Looking for iMovie Old Versions? Here are the Downloads.

iMovie is an easy-to-use video editing software that is loved by users all over the world. In iMovie's long-term development history, there were many times when iMovie was completely redesigned. Plus, when you upgraded your macOS to a version like Catalina, you'll find out that the latest version of iMovie isn't compatible with macOS Catalina.

Trust me, you're not alone. Many people like you are searching the Internet for "where can I download an old version of imovie" or "where to download iMovie for Catalina", especially there are big changes on the new released iMovie, e.g. from iMovie '11 to iMovie 10. The reasons may include, "my favorite feature has gone", "compatibility issue", "imovie not working", or "imovie can't import my video", etc.

In some cases, you actually don't need to download and install an old version of iMovie. But sometimes, the old version is the only solution. This article will share with you where to download an old version of iMovie safely if necessary.

> Part 1. Upgrade to the Last Compatible Version of iMovie
> Part 2. Where to Download An Older Version of iMovie?
> Part 3. Where to Download iMovie '11?
> Part 4. Download iMovie for Mac Alternative

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Don't Download. Upgrade to the Last Compatible Version of iMovie

Before downloading the standalone dmg file of iMovie, you should try to upgrade iMovie to the last compatible version automatically on Mac's App Store. This will work if you have or ever have had iMovie 10 on your Mac. Here is how: drag your iMovie 10 app from the Applications folder into the Trash, but do not empty the Trash. Then launch your App Store, login your account, open your purchases folder by clicking on your name at the bottom of the app store side bar, then find iMovie and try to redownload iMovie to your Mac. If the following dialogue appears, click Download to start installing the last compatible version of iMovie to your Mac. If not successful, drag your present iMovie app back to the Applications folder.

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Tips: Download iMovie Previous Versions from App Store

If iMovie isn't in your purchase history, there may be a little trick you can use, if you can just get temporary access to a newer Mac with the new macOS. Log into the App Store with your Apple ID and "purchase" iMovie there. Now back to your old Mac to check your purchase history, and you can download the older version of iMovie for your old Mac. If you can't access another Mac, you could also try Virtual Machines (installed another macOS with the help of Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion or VirtualBox) to install a copy of macOS to buy the iMovie app, then download the older version of iMovie from the App Store on your Mac.

This is the safest way to download older versions of iMovie. You could even get help from Apple Support to solve your problem.

Where to Download An Older Version of iMovie without App Store?

Below are various sources from where you can download an old version of iMovie without App Store, if the above solution doesn't work.

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Download iMovie Old Versions Online

App Store for Mac is the right place to download iMovie. However, it doesn't work sometimes. If so, you would need to visit somewhere on the internet to download an old version of iMovie. Well-know websites are preferred. But these sites are unauthorized by Apple, so be careful because the downloaded files might carry malware. Don't forget to turn on your firewall and malware fighter. Below are websites you could download old versions of iMovie from non-Apple sites. For iMovie torrent file, you need a torrent client like BitTorrent to download iMovie dmg file for installing on Mac.


Below is a reference table from which you would know which version of iMovie may work on your computer.

macOS versions Recommended iMovie earlier version
macOS 12 Monterey iMovie 10.3.3 (Official latest download)
macOS 11 Big Sur iMovie 10.2.5, iMovie 10.3.3 for macOS 11.5.1 or later
macOS 10.15 Catalina iMovie 10.1.12, iMovie 10.1.16, iMovie 10.2.3, iMovie 10.2.5
macOS 10.14 Mojave iMovie 10.1.12, iMovie 10.1.13, iMovie 10.1.14
macOS 10.13 High Sierra iMovie 10.1.6, iMovie 10.1.9
macOS 10.12 Sierra iMovie 10.1.6, iMovie 10.1.8 or iMovie 10.1.9
macOS 10.11 El Capitan iMovie 10.1.3, iMovie 10.1.4, iMovie 10.1.5, iMovie 10.1.6
macOS 10.10 Yosemite iMovie 9.0.9, iMovie 10.0.1, iMovie 10.1.1


For more iMovie earlier versions, please google "iMovie old versions" to find a place to download the iMovie installation package. If you're using Windows, an iMovie for Windows alternative is what you need.

Where to Download iMovie '11?

Why is iMovie '11 so special? iMovie '11, also known as iMovie 9, is the previous version before upgrading to the new designed iMovie 10. iMovie 9 is released as part of the iLife '11 package. iMovie '11 is a powerful video editor to make picture-in-picture and Chroma keying. It works seamlessly with iDVD and provides you with better compatibility with cameras and camcorders.

If you want to edit video with iMovie '11, the following video will show you how to download and install iMovie '11 to your Mac step by step. For those like written instructions, go to this article: how to download iMovie 9.0.9 >>

Download iMovie alternative to edit video fast on your Mac

iMovie is the best entry-level video editing software in the world. But is it irreplaceable? Of course not. There are lots of video editing applications for Mac that works fast with either the new or old macOS system on MacBook Air or MacBook Pro computers. Movavi Video Editor for Mac is humbly recommended as an iMovie alternative for Mac and Windows. It's the lightweight and fast video editor for macOS from OS X 10.10 or higher.

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