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

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

[ 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 5.0 – 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
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 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 all-new “CC” 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.


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