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Adobe Lightroom 3 is Now Available

[UPDATE – Some of these still work to download the old Elements 8 and Lightroom 3 trials. We also now have the new Elements 2021 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 Adobe.com… 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

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CC 2019
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Captivate 2019
Lightroom 6/CC
Elements 2021

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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Then follow the product installation instructions here.

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Adobe Lightroom 3 Direct Download Links

Adobe Lightroom 3 – Windows (237 MB):   File 1
English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Korean, Japanese, Chinese

Adobe Lightroom 3 – Mac (112 MB):   File 1
English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Korean, Japanese, Chinese

(Lightroom 2 and Lightroom 1 direct download links can be found here.)

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 (1.2 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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122 thoughts on “Download Lightroom 3 & Elements 8 without the Download Manager”

  1. Thanx. Do you have the Adobe Lightroom direct download links for older versions too, like Lightroom 2 or Lightroom 1?

    My computer crashed and I need to restore it, but can’t find my original disc and all the free trials on Adobe and elsewhere are Lightroom 3 now.

    Reply
  2. @ProDesignTools
    I hope you’ll not consider me lazy, but I have a simple question for which no search reveals a specific forum on which to post it.

    My question: Do I need both PSE8 and PRE8 (with content) running on my system and, if so, why? I have hundreds of photos and videos and am most eager to get started, but I have seen the resources required (largely CPU) in Task Manager — both “Elements Auto Analyzer” and “Elements 8 Organizer” top the list.

    Supplementary: When all content has been “imported” and “analyzed”, will these hungry processes be satisfied and just lurk about waiting for a new video or photo to be processed?

    I am using Photoshop (CS3) and Lightroom 3.3 64-bit and running both PSE8 and PRE8 successfully (at least so far, I’ve yet to create a project) on a new laptop: a VAIO, with Win7 Ultimate 64-bit on an Intel i7 Q740 1.73GHz, 4 CPU/8 Core processors with 8 GB RAM so I am not particularly short on resources — still one does need to husband one’s assets as software, like Nature, abhors a vacuum and seeks to fill it.

    Reply
  3. Tried to download Files 1 & 2 of PSE 8 (pc) but it just directs me straight to PSE 9 download page. No good to me as my product key will not work on that one.

    I have lost my original disc and just have empty box now. Please can someone help on this please. Thanks

    Reply
    • Greetings, so Adobe’s site is going to the current version instead of giving the direct link to the older one… Their servers will do that if you’re not completely logged in with your Adobe ID. Please carefully follow the step-by-step download instructions above to give it another try and hopefully that will help.

  4. @ProDesignTools
    Thanks ProDesign
    I had missed that link in above instructions.
    Downloaded ok second time. Annoyingly Win7 does not come with a pre-installed WinZip programme so had to install free trial version of WinZip. Used ‘extract & install button’ on .7z folder. It did everything for me and programme once installed, accepted original serial number without any problems. Thanks for help.

    Reply
    • Glad it worked out C, although normally you don’t need a special unzipping program. Just download both files (1 & 2) for Photoshop Elements and then run the .exe file – and it will take care of extracting the contents of the other file (the .7z archive)… that’s the last step in the download instructions above. But in any event, it’s still okay the way you did it.

  5. The .exe file refused to work, don’t know if that is because I run Windows 7!
    I just opened File 2 via WinZip and that did the job, thank goodness.

    Reply
    • Yes, just checked it again – all the links work okay on our end.

      Have you carefully followed the download instructions in the article above the link(s)? That’s essential to gain access to any of these direct download links.

  6. Capture NX 2 and View NX 2 as the old Photoshop CS2 is running well on a Power Mac. Before I start for any test version of Lightroom 3, I would be very satisfied to know how much trouble I will get. Some days ago Lightroom 3 was explained as a dream from other photographers.

    Merry Christmas hearing from you soon.

