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Adobe CS5.5 Trial Downloads: Direct Links (no Manager or Assistant)

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[UPDATE (June '13) – These still work to download the CS5.5 trials.
We also now have the new Adobe "CC" Direct Download Links!]

Some of the most visited resources on this site are the direct download links provided for most major Adobe products. So continuing in this tradition, here is a complete set of direct down­load links for all the new Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 software (Windows and Mac), for instant easy access and the ability to use your own download manager or download assistant if you have any difficulty with what Adobe normally employs and need to get the CS5.5 trials without it…

We have also linked the free CS5.5 Extra Content downloads (aka Additional or Functional Content) for all available products.

Below is a table for CS5.5 trial downloads in major languages. These links go to the auth­entic and original CS5.5 files residing on Adobe’s servers, are guaranteed genuine and will not change. For Windows, each program consists of up to two files, an .exe and a 7-Zip file (.7z). The .exe file will only work when the .7z file is also fully downloaded and resides in the same location. For the Mac, it’s just a single .dmg file for each program.

The supported languages vary by product. The Western Euro­pean languages can include French/Français, German/Deutsch, Italian/Italiano, Dutch/Nederlands, Danish/Dansk, Finnish/Suomi, Swedish/Svenska, Norwegian/Norsk, Portuguese/Português, and Spanish/Español. To see which product supports which languages, visit the main Adobe trials page and then click on the selection menu for whichever product(s) you’d like to try – it will tell you which languages are currently available.

[ Wondering which option is right for you?  See: Compare Adobe CS6 vs. Creative Cloud ]

Note: Very Important Instructions

More Direct Download Links
Adobe CC
Acrobat XI
Captivate 7
Lightroom 5
Elements 12

You need to have a free Adobe account and be logged into it to use the links below, as Adobe sets a session cookie on your browser that allows you to access the direct download links. Otherwise, you will receive an “access denied” or “resume your download” message prevent­ing the connection. So please follow these instructions carefully or the links will not work!

  1. Adobe recommends temporarily turning off any surfing restrictions you might have running, like site or cookie blocking, filtering, firewalls or antivirus software.
  2. Click «HERE» to visit this page and then select the “Download Now” button at the bottom.
  3. If asked, then sign in with your Adobe ID or take a minute to create one for yourself.
  4. Now close or cancel any windows that may pop up or any downloads that started.
  5. OK! Now you’re logged in at Adobe with the trials cookie set, so you can instantly download any of the software below. Just make sure you have enough disk space.
  6. Download the files either by clicking directly on the DDL links, or by right-clicking and choosing “Save Link As…” on the popup menu – and save all files to the same place.
  7. Then follow the product installation instructions here.

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Creative Suite 5.5 – Adobe CS5.5 Downloads

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Adobe CS5.5
Direct Downloads
EnglishWestern EuropeEnglishEurope
Photoshop CS5.1960 MBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
Dreamweaver CS5.5390 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Illustrator CS5.11.3 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
InDesign CS5.5811 MBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
InCopy CS5.5604 MBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
Flash Professional CS5.5934 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Flash Catalyst CS5.5637 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Flash Builder 4.51.0 GBFile 1File 1File 1File 1File 1File 1
Premiere Pro CS5.51.2 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
After Effects CS5.51.1 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
Contribute CS5306 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Fireworks CS5498 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Audition CS5.5127 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Acrobat X Pro465 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Creative Suites
CS5.5 Master Collection5.1 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
CS5.5 Design Premium3.6 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
CS5.5 Design Standard2.5 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
CS5.5 Web Premium4.0 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
CS5.5 Production Prem6.9 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1

Related: Do you believe any of these? The 10 Most Common Myths About Creative Cloud

All of these trials are supported on Mac OS X or Windows (32-bit x86 and 64-bit x64), with the exception of After Effects CS5.5 and Premiere Pro CS5.5 which are 64-bit only. For more, see the complete set of system requirements for Creative Suite 5.5.

Note there is no separate trial download for Photoshop CS5.1 “Standard” – the trial is always the Extended version (having all Photoshop features including 3D and motion-based content), and then you decide which version you’d like to keep at time of product purchase.

New Adobe CC Direct Download Links: All Free Trials

You do not need to uninstall previous versions of Creative Suite; some users prefer to keep the older, familiar version(s) around as they come up to speed with the new product’s features, and some folks have CS3, CS4, CS5, and CS5.5 all on one computer.

We suggest using a browser other than Internet Explorer to down­load the files above. They can be quite large and IE has been known to drop the extension (like “.exe”) from the Windows filename. If this happens and you can’t open a file, then just rename it to add back the extension. But generally, using Firefox or Chrome will work better – and if you have any issues getting the downloads to work with one browser, then try another.

