Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Manually Installing Adobe Camera Raw

I've always had a problem installing a working version of Adobe Camera Raw. When the AdobePatchInstaller.exe it always comes up with the error "Update is not applicable" shown below.

A brief history of Adobe Camera Raw

You can find a complete list of camera raw versions for Windows 32bit on this page:

V2.4 to 5.1 - contains a file format plugin (32bit and 64bit) call "Camera Raw.8bi" which is copied to the "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5\Plug-ins\File Formats" path.

v5.2 to 5.7 - contains the file format plugin (in 8bi format) and Adobe start to package in Camera Profiles (as .exe) as well. Installation of the Camera Profiles is simple as running the CameraProfiles.exe executable and it drops a whole bunch of files into "C:\ProgramData\Adobe\CameraRaw"

V5.7 - This the last version of the Camera Raw software that has a very simple install interface.

V5.8 to current - The install procedure changed and you need to run a application called AdobePatchInstaller.exe which then extracts the files, renames them and put them in the correct location.

 However you still want to install the files manually, as in my case, then keep reading.

Current Packaging Method

If you click on the payloads folder you will see

03/07/2012  11:22 PM    <DIR>          .
03/07/2012  11:22 PM    <DIR>          ..
03/07/2012  11:22 PM    <DIR>          AdobeCameraRaw6.0All-210510124504
03/07/2012  11:22 PM    <DIR>          AdobeCameraRaw6.0All-x64-210510130426
03/07/2012  11:22 PM    <DIR>          AdobeCameraRawProfile6.0All-210510124637
21/05/2010  01:05 PM            41,984 Media_db.db
21/05/2010  01:05 PM               170 Setup.xml
21/05/2010  12:45 PM             2,337 UpdateManifest.xml
               3 File(s)         44,491 bytes
               5 Dir(s)  65,437,519,872 bytes free

To extract the camera raw file format plug in do the following:

1) Click on AdobeCameraRaw6.0 folder (ie x64 if you want the 64bit version otherwise use the one without it)
2) Double click the
3) look for a file called "1003" and extract this. More recent packages of camera raw have additional file which you can safely ignore.
4) rename this file to "Camera Raw.8bi" and install it to the location plugin folder for Photoshop.

You can then skip the camera profiles if you really want. To extract the camera profiles navigate to the AdobeCameraRawProfiles6 folder and open the This contains all the profiles but with a non standard name. The mapping between the cryptic vs real names is contained the file called Media_db.db (a standard SQlite database)  in the table called "installfile".

 The image above is captured using the sqlite-manager plugin for firefox.

The simple way to do things

1) Download and install v5.7 of Camera Raw and Camera Profiles
2) Download the most recent version of camera raw supported by your photoshop version and manually extract file 1003 and rename and install it over the previous one


Update - 20/01/2014

I just got myself a new 64bit system with Win7 64bit. So I had to reinstall my Photoshop C5 as 64bit and the latest Camera Raw.

I clicked on the link above and downloaded and unziped "AdobeCameraRaw-7.1-mul-AdobeUpdate". From this file I extracted the "AdobeCameraRaw7.0All-x64-160512110605" folder which contained the file "". Inside the Assets zip file I found a single file called 1002 (as per one of the commenter below). Then I renamed this file to "Camera Raw.8bi" and copied it to "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5 (64 Bit)\Plug-ins\File Formats".

For the 32bit version I  extraced the "AdobeCameraRaw7.0All-160512104601" folder which contained the file "". Inside the Assets zip file I found a single file called1003 which I renamed to "Camera Raw.8bi" and copied it to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5\Plug-ins\File Formats"

When I fired up Photoshop CS5 it complained that the version wasn't compatible! Going back to the original link I discovered that the last supported camera raw version for CS5 is 6.6 or - The process then was exactly the same and this time Photoshop CS5 didn't complain.


  1. Hi there,
    can you tell me how did you install the lens profiles file? i've never managed a SQlite database, and don't know how and where to install those profiles. I'm using a portable version of CS5 and Camera Raw 6.7. Thanks in advance, and thanks for this article, really useful!
    Stefano from Rome

    1. Hi Stefano, Installing the lens profiles isn't quite so easy. The major problem is write a script which would extract the rows of the database and then rename all the individual files. If you are after an individual lens profile that a once off manual method would be easy.

  2. another solution for profiles - if you have Lightroom installed, just copy/symlink "program files\adobe\lightroom x.y\resources\lensprofiles" and \cameraprofiles to "\programdata\adobe\cameraraw\" (for windows 7).

  3. Hi,

    thank you for your solution, has been very useful.

    Just few points to add:

    1) in my installation (Adobe CS5 Master Collection) the correct path to drop the plugin is:
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Plug-Ins\CS5\File Formats.

    2) if Photoshop is x64 version, the file inside the zip is named 1002 instead of 1003. The path above is about the 64 bit version.


    2. Yeyyyy... Thank you!

    3. That was some important info right there! Thanks!

    4. Thank you very much it worked for me.

    5. thanks for sharing works

  4. Hi,

    Is it also possible to manually update camera raw 8.1?


    1. I've not had a look at this in a long while. Is the format still similar?

  5. Hi :)

    I tried this method to install Camera Raw 6.4.1 into CS5, but when I try to open raw files from photoshop, I keep getting the message "unable to use the camera raw plugin". Any suggestions? I tried using both the 32 and 64 bit versions of camera raw.

    1. I just tried with Camera Raw 6.6 and CS5. I found no issues. See my update above.

  6. Thanks a lot!! I've trying to find this solution for months! It worked...

  7. Was not able to get it to work with Photoshop CC, extracted file, renamed, put into C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC (64 Bit)\Plug-ins, there's no File Format folder in there, created one, fired up Photoshop CC, nothing happened...

    1. Ey man, for Photoshop CC you have to copy the file to: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Plug-Ins\CC\File Formats

  8. I tried everything I guess.. and it still doesnt work.
    Drives me crazy. I've been trying to update raw for a day now.. pissing me off

  9. Thanks a lot. Finally I managed to reactivate my Camera Raw that I lost by some mysterious means....

  10. Thank you so much!!
    Muchas gracias por la ayuda
    Grazie mille per il tuo aiuto :D

  11. I'hv tried a lot instaling camera raw to my cs5 in windows 8 but i'm not able to install it i'm getting the same error that could not install as it is not the complete document...
    i'hv tried the versions of 6.6 ,6.7 nd 7.1 but i'm getting the same error so plz any one help me out solving the problem plzzz...
    Tharun from Hyderabad

  12. Thank you so much!

  13. am copy the plugin file to the File Format ...stills its not working... and am using camera raw 5.4, photoshop cs5

  14. I am using Adobe CS5.5 and the camera raw update 6.7.1 - everything is fine... but how can i get bridge to show the raw files? Within Bridge, there are only thumbnails without a picture.

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  20. Thanks so much once I downloaded the right version for my Photoshop CS5 the manual install worked!

  21. THANK YOU SO MUCH! After scouring so many different support pages/forums, your solution worked!

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