Adobe Digital Editions

Version(s) 1.7

Application Details:

Version: 1.7
License: Free to use
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.9.16

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What works

ACSM reading, transfer from linux desktop, transfer to portable device (Nook Color).

What does not

Printing - when attempting to use print dialog from supported documents: fixme:commdlg:PrintDlgExA (0x32e120) stub

What was not tested


Additional Comments

Changed winecfg to expose device mount point as a separate drive, and marked explicitly as floppy.

After doing this, everything works beautifully.
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DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 07 20161.9.16Yes Yes PlatinumIsira Seneviratne 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 20 20121.4.1Yes Yes GoldCarl Hage 
ShowLinux Mint 12 "Lisa" x86_64Apr 12 20121.5.1Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowLinux Mint 12 "Lisa" x86_64Apr 10 20121.4Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 26 20111.3.28Yes Yes Platinumlafon 

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HowTo / Notes

Using an eReader with ADE
Also thanks to Kevin for the note on persistent drive mapping with winecgf.

Note: The writer of this how-to (lafon) is recreating the steps outlined by Lukasz with a KOBO eReader. However the steps should be the same for all similar devices.

Note: Do NOT open ADE until clearly outlined in this how-to!

1) Mount your device and make note of it's mount point (This needs to be remembered exactly). For me this was /media/KOBOeReader/

2) The next step is to unmount your eReader (This is because winecfg cannot seem to keep the changes applied if the device is mounted).

3) Next open winecfg and switch to the [Drives] tab.

4) On the [Drives] tab click the "Show Advanced" button.

Note: As outlined in the comment by Kevin, WINE does not seem to have persistent drive mapping while the device is mounted. Therefore you have 2 options. Either the messy way, which is to keep the winecfg window open while ADE runs, or unmount and create a persistent entry.

5) Click the "Add" button.

6) Choose a letter to map your device to (I used "O:" because that was the only letter available to me.)

7) In the "Path" box, type the mount point from step 1.

8) In the "Type" drop-down menu, choose "Floppy disk" as the option.

9) Click "OK".

10) Open ADE. If everything went correctly ADE should ask you to authorize your eReader with your Adobe account (if you authorized your computer anonymously you will be asked to authorize your computer too). To read eBooks on your device simply drag-and-drop books from your ADE library to the entry in the left pane of ADE that corresponds with your eReader.

11) Finally remember to safely dismount your device from your computer.

Good luck!
ADE 1.7 and WINE 1.2.x

So far there have been (to the knowledge of the writer of this note) 3 instances of ADE 1.7(.2?) refusing to install in WINE 1.2.x with the installer exiting with the error: "Unable to elevate to administrative rights, error 1".

The only known solution (so far) is to upgrade to WINE 1.3.x and retry.


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

by Jane Whittington on Monday April 10th 2017, 0:46
I'm using elementary os -- Freya 32-bit, v. 0.3.2 (Ubuntu 14.04)
How to fix it, or uninstall and start over
by Jane Whittington on Monday April 10th 2017, 0:43
I have found the process of getting ADE 1.7.2 to work extremely frustrating.

I have installed it, and duly authorized it, but it doesn't work properly.

Books from my university library: If I drag the .acsm file onto the ADE window, they open properly.

Books from my public library: No matter what I do, I get a message from ADE saying: "Sorry, the file you are attempting to open cannot be opened by Digital Editions." On the basis of a comment here, I have tried moving the .ascm file into: /home/jane/.local/share/wineprefixes/adobe_diged/drive_c/Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Digital Editions/ (which is where the ADE .exe file is) and also into /home/jane/.wine/drive_c/. This didn't work.

I would be happy to completely uninstall ADE and start over again. But I can't really figure out how to do that. (I find Wine to be pretty user-unfriendly and unintuitive, so I may have made some mistakes when installing ADE.)

Thank you!
ACSM in a different folder location gives error message.
by Goog on Sunday November 24th 2013, 11:19
Tried with 1.4 and 1.6. Either drag and drop, or from command line. If the .acsm file location is any other than drive_c folder under .wine, then double-clicking or drag and drop gives error message in digital editions 1.7. "Sorry, the file you are attempting to open cannot be opened by Digital Editions."

Move the .acsm file to the same folder as digitaleditions.exe, and then it works. Double-click, drag and drop or command line the e-book will be downloaded. (Actually any where just under the c_drive folder.)

I've played with permissions, but can't figure why this is. It used to work for me, but now has this restriction after an install of ubuntu 13.10.

