5 Replies Latest reply on Dec 12, 2011 10:49 AM by Stoobeedoo

    How do you install Lightroom 2 plugins?


      I have run across a number of interesting plugins for Lightroom but don't know how to install them.  Can anyone help with this?



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        • 1. Re: How do you install Lightroom plugins?
          DdeGannes Adobe Community Professional

          The provider of the plugin usually provides that info on their website.

          • 2. Re: How do you install Lightroom plugins?
            Ellen001 Level 1

            I am new to this stuff and have just tried the ones listed in Adobe.  When I pick Plug-In Manager in Lightroom and then to to Plug-In Exchange, there are a number of plug-ins that just have "download" and then you unzip a file.  Where does this go and how do I teach Lightroom about it?


            • 3. Re: How do you install Lightroom plugins?
              Mel Davis. Level 3

              Ellen, check the top post out here for some other related advice:



              I haven't tried any Lightroom plugins myself, though I have been curious.  Can anybody recommend any plugins they've used with Lightroom (I do not have Photoshop) that they've found particularly helpful and a good value?

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              • 4. Re: How do you install Lightroom plugins?
                SeanMcCormack Adobe Community Professional

                While placing them into the Modules folder works, it means the Plugin is always there.


                C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.3\Modules

                ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Modules


                If you create a folder called Lightroom Plugins (anywhere e.g. in My Pictures or Pictures), you can then use the Plugin Manager (File Menu>Plugin Manager) to install and remove any plugin.

                • 5. Re: How do you install Lightroom plugins?
                  Stoobeedoo Level 1

                  1. Lightroom 2 can work with export plug-ins regardless of where they’re located, but it’s easiest if you put them in one of the following folders:

                  •     Mac OS: /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Modules
                  •     Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Adobe\Lightroom\Modules
                  •     Windows Vista: C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Lightroom\Modules

                  To install a plug-in, simply drag it into one of those folders, and then launch Lightroom. Lightroom will automatically find the plug-in and make it available.

                  2. Use the Plug-In Manager to enable/disable plug-ins. Choose File > Plug-In Manager or click the Plug-in Manager button in the Export dialog box.
                  3. To use an export plug-in, click the double-pointing arrow ( arrows.png ) at the far right of the Files On Disk button that straddles the top of the Export dialog box. Then, choose the plug-in from the list.

                  4. Some plug-ins have additional functionality that is available by choosing Plug-In Extras from the File, Library, or Help menu.