Where to get older versions of Adobe software


Did you ever search the web for older software only to find that on the official site there was only the latest and ‘greatest’ version available? I tried that today with Adobe. And I came up empty handed… I saw the downloads on some other websites, but I didn’t know if I could trust them since they weren’t affiliated with Adobe.


But then I found out they have an open ftp server. In the old days ftp was used much more than today, but the real die hards keep up the practice of serving big downloads through the FTP server instead of some web page.

So to get any older version of Adobe software, such as Photoshop 7, Illustrator 10, Creative Suite CS2, etc, just point your browser or FTP program to ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/ and start your download engines.

Someone should put up a list of these servers, since they can be mighty helpful. Oh, just did a search and came up with oldversion.com. That’s quite limited though, just a handful of software versions. Perhaps we can get a microformat for it.

Oh and if you’re looking for legally obtained free software check out this video.


7 comments so far

  1. Liezl on

    thank you very much. i remember wondering that 2 years ago and not finding anything

  2. Beth Hazard Bachuss on

    I can’t make it work – a bunch of random files is all I get.

  3. erikhopkinswebdesign on

    Old Software Downloads is a great source of old version apps with a huge database of 10,500+ software programs including Adobe software – http://www.oldsoftwaredownloads.com

  4. Franco Nazareno on

    Here’s where you can get direct links of older versions. I was searching for CS 5.5, and stumble upon this site. http://prodesigntools.com/tag/ddl


  5. mist on
    • paulakst on

      that didn’t work for me, cheers anyways

  6. dawnatilla on

    wow thx so much!

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