How To Install Dreamweaver CS3 In Ubuntu Hardy

It would be great if there is a Linux build of the popular Dreamweaver CS3, or that it could be easily installed via WINE. The truth is, none of the above work. There is no Linux version, nor will it work via WINE direct installation. The only way to get it to work is to port it over from a Windows installation.

If you are new to Dreamweaver CS3, it is one of the best, if not, the best web editor software in the market. While there are many open source and free web editors out there, none of them come close to it in term of quality and capability. Although it comes with a hefty price tag of $399, it is well worth the money if you are into serious web developing. As such, if you wish to follow this guide and install Dreamweaver CS3 in your Ubuntu machine, please make sure you have the licensed copy, or proceed to Adobe to make your purchase. Do not attempt to use illegal software.

Initial Installation – WINE

We will need WINE to create a Windows environment for Dreamweaver. If you have already installed WINE, you can skip to the next section.

sudo apt-get install wine

The WINE configuration window will pop up. Click OK to close the window. You can now find a .wine folder in your Home directory (if you can’t see it, go to View and check “Show Hidden Files“).

Porting Dreamweaver CS 3 From Windows

Install your Dreamweaver CS 3 in Windows. (For this step, I would advise you to install it on a Windows virtual machine so that you can transfer files between the two OS easily later on.)

Now there are 5 main folders that you need to copy to your Ubuntu machine.

1) Open up File Manager and navigate to C:\Program Files. Copy the whole ‘Adobe‘ folder to Ubuntu /home/username/.wine/drive_c/Program Files folder.

2) Still in the Windows File manager, navigate to C:\Documents and Settings\your-windows-user-name\Application Data (if you can’t find the Application Data folder, go to Tools->Folder Option->View and select ‘show hidden files and folders‘) and copy the whole ‘Adobe‘ folder to Ubuntu /home/username/.wine/drive_c/windows/profiles/All Users/Application Data/

3) In the Windows File manager, go to C:\Program Files\Common Files and copy the whole ‘Adobe‘ folder to Ubuntu /home/username/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Common Files

4) In the Windows file manager, go to C:\WINDOWS\system32 and copy the whole ‘marcomed‘ folder to Ubuntu /home/username/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32

5) In the Windows file manager, go to C:\WINDOWS and copy the whole ‘WinSxS‘ folder to Ubuntu /home/username/.wine/drive_c/windows

Next, we need to import the Dreamweaver registry to WINE.

In your Windows, go to Start->Run. Type in ‘regedit‘ and press Enter.

In the window that pop up, on the left pane, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE-> SOFTWARE->Adobe->Dreamweaver. Right click on the ‘Dreamweaver‘ folder and select ‘Export’. Save the file as dreamweaver.reg

Copy this dreamweaver.reg to your Ubuntu home folder.

Now you need to convert the registry file to ASCII format.

sudo apt-get install recode
recode ucs-2..ascii dreamweaver.reg
wine regedit dreamweaver.reg

At this time, you have successfully ported all the necessary files from Windows to Ubuntu. To test your installation:

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

Dreamweaver CS3 should now launch.

Creating entry in Applications menu

To create an entry in your Applications menu, right click on the Applications menu and select ‘Edit Menus’.

Scroll down to the Wine->Programs entry and select New Item. Enter the following

Type: Application
Name: Dreamweaver CS3
Command: wine /home/username/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Adobe/Adobe\ Dreamweaver\ CS3/Dreamweaver.exe

Click Close. You should now see an entry in your Application menu. You can drag the entry to your desktop or to the panel to create a shortcut.


Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.

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