How To Use Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, etc for FREE on MAC

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If you are a creator, want to be a creator, or are simply interested in learning things and creating things. You may be into photography, filmmaking, design, etc. While you are any of those and have a mac, Adobe apps like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe XD, and several others are a must. But truth be told, Adobe apps are EXPENSIVE! I too am a broke high school student who wants to create and build stuff but lives in a country where making international payments is not really viable or possible. I had the same problem; I do want to support the developers but even if I could, I wouldn’t be able to, for I can’t pay for Adobe Apps. So after some research, I found a way around it. I found a way to use apps like Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, etc absolutely for free on mac.

So can you use Adobe apps for free on mac? Yes, you can use Adobe apps for free on mac. You can do so by using patcher apps like Adobe Zii.

In the rest of this article, I’ll share with you exactly how you can use Adobe apps like Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, etc absolutely for free on mac in detail. I’ll share every single step with you so that you can do it easily.

NOTE: You need to install Adobe Creative Cloud and X-Code prior to installing these apps.

Installing the Adobe Zii Patcher

The first step of using Adobe apps for free is to get the Adobe Zii Patcher.

Step 1: Go to this link to download Adobe Zii 6.1.7. We are using the 2021 version because it works with most Adobe Apps.

Step 2: Enter the captcha to be able to download the file.

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Step 3: Click on the file to download it.

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Step 4: Open the file you downloaded. Use tntzii.com as the password to unzip the file.

Step 5: Open the unzipped folder and run the .dmg installer.

Step 5: Double click on the Adobe Zii 2021 6.1.7 icon on the left.

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Step 6: If you get the below-shown error, only then follow steps 7, and 8.

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Step 7: Open System Preferences and click on Security & Privacy.

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Step 8: Click on Open Anyway.

Step 9: Click on Open again.

Step 10: Now you should see this on your screen.

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Getting the Adobe App Installer (Previous issue solved)

NOTE: If you don’t already have X-Code and Creative Cloud installed, install them.

Step 1: Open your terminal and paste this code.

git clone https://github.com/Drovosek01/adobe-packager

Step 2: Close your terminal.

Installing The Adobe Apps You Need

Step 1: Open Finder and go to documents.

Step 2: Press Option()+Command()+P to show the path bar.

Step 3: Click on your user name on the path bar.

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Step 4: Open the adobe-packager folder.

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Step 5: You will see a file named ccdl.command. Open it.

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Step 6: When asked “Do you want to make M1 native packages (Y/n): “, enter n and press enter.

Step 7: Wait until you have the below-given list on your terminal.

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Step 8: Enter the code of the app you want to install. For example PHSP for Photoshop, LTRM for Lightroom Classic, PPRO for Premiere Pro, and so on. Press enter.

Step 9: Make sure you check which apps this patcher can patch. Here’s a list of all the apps AdobeZii 6.1.7 can patch:

NOTE: Make sure to do these two things before installing the apps:
1. Log in to Creative Cloud
2. Open X Code and install the packages it asks to install.

  • Acrobat DC v20.012.20048 – 21.005.20058
  • After Effects 2021 v18.0 – 18.4.1
  • Animate 2021 v21.0.0 – 21.0.8
  • Audition 2021 v14.0 – 14.4
  • Bridge 2021 v11.0.0 – 11.1.1
  • Character Animator 2021 v4.0 – 4.4
  • Dimension v3.4.0 – 3.4.3
  • Dreamweaver 2021 v21.0.0 – 21.1
  • Illustrator 2021 v25.0.0 – 25.2.3 (25.2.3 will work the best)
  • InCopy 2021 v16.0.0 – 16.4
  • InDesign 2021 v16.0.0 – 16.4
  • InDesign Server 2021 v16.2.1
  • Lightroom Classic v10.0 – 10.2 (If the newer versions don’t work, try 9.4)
  • Media Encoder 2021 v15.0 – 15.4.1
  • Photoshop 2021 v22.0.0 – 22.5
  • Prelude 2021 v10.0 – 10.1
  • Premiere Pro 2021 v15.0 – 15.4.1
  • Premiere Rush v1.5.34 – 1.5.62
  • Substance 3D Designer v11.2 – 11.2.1
  • Substance 3D Painter v7.2 – 7.2.2
  • Substance 3D Sampler v3.0 – 3.0.1
  • Substance 3D Stager v1.0 – 1.0.1
  • XD v34.0.12 – 42.1.22
  • Photoshop Elements 2021 – 2021.2
  • Premiere Elements 2021 – 2021.1

Step 10: Enter the version of the app you want from the given list. For example, if you wanted to install Lightroom Classic, enter 10.1 to install Lightroom Classic version 10.1.

Step 11: Wait for the installation to be complete.

Patching the Installed Apps

Step 1: Go to Applications.

Step 2: Double click on the Adobe app that you installed and want to patch.

Step 3: Open the app you installed and start the trial and close it again.

Step 4: Drag and drop the file on the PATCH OR DRAG box of Adobe Zii Patcher.

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Step 5: Click on OK and enter your password to give root permission that it needs to patch the app.

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Step 6: Wait till you see ‘COMPLETED.’

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Step 7: That’s it! No more steps. You have your preferred Adobe app installed and that too entirely for free. Enjoy!!


If you have any confusion, feel free to drop a comment down below. In the meantime, you can read these articles.

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Suraj Chaudhary is the founder of HighApproach, a student, a web designer, and a writer who is figuring things out.

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