Anyone else with this problem?
Configuration with winetricks
by Carl Hage on Saturday September 29th 2012, 13:25
I was having troubles with ADE so reinstalled, but used winetricks.
I wasn't able to get ADE to recognize my device but finally figured out that I needed to set the configuration via winetricks by selecting the Adobe Digital Editions prefix (adobe_diged in winetricks), then after OK run winecfg from within winetricks to add a Z: drive as /media/NOOK/ (trailing slash required) and type floppy. The regular wine configuration didn't work (I guess winetricks installed under a different config prefix). What a pain!
PRS350 not seen by ADE
by Peter Marcham on Wednesday February 1st 2012, 9:17
I get ADE working okay but ADE doesn't see the sony reader PRS350; The PRS350 is displayed as disc; so you can content.Calibre has no trouble seeing PRS350 but alas cannot handle DRM purchases.

Any suggestions on how to get PRS 350 to be seen by ADE I use wine latest version.

best Peter
error, upgrade resolved
by Alison on Sunday January 8th 2012, 13:23
I was unable to install ADE 1.7.2 until I'd upgraded Wine from 1.2.2 to 1.3.35. I could install ADE 1.7.1, but it seems that there is a time limit that you're only allowed to use it for a fixed time until you upgrade to 1.7.2. I had the same error as Pistos on Jul 27 2011, although I'm using Ubuntu 10.04.
by Shaun Nixon on Friday February 4th 2011, 18:11
I am using Wine 1.2 with Mandriva 2010.2. I have installed ADE and it runs just fine using wine. I can download books from my public library (epub) and open them in Adobe Dig Editions. I followed Lukasz instructions on this page. Checked mountpoint for Pan Digital novel, ran winecfg went to drives and added E:\ pointed to /media/PD_NOVEL. Went to advanced and set it to floppy. On doing this and starting ADE my pan digital novel shows up in ADE. It asked me to register it and I did, computer is registered too. I dragged a file onto Pan digital and it shows up on the mobile device (pan dig) but they won't open, it says it must be transferred from Adobe Digital Editions.

any ideas. Please remember I am a bit of a newb.

  • RE: HELP by Lukasz Chrost on Friday February 4th 2011, 18:54
    • RE: HELP by Shaun Nixon on Friday February 4th 2011, 19:04
      • RE: HELP by Lukasz Chrost on Friday February 4th 2011, 19:14
        • RE: HELP by Shaun Nixon on Friday February 4th 2011, 19:41
          • RE: HELP by Lukasz Chrost on Saturday February 5th 2011, 3:44
            • RE: HELP by Shaun Nixon on Saturday February 5th 2011, 12:48
opening the file
by Craig on Sunday December 26th 2010, 17:13
Opening and Drag and drop works, but you could simply double click on the file. The ACSM file is associated to the Adobe Digital Editions software so it should just open it, even if it is closed.
Connecting your reader device
by Lukasz Chrost on Thursday December 2nd 2010, 2:02
Steps necessary to connect your reader device to ADE:

1) Find your mountpoint for the device internal memory. My BOOX 60 would mount under /media/boox if i'm using HAL assited mount (via Calibre or GNOME)

2) Run winecfg and change to the [Drives] tab. Click the 'Show advanced' button (really do it now, if you do it later, winecfg resets some settings)

3) Add mapping for your mountpoint, e.g. [E: -> /media/disk]

4) Change 'Drive Type' in advanced settings to 'Floppy disk'

COMMENT: ADE considers only 'removable drives' as potential reader devices.... it has to be 'Floppy disk' in WINE.

5) Connect and _MOUNT_ your device if it is not already mounter. You have to mount it before ADE starts!

COMMENT: ADE register device notification hook to be informed if you plug devices during its run. However WINE does not support RegisterDeviceNotificationA method right now.

6) Launch ADE. It should detect your device on start.
Adobe Digital Editions v1.7.2
by Bastian Fredriksson on Sunday April 11th 2010, 7:29
Download link:

Flash Player required.
New version 1.7.1
by betacurry on Wednesday December 9th 2009, 14:41
You can download the new version of DE at
For Overdrive eBook Library Loan
by Terrance on Tuesday April 7th 2009, 20:27
I managed to borrow my Overdrive PDF eBook by doing the following on my Ubuntu machine using Wine:

1. Install Firefox Setup 3.0.4.exe for Windows;
2. Install install_flash_player.exe for Windows;
3. Install digitaleditions1_7_setup.exe;
4. Once done, download your PDF eBook from Overdrive.
It should be a file with extention : *.acsm;
5. Launch Adobe Digital Editions;
6. Make sure you are connected to the internet;
7. Drag and Drop your *.acsm into your Adobe Digital Editions;

You should see your eBook being downloaded from Overdrive's Library!