Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 (9.x)

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NameAdobe Dreamweaver
VersionCS3 (9.x)
License Retail
Votes 14
Link Homepage
Wine Version1.1.37
Maintainers of this version:
Released:  April 16, 2007

What is Dreamweaver CS3?

Quickly and easily design, develop, and maintain websites and web applications from start to finish with Adobe™ Dreamweaver CS3 software. Built for both designers and developers, Dreamweaver CS3 offers the choice of working in an intuitive visual layout interface or a streamlined coding environment. Intelligent integration with Adobe Photoshop CS3, Adobe Illustrator CS3, Adobe Fireworks CS3, Adobe Flash CS3 Professional, and Adobe Contribute CS3 software ensures efficient workflow across your favorite tools.

Old test results
The test results for this version are very old, and as such they may not represent the current state of Wine. Please consider submitting a new test report.
Selected Test Results (selected in 'Test Results' table below)

What works
Installer fails, so couldnt test anything else

What does not
installer, havent seen anything else

What was not tested

Additional Comments

Test Results
DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
CurrentUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 01 20101.1.37 No Not installable Garbage Felipe Moraes 
ShowUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 21 20091.1.23 N/A Yes Gold fallen 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 08 20081.1.10 Yes Yes Gold an anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 31 20081.1.7 Yes Yes Platinum John Jackson 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 27 20081.1.7 Yes Yes Platinum an anonymous user 

Known bugs
Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
15583 Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver CS3 Installer look really bad NEW View
18070 Multiple apps need separate msi custom action server process due to COM/MTA and/or isolation issues (Adobe CS3/CS4, Flash, Windows SDK 2008, Strawberry Perl, MS Office 2010) NEW View

Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 is not installable as of Wine version 0.9.48. It is however possible to get it working though a Windows installation. See the How To


Thank rmorgan at for this How To.

Note: I'm using Ubuntu 7.04 Edgy Eft for this, so change these commands to match up whatever your distro uses to accomplish the same thing.

Warning: Don't steal software. This guide is for users who have a legitimate copy of Dreamweaver installed on their Windows partition. If you don't have Dreamweaver, you can get a copy from Adobe's website here: (we don't get any $$ kickbacks from that).

Ok, on to the steps to get this working!

First, install wine if you haven't already. Like I stated before, I'm using Ubuntu to do this, so apt-get is my choice of software installers. Your distro may be different. Consult your system docs for the correct syntax for your software package management tool.

Note: Make sure you have the latest version of Wine for your distro. The current release can be downloaded here:

sudo apt-get install wine

Your wine user directory and other options aren't set up by default, so issue the winecfg command to set up the environment:


which created the necessary .wine directories under my home directory.

Next, copy the entire "C:\Program Files\Adobe" program directory from your Windows partition to the wine program directory "/home/(username)/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/" like so:

(my window's partition is sda2. yours may be different)
cp -R /dev/sda2/Program\ Files/Adobe/* /home/(username)/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Abobe

This is a large directory, so it might take a few minutes to copy over. It also might be easier for Linux newbies to copy/paste this in the GUI.

After that, copy the whole "Adobe" folder from "c:\Documents and settings\All users\Application Data" to "/home/(username)/.wine/drive_c/window/profiles/all users/"

Then, copy the whole "c:\Windows\system32\Macromed" directory to "/home/(username)/.wine/drive_c/window/system32/Macromed/". Notice that the "ia" is left off the end of the word "Macromedia". This is not a typo.

Next, copy the whole "Adobe" folder from "c:\Program Files\Common Files" to "/home/(username)/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Common Files/"

Finally, you'll need to copy over the "c:\WINDOWS\WinSxS" directory to your Wine "windows" directory. Wine doesn't have a WinSxS directory, so copy the whole thing over intact. Dreamweaver needs the latest C++ runtime and other assorted files from there to work properly.

After you have copied all of the program files and system files Dreamweaver needs to your Linux partition, you need to export the Dreamweaver registry keys. Boot back into Windows and use regedit to dump this information to a file:

Start --> Run --> "regedit" (Enter)

Export the entire "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Macromedia/" registry key to "C:\dreamweaver.reg" and boot back into Linux.

Now we'll need to convert the registry keys to ASCII format with the recode utility. Let's install that program if it isn't already:

sudo apt-get install recode

Copy over the registry keys to your home directory and convert them to ascii like so:

recode ucs-2..ascii dreamweaver.reg

And now import the keys into wine:

wine regedit dreamweaver.reg

Finished! Now cd over to your Dreamweaver directory and run DWCS3! Hopefully it will work... lol

cd .wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Adobe/Adobe\ Dreamweaver\ CS3/

wine Dreamweaver.exe

Update: This may or may not work for everyone. I'm getting the following error message:
err:module:LdrInitializeThunk "MSVCR80.dll" failed to initialize, aborting
err:module:LdrInitializeThunk Main exe initialization for L"C:\\Program Files\\Adobe\\Adobe Dreamweaver CS3\\Dreamweaver.exe" failed, status c0000142


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module not found
by GayFace on Wednesday December 10th 2008, 17:07
I was getting a "module not found" error when I was typing "wine Dreamweaver.exe" in the source directory. It turns out that I didn't have owner permissions for some of the directories so I went to

cd /home/MyName/.wine/drive_c/

and then gave myself ownership of all files and subfolders there

sudo chown -R MyName *

and it worked like a charm, of course after using the crack (just replacing the Dreamweaver.exe file with the crack Dreamweaver.exe file) This is really the only reason I am still using windows so AWESOME!!

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by Justin B on Tuesday July 22nd 2008, 4:38
So happy :D I finally got CS3 working on Ubuntu. Awesome, I really have no reason to boot back into Windows now since I can pretty much do everything from Ubuntu now.

If you are still having problems installing, I suggest going here:

Follow that guide, if you still encounter problems, read the comments, they will help a lot!

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Things I had to do in addition to HOWTO
by JPL on Friday June 20th 2008, 5:33
1. as previously posted the registry entry is indeed Adobe, not Macromedia.

2. my recode failed: Untranslatable input in step `ISO-10646-UCS-2..ANSI_X3.4-1968'

Solved it by using command recode u2..u8 dreamweaver.reg
This turns it to UTF-8 (instead of ASCII) which the regedit is able to import.

3. Got a catastrophic license failure, which was solved by changing wine to run it as win98. THANKS VERY MUCH FOR THAT Ernesto!!!!

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