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System Requirements and Recommendations for Adobe Lightroom Classic:

Updated: May 8, 2023

System Requirements and Recommendations for Adobe Lightroom Classic

Lightroom Classic is designed for photographers who want to work on powerful stationary desktop computers. Lightroom Classic is exclusively intended for usage on PCs. Furthermore, because this application version does not link to the Adobe Cloud, it may be used offline.

System Requirements for Lightroom Classic:

Lightroom Classic is a computer-only software that requires higher processing power.

Recommended Lightroom Classic System Requirements:

The official Lightroom system requirements, like Photoshop and Illustrator, are too low for much more than editing a few low-res photographs promptly. Professionals who edit hundreds of RAW photographs and scan through whole archives of images will want a far more capable PC to properly utilize Lightroom Classic.

The performance requirements of Lightroom Classic are greatly influenced by the resolution and number of your photographs, Lightroom caches, the number of adjustments/presets performed, the type of images, and the Lightroom Preview Resolution.

As you work with more photographs, higher-resolution shots, and various presets or a mix of the three, you’ll discover that a PC that just meets Adobe’s official system requirements may lag and, in extreme cases, crash Lightroom without pause.


When doing active work, a CPU with a high clock speed benefits Lightroom more than a CPU with several cores. Lightroom benefits from many cores only in a few tasks, such as batch exporting and employing panoramic merging.


You should acquire more RAM than the suggested 16 GB for heavy use. Every photo you upload to Lightroom increases RAM usage and the demand skyrockets when you add RAW Hi-Res photographs. Any performance issues should be mitigated with 32 GB of RAM.


Lightroom is designed to manage a large number of big files in real-time, without latency. Using an SSD instead of an HDD reduces load times from hours to minutes and significantly improves speed. Additionally, an NVMe SSD reduces load times even further.


Lightroom may benefit from GPU acceleration, but you must first ensure that your GPU is supported. Use of GPU for display requires GPU with support for DirectX 12 and use of GPU for image processing requires VRAM of a minimum of 2 GB GPU RAM and recommended 4GB GPU RAM or more for 4K displays and greater.


For best results, connect two (or more) monitors to one graphics card.


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