Download PMBOK Guide 5th Edition (PDF) - FREE for PMI Members

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PMBOK Guide 5th Edition PDF Download for PMP and CAPM Certification

PMBOK 5th Edition PDF is available for download to all PMI Members for free. You need to login to the PMI website with your PMI user ID / password, to download the PDF. The file is password protected. When you try to open the file, it will prompt you for a password. In order to open the file, you need to enter your PMI ( password.

Note: PMI User ID is different from your PMI Member ID (printed on your PMI membership card).

Download PMBOK Guide, Fifth Edition

Instructions to Download PMBOK® Guide, 5th Edition PDF from PMI Website

  1. Go to the PMBOK 5th Edition download page. You'll need to be signed in to the PMI website using your PMI account, and have an active PMI membership in order to see the download button. If you are not signed in or you are not an active PMI member, you'll see the following page:

    PMBOK 5th Edition PDF Download login

    If you are signed in and have an active PMI membership, you'll see the download link:

    PMBOK 5th Edition PDF Download logged in

  2. Click the Download button to get to the actual download page.
  3. On the download page, enter your password.

    PMBOK 5th Edition PDF Download button

  4. Click on the Download button.
  5. When prompted, select "Save" to save the PDF to your desktop.

PMI’s Terms of Use

Note that the downloaded guide is purely for your personal educational use. Any form of distribution of the PMBOK Guide is strictly prohibited by PMI. You may however print the PMBOK Guide (single copy only) for your personal use.

If you have any questions or difficulty, post them as comments.

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Hi, I was looking for the link since many days on PMI site. But today saw your post. I have editon three pdf copy, if you can get me the 4th edition woudl be very much appreciated. If you need any authentication I can provide my PMI member number. Pl. respond at the earliest here or my emmail is

Harwinder Singh Avatar

Hi Niranjan,

I didn't understand you properly. If you have the PMI ID, why don't you use the link (given in the post above) and download the PMBOK Guide 4th Edition directly from the PMI website?


Missing Avatar

Hi Harwinder,

I have purchased a membership (Individual) from PMI on 12/16 and have received the PMI ID (online). When I try to access the link (PMI Library of Global Standards) in order to download PMBOK, it always saying ERROR: Access Denied. However, I am able to access MYPMI, where it clearly say my membership is valid until Dec 2010. I have contacted PMI regarding this and havent heard back from them yet.

Are you aware about such situations for others anytime before? Is there a window period after membership and resource download (PMBOK)? Any insight on this would be helpful.

Btw., Thanks for sending out the Prepcast coupons recently. I used the same and I am enjoying the learning.

Rajesh N

Harwinder Singh Avatar

Hello Rajesh,

Since you just purchased PMI membership, there might be a slight lag in your account activation. Just try after a couple days.

PMI customer care usually takes about 3 business days to respond, and my experience confirms this. Don't expect an instant response from them.

Anyway, there's nothing to worry about. It would all work out fine.

All the best.

Harwinder Singh Avatar

Hello Tarek,

Nobody can help you without knowing what the problem is. So either you describe the problem here or write directly to PMI support for help.

Good luck.

Missing Avatar

Hi, I have the latest pmbok in pdf version and I could access it using my PMI password. I am no longer a PMI member and I cannot access the pdf anymore. I have a doubt: is it due to a change in my password that I can't remember or simply the fact that I m not anymore PMI member so, I can just forget all the stuff they gave me access in the past? and finally, is there a way to be able to read my pdf copy of the document again? Thanks for the answer and merry christmas!

Harwinder Singh Avatar

Hello Géraud,

I believe you need to be an active PMI member to access/download the PDF files. Usually I download the PDF files immediately after becoming a member. I suggest that you write to PMI customer support and check whether it's an issue with your account credentials or the membership has expired.

Hope you have a great 2016 ahead.

Harwinder Singh Avatar

Good to know that it works for you. But for the benefit of other readers, I just logged into my PMI account and confirmed that I couldn't access the PDF versions anymore because my membership had expired. So I'm pretty sure they take the access away once your membership expires (they may be giving some grace period) because I've confirmed this in the past too (I have been PMI member on and off for nearly 10 years).

Hope you have a great 2016!

Harwinder Singh Avatar

Hello Tushar,

Please go through the post How to become a PMP in 6 Steps (linked in one of the previous comments). That will lead you to other resources to help you prepare. You'll get the PMBOK Guide once you sign up for the PMI membership, which you should do anyway to save on the exam fee.

Good luck.

Harwinder Singh Avatar

It should be the same password as the one for your PMI account at the time you downloaded it. If you still have PMI membership, then you can reset your account password, log in, and download the guide again. Another option is to write to PMI customer care and seek help from them.