You want to know how to download Adobe Acrobat, and if you can download it free, and that’s exactly what you’ll learn on this page. The PDF creation, editing and management tool will save you a massive amount of time and effort when working with files across desktop, web, and mobile devices. And it’s easy to find out yourself. You can download a free seven-day trial of Acrobat Pro DC from Adobe and get started today.

Adobe Acrobat is not your only PDF option; you can find basic PDF tools in your operating system, and in software such as Microsoft Word – but they’re limited and will only get you so far. Acrobat offers a much more complete set of tools, with a range of security and editing options. And it’s not a static piece of software; it’s constantly evolving, so a subscription means you will stay up to date. That’s a must-have for busy creative professionals, allowing you to benefit from all the latest features automatically. 

There are various other Adobe software that will also benefit the modern digital creative, so be sure to check out our guides on how to download Photoshop, download Premier Pro, and download Indesign – that’s both the free trial and the subscription options. 

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Download and buy Adobe Acrobat: three options

The Windows-only Adobe Acrobat Standard DC can only be downloaded as a single-app subscription, for which you pay monthly or annually. The best value option is an annual subscription, which will cost you $12.99 / £13.14 / AU$18.69 per month. 

To download Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, there are two options. The first, and cheapest, is again to subscribe as a single-app subscription, which you can choose to pay for either monthly or annually. The second and best value option is an annual subscription, which will cost you $14.99 / £15.17 / AU$21.99 per month.

The third option is an All Apps subscription. This will cost you more, but it provides access to all of the Creative Cloud apps, along with a range of other benefits. (If you’re not sure which CC apps could be useful to you, check out our Adobe software list.) An All Apps subscription currently costs $52.99 per month / £49.94 / AU$76.99 per month. 

Those prices see discounts from time to time – keep an eye on our guide to the latest Creative Cloud discounts. And if you’re a teacher, student or working in education, you can get a special discount, which you’ll find details of below.

Download Adobe Acrobat: discounts for students and teachers

If you’re a student, teacher or anyone working in education, you can get 70% off Adobe Acrobat as part of a heavily discounted All Apps plan. Get the entire Creative Cloud suite of apps, along with 100GB cloud storage, Adobe Portfolio, Adobe Fonts, and Adobe Spark, for just $15.99 / £13.15 / AU$21.99 per month for the first year, and then $29.99 / £25.28 / AU$43.99 the following year (still a lot cheaper than the usual price).

Should you get Adobe Acrobat Standard or Pro?

Adobe Acrobat comes in two versions. Adobe Acrobat Standard DC, for Windows only, offers all the standard PDF features that allow you to view, create, edit, sign, and convert PDF files. Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, for both Windows and Mac, adds in special features such as:

  • Compare two versions of a PDF to review all differences 
  • Turn scanned documents into editable, searchable PDFs 
  • Advanced mobile editing tools
  • Validate and fix PDFs for ISO and accessibility standards

We’d recommend you download Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. It only costs a little more than Adobe Acrobat Standard DC, and you’ll get the full feature set. Of course, if you use a Mac, it’s the only option anyway.

Note that Acrobat Pro DC comes included when you download Creative Cloud, Adobe’s all-apps subscription package which also includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and more. In our view, a Creative Cloud subscription is the best-value way to get Adobe Acrobat Pro DC if you use other Adobe products.

Can I download Adobe Acrobat for free?

Yes, you can download Adobe Acrobat for free, in the form of a seven-day free trial of Adobe Acrobat Pro DC (see above. Note that you cannot get a free trial of Adobe Acrobat Standard DC).

You can cancel your subscription at any time during your week’s trial via your Adobe Account page or by contacting Customer Support, and you won’t have to pay a thing. Alternatively, if you like the software and decide to keep your subscription, you can just keep going.

Trust us, this is the only legal way to get Adobe Acrobat free. Yes, you’ll probably find websites claiming to offer a free version, but these are usually run by criminals. Clicking on their download links will probably lead to your computer being infected with viruses and malware. At best, these will make your operating system run slower; at worst they could steal your information and empty your bank account. It’s really not worth the risk.

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