How to download Envato templates for free

You can download Envato Elements templates for free through their free files program.

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How to download Envato templates for free

Every so often, the saying “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” rears its head in the world of digital services. This time, we’re teaching you how to get free templates, although Envato Elements ceased its free trial in March 2023. But there’s still a glimmer of hope as they dole out 12 free hand-picked files each month, which include templates, fonts, presentations, videos, and more. A silver lining, perhaps?

This change might push many towards Envato’s minimal subscription fee of $16.50. Coupled with other Envato discounts, it’s practically a steal. For those familiar with Envato Elements, their vast library is no news. Envato not only showers you with unlimited downloads at Elements but also one-time purchase offers at Envato Market, previously known as “Themeforest.”

Just at Envato Elements, you can get 73K video templates, 228K graphic templates, 91K presentation templates, 4.7K web templates, and 1.1K CMS templates. If you subscribe now, you can get unlimited downloads of all of these for a low monthly fee.

Four steps to download free Envato templates

  1. Visit the Envato “free files” page.
  2. Create a free account.
  3. Download free templates.
  4. Come back next month for more.

Each month, the available free files are refreshed, allowing you to access 12 new items, inclusive of free templates. Setting up an account is a breeze — simply link your Google, Apple, or Facebook profile, or sign up using your email. Once this swift process is completed, those free files are at your fingertips for download.

Discounts for Envato templates

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Photutorial discount: Get 70% off on the first month

Photutorial readers get a special 70% discount on the first month of their monthly subscription. The best way to use this discount, is to pick the monthly plan and use our 70% off, and then switch to the annual plan the next month to save additional 57%.

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Annual discount: Get 57% off for a full year

If you’re going to need Envato Elements for 5 months of more, your best and cheapest option is to subscribe yearly. This way, you will get a 57% discount on your subscription fee, paying just $16.50/mo instead of $39.

Step-by-step guide

  1. Visit the Envato page.

    Since Envato Elements no longer offers a free trial, visit the free files page monthly to download 12 files each month, including templates.

  2. Create a free account.

    Click the red “Create account now” button to create a new Envato Elements account. You can connect it to your Google, Apple, or Facebook account.

  3. Download free templates.

    Download the files you like by pressing the red download icon. However, keep in mind that these files do not have the same licensing terms as the paid Envato license. Most notably, you don’t get any legal coverage.

  4. Come back monthly.

    Every month, Envato Elements handpicks 12 new free files, so come back each month to get new freebies.

How to buy Envato templates

If you’re going to use templates for commercial purposes, then you should get a proper license. While the free license does cover commercial use, it doesn’t provide any legal coverage, which is crucial for commercial purposes.

The cheapest way to buy Envato templates is through Envato Elements. This is Envato’s platform offering over 13 million stock assets, such as images, fonts, videos, plugins, and even templates, under one affordable subscription that grants you unlimited downloads.

The subscription costs just $16.50 per month when bought or yearly. Eligible students get an additional 30% discount and pay just $11.50 monthly. This makes Envato Elements one of the cheapest sources of stock assets, including templates.

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Envato Elements student pricing (Credit: Envato)

Frequently asked questions

Can I download Envato templates for free without the free trial?

No, downloading Envato templates for free through unauthorized means is illegal and can result in copyright infringement. The only legitimate way to download Envato templates for free is by downloading the 12 free monthly files.

What types of templates can I find on Envato Elements?

Envato Elements offers a wide variety of templates, including video templates, graphic templates, presentation templates, web templates, and CMS templates. With over 400,000 templates to choose from, there’s something for everyone on Envato Elements.

Can I keep the templates I downloaded during the Envato Elements free trial?

Yes, you can keep the templates you downloaded during the Envato Elements free trial even if you decide to cancel your subscription. However, you will not be able to access new templates or updates after the trial period ends.


Envato Elements is a great resource for designers, developers, and creatives looking for high-quality templates. With the 7-day free trial, you can download as many templates as you want without paying anything. However, now that the free trial is gone, another great way is to download the 12 free files.

Additionally, it’s important to note that downloading Envato templates for free through unauthorized means is illegal and can result in copyright infringement. As tempting as it may be to try and download templates for free through illegal channels, it’s always best to use legitimate sources like the Envato Elements free trial.

So, take advantage of the free trial and explore Envato Elements’ extensive collection of templates. You may just find the perfect template to help you take your project to the next level. Happy template hunting!


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