Customising the Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop App


For a while now, Adobe has had a documented method to manage some of the options with the Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop App.

At dataJAR, we have used this successfully for some time. I’ve just forgotten to post it here.

Until now! See below.

What customisations?

In the Adobe article, these settings can be managed when creating PKG’s in either the Admin Console or Creative Cloud Packager (RIP).

The settings shown within that article are also settable post deployment.

So, if you wish to change the settings with the Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop App already installed, we can just change the contents of the below file & then restart the Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop App.

/Library/Application Support/Adobe/OOBE/Configs/ServiceConfig.xml

Below are the details around these two options.


This setting enables/disables the Apps Panel, with the Apps Panel disabled the Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop App looks like the following:

If you edit the ServiceConfig.xml:

/Library/Application Support/Adobe/OOBE/Configs/ServiceConfig.xml

By setting the <visible> element of Apps Panel to true to show, & relaunching the Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop App you should now see the Apps panel as the 1st tab.

And, if you wish to hide the Apps Panel just set the key to false.


This options allows for non-admin users to be able to install Applications from within the Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop App with no administrative prompts.

To enable SelfServiceInstalls find the <enabled> element of SelfServeInstalls to true & relaunch the Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop App.

You’ll also want to show the AppsPanel (as shown above), else this is not going to do much.


Sometimes things do not need to be complicated.

As mentioned, the file we’re looking to change is located at:

/Library/Application Support/Adobe/OOBE/Configs/ServiceConfig.xml

The content of the file itself looks like the below (but on a single line):

So, just make the changes to the file & deploy with your management tool of choice.


Annoyingly, some Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop App updates seemingly overwrite the ServiceConfig.xml file.

And with the Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop App updating itself, you might want to redeploy the ServiceConfig.xml file periodically.

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