    Kind wishes
    Roman

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  7. @ProDesignTools

    This link is not working to download PSE 7… I have a new computer and can’t locate my disc to install… I was told to go here. I followed all download instructions, but when I click on it, it takes me to the PSE 10 trial download… I am signed in. I turned off all anti-virus, spyware and cookies.

    Please help!!

    Reply
    • Hey there, it works OK here and pulls PSE 7 from Adobe’s download servers, just as the link said… Clear your browser cache and cookies, and take it again from the top with the download instructions.

      Or, you might try a different browser, computer, or Internet connection.

    • Sorry Roland, we don’t have any of those listed – they are either too old or unusual… but if you find direct download links available for them, feel free to post them for others.

  8. My wife knowing that I have been thinking about adding Light Room to my Photoshop, bought me Light Room 4 for Christmas. As she does not drive, and I take her most places, she bought this online from PC World. She rang them first, and asked a few questions, they did ask her what computer we had, she told them, and also the operating system. They said it will all be fine, and if you husband is looking to put CS6 on his computer, he will not have any problems…… Well wrong Mr. PC xxxxx World, as I am still using Windows XP Pro.

    As I had not checked out Light Room 4, and my wife said they informed her it was fine, I did not notice in the blurb that XP was missing, I only found out when I tried to install it. Now of course, PC xxx World will not take it back.

    Thank you PC World, and thank you Adobe for not making it clear enough, and being a pain for not supporting XP, even though CS6 works on XP. That is twice in 4 years that I have been stuffed on software.

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  9. Thank you for your assistance, it is good to find people willing to help. Unfortunately, at the time of posting the message on your website, I did not realise that you were not in the UK. I had been searching for some information, and although I had restricted the Google search to UK only, Google ignores that quite often.

    Here in the UK organisations are less cooperative, the store will not take it back, and Adobe said take it back to the retailer.

    This is not the first time I have had problems with Adobe products in the UK, they actually refused to allow me to upgrade on one occasion because they said the product had not been purchased from and authorised dealership. Even though it had been registered, and that the technical services had helped me over a long period to resolve a computer crashing problem. They checked the registration before assisting.

    I have very little faith in Adobe, it’s a good product, I like the product, but the company’s ethics here in the UK are very poor, especially as over here we pay a premium over nearly ever other country.

    Sorry to complain to you, I hope that your customers appreciate the help that you offer, and that Adobe service varies considerably around the world.

    Thanks again for your very kind offer, and my apology for putting you to the trouble of replying to me when I am UK based.

    Best wishes for 2013
    regards Max

    Reply
    • Well, in our view it’s still an problem with the online store it came from, as they’re the ones who gave you incorrect pre-sales information before you purchased the product… So ultimately Adobe isn’t at fault here, rather it should be a customer service issue and a valid return for the retailer.

      Nonetheless, our previous offer still stands – since you aren’t able to use Lightroom 4 on your computer and the reseller isn’t taking it back, if you would like to send it to us here in the States, we’d be happy to exchange it and send you back a new unopened box of Lightroom 3 (for Windows XP) in an effort to help out in your situation. Just let us know.

    • Welcome Sara, these direct download links all still work fine – you just have to make sure to carefully follow the download instructions given above near the top of this page.

  10. After downloading the Elements 8 two files to the same directory, when trying to run the exe file an error came up from Windows 7 that I have a 64 bit computer and the program stopped. What can be done at this time??

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  11. I downloaded the two files again. However I noticed that there was not an .exe extension on the file. By changing the file name to include the .exe extension program did install. My serial number from my existing records was not accepted so i just have the “trial version” I will try to identify my serial number from my subscription records

    Thanks for all your help

    Reply
    • Sure J.R., glad to help. And yes, sometimes your browser (especially IE) will drop the “.exe.” file extension on the executable… and if that happens, then your computer will not know how to open or run it.

      But you figured out the right thing to do is just to rename it back, and re-add that .EXE extension. Good luck!

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