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Want to know how to download Adobe Acrobat? The PDF creation, editing and management tool will save you a huge amount of time and effort when working with files across desktop, web, and mobile devices. You can download a free seven-day trial of Acrobat Pro DC from Adobe and get started today.

While can find basic PDF tools in your operating system, and in software such as Microsoft Word, but they're pretty limited and will only get you so far. Acrobat is much more complete, with a range of security and editing options. The software is constantly evolving, so a subscription is a must-have for busy creative professionals, allowing you to benefit from all the latest features automatically. 

Don't forget to also check out our guides to downloading other Adobe software, such as how to download Photoshop and how to download Premier Pro.

Download a free trial of Adobe Acrobat Pro DC today
You can try the latest release of Adobe Acrobat Pro DC for free with a seven-day trial from Adobe. There’s no obligation to buy if you cancel your subscription within seven days. Alternatively, if you like it, you can convert to a paid subscription, either during the trial or after it’s expired.
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How much does it cost to download Adobe Acrobat?

Global: Download Adobe Acrobat Standard DC from $12.99 per month
UK: 
Download Adobe Acrobat Standard DC from £13.14 per month
Australia: 
Download Adobe Acrobat Standard DC from AU$18.69 per month
The standard version of Adobe’s industry-leading PDF software (for Windows only), allows you to reliably create, edit and sign PDFs, across desktop, mobile and the web. Click the links or the View Deal button. View Deal

Global: Download Adobe Acrobat Pro DC from $14.99 per month
UK: 
Download Adobe Acrobat Pro DC from £15.17 per month Australia: Download Adobe Acrobat Pro DC from AU$21.99 per month
The most advanced version of Adobe’s industry-leading PDF software is available for Windows and Mac. It allows you to create, edit and sign PDFs across desktop, mobile and the web. You get the full Acrobat feature set, including the ability to compare two versions of a PDF, turn scanned documents into editable PDFs and more. View Deal

Best value: Download Adobe Acrobat Pro DC as part of an all-Apps Adobe Creative Cloud subscription: $52.99 per month (US)£49.94 per month (UK) / AU$76.99 per month (Aus)
The best value way to download Adobe Acrobat Pro DC is to sign up for Adobe's All Apps subscription. This will also get you access to the full range of apps, including Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and more. View Deal

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 Standard 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 best value option is an annual subscription, which will cost you $14.99 / £15.17 / AU$21.99 per month.

The second 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

Educational discount: Get Adobe Acrobat Pro DC as part of an all-Apps Adobe Creative Cloud subscription (first year only): 
$15.99 per month (US)£13.15 per month (UK) / AU$21.99 per month (Aus)
Students, teachers and education workers can get Adobe Acrobat Pro DC as part of a heavily-discounted Adobe's All Apps subscription! This will also get you access to the full range of apps, including Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and more. View Deal

If you’re a student, teacher or anyone working in education, you can get Adobe Acrobat as part of a discounted All Apps plan at a much lower rate. This means you can 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. 

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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Tom May

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specialising in design, photography and tech. He is author of Great TED Talks: Creativity, published by Pavilion Books. He has previously been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine.