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[UPDATE – Some of these still work to download the old CS5 trials, but Adobe has recently taken down many links… However, you can also now get the all-new Creative Cloud 2021 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.

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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

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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 “no permission” message block­ing 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 (free).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
EnglishWestern EuropeEnglishEurope
Photoshop CS5979 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 CS5716 MBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
InCopy CS5558 MBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
Flash Pro CS5857 MBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
Flash Catalyst CS5508 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Flash Builder 4388 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Premiere Pro CS51.4 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
After Effects CS5988 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.

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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 out; please let us know with a comment below… And please see our companion page if you want the direct links for the new CC 2019 products.

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1,117 thoughts on “Free Adobe CS5 Trial Downloads: Direct Links (no Akamai Manager)”

  1. 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.

    • As far as we know Caitlin, it should work with all types of valid Adobe licenses, including commercial (home/office), education (student/teacher), and volume (LWS).

  2. @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. 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.

  4. 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

    • Hey there Brian, for most of these programs on Windows you also need to download File 2 (a .7z file) to the same folder, before running the .exe executable.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

    • Hello MP, is it CS5 Design Premium – is that what you have? The only other “Premium” possibility would be Production Premium.

      Either way, the direct links to the downloadable installer is in the table above.

    • No, sorry MP… That is very old software, the original Creative Suite (CS1) from over 10 years ago! We don’t have it here; it isn’t really run much anymore. It is definitely not supported on any modern hardware or operating systems that we know of. And it does not match CS5 (on this page), a version which came out in 2010. Sorry about that!

  8. Hi, I have downloaded both files for adobe flash pro cs5. I haven’t done anything with them yet, what do I do now?

  9. Thank you so much for these links!! I own Acrobat 9.0 and just tried to install on a new computer from the Adobe website. But surprise! The Mac version is just “Not Available.” There is one for Windows. What??!! This is just ridiculous. I have been a paying customer for years and for the last five Adobe has encouraged people to go with the download version. Now they won’t honor the purchases of those who chose to download instead of buying disks.

    Enough complaining. I have installed Acrobat 9 and I’m happy as a clam (whatever that means)! Thanks again.

  10. Hello can you please help me, i have design premium cs5, in the czech language. I don’t have CD’s yet. I have tried to download the files up here, but my old serial number is not working with these files. Is this the right version for me. How can i find the right version in CZ?

    I have installed design premium on an old computer. I can´t uninstall unless i will be sure about the right version. I have to work.

    Thanks a lot

  11. So, I downloaded both files. .exe and 7z. Then, I run it, a folder with the the name of Adobe CS5 Suite appears on my desktop but the program says that I need to download the master collection cs5 file again. I’ve done it three times now, and it keeps asking me to download it again and again.

  12. @ProDesignTools

    Hi there. Can you help me, I really need to download Design Premium CS5 for eastern Europe (czech republic).

    I followed all the instructions, but at the end when I change the language suffix to LS6, there is nothing – no files to download.
    On this link it is written, file not found.

    When I try to change the suffix, it’s working only for LS1, LS2, LS4, that’s all. Can you please post the direct links for my version LS6 in the czech language?
    I spend a lot time with it, help me please. I need to work.

    Thank you for the answer


    • Hello again Pavel,

      Sorry you’re having trouble. Not all of the different CS5 products are represented or available for direct download in other languages not listed here… However, the most important ones are – the individual tools and and the Master Collection. So try those instead.

      In other words, if you change the language suffix for other links above then you should be able to get the Eastern European downloads.

      Regarding your serial number, we believe it might still work with all the same tools that are included in CS5 Design Premium, even if you download and install them separately, or as part of a larger suite.

      Hope that helps!

  13. @ProDesignTools

    Hey, thanks a lot for the other tips, but none of them like master collection or individual tools work with my serial number. They are not really the way how to download design premium cs5 for eastern europe with LS6.

    Can anyone help me please,

  14. @ProDesignTools

    OK can you advise me what to do. What i really don´t understand is why you have support only for AM, English, German, French, Japanese, i bought this suite for the same price like others. Why there are no links with LS6?

    • Sorry Pavel, we don’t have any other suggestions to offer more than what we already have… The techniques we have shared will access the files that are still available on Adobe’s servers. This is an old release and if you cannot find the Eastern European file you want using those techniques, then we cannot say if it’s even still available on Adobe’s servers.

  15. @Caitlin

    I had a similar issue, but it was a simple fix. You have to download for example file 1 and 2. If you have your serial keys registered (which you definitely should so you can retrieve them later) for registered products you will find them under “My Products” at Adobe’s site.

    Make sure that both file 1 & 2 are the specific series of software. For example, the serial key to Cs5 Master Collection is not going to work if the serial key is for Cs5 Design Premium. While they may have some of the shared software, they are still different products.

  16. @Lynn

    Be sure you have a membership account with Adobe and your products were registered.

    One problem I had was there was a virus in my browsers that kept denying my access to various sites including Adobe. One thing you can try is if your using Firefox reset it to the earliest state. Chrome on the other hand doesn’t play well with this, so don’t use Chrome. One thing I also did was downloaded Safari from Apple for PC instead of Mac, and then downloaded that way.

    The most common bugs I have had have largely been a result of not being able to sign in to Adobe or the browser itself. Hope this helps folks resolve some of the issues.

  17. @Pavel

    Hey Pavel, here is a problem I have had and you may want to double check this. I haven’t found anything for Ls6 but one issue as an example is trying to use Cs5 serial key from a 5.0 version to a 5.5 version. They wont work.

    It can be the exact same product, but one is a later updated version. My best advice is to check to see what version you have. Then search for that specific version.

    Another issue is when such are released to be accessible here. I have also gone to the Customer Service for Adobe produces calling the numbers provided, sometimes they will have access to some of the products that are not yet here to access. So be very specific.

    Sometimes it also takes about a year or two for older software to be released for options such as this. I know this is not a lot of help but it provides some possible options for you.

    One thing you can try is if you have access to the same link for the Trial version of Ls6 is download that and then change it to entering your serial number to activate it that way.

  18. I’m having a problem where the download for Master Collection File 2 of the Windows English version keeps getting interrupted at 43% or about 1.7-1.8 GB. I’ve tried different computers and different browsers and this still occurs.
    If I hit resume on the download, it’ll act like it’s downloading the remainder of the file, but when I try to do anything with the zipped folder I get an error message stating it “can’t be opened as an archive”. Is there something wrong with the download?

  19. Every time I try to download the file 2 of the cs5 master collection, it fails to download. Part 1 downloaded fine.

    • Hi Grayson, sorry you’re having difficulties. When you say, “fails to download,” what do you mean – what happens exactly? Any messages or other indications?

      We’d be happy to help, but would need a bit more information to understand what might not be working for you.

      You might also want to take a look at this list of download tips that we put together.

    • You should just be able to select the drive you want to use before hitting the “Install” button…

      Make sure these downloaded files are located on the same drive that you wish to install the products to.

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