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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.

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.

Related: Which option is right for you? Compare Adobe CS6 vs. Creative Cloud

Note: Very Important Instructions

More Direct Download Links
CC 2014
Acrobat XI
Captivate 8
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 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.

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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…

The All-New Adobe CC 2014 Student & Teacher Editions - Save Up to 70%!

Adobe CS5
Direct Downloads
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

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

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. @ProDesignTools

    Thanks for the swift response. TBH, I almost never read and/or carefully follow instructions, yet things always seem to work out for me, anyway.

    In this case, I just clicked around, reading bits and pieces of interesting articles on the site. I read your instructions and some more items from a list of tips, clicked around a bit more, decided not to download free publications now or a separate install file for Acrobat Pro XI and finally found my way back to the page of downloads where I clicked first on the Photoshop CS 5 link, thinking that might work better than the MC file, given it’s immense size vs the PS CS 5 only option. Miraculously, or perhaps mundanely, it opened a d/l link for me immediately. So, emboldened by that success, I tried the package I actually wanted, and got the same result – complete success.

    I, of course, have to leave for my Friday night class shortly, with my Macbook, so will finish the d/l later, or possibly just start it over either there or when I get back tonight.

    But, I wanted to come here and report my success, so I did as part of a response to a crazy post from earlier this month, which is when I figured out why my earlier post had seemingly disappeared – it was busy being moderated.

    Then I saw your reply and felt I should return again to say: Thank you! Wish me luck :P

  2. Olivia Mead

    I followed the instructions but am still encountering one problem. The mac files are downloading as ‘.dmg’ files and my macbook cannot recognise the image files. Is this a common problem?

    • Hey Olivia, .dmg is definitely the right type of file for Mac, there is no other here… So not sure what issue you’re running into. DMG files usually just install on Mac with no difficulties.

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

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

      We also put together a list of download tips for folks who get stuck.

  3. @Olivia Mead

    The downloads are rather large, and can get hung up along the way, particularly on slower or less robust networks, or during peak download times.

    Try again, and when your download completes (CMD-I for Get Info and compare file size to size listed for the file) THEN double click it. A disk image should mount and open to show you some files.


  4. Natalie


    I’m having trouble installing Adobe After Effects CS5 for windows. I’ve downloaded file #1 and #2 which are .exe and .7z and put them into the same folder on my desktop. Then I try to open the first file and it comes up as the “Adobe Download Assistant” and there’s no option to install? I have no idea what to do.

    Also, my computer has no application to open the .7z, how do I fix this problem?

    • We’d say try it again from the top, Natalie… The .exe will open and manage the .7z file… But it sounds like you have the wrong .exe – the Adobe Download Assistant instead – which you definitely don’t need for these files.

  5. Anonymous

    “.7z” is likely from the archive app “7 Zip” – a free download, last I looked. It is worth downloading it, esp. if it will allow you to open up and install AE.

    It is actually a very useful app, if you work with archived files much.

    • Yes, quite true that it’s a nice utility to have generally, but you don’t actually need it here – why? Because the .exe file (#1) will open and extract the .7z archive file (#2) with nothing else required.

  6. natalie


    Thank you for the simple but effective solution! Solved my problem after I tried it from the top again. Cheers.

  7. First off, thanks so much for providing these links! I just wanted to leave a comment in case anyone is having the same issue I was. I was able to download both files without any problems, but whenever I tried to install it kept giving me the error message “Problem extracting the file. Please check the file download and try again.”

    After re-downloading it about 4 times and double checking the file quality and space requirements, I was finally able to get it to extract by moving both files directly into the base level of the OS drive (not the desktop or program files) and extracting it into program files from there. Worked just fine and I’m thrilled to have Photoshop back!

  8. zergi

    am i the only one getting the “access denied” error, or am i doing something wrong?

    Access Denied
    You don’t have permission to access “…/AdobeProducts/PHSP/12/osx10/Photoshop_12_LS1.dmg” on this server.
    Reference #18.4e34f418.1399670467.2d2e255c

    Thanks in advance for any info on the matter.

