How to download and install Adobe for Mac free version 2024

For content creators, having Adobe on Mac is essential. Adobe has fixed previous versions of Adobe, but we can continue using it for free with the Adobe 2024 suite with macOS 13 or later. In this article update, Lucid Gen will guide you on installing Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, Premiere, Audition, Animate, After Effects, Media Encoder, and many other Adobe applications.

Download Adobe for Mac

You need to know this information to install Adobe 2024 for Mac. Please note that macOS versions lower than 13 will not work with this tutorial.

macOSFrom 13 (Ventura) and up
Adobe version2024
ChipsIntel and ARM
SIP and GatekeeperDisable
Check your Mac's chip and macOS
Check your Mac’s chip and macOS

Download AntiCC, CleanMyMac, and AdobeCreativeCloudCleanerTool first. These are the necessary tools to install Adobe on Mac for free.

  • AntiCC: Helps you not need to install Adobe Creative Cloud but can still install free Adobe applications.
  • AdobeCreativeCloudCleanerTool: Helps you safely uninstall old Adobe applications on Mac.
  • CleanMyMac: Helps you clean up leftovers after uninstalling old Adobe on Mac.

The list of installation files that Lucid Gen shares includes the following Adobe applications for Mac:

  1. Adobe Acrobat
  2. Adobe After Effects
  3. Adobe Animate
  4. Adobe Audition
  5. Adobe Bridge
  6. Adobe Character Animator
  7. Adobe Illustrator
  8. Adobe InCopy
  9. Adobe InDesign
  10. Adobe Lightroom
  11. Adobe Media Encoder
  12. Adobe Photoshop
  13. Adobe Premiere

Prepare before installing Adobe

Please note that this part is essential; it determines whether you will install Adobe on a MacBook smoothly. So you need to follow it thoroughly. This tutorial was done on macOS Sonoma and was 100% successful.

Turn off Gatekeeper and SIP

Not just Adobe, but to install any available app outside the App Store for free, you must turn off Gatekeeper and SIP on your Mac. The part turning off SIP will be a bit difficult because you have to enter recovery mode, but you have to try to learn and pass.

Clean up everything related to old Adobe

If you have ever installed any Adobe applications on Mac before, to install Adobe 2024 applications for Mac, you need to delete and clean everything related to old Adobe.

Step 1: Open AdobeCreativeCloudCleanerTool and click the Clean All button. This is how to remove all Adobe applications safely. But you still need to restore the hosts file on Mac manually because the Fix Host File feature does not work well.

Uninstall all Adobe applications using genuine tools
Uninstall all Adobe applications using genuine tools

Step 2: Remove remaining Adobe sync applications using CleanMyMac. Go to the Uninstaller section and search for Adobe to remove all remaining applications.

Delete anything left over after uninstalling Adobe
Delete anything left over after uninstalling Adobe

Step 3: Delete empty folders related to old Adobe. Even though you have used the above two tools, you must manually delete anything associated with Adobe in the folders below if you find it.

  • /Applications
  • /Applications/Utilities
  • /Documents

Step 4: Restart the device.

If you complete the above preparation steps, Lucid Gen believes that 90% of you will successfully install the entire Adobe for Mac suite. Now, we must go through installing each Adobe 2024 application.

Install Adobe on Mac for free

Step 1: Install AntiCC first. AntiCC will help you avoid installing Adobe Creative Cloud and using Adobe for free on Mac (which means you have to uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud). Just click Continue Install until completed.

Remove Creative Cloud before installing AntiCC.
Remove Creative Cloud before installing AntiCC.

Step 2: After extracting the zip file on Mac, open the file with the dmg extension. Double-click the Install file to install Adobe Photoshop for Mac or other Adobe.

Double-click the Install file to install Adobe on Mac
Double-click the Install file to install Adobe on Mac

The installation process for an Adobe for Mac application will be shown below. Please enter the password to open the device if any dialog box asks.

