How to Fix Adobe Error 105 (September 2023)

Are you encountering Adobe Error 105? If your answer is YES then don’t worry you are in the right place.

In this guide, we will show you what is Adobe Error 105 and how to fix this error code. So, keep reading this article and follow the steps mentioned below.

For the unversed, Adobe is a popular American company. It introduces various creative software such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and a lot more.

Unfortunately, some Adobe users encountered Adobe Error 105 and looking for a solution to this error code.

What is Adobe Error 105?

Adobe Error 105 is an error message occurred when users try to install the Adobe apps such as Photoshop, and other applications.

This error code generally occurred when the installer is unable to read or modify the required license files.

In most of the cases, Adobe Error 105 occurred when the ‘hdpim. db’ and ‘caps’ folder does not have proper read-right permissions or there is an issue with hdpim. db license file.

If you are getting Adobe Error 105 then you can fix this error by using the methods mentioned below.

So, Without any further ado let’s get started:

How to Fix the Adobe Error 105

Use the methods mentioned below to fix Adobe Error 105.

Method 1: Give permissions to the caps folder and hdpim. db

To fix the Adobe Error 105 the first thing you need to do is give permissions to the caps folder and hdpim. db.

For macOS:

1. Give permission to caps folder

  • Open your macOS and navigate to /Library/Application Support/Adobe/caps/.
  • This will show you the caps folder, press the Control button and click on it.
  • Choose the Get Info option from the menu.
  • Under info, click on Share & Permissions option to expand it.
  • Now click on Lock Icon at the lower right corner.
  • This will open a Prompt where you need to enter your Administrator name and Password.
  • Click Ok and set the system permissions as Read & Write, admin permission as Read-only, and everyone as Read-only.
  • Once done, click Apply and close the window.
  • Restart your device to save the change in settings.

2. Give permissions to hdpim.db

  • Navigate to /Library/Application Support/Adobe/caps/.
  • Now press control and click on hdpim.db file located inside the caps folder.
  • Choose the Get Info option from the menu and click on Share & Permissions.
  • Under this section click on the lock icon at the lower-right corner.
  • Enter username and password and click OK.
  • Now set the system, admin, and everyone permissions as Read & Write, Read-only, and Read-only respectively.
  • Once done close the window and try installing the Adobe software.

For Windows

1. Give permission to the caps folder.

  • First, you need to enable the “Show Hidden files and folders” option because Adobe files are hidden in Windows.
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  • Now navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\caps and right-click on the caps folder and select Properties.
  • Under the Security tab click on the Edit option.
  • Now set the Administrator permission as Full Control and click OK.
  • Then click OK to close the properties window.
  • That’s it.

2. Give permissions to hdpim.db

  • Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\caps.
  • Under the caps folder find the hdpim.db file and right-click on it and select the Properties.
  • Go to the Security tab and click on the Edit option.
  • Set the administrator permissions as Full Control and click Ok to close the permissions windows.
  • Next, click OK to close the Properties window.

Method 2: Repair hdpim.db

If giving the permissions does not work for you then the next thing you need to do is repair hdpim.db file.

Here is how you can do that:

  • To perform a repair you need to download and install the SQLite database browser.
  • Once you successfully install the SQLite database browser, open it.
  • Now select the Open Database option from the top and browse for the hdpim.hd file.
  • In Windows, you can find the hdpim.hd file at C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\caps\
  • In macOS, you can find this file at /Library/Application Support/Adobe/caps/
  • Once you locate the file click on Execute SQL tab.
  • Next, run the PRAGMA integrity_check command.
  • If this command does not work then run the sqlite3 hdpim.db ".dump" | sqlite3 new_hdpim.db command.
  • Once done, rename the original DB file to orig_hdpim.db and the new_hdpim.db file to hdpim.db.
  • That’s it, now try installing the Adobe software and see if your problem is fixed.

Method 3: Rename hdpim.db

In this method, you need to rename the hdpim.db file. To do that go to the location where ins file is located and right click on it and select Rename from the drop-down menu.

Now change the hdpim.db to old_hdpim.db. Once done, go back and check if you are getting the same problem.

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