  9. Zergi

    thanks for your quick reply, it worked.
    much appreciated.

  10. Peter

    Downloading the CS5 master suite for mac and my network dropped out 5/6 through… it won’t resume because I don’t have permission… I am using safari to download, and am logged into adobe download assistant…

    Thanks for any help!!

  11. Martis

    Just wondering if anyone is having issues with corrupt archive on flash cs5 download.

    comes down but during unzip it fails as corrupt.

  12. Kidiu
  13. Viloet

    Hi! I cant seem to download Adobe Flash Professional CS5

  14. Viloet

    Hi! The internet server wont let me access to the Flash Professional CS5.
    In another word, it wont let me download it.
    Could you possibly upload it in a google drive instead for me to download?
    Or ….?

    • Well, you didn’t post the message but it sounds like “access denied” – for which the most likely explanation is that you are not carefully following the download instructions in the article.

      Adobe terms of use do not allow us to copy or redistribute the files from their servers, so you’ll have to try again and review the directions above.

  15. Peter

    Thanks for the links. I hate the new CC that Adobe pushed out, so I’m sticking to CS4 through CS6. It’s hard to find a working link to download the older version. I used to own the CS3 version when I had Vista.

  16. Bob barns

    Hey when I click on the file 1 or file 2 it just says Access Denied! Why does this happen and can I fix it??

  17. Elly

    I followed all the instructions, enabled cookies and stuff, signed into the adobe trial thingy, closed the windows and so on. I still get the access denied. Is there anything else that might be wrong? I feel like I’m doing everything right…:(

    • Sorry Elly, Adobe made an unexpected change on their site this morning that temporarily broke these direct links… However the good news is that it’s all fixed and working again.

      Just refresh this page (via Ctrl+R on Windows or Cmd+R on Mac), and then follow the download directions again from the top – and you should have no further problem.

  18. Brent

    Worked perfectly! Thank you! Bought a new iMac and needed to install without using discs etc.

  19. Chris

    Need help with Windows 8.

    When I download File 2 it changes it to a TXT file and I cant seem to figure a way around it. I zipped the file again and then tried to open it but it did not work.

    Any idea?

    • Hey there Chris, sometimes that can happen where your browser (especially IE) can drop or change the file extension(s) when downloading… In that case, your computer might not know how to open it, or might think it’s a text file.

      If that happens, you would need to rename the file(s) to add them back. On Windows, File 1 is always a .exe file, and File 2 (if present for the app) is a .7z file.

  20. Wesley


    Thanks for sharing, but why i extract the master collection 7z file, i cant find the set-up.exe inside the file archive, why?

    anywhere i can get it?

    • Hello Wesley – no, it’s definitely there. In 4 years of this page being up since CS5 came out, you’re the only one to ever say that – so it’s probably just that you need to look a little harder.

  21. Awesome share man. I was looking for PS CS5 demo so that i don’t have to go with CC, it is damn irritating. Thanks a lot for the instructions and demo links.

    Good luck!

  22. Calvin

    You guys are so useful, i really hope adobe doesn’t .. like disconnect you guys – i really want you guys to stay up forever lol

  23. Grayson

    i have a serial number for illustrator cs5 which works in the installation wizard – it accepts it. But when i put it in after i launch the application (which idk why i have to put it in once more after i used it for the installation) it doesnt take it. help please!!!

  24. Hella

    Thank you so much, saved my life (or at least my summer job)

  25. Larry

    Having challenges installing my Photoshop CS5, have a the disk and serial number. I downloaded the program from your site site; unable to install.

    Would you quote me a price for someone to help me get install it?

    • Hi Larry, we’d be happy to try to help at no charge, but we’d need to know more about the particular problem you’re encountering – including details of any messages or errors you’re getting…

      Feel free to post back with more information on what the issue is – thanks.

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