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Download Lightroom 3 & Elements 8 without the Download Manager

Adobe Lightroom 3 is Now Available

[UPDATE – These still work to download the old Elements 8 and Lightroom 3 trials. We also now have the new Elements 2019 Direct Download Links, and the same for Lightroom 6/CC!]

We’re seeing some folks reporting problems trying to download the new Lightroom 3 using the Akamai Download Manager, which is enabled by default at… There are several posts on the user forums (like here), as well as incoming visitor search queries here like “download link for lightroom 3 without akamai,” “adobe lightroom 3 direct download link,” and “how to download lightroom 3 from adobe without the download manager.”

So to complement our earlier set of direct links for Adobe CS5.5, below are the direct down­load links for Photoshop Lightroom 3 – they are very straightforward, just one single file for each platform that covers all languages (with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions contained inside for Windows)… Languages offered below include English, French/Français, German/Deutsch, Dutch/Nederlands, Italian/Italiano, Portuguese/Português, and Spanish/Español.

Because we’ve also had requests for links for the Elements product line (Photoshop Elements 8 and Premiere Elements 8), you’ll find those further down as well – including the extra con­tent files for Premiere Elements. All of these links go to the auth­entic and original files residing on Adobe’s servers, are guaranteed genuine and will not change.

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Note: Very Important Instructions

More Direct Download Links
CC 2018
Acrobat DC 2019
Captivate 2019
Lightroom 6/CC
Elements 2019

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 “no permission” message block­ing 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 below – this is critical!
  3. If asked, sign in with your Adobe ID or take a minute to create one for yourself (free).
  4. Click the big blue “Download” button at the bottom of that Adobe page – but then immediately cancel the download that starts, and close the windows that popped up.
  5. OK! Now you’re logged in at Adobe with the trials cookie set, you can instantly download from the links below. Just make sure you have enough disk space available.
  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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Adobe Lightroom 3 Direct Download Links

Adobe Lightroom 3 – Windows (185.2 MB):   File 1
English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Korean, Japanese, Chinese

Adobe Lightroom 3 – Mac (79.6 MB):   File 1
English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Korean, Japanese, Chinese

Adobe Photoshop & Premiere Elements 8 Direct Download Links

Photoshop Elements 8 – Windows (1.1 GB):   File 1   File 2
English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Japanese, Chinese

Photoshop Elements 8 – Mac (1.3 GB):   File 1
English, French, German, Japanese

Premiere Elements 8 – Windows (1.2 GB):   File 1   File 2
English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Japanese, Chinese

Premiere Elements 8 – Additional content:   File 1   File 2

For Elements on Windows (both PSE 8 and PRE 8), each program consists of two downloaded files: an .exe and a 7-Zip file (.7z).
The .exe file will only work (and install) once the .7z file is fully downloaded and resides in the same location. For the Mac, it’s just a single .dmg file for each program.

If you need them, please see the links for older versions of Lightroom or Photoshop/Premiere Elements in the comments below.

We suggest using a browser other than Internet Explorer to download 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.

Installation Tips

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  • You do not need to uninstall previous versions of Elements; some users prefer to keep the older, familiar version(s) around as they come up to speed with the new version’s features.
  • Install with an account that has administrative privileges (not a Limited User Account if you are using Windows Vista).
  • For the easiest installation experience, quit any open programs, including virus protection software, prior to installing Elements 8.
  • If you run into any difficulties, see the Elements 8 Installation Troubleshooting page.

*** 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!

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  1. Sean

    Completely worthless, fall in line with your phone service and chat service. god help me I hope I don’t have another PC crash because reloading your software sucks.

  2. VKO

    You guys are a life saver!!!

    I followed the directions as instructed and everything worked as you stated it would. I’ve had two hard drive crashes and this was the first time I was unable to recover my software. Without your instructions, I would have to purchase Photoshop monthly services at a very hefty price tag.

    I utilize Photoshop frequently for my crafting and many of the free photo manipulation softwares are decent but do not compare to what I can do with Photoshop.

    Thanks again, from one happy Mom/ Crafter!

    • Great, happy to help VKO! Although note that since you purchased Photoshop Elements five years ago, the price of the full gold-standard Photoshop has come down and is now only $9.99 a month together with Lightroom (so not so hefty compared to $1000)… and what it can do is far advanced.

      Note also that the price of Photoshop Elements itself hasn’t changed over the years – with PSE 12 being the current version (including discounted upgrades available) – and the next release PSE 13 likely due to be coming out soon.

  3. Poodlz

    I am absolutely over the moon – thank you so much for replying to my message which enabled me to download Photoshop 8 and allow me to continue with my family movie that I began last year. I was so frustrated thinking I had to re-purchase when I had already paid for version 8

  4. Greg

    Thanks so much. I reformatted my mac and with your links I was able to re-install Elements 8. Thanks again.


  5. kk

    How do you download this? there is no download button

  6. Rainer


    I used it as described and it worked fine. Thanks a lot for your support.


  7. worknlike adog

    I had purchased Photoshop and Premiere Elements 7 from Adobe back in 2009. Adobe says that they no longer support the programs, so I came here. I downloaded elements from your link above, and it will not accept my serial number.

    • Sorry, we don’t have the ability to fix licensing issues with the software – it’s beyond our power and control… You have to contact Adobe Customer Support about those kinds of questions; only they can help:

      (via live online chat is usually fastest/easiest)

      You could ask them to reset the product activations for your serial number, and see if that helps.

  8. ERC

    Are these downloads for the 30-day free trial? If so, how does one go about purchasing the full version after the trial?

  9. ERC

    Thanks so much for your reply. Unfortunately, my OS is too old to get the newest version, which is why I was trying to get the Photoshop Elements 8. Do you know where I might find an old version to purchase anywhere?

    Thank you again for your time.

  10. nancy


    Help another desperate person with elements 7. I have used my CD many times before but misplaced it. downloaded from this link, but i get a message that pops up on the actual screen of photoshop that says licensing of this product has stopped working… can someone help me get my program back. Adobe support can’t. I do have 24 digit serial #

  11. nancy

    It was expired, but it was one that came with my wacom and one rep said it was perpetual. Unfortunately, they just tell you it is too old even though it was working fine last week.

  12. ina

    Hi! Followed the instructions to download Lightroom 3, as I no longer have the CD it was originally purchased on – and Adobe recommended this download link. But after downloading, saving and trying to run the file, after a minute or so I get an error message that says “An error occurred during the installation of assembly Component”… and then a long series of numbers and letters, and ending with HRESULT: 0x80070002
    Any idea what I should do next?

    • Not sure, but you can try googling the EXACT text of the message (word-for-word and character-for-character), and usually that will turn up the solution.

      If not, then you could recontact Adobe and see if they can help.

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