*** Note: If you have any problems getting the files to download or install, be sure to read the earlier comments on this page – as most questions have already been asked and answered below!

Adobe CS5.5 Extra Content

This is Extra Content (also called Functional Content) that Adobe bundles with some CS5.5 applications. It is technically optional and not required to run the main products, but will improve your experience if you can take the time to download and add it to your installation.

What’s included in this free additional content are typically media assets, templates, tutorials, documentation, fonts, footage, sample files and projects, and so on. If you own a suite, you can download the bundle for that plus whichever applications are in it.

  • CS5.5 Master Collection & Production Premium Extra Content (175 MB)
              Windows:  File 1                  Mac:  File 1
  • CS5.5 Design Premium & Web Premium Extra Content (176 MB)
              Windows:  File 1                  Mac:  File 1
  • CS5.5 Design Standard Extra Content (167 MB)
              Windows:  File 1                  Mac:  File 1
  • InDesign CS5.5 Extra Content (156 MB)
              Windows:  File 1                  Mac:  File 1
  • Illustrator CS5.1 Extra Content (120 MB)
              Windows:  File 1                  Mac:  File 1
  • Fireworks CS5 Extra Content (131 MB)
              Windows:  File 1                  Mac:  File 1
  • After Effects CS5.5 Extra Content (744 MB)
              Windows:  File 1   File 2      Mac:  File 1
  • Premiere Pro CS5.5 Extra Content (2.5 GB)
              Windows:  File 1   File 2      Mac:  File 1

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Did these links work for you? Hope they helped out; please let us know with a comment below… And please see our companion page if you want the direct links for the all-new “CC” products.

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  1. Em

    I followed all the download directions exactly but I am still getting the access denied page.

  2. Em

    Issue resolved. It’s not enough to simply log in on the Adobe website; you need to run the download assistant program and log in there before cancelling and then clicking on the direct links here.

  3. Love average 50KB download; especially for 6+GB file!
    CS5 will usually default to trial from anywhere, such as TPB or even get it from Adobe.
    This too slow!

  4. Hmmm

    Upon review that was a bit rude… Thanks for sharing, and helping at no cost to me! Bit frustrated at 2.2 GB after 5 hrs. :)

    • Sorry, the speed of the download is completely beyond our control – it’s entirely due to your own connection with Adobe’s servers…

      Our best advice is to use a fast/wired connection if possible, rather than Wi-Fi. Also, trying a different browser or computer may give different results.

      But for us these downloads are quite speedy with an 85 Mbps fiber optic Internet connection.

  5. gdub

    I had a total system failure and finally found this site…absolutely fantastic…exact instructions…only question is how to incorporate the extras after the initial suite is installed?? This may have been answered in the posting already so I will apologize if it has already been answered.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Glad to help and thanks for the kind words. The Extra Content downloads contain user files (not installed system files), so you can just open and unzip those packages anywhere that you want on your computer’s hard drive, then check out what’s inside.

  6. CassM

    Any idea why the following message is appearing for CS5.5 Web Premium?

    Access Denied
    You don’t have permission to access “…/AdobeProducts/WEBB/CS5_5/win32/WebPremium_CS5_5_LS1.exe” on this server.
    Reference #18.4eb107ca.1390457770.69cb1b0

  7. Hmmm

    Yeah ok. Direct link and all. My bad. I have 80 Mbps f/o cable.

    Adobe has poor direct link then – maybe ’twas just at that time.

    Thanks for the advice!

    TPB dl’d CS5.5 for me at 3.8 Mbps.

    Sorry for whinging!


  8. gdub
  9. gdub

    One other thing…this is not meant to be rude to anyone trying to download the software. I am simply reiterating something from another party that may be able to help by having it stated by another person.

    In order to download the files, read the instructions in their entirety.

    Follow the instructions, exactly.

    I’ve downloaded from multiple browsers, OS, WiFi & Ethernet. Success across all options. From initial start to final install and launch was approximately 1.2 hours…Master Collection before someone tries to say it was a small file.

    @ProDesignTools is a definite source for clean downloads, instructional data and a trusted site in my book.

  10. Eprohtelpam

    Ok so the download portion worked just fine for the Master Collection and I have both required files in the same folder. But when I click on the Application file I get an error message that says “The file archive part of Adobe CS5.5 Master Collection is missing. You need all parts in the same folder to extract Adobe CS5.5 Master Collection. Please download all parts.”
    I’m looking at both files in the same folder right now. I’ve tried downloading them a second time, moving them to a different folder etc, but I keep getting this odd error message. Any ideas?

