All new Macs come with the complete iWork suite for free. However, if you're like me, and you have an aging (albeit fully functional, older Mac) then you need to pay full price ($20) for each of the the three iWork suites.
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How to download the complete Apple iWork suite for free on your Mac

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All new Macs come with the complete iWork suite for free.  However, if you’re like me, and you have an aging (albeit fully functional, older Mac) then you need to pay full price ($20) for each of the the three iWork suites.  However, thanks to our friends over at Redmond Pie, we now have a clever way of downloading the latest version of Numbers, Pages and Keynote for free–at least until Apple discovers and patches the exploit.

Until then, we’ve got you covered.  I tried this last night, and it worked as advertised.  I now have the most recent versions of the complete iWork suite and I can now download the update on any computer I have linked to the Mac App Store with my Apple ID.

Step 1-Download and install the iWork 09 trial.

Step 2-Launch Pages, Numbers and Keynote, and then quit each program.

Step 3-Open the Mac App Store and check the “Updates” tab for your updated version of each iWork app

iWork-Update

Update each–relaunch, and you’re all set!

Let us know in the comments section below if it worked for you.  Good luck!

 

 

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  • Bart

    Yeah, nice tip, but this is not an “exploit”. Apple has made iWork free for a long while now, you only need an earlier version, and all the older Macs came with it. All you had to do was not delete it. Plus, the online versions are also free.

    • Renkman

      Sorry if you didn’t like the word “exploit”–maybe loophole? If you can buy them in the Mac App Store for $20 each, then getting them for free by using a 09 “trial version” seems kind of like an exploit to me. I don’t have an earlier version on my computer. I only used the 30 day trial, which I had linked to in the post, and was able to update that way.

  • POLSON

    Did not work for me. Tried it at about 11:30 am Central on Dec 16 and no updates showed in the App Store.
    After installing, launching, and quitting the 3 demo apps, I removed them from the iWork09Demo folder that they were in upon downloading and have them “loose” in my Applications folder. Should I have kept them inside the iWork09Demo folder?
    I am still running 10.6.8 but tried this in anticipation of upgrading to Mavericks or Yosemite.

    • Renkman

      Hi Polson. I followed the directions in my tutorial exactly, and had no problems. Downloaded the 09 trial, opened all three apps, then closed them. I didn’t didn’t do anything else to them at that point. I then launched the Mac App Store and looked at the “updates” tab. AT this point, the newest version was available for free. Currently in my applications folder I have both versions of the iWork suite right now.

      • wederfort

        It worked on my Mac mini with Mavericks but not on my Mac mini with Mountain Lion. Maybe you need Mavericks or higher.

        • wederfort

          Here is how I got it to work in Mountain Lion. In app store go to purchased tab. I saw the 3 apps there. I clicked on install and it said OS 10.10 required for latest version but it offered to download the latest compatible version. This worked without any 30 day trial.

        • Renkman

          Thanks for the info!

    • 1. Leave the apps in the iWork folder.
      2. You need 10.10 or later for the new iWork apps. Since you’re on 10.6.8 the Mac App Store won’t give you the option to upgrade the iWorks apps till you’re on Yosemite.

      • POLSON

        Very cool, thanks for the heads up on that. Time to upgrade!!