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Direct Download All Official Adobe CS4 and CS3 Free Trials

[UPDATE (June 2013) – These still work to download the old CS3/CS4 trials from years ago. But if you'd like to download Adobe's new "CC" version directly see then our full set of CC 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

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Captivate 7
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 and then select the “Download Now” button at the bottom.
  3. If asked, then sign in with your Adobe ID or take a minute to create one for yourself.
  4. Now close or cancel any windows that may pop up or 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

Related: Do you believe any of these? The 10 Most Common Myths About Creative Cloud

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 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 all-new “CC” products.

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  1. Rob

    I’m getting a 404 error clicking on the CS3 links?

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

  2. Andreea Ivescu

    Hello!

    I have Adobe CS4 Master Collection on my old PC (Windows XP) and I want to transfer the license on my new laptop, which has Microsoft Office 8. Will it work? If yes, send me a link where I can download the program. What I have seen and clicked here it’s not working. I tried with 2 different browsers and it sends me errors.

    I will wait for your answer! Thank you so much!

    • Hello Andreea, do you mean Office 8 or Windows 8?

      CS4 and CS3 predate Windows 8 by years, are not supported and may not run on Windows 8.

      As for any problems you have with downloading from the direct links here, you have to first make sure to carefully follow the step-by-step download instructions given near the top of this page…

      If you do not follow those directions (required by Adobe’s servers) then these links will not work for you, it’s as simple as that.

      Then if you have any further issues, try again with a different browser, computer, or Internet connection (avoid Wi-Fi).

  3. Gordon

    First of all, thank you for utmost contribution you guys have done for all Adobe users whenever they have a software download problems. However, could you please share with me where I can download the Design CS4 standard for PC, since I have tried all the links provided on your website.

    It seems to work for others, but neither one of them works for me. Thank you and all I need is a link.

    • Thank you for your kind words Gordon, we’re happy to do what we can! We’ve retested these links, Adobe’s servers are fine, and sorry but this is the only page we have for this old software.

      So if it’s still not working for you, then try reading through some of the advice found in comments here, including on previous comment pages… That usually helps. Good luck!

  4. I asked to download the files for CS4 Design Standard and after many failed attempts getting an error it finally worked, BUT when I go to install it, it shows as CS6. I don’t have a serial number for CS6. I needed to do it this way as the install.app file on my disk is damaged.

    Any advice?

  5. @ProDesignTools

    I eventually got it to download perfectly thanks, and then the Adobe Activation refused my serial number. After 2 hours on the “Help” chatline, I was brushed off with “your product is too old.” And she shut the chat down and I cannot start a new on one the same topic so am just out in the cold. VERY UNIMPRESSED WITH ADOBE. And the ‘consultant,’ who I frankly think did not have a clue, never answered my question re: the number of times I had activated it, and if one could be deactivated to allow me to activate for my new computer. So I have 2 dead computers with it installed and activated and this computer which I can’t get it to load on. As I am now unemployed there is no way I can afford to update, so Adobe has lost a customer.

    Kudos to ProDesign for making the service available though.

    • Sorry you had trouble Odille… You might try again and just ask them to simply clear out all activations for the serial number you give them. Provided you haven’t abused the end-user license, then they should be able to do that (reset their database for that key). Then you could reactivate anew on the systems you want the software on.

  6. Kris Mercer

    I downloaded Design Premium CS4 without any problems but when I put in my serial number it shows a little red x. Any ideas. It is a correct serial number as logged with Adobe for my original programme.

    I am hoping to sort out this flaw before the 30-day trial is up.

  7. K

    I just want to thank you for providing these links and instructions! After trying a similar process on another site unsuccessfully, I was mentally preparing myself to search for my original CS4 installer disks circa 2009 and purchase a superdrive (which I would later return) to install Adobe onto my new computer.

