How to Download and Install Older Versions of Adobe Applications

Adobe Creative Cloud iconAs Adobe rolls out updates to Adobe Applications at an accelerated pace with Creative Cloud, as compared to the old Creative Suite days, there might be times when you need to use the older version of an application, compatibility with plug-ins is one example. Here is how to download the previous version of the applications in the suite.

Install from Creative Cloud

Using the Adobe Creative Cloud application, you can reinstall older versions.

  1. Launch the Adobe Creative Cloud Adobe Creative Cloud icon application.
  2. Click the More actions () button next to the listing for the app you want to rollback.
    Creative Cloud's More Actions
  3. In the popup window, click the Install button to reinstall the older version of the app.
    Creative Cloud's Install Older application window

Once you authenticate, the application will be automatically downloaded and installed into your applications folder.

Install Manually

Adobe maintains a list with the direct downloads for the Creative Cloud 2019 and 2018 apps installers. From these links, you can download the older version of the app and then manually install it on your computer. Once the application is installed, software updates may need to be applied.

Below are the links for just some of the most popular Adobe applications.

Creative Cloud 2019 apps

Product Windows macOS
Acrobat Pro DC Windows 32-Bit macOS 64-Bit
After Effects Windows 64-Bit macOS 64-Bit
Audition Windows 64-Bit macOS 64-Bit
Dreamweaver Windows 32-Bit
Windows 64-Bit
macOS 64-Bit
Illustrator Windows 32-Bit
Windows 64-Bit
macOS 64-Bit
InDesign Windows 32-Bit
Windows 64-Bit
macOS 64-Bit
Photoshop Windows 64-Bit macOS 64-Bit
Premiere Pro Windows 64-Bit macOS 64-Bit

Creative Cloud 2018 apps

Caution: The installers will not run on macOS Catalina 10.15.

If you need to revert your operating system to install your apps, please download Mac OS Mojave from the Apple Support website. Rolling back your OS may cause compatibility issues with other applications and should be done with full consideration of the impact.

Product Windows macOS
Acrobat Pro DC Windows 32-Bit macOS 64-Bit
After Effects CC Windows 64-Bit macOS 64-Bit
Audition CC Windows 64-Bit macOS 64-Bit
Dreamweaver CC Windows 32-Bit
Windows 64-Bit
macOS 64-Bit
Illustrator CC Windows 32-Bit
Windows 64-Bit
macOS 64-Bit
InDesign CC Windows 32-Bit
Windows 64-Bit
macOS 64-Bit
Photoshop CC Windows 32-Bit
Windows 64-Bit
macOS 64-Bit
Premiere Pro CC Windows 64-Bit macOS 64-Bit

More Creative Cloud apps

For the complete list of 2018 and 2019 Creative Cloud apps with direct downloads, please visit https,://helpx.adobe.com/download-install/kb/creative-cloud-apps-download.html

For the list of legacy (2015 and 2017) applications, please visit https://helpx.adobe.com/download-install/kb/creative-cloud-previous-version-apps-download.html

If you have any questions about installing or using the Adobe Creative Cloud applications, please feel free to contact the IT Help Desk at 214.768.HELP (4357) or help@smu.edu.

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