Adobe AIR installation



Adobe® AIR® allows you to run AIR applications on the desktop. You can install the runtime in the following ways:

  • By installing the runtime separately (without also installing an AIR application)

  • By installing an AIR application for the first time (you are prompted to also install the runtime)

  • By setting up an AIR development environment such as the AIR SDK, Adobe® Flex™ Builder™ 3, or the Adobe Flex™ 3 SDK (which includes the AIR command line development tools)

    The runtime only needs to be installed once per computer.

The system requirements for installing AIR and running AIR applications are detailed here: Adobe AIR: System requirements (http://www.adobe.com/products/air/systemreqs/).

Installing Adobe AIR

Use the following instructions to download and install the Windows®, Mac OS X, and Linux versions of AIR.

To update the runtime, a user must have administrative privileges for the computer.

Install the runtime on a Windows computer

  1. Download the runtime installation file.

  2. Double-click the runtime installation file.

  3. In the installation window, follow the prompts to complete the installation.

Install the runtime on a Mac computer

  1. Download the runtime installation file.

  2. Double-click runtime installation file.

  3. In the installation window, follow the prompts to complete the installation.

  4. If the Installer displays an Authenticate window, enter your Mac OS user name and password.

Install the runtime on a Linux computer

  1. Download the runtime installation file.

  2. Set the file permissions so that the installer application can be executed:

    From a command line, you can set the file permissions with the chmod +x installer.bincommand. Some versions of Linux allow you to set the file permissions on the Properties dialog opened through a context menu.

  3. Run the installer from the command line or by double-clicking the runtime installation file.

  4. In the installation window, follow the prompts to complete the installation.

AIR is installed as either rpm or dpkg packages, with package names: adobeairv.n and adobecerts. Installation requires a running X server. AIR registers the mime type: application/vnd.adobe.air-application-installer-package+zip.

Removing Adobe AIR

Once you have installed the runtime, you can remove it using the following procedures.

Remove the runtime on a Windows computer

  1. In the Windows Start menu, select Settings > Control Panel.

  2. Select the Add or Remove Programs control panel.

  3. Select “Adobe AIR” to remove the runtime.

  4. Click the Change/Remove button.

Remove the runtime on a Mac computer

  • Double-click the “Adobe AIR Uninstaller”, which is located in the /Applications/Utilities folder.

Remove the runtime on a Linux computer

Do one of the following:

  • Select the “Adobe AIR Uninstaller” command from the Applications menu.

  • Run the AIR installer binary with the -uninstall option

  • Remove the AIR packages (adobeairv.n and adobecerts) with your package manager.

Installing and running the AIR sample applications

Some sample applications are available that demonstrate AIR features. You can access and install them using the following instructions:

  1. Download and run the AIR sample applications. The compiled applications as well as the source code are available.

  2. To download and run a sample application, click the sample application Install Now button. You are prompted to install and run the application.

  3. If you choose to download sample applications and run them later, select the download links. You can run AIR applications at any time by:

    • On Windows, double-clicking the application icon on the desktop or selecting it from the Windows Start menu.

    • On Mac OS, double-clicking the application icon, which is installed in the Applications folder of your user directory (for example, in Macintosh HD/Users/JoeUser/Applications/) by default.

    • On Linux, double-clicking the application icon on the desktop or selecting it from the Applications menu. AIR applications are installed in their own folder under the /opt directory.

Note: Check the AIR release notes for updates to these instructions, which are located here: http://www.adobe.com/go/learn_air_relnotes.