Adobe Lightroom 6 Perpetual License

Yes, there is a perpetual license version of “Lightroom CC 2015” available.  Unsurprisingly Adobe named it “Lightroom 6.”  The names are different, but the two are largely the same except that the non-CC (aka “perpetual”) version does not provide access to Lightroom Mobile and Lightroom Web.

Adobe is marketing the cloud subscription model with all its might so you may find it difficult to locate any mention of the perpetual version, but it does exist.  I’ll put up a direct link as soon as I have one, but for now  Go to Adobe’s Lightroom product page, scroll all the way to the bottom, and look for the “buy now” button in the box for Lightroom 6 Standalone.  You can also try using this direct link, which will add one copy directly to your shopping cart.  In either case, it will default to the full version with a price (as of this moment) of $149.00.  Once it’s in your cart, you can click the “Edit” button in the upper right to change it to an upgrade version for $79.00.  Upgrade pricing is available to anyone who owns any version of Lightroom 1 through 5.  These links are only for Adobe’s “ESD” (Electronic Software Download) version, which lets you download the installer online, but does not include physical media.

[Edit 1: Some have noticed that you won’t see the option to buy the perpetual version if you are logged into your Adobe account.  Try logging out and then reloading the Adobe Lightroom product page.  To clarify, this page will not show you the Buy Now option if you are logged into an Adobe account.]

[Edit 2: After changing from the Full version to the Upgrade version, you’ll need to tell it which version you currently own before you’ll see the lower price reflected in the shopping cart.]

[Edit 3: The link for a perpetual version in the UK appears to be here.  I’m not UK based, but I hope this helps.  Thanks to @UK_Richard for the link.]

If you take regular advantage of both Lightroom and Photoshop upgrades, you may save some money by subscribing to the Creative Cloud Photography plan.

10 thoughts on “Adobe Lightroom 6 Perpetual License”

    1. Those links appear to be unique just for you, Hugo. But you can get to the Free Trial process by going to the product page linked above, and looking for the “Free Trial” menu item to the left of the blue “Buy now” button near the top.

    1. They still come back “access denied” for me. Test them out by copying then pasting into an incognito window in Google Chrome. Do they still work for you when you do that?

  1. I downloaded the LR6 install and was going to try that first to see what it was like. However, after the installation when I signed into my account Lightroom launched as LR CC 2015. Thought that was interesting. (Yes, I do already have the CC Photography Plan.)

    1. Hi Russ. My understanding is that this is normal. When Lightroom sees that you have the CC utility installed, regardless of how you downloaded it, it will brand itself as Lightroom CC and automatically enable the mobile functions. This has created some confusion for users who have a CC licensed application (say Illustrator) and also a perpetual license of Lightroom. I’m still waiting on clarification from Adobe on what’s happening in this case. (Did LR “convert” to a CC license and will it need to phone home every 99 days, or is it still behaving like a perpetual license?) Unfortunately I don’t have a firm answer for you just yet, but unless you’re planning to be in the Arctic without internet for an extended period of time, you’ll probably be ok either way.

      1. A little clarification: The Lightroom trial is *always* the CC version, no matter how you acquired the installer. It only allows you to convert it to a perpetual license after the trial is up, and it fails to find either a full or photographer CC subscription. Both checks must fail before Lightroom will even show you an option to enter a serial number. For most folks this won’t matter. The edge cases that might goof up a few folks are those who have a perpetual license for use on a 3rd system which happens to have the CC utility installed.

        1. Thanks, to clarify what I did was actually purchase the LR6 upgrade, I didn’t get a trial installer. That’s why I was a little surprised that it did switch to CC in the launch.

          I am always connected on this machine, so it may be difficult to figure out what LR behaves like now in my case. I may try a LR6 install on a virtual just to see if I can figure out how it looks differently than the subscription install. But that’s just playing, not really a concern for my real workflow.

          Thanks for the feedback.

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