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Adobe Lightroom System Requirements For Mac & PC

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Adobe Lightroom is an integral program for photographers to use during editing. It has loads of tools and adjustments you can make to your images, but it is much easier to use than a more in-depth program like Photoshop. Still, because there are so many moving parts to Lightroom, the program has specific system requirements (for Mac and PC) to run properly. 

There are minimum and recommended system requirements for both Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC. You want to make sure your computer matches at least the minimum requirements so that you can work without issues or interruptions. Let’s take a look at the requirements to run Adobe’s Lightroom programs on both Windows and Mac operating systems.

Adobe Lightroom Classic Requirements

Lightroom Classic is, of course, the classic program many photographers use when it comes to Lightroom. It has been around for over a decade and has had many updates throughout the years, but it still maintains a simple and user-friendly interface. 

The program requires a specific version of each operating system and a certain amount of RAM, disk space, monitor resolution, and GPU memory. While the program will function if the minimum requirements are met, it is best to maintain the recommended requirements for the best possible performance.

Requirements For Windows

ComponentMinimum RequirementsRecommended Requirements
ProcessorIntel®, AMD processor that has 64-bit and SSE 4.2 support and a 2 GHz or faster processor
Operating SystemWindows 10 (64-bit) version 20H2. Windows 11 (version 21H1 or more recent)
RAM8 GB16 GB or more
Hard disk4 GB of available space. Additional space is required during installation and sync4 GB of available space on an SSD
Monitor resolution1024 x 768 display1920 x 1080 display or higher
GPUGPU with DirectX 12 support
2 GB GPU memory
GPU with DirectX 12 support
4 GB of GPU when using a 4K or greater display
8 GB of dedicated GPU or 16 GB of shared memory for full GPU acceleration
InternetAn internet connection is necessary for activation and registration. The connection also validates subscriptions and gives access to online services

Requirements For Mac OS

ComponentMinimum RequirementsRecommended Requirements
ProcessorMulticore Intel processor that has 64-bit and SSE 4.2 support and a 2 GHz or faster or Apple Silicon processor
Operating SystemmacOS Big Sur (version 11.0) or more recent
RAM8 GB16 GB or more
Hard disk4 GB of available space. Additional space is required during installation and sync4 GB of available space on an SSD
Monitor resolution1024 x 768 display1920 x 1080 display or higher
GPUGPU with Metal support
2 GB GPU
GPU with Metal support
4 GB GPU for 4K or greater displays
8 GB of dedicated GPU or 16 GB shared memory for full GPU acceleration
InternetAn internet connection is necessary for activation and registration. The connection also validates subscriptions and gives access to online services

Adobe Lightroom CC Requirements

Lightroom CC is the newer version of Lightroom, which came out in 2015. It maintains the same tools and functions as Adobe Classic, with a slightly different interface. While some photographers still prefer to use Lightroom Classic, Lightroom CC offers full cloud compatibility, which others may prefer. 

Requirements For Windows

ComponentMinimum RequirementsRecommended Requirements
ProcessorIntel® or AMD processor that has 64-bit and SSE 4.2 support and a 2 GHz or faster processor
Operating SystemWindows 10 (64-bit) version 20H2 or later
RAM8 GB16 GB or more
Hard disk10 GB of available space; additional space required during installation and sync10 GB of available space on an SSD
Monitor resolution1280 x 768 display1920 x 1080 display or more
GPUGPU with DirectX 12 support
2 GB VRAM
GPU with DirectX 12
4 GB VRAM for 4K or greater displays
8 GB of VRAM to use GPU-supported export and preview generation
InternetAn internet connection is necessary for activation and registration. The connection also validates subscriptions and gives access to online services

Requirements For Mac OS

ComponentMinimum RequirementsRecommended Requirements
ProcessorMulticore Intel processor that has 64-bit support or an M1 Apple Silicon processor
Operating SystemmacOS Big Sur (version 11.0) or latermacOS Monterey (version 12)
RAM8 GB16 GB or more
Hard disk10 GB of available space. Additional space is required during installation and sync10 GB of available space on an SSD
Monitor resolution1280 x 768 display1920 x 1080 display or higher
GPUGPU with Metal support
2 GB VRAM
GPU with Metal support
4 GB VRAM for 4K or greater displays
8 GB of VRAM to use GPU-supported export and preview generation
InternetAn internet connection is necessary for activation and registration. The connection also validates subscriptions and gives access to online services

Lightroom Mobile Minimum Requirements (Android and iOS Devices)

When using Lightroom for mobile, you will also need to ensure your device can run the program smoothly.

Requirements For Android

ComponentMinimum RequirementsRecommended Requirements
ProcessorQuad Core CPU with ARMv8 or x86_64 architectureOcta Core CPU with ARMv8 or x86_64 architecture
Android OS Version8.x (Oreo) and later
RAMAt least 4 GB8 GB or more
Internal StorageAt least 32 GB128 GB or more

Requirements For iOS

When using Lightroom on an iOS device, you don’t need to worry about different specs, such as the processor and RAM. Any iPad or iPhone running iOS 15.0 or later will be capable of running Lightroom mobile efficiently.

However, certain devices have limitations on certain features, such as Select Sky in Masking and Select Subject. Adobe offers a full list of devices that don’t support these features.

How To Check If Your Computer Can Run Lightroom

Each operating system offers a way to check your computer specs. This will help you understand whether or not your system is currently meeting the minimum and recommended system requirements to use Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC.

To check your computer specs on Windows, head to the Windows Start Menu icon and click.

To check your CPU, RAM, and Processor, search for Settings. Click on the Settings App in the search results.

Then, click on the System tab and scroll down to open About.

To view your GPU, click the Start Menu and search for Device Manager.

Click the drop-down arrow next to Display Adapters, and you will see your GPU there.

Finally, right-click the Windows Start Menu and click Disk Management to view how much storage you have left on your device.

To view system information on a Mac, head to the Apple icon at the top left and select About This Mac. 

In the Overview tab, you can see the model of the computer you have, the processor, the memory, and the graphics information.

In the Displays tab, you can view more information about the display specs.

In the Storage tab, you can view the space left on your disk.

Do Lightroom And Photoshop Have The Same System Requirements?

No, Lightroom and Photoshop are very different programs with different capabilities. While there is some overlap, Photoshop is much more advanced and offers more in-depth tools and adjustments for your images. 

For this reason, while the rest of the system requirements are the same for Photoshop and Lightroom, there are differences in the Photoshop requirements, including a minimum of 20GB of disk space, with 50GB recommended. This is much more than Lightroom’s minimum and recommended (10GB) requirement.

The difference makes sense when you consider all of the different features Photoshop offers, particularly the ability to add and edit different layers in a single project. Lightroom doesn’t work with layers, so the program doesn’t require quite as much free disk space. If you’re moving between the two programs, you’ll want to ensure you have the space available to run Photoshop, not just Lightroom.

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