How To Install Adobe After Effects On Mac

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Step 1: Check Your System Requirements

Before proceeding with the installation process, it’s crucial that you check your Mac to ensure it meets the system requirements for Adobe After Effects. The requirements include:

  • Processor: Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Operating system: macOS versions 10.13 (High Sierra), 10.14 (Mojave), 10.15 (Catalina)
  • RAM: 16 GB minimum (32 GB recommended)
  • Hard disk space: 6GB of available hard-disk space for installation
  • Monitor resolution: 1440×900 or greater

Step 2: Download Adobe After Effects

Once you’ve confirmed that your system meets the minimum requirements, you can proceed to download the Adobe After Effects software.

  1. Visit the Adobe After Effects product page on the Adobe website.
  2. Click on the ‘Free Trial’ button if you want to try the software, or click ‘Buy Now’ to purchase it.
  3. If you’ve chosen the trial version, Adobe will ask you to sign in or create an Adobe ID. If you’re purchasing, proceed with the payment process.
  4. Once you’ve signed in or made your purchase, click on ‘Download’.

Step 3: Install Adobe After Effects

After downloading the installer, locate the .dmg file in your downloads folder and follow these steps:

  1. Double-click the .dmg file.
  2. A window will pop up. Drag the Adobe After Effects icon into the Applications folder.
  3. Navigate to your Applications folder and double-click the Adobe After Effects icon to start the program.
Open Finder > Applications > Adobe After Effects

And there you have it! You’ve successfully installed Adobe After Effects on your Mac. Now you can begin exploring all the amazing features this software has to offer.


Whether you’re a film student, a professional graphic designer, or simply an enthusiast looking to explore video manipulation, Adobe After Effects is a must-have tool. We hope this guide has made the installation process on your Mac easy and straightforward. Happy editing!