  8. Leonardo

    I need CS4 Master Collection Western Europe (Italian) for Windows. I downloaded without problems “File 1″ and “File 3″ (the .exe ones), but I can’t download “file 2″. I tried several times, it starts correctly, but after an hour approximately it quits as if it finished the job, but the file is a .7z of 1.6-2.2 Gb instead of the 6.2 Gb I expected… in fact I can’t open it: win RAR says it is corrupted/incomplete. Can you help me? Thank you very much.

  9. Leonardo

    … ooops I forgot… my OS is winXP SP3, my browser is Chrome, and it’s the only application running when I attempt to download.

    • Welcome Leonardo, it sounds like you’re doing everything right – but File 1 and File 3 are very small compared to File 2… Can you try another, stronger, faster, wired (not wireless) Internet connection?

      Or see if you have better luck with a different browser like Firefox perhaps. Or try installing and using a download manager locally on your computer.

  10. Leonardo

    Ok, just to fix the problem. I tried with 2 common download managers, but Adobe servers denied the access. I installed Firefox and followed the “Very Important Instructions”, and everything went right: I got my Official Adobe CS4 Free Trials!! I think it’s maybe Chrome guilty for the problem!

    Let me thank the staff for the precious and helpful aid: guys you’re a force of nature!!! Good luck, keep rocking!

  11. Ken Wood

    I have already purchased Illustrator CS4 for another Macbook. I just purchased a new Macbook and need to transfer it. I was directed by a representative to this site where there is only a “free trial” version. I downloaded the Illustrator CS4 from this site. When I went to put in my serial number, it would not take it. What am I doing wrong?

    Ken Wood

  12. georgiana

    hi
    i have been trying to reinstall adobe design premium cs3 for a week now. it goes through all the motions of downloading and installing but then when it is done it has only been able to install adobe reader. please help! i have tried installing with and without the internet connected and with and without my virus protection on and off. thank you!

  13. Eli Rothbard

    I have Adobe CS4 Design Standard and deactivated it on my old PC (Windows XP) but when I try to download it on my new PC (Windows 7) it asks for the serial number and accepts it with a green check – but then says that installer has shut down. Any ideas?

  14. John

    I’ve downloaded all three CS4 Design Std files to the same location. When I try to open the App file it says that

    ‘The file archive part of Adobe CS4 Design Standard is missing. You need all parts to in the same folder in order to extract Adobe CS4 Design Standard, Please download all parts,’

    Any ideas?

  15. Eli Rothbard

    @ProDesignTools

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

    this happens even when I am connected to my account

  16. Eli Rothbard

    I also have the original software on the disc that I try to use

    It also is not working

  17. Eli Rothbard

    I overcame the 404 Error but when I reach the setup page, it denies my serial number so I tried the trial version.
    It says Adobe Setup stopped working and quits.

    This is the same situation that I get with the original disc which accepts (with a green check) my serial number, but on accepting the agreement I reach the same thing.
    Adobe Setup quit unexpectedly

    So I am back to where I started 4 weeks ago.

    • Well, it sounds like there may be something about the configuration of your new system that this old software doesn’t like. Either that, or perhaps some issue with the license.

      Our best advice would be to google the exact product you have together with the exact error message you get (in quotes), and see if that turns up any solutions.

  18. L. Frodo

    Hi.
    Just wondering, will the Premiere and After Effects CS4 works/run on Windows 7? My system only supports 32 bit.
    And should i downloaded all the file parts? I mean, file 1 till file 4. Or just one of them? ex., file 2 and file 4.

  19. Pete

    Trying to get a trial version of CS3 Photoshop. I downloaded via links provided above. Extracted the files from the downloaded extractor into a new folder. Selected the Launch Photoshop CS3 option, Adobe setup starts, displays for about 2 seconds and then vanishes

    Tried it again. same thing.

    Anything obvious that I’m doing wrong?

    P

  20. Pete

    Thanks. Nope, no message. The Launch box appears, it starts to load, then it’s gone.

    I only have Vista here, so no good with CC. Not sure about CS6, but I’ve tried CS4 with same (non) results as above.

    Maybe I’m destined to stay with my old Photoshop 7 ! Never found anything wrong with it in the first place, to be honest…

  21. Hyo

    finally i got it!! thank you.

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