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Lightroom Classic CC, Lightroom CC, and Photoshop Compatibility with macOS Mojave

Apple has released their macOS Mojave 10.14 operating system update. Adobe has tested Mojave with Lightroom Classic CC 7.5, Lightroom CC 1.5,  Lightroom 6.14 and other Creative Cloud applications.

Known issues with Lightroom Classic CC 7.5 and Lightroom CC 1.5 and Mojave:

  • Switching to Mojave’s Dark Mode can cause Lightroom Classic CC and Lightroom CC to crash. Quit Lightroom and change the appearance setting in System Preferences to something other than dark mode. (I don’t know if this also affects Lightroom 6.14.)

If Adobe becomes aware of other issues, they will be posted on this Lightroom and Mojave webpage. You can track user reports of issues on Adobe’s bug/feedback site.

I will plan to update this post with new issues that I become aware of.

Lightroom 5 and earlier versions:

It’s best to assume that Mojave will not be compatible, since there were issues with prior MacOS versions, including crashes. As with Lightroom 6.14, any issues found with Lightroom 5 and earlier versions will not be fixed.

Known Issues with Photoshop CC and Mojave:

  • Share to Twitter and Facebook don’t work. (Photoshop uses the macOS APIs for sharing. These options have been removed in Mojave.)
  • Dark Mode appearance setting doesn’t affect all of the Photoshop interface. To have Photoshop interface elements better match Dark Mode, go to Preferences>Interface and set the Color Theme to the darkest setting.
  • Accessibility Event notification: when you get this notification upon launching Photoshop for the first time after installation of Mojave you’ll need to grant Photoshop access to accessibility features, or you’ll get a Busy cursor when painting and pen pressure won’t work. For more information on how to grant access, read Adobe’s Photoshop and Mojave Compatibility page.

Wacom Tablet Compatibility with Mojave:

According to Wacom the latest driver is compatible, but they recommend that you update a security preference.

When to Update to Mojave

While Adobe hasn’t found any serious issues, I personally think that it’s a good idea to let early adapters continue to test it further before updating. A few weeks should be sufficient, unless Adobe finds issues in Lightroom that need to be fixed – in that case, I’d hold off on updating until Adobe releases Lightroom updates that address the issues.

I’ll check on issues with Lightroom about once a week – check back here occasionally for updates (rather than emailing me, please!) I don’t plan to pay as much attention to issues with Photoshop, so do follow Adobe’s page.


2018-09-27T14:16:58+00:00September 27th, 2018|12 Comments


  1. Doug Mathewson September 27, 2018 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    Wacom link is not connecting

    • Laura Shoe September 27, 2018 at 2:17 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Doug – try it now.

  2. Ramesh September 27, 2018 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    will google NIK work with the above update?

    • Laura Shoe September 28, 2018 at 9:11 am - Reply

      I haven’t checked into this, Ramesh.

      • Ramesh S.A September 28, 2018 at 6:33 pm - Reply

        Thanks…Will be great to hear from users

  3. TC Conner September 28, 2018 at 7:35 am - Reply

    So far, Mojave has not affected my use of Lightroom Classic CC at all. (Your Wacom link is working.)

    • Laura Shoe September 28, 2018 at 9:10 am - Reply

      Good to hear, TC – thanks for reporting this.

  4. Nam Beat October 7, 2018 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Nik Collection keep crashing Photoshop everytime on Mojaves , even purchased 😀

  5. Joseph Mo October 9, 2018 at 8:16 am - Reply

    I can’t access my phone through iTunes, I’m getting a message to update my OS before i can connect… presently using EL CAPITAN. Having the fear of not being able to use lighroom(CC 2015) and photoshop when i upgrade to Mojave.

    • Laura Shoe October 13, 2018 at 10:51 am - Reply

      Hi Joseph, there aren’t any more Lightroom Classic issues with Mojave identified by Adobe than those I wrote about. There are a few more with Photoshop – read about them to see if they would slow you down. I’m not sure why you’re still using LR CC 2015 – I’d suggest upgrading to LR Classic CC, since you have a subscription.

  6. ALASTAIR January 12, 2019 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    I waited to update, and even tried Mojave on my MacBook before touching the iMac BUT, although it worked a few issues killed my productiity.
    1. merging HDR and Panos became very slow — worse than the old laptop
    2. doing external plug in work and reimporting was SLOW +++
    iMac is 2017 with lots of RAM etc Apple says “should be fine”. Photos are stored on a QNAP thunderbolt 2 NAS, catelog therefore is on SSD internal drive. All worked with High Sierra. NOT SURE WHY, but with a lot of trials I found it would behave OK if the images were in in folders of less than 3000 images. Still don’t understand, but I’ve had to break up 18000 image folders into 3000 image folders in the catelog to make it work. Remember it worked ok on the laptop in 18k folders, so go figure. I hope someone updates the system, LR or the QNAP to fix this but I’m out of energy. Hope this helps someone else

    • Laura Shoe January 30, 2019 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      Sorry for my delay, Alastair. I recommend posting this on Adobe’s bug/feedback site to make Adobe engineers aware of it.

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