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Direct Download Links for All Official Adobe CS4 and CS3 Free Trials

[UPDATE (June 2015) – These still work to download the old CS3/CS4 trials from years ago. But if you’d like to download Adobe’s new CC 2015 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 2015
CS6
Acrobat DC
Captivate 9
Lightroom 6/CC
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)
Windows Mac
Product Trial Extra Content Trial Extra
After Effects CS4* File 1 File 2 File 3 File 4 File 1 File 2
Premiere Pro CS4* File 1 File 2 File 3 File 4 File 1 File 2
Photoshop CS4 File 1 File 2 File 3   File 1 File 2
Dreamweaver CS4 File 1 File 2 File 3 File 4 File 1 File 2
Illustrator CS4 File 1 File 2 File 3   File 1 File 2
InDesign CS4 File 1 File 2 File 3   File 1 File 2
InCopy CS4 File 1 File 2 File 3   File 1 File 2
Flash Pro CS4 File 1 File 2 File 3   File 1 File 2
Fireworks CS4 File 1 File 2 File 3   File 1 File 2
Contribute CS4 File 1 File 2     File 1  
Soundbooth CS4 File 1 File 2     File 1  
Acrobat 8 Pro File 1          
Creative Suites
CS4 Master Collection File 1 File 2 File 3   File 1 File 2
CS4 Design Premium File 1 File 2 File 3   File 1 File 2
CS4 Design Standard File 1 File 2 File 3   File 1 File 2
CS4 Web Premium File 1 File 2 File 3   File 1 File 2
CS4 Web Standard File 1 File 2 File 3   File 1 File 2
CS4 Production Premium* File 1 File 2 File 3   File 1 File 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)
Windows Mac
Product Trial Extra Content Trial Extra
After Effects CS4* File 1 File 2 File 3 File 4 File 1 File 2
Premiere Pro CS4* File 1 File 2 File 3 File 4 File 1 File 2
Photoshop CS4 File 1 File 2 File 3   File 1 File 2
Dreamweaver CS4 File 1 File 2 File 3 File 4 File 1 File 2
Illustrator CS4 File 1 File 2 File 3   File 1 File 2
InDesign CS4 File 1 File 2 File 3   File 1 File 2
InCopy CS4 File 1 File 2 File 3   File 1 File 2
Flash Pro CS4 File 1 File 2 File 3   File 1 File 2
Fireworks CS4 File 1 File 2 File 3   File 1 File 2
Contribute CS4 File 1 File 2     File 1  
Soundbooth CS4 File 1 File 2     File 1  
Acrobat 8 Pro File 1          
Creative Suites
CS4 Master Collection File 1 File 2 File 3   File 1 File 2
CS4 Design Premium File 1 File 2 File 3   File 1 File 2
CS4 Design Standard File 1 File 2 File 3   File 1 File 2
CS4 Web Premium File 1 File 2 File 3   File 1 File 2
CS4 Web Standard File 1 File 2 File 3   File 1 File 2
CS4 Production Premium* File 1 File 2 File 3   File 1 File 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)
Windows Mac
Product Trial Extra Content Trial Extra
After Effects CS3* File 1   File 2 File 1 File 2
Premiere Pro CS3* File 1   File 2 File 1 File 2
Photoshop CS3 File 1   File 2 File 1 File 2
Dreamweaver CS3 File 1     File 1  
Illustrator CS3 File 1   File 2 File 1 File 2
InDesign CS3 File 1   File 2 File 1 File 2
InCopy CS3 File 1   File 2 File 1 File 2
Flash Pro CS3 File 1   File 2 File 1 File 2
Fireworks CS3 File 1   File 2 File 1 File 2
Contribute CS3 File 1     File 1  
Soundbooth CS3 File 1     File 1  
Acrobat 8 Pro File 1        
Creative Suites
CS3 Master Collection File 1 File 2 File 3 File 1 File 2
CS3 Design Premium File 1   File 2 File 1 File 2
CS3 Design Standard File 1   File 2 File 1 File 2
CS3 Web Premium File 1   File 2 File 1 File 2
CS3 Web Standard File 1   File 2 File 1 File 2
CS3 Production Premium* File 1 File 2 File 3 File 1 File 2

Download New Adobe CC 2015 Free Trials (Direct Links)

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. Lone

    Hi, I actually have the old cd for CS4 including serial no. My question is whether I can just install it as we used to do in the old days?

    Right now I have CS6 installed, but quite soon I will have to get my computer reinstalled as I am no longer employed in the company paying for the software.

  2. vatsal vyas

    when i am downloading these words are present and it doesn’t work:

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

    • Hi Vatsal, these links are old but they do still function – but you have to make sure you are carefully following the step-by-step download instructions given near the top of this page.

      Following those instructions (first) is required by Adobe’s servers and is absolutely essential, otherwise the direct links won’t work for you.

      So if you still have any difficulties, then try with a different web browser, computer, or Internet connection – all while still following those directions. Avoid Wi-Fi if possible, as these can be large downloads and wireless connections are slower and/or less reliable than wired.

      Finally, also make sure you’re not blocking or filtering anything with your browser(s) – like cookies, downloads, or any sites or URLs, which could interfere with the download process.

  3. rania

    Thanks for the links and info. This site is always so helpful!

  4. SHaun Atkinson

    Contribute download links don’t work.

  5. junior

    you saved my life with those links. After Effects CS4 western work great, so thank you.

  6. Jonathan

    I’m led to a blank page when I click on the critical link. So can’t download anything.

    • Hey Jonathan, did you try it with a different browser or computer? It sounds like your antivirus (are you using Kaspersky by chance?) or other third-party security software is interfering…

      Make sure you’re not blocking or filtering anything with your browser(s) – like cookies, downloads, or any sites or URLs – or running utilities like Ghostery, AdBlock, or Disconnect.

      In general, Adobe recommends turning those things off temporarily.

  7. @ProDesignTools
    My legal version of Adobe CS4 perfectly runs on Yosemite. However: since yesterday I received error code 150:30. I tried several suggestions to solve the problem without success. Normally I should deactivate CS4 before reinstalling but this is not possible anymore. What should I do now?

  8. michelle

    I was trying to download CS4, but instead of CS4 I got Elements 13. Please tell me what I should do!

  9. jacklo

    Is it possible to download a trial version (ex. CS4) and purchase a licence, after concluding that everything works?

  10. jacklo

    sorry wrong version number, the version I need is CS5 (no cloud, as I will be using the software while travelling, as I cannot rely on constant internet service) also I must stay within a small budget (no new hardware), please advise!

    • Hi Jacklo, you mentioned wanting to buy CS4, but Adobe no longer sells it – CS4 is now very dated software (7 years old). Even CS5 is five years old now, and they also discontinued that several years ago.

      Adobe still sells CS6 today (the last standalone perpetual version from 2012), and also of course the latest release which is CC 2015 (available via subscription). Those are your two choices.

      Finally, to correct a misconception: You absolutely do not need constant internet service to run CC or the Creative Cloud – that is a myth:

      The 10 Most Common Myths About Creative Cloud

      So instead of CS5, if you want traditional software licensing rather than membership-based, we’d recommend CS6. Here are the installers if you’d like to check out a free trial first:

      Adobe CS6 Direct Download Links for Windows and Mac

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