    • Hi, guessing that your web browser may have dropped a file extension(s) when downloading… If there’s no longer an extension, then your computer wouldn’t know how to open/process the files.

      On Windows, make sure the first (small) file has a .exe extension and the second (large) file has a .7z extension. If not, then just rename the file(s) to add back the extension(s) at the end, and you should then be able to proceed from there.

  11. Daisy
  12. Hundo


    When I click on the link I simply get an error that says:

    Access Denied
    You don’t have permission to access “…/AdobeProducts/STVD/CS5_5/osx10/ProductionPremium_MasterCollection_CS5_5_Content_ALL.dmg” on this server.
    Reference #18.572afea5.1391139209.2c8d6e87

    Any ideas?


  13. Hundo

    Found the solution to my problem, nothing a little reading won’t cure!


  14. eric

    Hi, wondering what you found. Trying to download cs5. worked several days ago. thanks for your help. @Hundo

  15. Hundo


    I’m having trouble finding the free version of Adobe Story that comes with CS5.5. I’ve downloaded the full suite, however, I can’t find it even when I search my hard drive for it.

    Any ideas?


  16. Hundo


    Yup Eric, I just followed the install instructions listed above.

  17. Hundo

    Just a thought…

    So I have Story on my iMac, had CS5.5 and CS6 prior to the world of Creative Cloud (CC). So I recently brought a MacBook Pro, after installing CS6 noticed I did not access to Story so I tried installing my old CS5.5, didn’t work by the way, everything is pretty much as you’ve listed above. However, I paid for a CC membership and have since downloaded the desktop version.

    My question is: if I were cancel the CC membership, will I still have access to the desktop version? I am assuming so (wishful thinking), I do still have access to desktop version on my iMac but again, that was prior to the introduction of CC.


    • Well, Story may be a bit of a special case due to what we mentioned, but generally it works the same as it did with Creative Suite: Provided that each software’s system requirements are met, then generally you can run the CC release together on the same machine as prior CS versions.

      So regardless of whether you stop your CC subscription, any older release that you have will still be available to you – they shouldn’t interfere and one does not subsume the other.

  18. ES

    Hi, I installed Adobe Acrobat Pro X with no problems, however it is not accepting my serial number. I only have a serial for CS6 Design Standard which includes Acrobat Pro X, but I do not have access to the disc (somewhere in storage) and I had to uninstall Acrobat Pro X due to several problems.

  19. Sharon

    Is Adobe CS5.5 compatible with Windows 8.1?

  20. WCA girl

    Hi…I followed the download instructions and was successful accessing the files, however occasionally my internet disconnects and when I try to resume the download I get the permissions error. I appreciate the links and since I am not in a hurry I don’t mind babysitting it and waiting hours for it to download… but this seems impossible. Any ideas?

    • Well, if your Internet disconnects then you’ll have no chance at all with these links – there is no “pause/resume” capability in direct links, and the files will be corrupted and won’t work.

      Instead, you’d have to you download and use your own download manager, such as IDM, to properly deal with an unreliable connection.

  21. WCA girl

    ok…well thank you for responding. :)

  22. I am shocked at the new lack of support adobe wants to provide, I am a 30 year working pro, paid for my software in 11/11 and am appalled that they won’t support cs5.5. I have asked for a support member to call me back, no luck. I saw at pro photo this year many programs that will rival Photoshop and lightroom, maybe competition will remind adobe the customer still pays their salaries

  23. anon

    “A problem occurred while extracting the archive” then it asks me to redownload flash cs 5.5 … I downloaded file 1 of flash for USA and Windows (there’s only 1 file link) and open up the exe, let it install and when its almost done – BOOM that error comes up!! and it’s not corrupted i’ve downloaded it 4 times now and i have really fast and stable internet.

    using windows 7 x64

  24. Alan

    Do these instructions still work? I’m signed into my adobe account both on the web and within the download manager program that you link to. I’ve tried clicking these links with the download paused, cancelled and running within download manager, as well as closing the manager mid-download. I’ve even tried it with the download of the download manager paused/cancelled/running. I’ve tried both safari and chrome. I’m running out of ideas here. It may be worthwhile to update the instructions if they are outdated.

    • Hi Alan, everything still works – and the instructions are up-to-date and fine if you follow them carefully! You don’t need any download manager at all, Adobe’s or otherwise… The only programs that you let fully download are the ones you want to install.

  25. Joe

    When I download and open the installer on Mac and then hit install, I get this message “installer failed to initialize.”

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