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Direct Download All Official Adobe CS4 and CS3 Free Trials

[UPDATE (June 2014) – These still work to download the old CS3/CS4 trials from years ago. But if you’d like to download Adobe’s new CC 2014 release then see our full set of direct links.]

Even though Creative Suite 6 is out and is a phenomenal release, some folks still need the earlier versions for various reasons: 32-bit vs 64-bit (e.g., After Effects and Premiere Pro), compatibility with other software or systems owned, the rest of your class or company is still on CS4, you need to reinstall but no longer have your original disks or download file, etc… But this older software is now hard to find – Adobe doesn’t publicize or provide a web interface for it. So if you’ve been searching high and low all over the Internet to find the official Adobe trial downloads for CS4 or CS3, well your search is over!

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Below are two tables for CS4 trial downloads in major languages. These links go to the auth­entic and original CS4 files residing on Adobe’s servers, are guaranteed genuine and will not change. For Windows, each program consists of two files, an .exe and a 7-Zip file (.7z). The .exe file will only work once the .7z package is fully down­loaded and resides in the same location. For the Mac, it’s just a single .dmg file for each program.

There are also optional “extra content” (or functional content) downloads included here for most tools that consist of one or two additional files, which you can install separately after the main product is installed. It typically includes fonts, templates, documentation, etc.

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The supported languages vary by product. The Western Euro­pean languages can include French/Français, German/Deutsch, Italian/Italiano, Dutch/Nederlands, Norwegian/Norsk, Danish/Dansk, Finnish/Suomi, Swedish/Svenska, Portuguese/Português, and Spanish/Español. To see which product supports which languages, visit the main Adobe trials page and then click on the selection menu for whichever product(s) you’d like to try – it will tell you which languages are currently available.



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Note: Very Important Instructions

More Direct Download Links
CC 2014
CS6
Acrobat XI
Captivate 8
Lightroom 5
Elements 13

You need to have a free Adobe account and be logged into it to use the links below, as Adobe sets a session cookie on your browser that allows you to access the direct download links. Otherwise, you will receive an “access denied” or “resume your download” message prevent­ing the connection. So please follow these instructions carefully or the links will not work!

  1. Adobe recommends temporarily turning off any surfing restrictions you might have running, like site or cookie blocking, filtering, firewalls or antivirus software.
  2. Click «HERE» to visit this page first, before clicking any of the links in the table below – this is critical!
  3. If asked, sign in with your Adobe ID or take a minute to create one for yourself.
  4. Now close any windows that popped up and cancel any downloads that started.
  5. OK! Now you’re logged in at Adobe with the trials cookie set, so you can instantly download any of the software below. Just make sure you have enough disk space.
  6. Download the files either by clicking directly on the DDL links, or by right-clicking and choosing “Save Link As…” on the popup menu – and save all files to the same place.
  7. Then follow the product installation instructions here.

Creative Suite 4 – Adobe CS4 Downloads

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Creative Suite 4 Trials
(English)
WindowsMac
Product TrialExtra ContentTrialExtra
After Effects CS4*File 1File 2File 3File 4File 1File 2
Premiere Pro CS4*File 1File 2File 3File 4File 1File 2
Photoshop CS4File 1File 2File 3 File 1File 2
Dreamweaver CS4File 1File 2File 3File 4File 1File 2
Illustrator CS4File 1File 2File 3 File 1File 2
InDesign CS4File 1File 2File 3 File 1File 2
InCopy CS4File 1File 2File 3 File 1File 2
Flash Pro CS4File 1File 2File 3 File 1File 2
Fireworks CS4File 1File 2File 3 File 1File 2
Contribute CS4File 1File 2  File 1 
Soundbooth CS4File 1File 2  File 1 
Acrobat 8 ProFile 1     
Creative Suites
CS4 Master CollectionFile 1File 2File 3 File 1File 2
CS4 Design PremiumFile 1File 2File 3 File 1File 2
CS4 Design StandardFile 1File 2File 3 File 1File 2
CS4 Web PremiumFile 1File 2File 3 File 1File 2
CS4 Web StandardFile 1File 2File 3 File 1File 2
CS4 Production Premium*File 1File 2File 3 File 1File 2

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And for other countries, here are the CS4 trial download links for most Western European languages – which can include French/Français, German/Deutsch, Dutch/Nederlands, Danish/Dansk, Finnish/Suomi, Swedish/Svenska, Norwegian/Norsk, Italian/Italiano, Portuguese/Português, and Spanish/Español:

