles/You don't have access to manage apps

For assistance, contact the Service Desk.


Article ID: 118201
Mon 10/12/20 5:39 PM
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