Install Adobe 2024 for MacBook for free
Install Adobe 2024 for MacBook for free

If you encounter an error and cannot open steps 1 and 2. Copy the Install, Patch, and AntiCC files to any folder on your computer, such as Downloads. Then open Terminal and type xattr -cr , drag and drop the Install, Patch, and AntiCC files, then Enter.

Fix the error if installation files cannot be opened.
Fix the error if installation files cannot be opened.

Step 3: After installing an Adobe application for Mac, do not rush to install the Patch file. Open the Adobe application and log in to your Adobe account. To be successful, you must use an account whose Country/Region is United States. If you do not have such an account, register at Adobe.com.

You must log in to an Adobe account whose country is the United States
You must log in to an Adobe account whose country is the United States

After logging in, you will see this trial window; please turn it off. At the same time, you also close the open Adobe application. To make sure the application is completed, right-click on the running application on the Dock and select Quit.

Turn off the trial window and the running Adobe application
Turn off the trial window and the running Adobe application

Note: Download all the Adobe applications you need and install steps 1 to 3. Only after you have logged in to all Adobe applications, do steps 4 and 5 for each application, because after performing these two steps, you will not be able to install other Adobe applications.

If you have installed a Patch file and are currently having an error when trying to install another Adobe application, please clean your computer as I instructed and start again.

Step 4: Install the Patch file to use Adobe 2024 on Mac for free. Most Patch files have no options; click Continue and Install until completion. However, if your Patch file displays many options, you should only select the correct name of the Adobe application you are installing to avoid causing errors to other Adobe applications.

Install Patch to use Adobe for free on Mac.
Install Patch to use Adobe for free on Mac.

Step 5: To avoid the error “This unlicensed Adobe app will be disabled soon”, you need to install Unlicensed Adobe App Patch, be sure to only select the 2 lines “Genuine Service Fix” and “Remove Creative Cloud”.

Fix error This unlicensed Adobe app will be disabled soon with Patch
Fix error This unlicensed Adobe app will be disabled soon with Patch

After installing Adobe on Mac, you can delete all downloaded installation files and enjoy Adobe applications on your MacBook.

Enjoy Adobe 2024 apps on Mac completely free
Enjoy Adobe 2024 apps on Mac completely free

Conclusion

Older versions of Adobe are no longer accessible, and the Adobe 2024 suite is no longer free in older macOS. Therefore, upgrading macOS from 13 (Ventura) or higher is mandatory. Lucid Gen wants to express our condolences to those who cannot upgrade macOS. If you upgrade macOS, uninstall Adobe first; otherwise, you may encounter errors with Adobe applications that cannot be resolved.

After successfully installing the entire MacBook Adobe suite and saving a lot of money, consider donating to Lucid Gen to develop and continue updating newer versions of Adobe.

If you encounter any problems during the installation process, please read each step in the article carefully, and don’t hesitate to leave a comment below the article. Please provide specific information such as Adobe application name, chip, and macOS to support you better. We wish you a successful installation!

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Trần Ngọc Minh Hiếu

Trần Ngọc Minh Hiếu

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524 thoughts on “How to download and install Adobe for Mac free version 2024”

  1. Hello, thanks for that great tuto.
    I have a problem with Photoshop, it start OK, I cannot open or save any file, the file dialog is empty when I try to save and the opening one is displaying some strange strings.
    Have you a solution for that ?
    Thanks
    PS/ I also installer Illustrator and Acrobat and they work well.

    Reply
    • Hello, please quit Photoshop, and then press and hold Command + Option + Shift + open Photoshop, and then click Yes.

  2. I Opened the any of the app.. but i cant log in, in stead it shows photoshop encountered an erroor and need to quit

    Reply
    • I think you should clean your Mac and restore the hosts file, and try again.

  3. I have followed the instruction but when I run the Adobe Photoshop, a window pop-up says that ‘We can’t verify your subscription status.’ and stop me to continue with the application.

    Reply

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