Becoming a Digital Publishing Master with in5

A free online course to help you design interactive projects with InDesign & without coding


For full course details, visit the main course page.

Lesson 1: How to Install in5

The first step to using in5 is getting it installed with your preferred version of InDesign.

Expert Contributors to this lesson

Justin Putney

Justin Putney

Creator of in5

Estimated time for lesson

Today’s lesson should take approximately 5 minutes.

Today's Course Outline

  1. Getting the download package
  2. Unzipping the package
  3. Choosing the right installer for your system
  4. Troubleshooting the installation
  5. How to update in5

Getting the download package

To download the latest version of in5, visit the download page and click on the download in5 button.

in5 download button

Unzipping the package

Once you've downloaded the file, locate it on your system and unzip the package.

mac install files

On Mac: to unzip the file, double-click on the file in the Finder and it will automatically be extracted to a folder named in5.

win extract files

On Windows: to unzip the file, right-click and choose Extract All..., then choose a location.

Choosing the right installer for your system

There are a few different installers available in the extracted package. Your version of InDesign (and in some cases, your Operating System) will determine which installer to use.

cc installer (mac)

For any version of Adobe InDesign CC, choose the installer than matches your system, double-click and follow the onscreen instructions:

  • in5 - Mac
  • in5 - Win Installer.exe

There are additional installation instructions and alternative install options in the readme.txt file if you run into any issues.

How to update in5

You can update in5 at any time using the same install process detailed in this lesson. Installing a new version of in5 will not affect your existing license.

New features are added regularly and all minor updates (e.g., from 3.6 to 3.7) are available at no additional cost to licensed users.

If you have a subscription plan, then all updates are free, including major updates.

Unsure if you have the latest version?

You can also check in (in5 > Info and Updates... within InDesign), which lists the currently installed version, and you can click the Check for Updates... button to see if there's a new version (as well as what features have been added).

in-app updates

Take Aways

  • Downloading in5 is easy.
  • Pick the installer that matches your system.
  • Don't be afraid to update and get new features.


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