Older versions of AEM, CQ & CRX

Older versions of AEM documentation

The versions of AEM, CQ and CRX listed on this page are End of Life and no longer officially sold by Adobe. Our last versions of official documentation for these older versions are available for your self-help needs. We recommend you upgrade to the latest version (which currently is AEM 6.5).


To know when an AEM version will reach End of core support, have a look at Products and technical support periods and search CQ or AEM.

Before you install

Before you download the package, determine who will consume the content. This decision will determine how it is deployed:

  • Developers can install locally for quick reference.
  • For broader organizational documentation needs, it is recommended the package is deployed on an internally accessible, non-production AEM Author instance.

Users must be logged into the AEM instance to access this content on AEM Author. This content is not accessible by default on AEM Publish (as it exists under /libs).

Software Distribution Locations

You will require a valid Adobe ID:

  • If you don’t have an Adobe ID, you can create one at www.adobe.com
    If you need assistance creating or managing your Adobe ID, please refer to this guide
AEM Version Software Distribution Link
AEM 6.1 Download AEM-DOCS-6.1 from Software Distribution
AEM 6.0 Download AEM-DOCS-6.0 from Software Distribution
AEM 5.6.1 Download AEM-DOCS-5.6.1 from Software Distribution
AEM 5.6 Download AEM-DOCS-5.6 from Software Distribution
CQ 5.5 Download CQ-DOCS-5.5 from Software Distribution
CQ 5.4 Download CQ-DOCS-5.4 from Software Distribution
CQ 5.3 Download CQ-DOCS-5.3 from Software Distribution
CRX 2.3 Download CRX-DOCS-2.3 from Software Distribution
CRX 2.2 Download CRX-DOCS-2.2 from Software Distribution
CRX 2.1 Download CRX-DOCS-2.1 from Software Distribution
CRX 2.0 Download CRX-DOCS-2.0 from Software Distribution

How to install a documentation package

In order to Install a legacy documentation package you must have AEM installed and running on your local drive or network drive.

Download the documentation package

  1. From the table above, select the link for the AEM Documentation version to download. For example, AEM 5.6.1.

  2. Login using your Adobe ID. If you don’t have an ID, create one.

  3. Select the the Download button.

  4. Here is an example of what you will see:

Example Software Distribution

Install the package on your local instance

  1. Open the AEM UI. In a Web browser enter: http://localhost:4502/. Login as an Administrator.

  2. Select Tools > Deployment > Packages.

  3. From the Package Manager UI, select Upload Package.

  4. Browse to the location where you downloaded the AEM 5.6.1 package (aem-docs-5-6-1.zip).

  5. Select the package and click OK.

  6. Once the package has been uploaded you will need to install it.

  7. In Package Manager UI, locate the package and select Install.

  8. On the confirmation dialog select Install again. Note: the installation will take a few minutes.

  9. In a web browser, launch the documentaiton page. Using the AEM 5.6.1 example the URL would be: http://localhost:4502/libs/aem-docs/content/en/cq/5-6-1.html.

Get help from our AEM community team

If you do have questions about any aspect of using Experience Manager, we highly recommend you reach out to our extremely experienced community experts in the AEM Forums. They are available round the clock to help you.

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