Set local directory of CC Libraries

New Here ,
Oct 07, 2015 Oct 07, 2015

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HI!

I was wondering where the contents of my CC Libraries are stored, and is there any way I can change that location? I'm desperate to manually set the location of my assets 

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Adobe Employee , Oct 14, 2015 Oct 14, 2015
Hi Warner, creative cloud libraries are stored on your local file system in the standard location for application data. We do not provide a way for users to choose a different location. FYI, on mac this is "/Library/Application Support/Adobe", on windows the location is something like "C:\Users\<username>AppData\Roaming\Adobe". Please be careful not to tamper with these files in any way.Regards,Mark ShepherdCC Libraries Engineering

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 18, 2018 Apr 18, 2018

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What's odd about pgcca's post above is you could replace the term "Dropbox" with "Creative Cloud" and it would still be 100% correct and accurate...

With Adobe's online storage, you can easily choose to share entire folders (synced locally to your computer) amongst many people by simply sending them a link (just like Dropbox), -or- use the CC Libraries functionality, or both.

Share Adobe Creative Cloud files, folder, libraries, and more

What's more, with the Creative Cloud storage, anyone who you share assets with can intelligently preview the content of your files like .PSD, .AI, .INDD, etc. online in any web browser anywhere, without needing the tools installed.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 04, 2020 Jul 04, 2020

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Well, for one, because assets in libraries can be linked to more than one library while still being only one physical asset. Which of the library folders should the asset be saved in then? When you open a library from the Creative Cloud desktop app, and you right-click on a file you can actually assign that file/asset to a different library as well, but the file isn't duplicated. How would you mirror that behaviour in a conventional file directory/folder structure? Hence, Adobe instead maintains an internal database of all the assets in the Library, because that way every object only needs to exist once, but can still be part of different collections. If it was a traditional folder system and you wanted a photo, video clip, etc. to be part of more than one collection then you would have to copy the same asset to all these folders. So Adobe's approach is the only one making sense in a library structure - which is not the same as a folder structure.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 01, 2017 Nov 01, 2017

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I think it would be very useful to have physical access to the CC libraries. So that you can update an image and have all references of that image automatically updated. I feel there is a flaw in Indesign when you drag/add a duplicate image to the CC libraries and rename it with the same name as an existing image. Both exist side by side. It should be intelligent enough to say. Do you want to replace the existing image?

Either that or give us the rights to update the image directly in the CC libraries folder or have an ability to update an image in the library. If you do drag a new image and remove the old you then need to re-link all files that had the 'old' image.

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Explorer ,
Nov 15, 2017 Nov 15, 2017

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Alright, since this is still not resolved since 2 years, here is a guide for windows how to circumvent the issue:

Adobe Creative Cloud Libraries writes all the files shared between users to the C drive by default. Our Libraries are about 100GB+ in size, which leads to bottlenecks on low capacity system SSD's.

Here is a guide how to create symlinks to move the Creative Cloud Library to a Cache drive.

You can locate the Creative Cloud Libraries folder at:

C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Creative Cloud Libraries

1) You will need to close all adobe applications and Cut/move the "Creative Cloud Library" folder to the cache drive of larger capacity.

2) After copying is complete, run the following command :

mklink /D "[Initial location folder path on system drive]" "[folder path where the folder has been copied to]"

Example: mklink /D "C:\Users\Mike\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Creative Cloud Libraries" "D:\Cache\Adobe Cache\Creative Cloud Libraries"

Dont forget the " for folder links.

You will need to have no folder in the system drive, as the command will create one.

3) All done! When you go into the system drive directory, it will pass all files along to a cache folder.

4) You can do this with other Adobe and Cache-Heavy applications that dont allow cache directory customization.

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Explorer ,
Dec 12, 2017 Dec 12, 2017

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Creating a windows link to my library folder on a bigger drive works - except in one major case.  If I import some assets into an After Effects project and save it, another artist in my department (who is sharing my library, so should have all the same assets), will find missing footage upon loading my project since After Effects sees it being stored in my local user folder, which obviously isn't the same on his computer.  This pretty much means that using libraries for common assets in a shared team setting in After Effects is ALWAYS going to be a problem.  Until Adobe lets us decide where to put the library folder (i.e. a local folder on each artist's workstation that is the same for all of us), I don't see how useful libraries are.

-Rich

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Explorer ,
Dec 28, 2017 Dec 28, 2017

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Does this drive have to be on my computer or can it be a network drive. My work computer only has a SSD no cache drive that I can find. We keep most of our files on a network drive which is huge and could handle the libraries easily.

Thanks,

Alex

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Explorer ,
Jun 20, 2018 Jun 20, 2018

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My original question wasn't answered. Is there any way to move the directory from my C drive to our external storage drive? The libraries keep over running my computer space. 90 GB on a 250 GB SSD and this is after cleaning them up it was over 100.

I use the libraries as they are much faster than having to grab assets from a folder every time i need them. I do automotive ads at my day job and sometimes someone wants to change a car color much quicker with libraries than with individual assets.

Thanks Alex

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 25, 2018 Jun 25, 2018

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Hey BabyBandit,

This isn't necessarily an easy solution (assuming your 90GB amounts to hundreds of files), but you are able to add items to your CC library where they maintain their original location.

If you have a folder for assets on your server/external drive for example, and you place them as a link into Indesign (for example) and then option/alt drag them into your CC Library panel, they won't be copied to another location on your SSD drive, just linked from the original location. It might seem a bit daunting of a task to relink all those files, but making that a habit could make life a bit easier.

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New Here ,
Oct 23, 2019 Oct 23, 2019

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Nicely done, sir. Worked 100%. Now, if only Adobe would let us install apps wherever we want, boy, what a day that would be. 

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 25, 2021 Apr 25, 2021

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I will give it a shot!..
My C: I can't afford to use it as storage of hefty libs!

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Explorer ,
Jun 08, 2018 Jun 08, 2018

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'My' files on WIndows were in

Local Disk C - Users - (me) - AppData - Roaming - Adobe - Creative Cloud Libraries - LIBS - (longnumber)AdobeID -creative_cloud - dcx

in a sequence of folders with long numbered names.

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Participant ,
Feb 06, 2019 Feb 06, 2019

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Hi,

can we send these creative cloud libraries folder files to another system and import these files like .cclibs?

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Participant ,
Feb 26, 2019 Feb 26, 2019

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I managed to export an cclibs containing mogrts from AE and import the file into Premiere, but I guess this won't work if the client is not using CC Libraries (which our clients does not). Another workaround I found to work for batch exporting mogrts is to select all files in the library inside Premiere Pro and right click and hit "copy to local". The files will then be exported to the Motion Graphics Templates folder (Library>Application Support>Adobe>Common).

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New Here ,
Apr 22, 2020 Apr 22, 2020

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Bump 2020 .. can we move the libraries folder please? I'm trying the mklink approach.

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Participant ,
Dec 19, 2020 Dec 19, 2020

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I raise the request, it's sick that we can't do it!

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