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Free Adobe CS5 Trial Downloads: Direct Links (no Akamai Manager)

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[UPDATE (June ’14) – These still work to download the CS5 trials.
We also now have the all-new Adobe CC 2014 Direct Links!]

Following our popular post last week with the direct download links to the official trials of CS4 and CS3 for those who need them, by reader request we are doing the same for all CS5 products here… In theory the Akamai Download Manager (DLM) that Adobe uses is a good thing, intending to reduce download times and provide a ‘resume’ capability in case of interruption. But despite their best efforts, some folks are still having problems downloading CS5 using Akamai, so we thought we’d provide a complete set of direct download links for all Adobe Creative Suite 5 software (Windows and Mac), for instant easy access and to assist in these cases…

Below is a table for CS5 trial downloads in major languages. These links go to the auth­entic and original CS5 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.

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The supported languages vary by product. The Western Euro­pean languages can include French/Français, German/Deutsch, Italian/Italiano, Dutch/Nederlands, Norwegian/Norsk, Danish/Dansk, Finnish/Suomi, Swedish/Svenska, 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.



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Note: Very Important Instructions

More Direct Download Links
CC 2014
CS6
Acrobat XI
Captivate 8
Lightroom 5
Elements 13

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 first, before clicking any of the links in the table below – this is critical!
  3. If asked, sign in with your Adobe ID or take a minute to create one for yourself.
  4. Now close any windows that popped up and cancel 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.

Creative Suite 5.0 – Adobe CS5.0 Downloads

Here now are the direct download links for the CS5 trials. Please note these are for the older Creative Suite 5.0, not 5.5 – but we also have the more recent CS5.5 direct links, so be sure you’ve got the release you want…

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Adobe CS5
Direct Downloads
 
Size
WindowsMac
EnglishWestern EuropeEnglishEurope
Photoshop CS5980 MBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
Dreamweaver CS5326 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Illustrator CS51.3 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
InDesign CS5718 MBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
InCopy CS5559 MBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
Flash Professional CS5859 MBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
Flash Catalyst CS5508 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Flash Builder 4381 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Premiere Pro CS51.4 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
After Effects CS5989 MBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
Contribute CS5306 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Fireworks CS5498 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Soundbooth CS5473 MBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
Acrobat 9 Pro656 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Creative Suites
CS5 Master Collection4.5 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
CS5 Design Premium2.9 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
CS5 Design Standard2.0 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
CS5 Web Premium3.1 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
CS5 Production Premium7.2 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1

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

New Adobe CC 2014 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 there are plenty of folks that have CS3, CS4, and CS5 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 also the complete set of minimum system requirements for Adobe CS5.

[UPDATE (December 5th) – In the comments we have the CS5 “Extra Content” downloads for After Effects CS5, Premiere Pro CS5, Illustrator CS5, and Fireworks CS5 (Windows or Mac).]

*** 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!


Did these links work for you? Hope they helped you out; please let us know with your input and feedback below… And please see our companion page if you want the direct links for the new CC 2014 products.

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  1. Caitlin

    Does this not work with LWS licensing account? I changed jobs and attempted to transfer my adobe suites to my new computer but I no longer have the installation disks.

  2. Caitlin

    @Jaime Ball
    Hi Jaime,
    Were you able to use your serial number from a LWS licensing account (it sounds like your school had multiple licenses to install on multiple computers). My job has this sort of setup but I don’t have access to the disks and when I tried to download from this site the serial number won’t work. When I called Adobe they said I need to have login info which I obviously don’t have because that is probably the IT director at the University. I’m just confused and not sure I believe Adobe. Do you have any additional information before I give up?

    • What exact message did you get? In your new position, are you still the legitimate license holder/owner? If you changed jobs and institutions, then a volume license still held by your previous organization is probably not going to be a valid option for you.

  3. Lynn

    Can’t get past step 1 — “Failed to open page” because the server isn’t responding.

  4. Lynn

    Never mind. As soon as I complained, the link worked! :-)

  5. Megan

    I have the same problem that Lynn had : Can’t get past step 1 — “Failed to open page” because the server isn’t responding… What do I do?

    • Not sure Megan; all these CS5 links work totally fine for us here…

      Generally, make sure you are carefully following the important download instructions in the article above… They are required by Adobe, and the direct links won’t work without following them.

      Then if there are any problems, try a different browser, another computer, or Internet connection (wired if possible, instead of Wi-Fi) – each time following those step-by-step directions.

      If you’re really stuck, we also put together a list of download tips.

  6. Will

    I am getting the following message when I try to download the application for any of the links for English:

    Access Denied
    You don’t have permission to access “…/AdobeProducts/IDSN/7/win32/InDesign_7_LS1.exe” on this server.
    Reference #18.c5e04817.1411922369.1d48ae3e

  7. Brian

    I’m getting a archive file missing error when I try to open the exe.

  8. Uh … thank you. After a day of troubleshooting it was easy to follow the instructions exactly as given. Saving me big time.

    My situation:

    Installed Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite on my office 27″ iMac (Spring 2010) with no noticeable problems. Excited about the index speed and like to be up to date anyhow, so set my home 13″ MBP (Summer 2011) up to run the upgrade overnight … only to run into a File System Verify or Repair error.

    In short, ended up having to back up everything, wipe it, reinstall Mavericks, then install Yosemite and have spent the day carefully putting stuff back on (didn’t want to migrate as system was migrated from an ’09 MBP already. Besides, figured if there was a problem before let’s keep the slate clean).

    Thanks to CC where you can’t run the same program on 2 computers simultaneously, it was imperative for me to be able to install ProdPrem CS5 on my MBP, and I couldn’t simply drag … so glad I found these links. They’re installing now, and now I can remote login and be on 2 versions of Photoshop and a host of other random needs.

    In case others are running or about to run into this problem this has been the process.

  9. roji
  10. George

    First of all, thank you for this great service to the Adobe community! And I would like to add a question: I have a CS5 Design Standard package on my old Mac and need to re-install on a new one. I found the serial number in my Adobe account but I’m not sure which package I should or can install.

    On the old machine runs a German version, so I guess it should be the European file? Or could I use the English version too, changing the language with that?

    Thanks again for the great resources here!

    • Greetings George,

      For your CS license key to work, the software you download, install & run has to match the language that you originally purchased back then. So if your serial number was from a German version, you would need the same one here. And yes, that would be the European direct links above.

  11. MP

    I have Creative Suite Premium (CDs) — Can not install on new Mac.

    I do not see this on the list exactly above, so I now downloaded just Photoshop as that is what I urgently need.

    My serial number labeled on Creative Suite Premium does not work. What do download instead to be able to utilize my serial number?

    I live remote on extremely slow connection, took all night to download Photoshop, so I would appreciate doing it right this time around!

  12. MP

    @ProDesignTools

    Box is titled “Adobe Creative Suite Premium” from 2004. Inside CD’s are titled Education. Will I be able to apply my serial number to the CS5 Design Premium?

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