Adobe AIR installation

Users with administrative rights for a computer can download and install Adobe AIR, which is available at .

Adobe AIR is supported on:

  • Microsoft Windows

  • Mac OS X

  • Linux

The user needs to have administrative privileges to install the runtime.

Complete system requirements are listed at Adobe AIR system requirements .

Removing AIR

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

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.

On a Mac computer:

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

The user needs to have administrative privileges to remove the runtime.

On Linux, 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.

Updating AIR

If an AIR application requires an updated version of Adobe AIR (the runtime), the new runtime version is installed when the AIR application is installed. To update the runtime, a user must have administrative privileges for the computer.

Adobe AIR redistribution

Adobe provides the runtime for distributing Adobe AIR on individual systems, on an intranet, or in an enterprise environment. For more information, see the following:

Installing, updating, and removing AIR applications

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 privileges.

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 section, Enterprise deployment .)

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.

Enterprise deployment

IT administrators can install Adobe AIR and AIR applications silently using standard desktop deployment tools. IT administrators can deploy the following:

  • Silently install Adobe AIR using tools such as Microsoft SMS, IBM Tivoli, or any deployment tool that allows silent installations that use a bootstrapper

  • Silently install the AIR application using the same tools used to deploy the runtime

    IT admins are able to control the following as part of deployment:

  • Suppress the display of the Adobe AIR end-user license agreement

    Only IT administrators can suppress the Adobe AIR end-user license agreement display and only after accepting the terms and conditions on the organization's behalf.

  • Specify the application installation location

  • Specify whether the application's program menu or shortcut appears on end-users desktop

    Organizations need to obtain redistribution agreement from Adobe. For more information, see:

  • Adobe® AIR™ Runtime Distribution

  • Adobe® AIR™ Runtime Distribution FAQ

    IT administrators in conjunction with the AIR configuration parameter can further tune the runtime.

Installation logs

Installation logs are recorded when either Adobe AIR itself or an AIR application is installed. You can examine the log files to help determine the cause of any installation problems that occur.

The log files are created in the following locations:

  • Mac: the standard system log ( /private/var/log/system.log )

  • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\AIR\logs\Install.log

  • Windows Vista, Windows 7: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Adobe\AIR\logs\Install.log

  • Linux: /home/<username>/.appdata/Adobe/AIR/Logs/Install.log

Note: These log files were not created in versions of AIR earlier than AIR 2.

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