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Creative Suite 4 Trials
(Western Europe)
WindowsMac
Product TrialExtra ContentTrialExtra
After Effects CS4*File 1File 2File 3File 4File 1File 2
Premiere Pro CS4*File 1File 2File 3File 4File 1File 2
Photoshop CS4File 1File 2File 3 File 1File 2
Dreamweaver CS4File 1File 2File 3File 4File 1File 2
Illustrator CS4File 1File 2File 3 File 1File 2
InDesign CS4File 1File 2File 3 File 1File 2
InCopy CS4File 1File 2File 3 File 1File 2
Flash Pro CS4File 1File 2File 3 File 1File 2
Fireworks CS4File 1File 2File 3 File 1File 2
Contribute CS4File 1File 2  File 1 
Soundbooth CS4File 1File 2  File 1 
Acrobat 8 ProFile 1     
Creative Suites
CS4 Master CollectionFile 1File 2File 3 File 1File 2
CS4 Design PremiumFile 1File 2File 3 File 1File 2
CS4 Design StandardFile 1File 2File 3 File 1File 2
CS4 Web PremiumFile 1File 2File 3 File 1File 2
CS4 Web StandardFile 1File 2File 3 File 1File 2
CS4 Production Premium*File 1File 2File 3 File 1File 2

We suggest using a browser other than Internet Explorer to download any of the files above. They can be quite large and IE has been known to drop the extension (like “.exe”) from the Windows filename. If this happens and you can’t open a file, then just rename it to add back the extension. But generally, using Firefox or Chrome will work better – and if you have any issues getting the downloads to work with one browser, then try another.

*** Note: If you have any problems getting the files to download or install, be sure to read the earlier comments on this page – as most questions have already been asked and answered below!

Creative Suite 3 – Adobe CS3 Downloads

Here are the links for the official CS3 trials in English, all downloaded from Adobe servers. For CS3 on Windows, there are almost no .7z files; usually it’s only .exe files. For the Mac, it’s all .dmg files. All other instructions remain the same as for CS4 above.


Creative Suite 3 Trials
(English)
WindowsMac
Product TrialExtra ContentTrialExtra
After Effects CS3*File 1 File 2File 1File 2
Premiere Pro CS3*File 1 File 2File 1File 2
Photoshop CS3File 1 File 2File 1File 2
Dreamweaver CS3File 1  File 1 
Illustrator CS3File 1 File 2File 1File 2
InDesign CS3File 1 File 2File 1File 2
InCopy CS3File 1 File 2File 1File 2
Flash Pro CS3File 1 File 2File 1File 2
Fireworks CS3File 1 File 2File 1File 2
Contribute CS3File 1  File 1 
Soundbooth CS3File 1  File 1 
Acrobat 8 ProFile 1    
Creative Suites
CS3 Master CollectionFile 1File 2File 3File 1File 2
CS3 Design PremiumFile 1 File 2File 1File 2
CS3 Design StandardFile 1 File 2File 1File 2
CS3 Web PremiumFile 1 File 2File 1File 2
CS3 Web StandardFile 1 File 2File 1File 2
CS3 Production Premium*File 1File 2File 3File 1File 2

New Adobe CC 2014 Direct Download Links: All Free Trials

If you’re looking for CS2, CS, or an even earlier release, you can try digging around on Adobe’s FTP server for older products (but that’s really only for advanced users).

It is strongly advised not to use unknown sites or sources to download Adobe software, as increasingly these files are being used to deliver viruses and trojans onto users’ computers.

Did these links work for you? Hope they helped you out; please let us know in the comments below… And please see our companion page if you want the direct links for the new CC 2014 products.

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  1. Firdaus Aulia

    Makasih Mas Untuk Adobe Dream Wevernya
    Selamad Berbagi. Semoga Bermanfaat.

  2. Rooford

    I have to say I am very impressed with the customer service of this website. Thank you for being so responsive! I am attempting to download Design Premium CS4 on Windows 8 machine (I know it may not be compatible, but I wanted to try).

    I followed the directions, logged in to Adobe ID, downloaded the 2 program files ADBESTDSCS4_LS1.exe and ADBESTDSCS4_LS1.7z. When I run the .exe file, it almost completes and then a message box appears and says:

    “A problem occurred while extracting some files. Check available space on your computer and the write privileges on the destination folder.”

    I have almost 30GB of free space on the computer, plus Administrator privileges – just to be sure I right-clicked the icon and chose “Run as Administrator.” (I also tried this install when my machine was running Windows 7 and got the same message.)

