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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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Note: Very Important Instructions

More Direct Download Links
CC 2014
CS6
Acrobat XI
Captivate 8
Lightroom 5
Elements 12

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.

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Creative Suite 4 – Adobe CS4 Downloads

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Creative Suite 4 Trials
(English)
WindowsMac
Product TrialExtra ContentTrialExtra
* See here about purchasing After Effects CS4 and Premiere Pro CS4.
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
* See here about purchasing After Effects CS4 and Premiere Pro CS4.
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. pranav

    hey can someoone tell me if i didn’t download the download assistant from the link given above, but already have it on my computer and am signed in, will the links work?? because that is what’s happening. Please help!!

    • Hi Pranav, you don’t need the Adobe Download Assistant at all – in fact one purpose of the direct links is to avoid it entirely…

      Also being logged in isn’t enough. Just make sure to follow the download instructions here closely step-by-step and you should be fine.

      If you have any further difficulties, try 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.

  2. Seth

    Whenever I attempt to download any of the files, I get a 404 error. Tried File 1 – 3 for CS 4 Design Standard.

    I already have the key, I just do not have the install media.

  3. PJ

    Your ‘Click Here first” link in point 1 of the instructions now points to a download page for Acrobat XI – is this intentional??

  4. Tom
  5. BDB

    Downloaded files 1&2 of cs3 design premium (adbestdscs3_wwe, stdscs3_Cont_wwe) just fine…. setup.app initializes and then pops up a box telling me “Startup error – required resources are missing” and can not continue.

    running mac os mavericks on a 27″ intel i5 iMac. Any Help?? thanks.

  6. Max

    Awesome, thanks! Worked fine for me :)

  7. DB

    Followed the instructions to the letter for CS3 Master Collection, including different computers and browsers and just get 404 on all links.

    • Sorry you’re having difficulties DB. Sometimes Adobe’s servers are a bit finicky and what you have to do is just wait a while and try again, perhaps with a different browser or computer.

      If you do that and then are still stuck for some reason, then check out Kate’s previous comments, what she tried, and the replies which follow.

  8. Martin

    I’ve tried multiple times over several days, and all I ever get is a 404 error.

    • Greetings Martin, we’ve just learned that Adobe made an unexpected change on their site this morning that temporarily broke these direct links… Sorry about that. However, the good news is that it’s all fixed and working again.

      Just refresh this page (via Ctrl+R on Windows or Cmd+R on Mac), and then follow the download directions again from the top – and you should have no further problem.

  9. Marnie

    I have been trying for days to download CS3 for Mac, but it keeps freezing at 443MB. I have a fast DSL connection so I’m wondering if there is anything else I can try. I got a new computer and misplaced my install disks. Fortunately I can get the key off the old computer! Thanks

  10. DB

    ProDesignTools:

    Sorry you’re having difficulties DB. Sometimes Adobe’s servers are a bit finicky and what you have to do is just wait a while and try again, perhaps with a different browser or computer.

    If you do that and then are still stuck for some reason, then check out Kate’s previous comments, what she tried, and the replies which follow.

    It is downloading now. Must be the fix that you are telling Martin about just below.

    Thanks!

    And I’m getting a LR5 trial as well.

  11. Anonymous

    @Seth

    I get the 404 error. How do I get around this.

  12. Anonymous
  13. lj

    When i clink on the link and ‘save target as’ i only get dlm/

  14. Simon

    I downloaded the 4 files for Adobe after affects cs4 on my windows xp all in the same folder, but when I try to run the files it still says, “The file archive part is missing.”

    Any suggestions or help? Thank You

  15. manzo

    Hi , can I find ( Photoshop CS3 ) for mac with the ability to write Arabic with it ?

    because my laptop is an old version its 10,5,8 , so I can’t have higher than cs3 in my laptop..
    and I really need it fast as u can..

    thanks ,,

  16. Rita

    Brilliant! Thanks a lot for this– I was looking everywhere for CS4 trials.

    For anyone else having issues downloading, make sure you follow the instructions EXACTLY.

    Also, if you have issues installing, try moving the installer folder to your desktop as sometimes the installer confuses the filepaths.

    If you still have issues installing, check the Adobe installer log for your specific program and check for instances of error and/or click ‘More info’ tab when the installer stops. It’s most likely a problem with access rights to reg keys.

    Just something I had to go through on my new Windows 8.1 laptop… and thought I would try save someone from the frustration!

  17. Angela

    HI I have downloaded the CS Trial & it is saved as ADBEILSTCS3_WWE with no extension I have followed the instructions exactly & as it is not an exe file don’t know what to do now ??? Any suggestions ??

  18. Rachel

    The links for the windows version of Illustrator CS4 are both 64 bit, which doesn’t work on my computer. Do you know where I could find the 32bit version?

  19. anya

    trying to download ps cs4, there are two parts to this download? But once downloaded, I tried to launch the application and it said parts were missing?

    Also, the notepad download, when I open it it says file is too big to show on notepad?

    please help!

    thanks

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