AIR applications are deployed as AIR files. See
Data formats used
Users can install updates in two ways:
Download the AIR file for the application (or copy it
in some other way) and run it (for example, by double-clicking it).
Adobe AIR must already be installed.
In a web page (in a browser), click a seamless install link
for the application. Adobe AIR lets developers install applications
via a link (or other user interface element) in a SWF file embedded
in a web page. If Adobe AIR is not already installed, it is installed,
with the user’s approval as the application is installed.
In either case, if a different version of the application is
already installed, the AIR application installer asks the user if
they want to update to the new version. If an updated version of
Adobe AIR is required, the updated version is automatically installed.
By default, each AIR application is installed in a unique subdirectory
of the system-wide programs directory (such as c:\Program Files\MyAIRApp
on Windows and /Applications/MyAIRApp on Mac OS.)
On Mac OS, to install or update an AIR application, the user
needs to have adequate system privileges to install to the application
directory (and administrative privileges if the application needs
to update the runtime). On Windows, a user needs to have administrative
Once an AIR application is installed, it can update itself (if
the developer has added code to do so).
IT administrators can install Adobe AIR and AIR applications
silently using standard desktop deployment tools. (See the next
IT administrators can prevent AIR application installation and
Adobe AIR updates. (See
Adobe AIR configuration
Adobe AIR currently does not support GPO or MSI for Adobe AIR
or application installation.