    I have deleted all temporary files, deleted all previous versions on the software and even completed the Adobe Clean Script and Windows Cleaner to ensure no hidden files were conflicting with the install.

    I also had a chat session with tech support who sent me to the forums which received no response. I’d be very grateful for any insight. Thank you!

    • Hi Rooford, are you installing the program to the same disk where you have the downloaded files located? (and not from a USB flash/thumb drive, memory key, etc.)

      Sometimes that scenario can cause the message you posted. Also, of course, make sure the downloaded files are all in the same directory.

  3. Michelle

    Hello,

    I had purchased CS4 Design Suite for several classes I was taking in 2010. My Mac’s hard drive crashed this summer and I had to buy a new one. I just realized that I needed to use Photoshop and I cannot find the disks. Is there any way to find my license number from four years ago so that I can have a fully-functioning program without having to repurchase?

    Thanks

  4. Michelle

    Found it at adobe.com!!

  5. phy sophornrit
  6. dpc

    aww it doesn’t work anymore =(

    • Actually all of the direct links here are fine – but you have to make sure you carefully follow the directions or else they won’t work.

      In other words, you have to follow the step-by-step download instructions (required by Adobe’s servers) given near the top of this page…

      If you do not do that first (before clicking on anything else), then these links will not work for you.

      Then if you have any further issues, try again with a different web browser, another computer, or different Internet connection.

  7. Rooford Whetherfield

    @ProDesignTools

    Hi, thanks for responding. The files automatically save to my Downloads folder, when they have completed downloading, I move them to my storage hard drive.

    Then I double click and run the first ADBESTDSCS4_LS1.exe file and it asks me where to unpack. The Desktop is the chosen place by default, which I left (I read in the Adobe forums that you must let it unpack to the desktop or it won’t work.)

    It almost completes this process and that is when I get an error message. Should I move the ADBESTDSCS4_LS1.exe and ADBESTDSCS4_LS1.7z files onto the desktop instead of my storage hard drive and then attempt the same process?

    Thanks for the help!

    • Hello again Rooford, it sounds like you’re absolutely doing all the right things – the only possibility we could suggest is that your file(s) may have downloaded as incomplete or corrupt…

      You may want to try downloading again, perhaps using a different browser or computer, and/or a faster Internet connection (avoid Wi-Fi if you can, as it is less reliable and robust – use a cabled connection if possible).

      Hope that helps!

  8. Rooford Whetherfield

    Thank you for your reply. I will try again with a wired connection. Is there a way to check the hash to ensure the download file is not corrupt?

    • No sorry – we haven’t done all the hashes for these old products… But if the file size and/or MD5 hash for your new (second) download agrees – or does not agree – with the that of the first copy you already downloaded, that will tell you a lot about the integrity of what you have.

  9. Juu

    Hello,

    I tried downloading this as well, but for me the first link in step 1 gives an error.
    It says: Error 413, Header Length too Large…

    Is there any way I would be able to download using another link/server or anything?

    Thanks in advance!

  10. MDR

    I am signed in as is required but I am still getting the 404 error when attempting to download CS3 Production Premium. Help?

    • Hi MDR, being logged in isn’t enough – you also have to carefully follow the step-by-step download instructions given in the article above, or the direct links won’t work.

      If you have any further difficulties, then try it with a different web browser, computer, or Internet connection. Avoid Wi-Fi when possible (use a cable instead), as wireless connections can be slower and less reliable.

  11. Daniel

    I’ve been trying to install the trial of the Design Standard Suite and continue to get the following error:

    Critical errors were found in setup.
    Please see the Setup log file for details.

    One thing not addressed is the sequence of the installation files and which setup file to begin the installation. I unpack ADBESTPPCS4_LS1 and STPPCS4_Cont_LS1 and ADBESTPPCS4_LS1. This creates a Adobe CS4 folder and a Design Standard folder, both with a setup file that begins the installation(?)

    All of these are on the Desktop, but none begin the installation, the log file refers to missing files. Am I supposed to have these files in a certain location?

    • Hey Daniel, these old files have been up here for many years (almost 2,000 comments on this page!) but we’ve never heard that one before, so it must be a particular glitch somewhere in what happened to you (either in the download or extraction or installation or system configuration). We’d try googling the exact text of the error message you received and hopefully that will help you find a solution.

      One thing we can tell you is the “Cont” files are Extra Content and would always be installed after the main CS4 programs.

  12. daryl

    Do these downloads still work or have they expired. Im getting the following error

    HTTP ERROR: 404 /support/downloads/dlm/main.jsp
    RequestURI=/support/downloads/dlm/main.jsp

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