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By: Ambuaz
Elder Scrolls Online download link can be found into your Beta invitation. 20 GB of free space required.
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Currently it is impossible to download Elder Scrolls Online because the game is not released.

But if you are selected as a beta tester you have permission to do it. Each Beta tester receives access to the download link after creating Beta account.

First of all you need to create account and add the key to your account. We have a special guide that will help you: How to create beta account and redeem the key. After the key is redeemed you will see download links in your account. The image below demonstrates where they are located:

Download ESO

These links allow to download ESO Launcher from the official website for testing purposes.

First of all you need to download the launcher (the size of the launcher is about 55MB). Then you need to run it and download the full game. The size of the game is about 50 GB. So if you are selected as a tester you should start downloading in advance. This will allow you to finish in time and you will not miss your opportunity to participate in Beta.

Is it required to reinstall the game for the next Beta event?

No, it is not required to reinstall the game. If you will be invited to the next beta test you will be able just to update the game. It will take less time than downloading the full client again.

I want to play but I have no key...

You will probably start searching for keys to be able to play the game. Do not do it! There are a lot of scam websites where you can get virus. Such sites tell visitors “You can get beta key on our website” but do not trust. Only official ESO staff can give you real invitation with a key. To avoid troubles read the article: How to avoid BETA key scam?

Summary:

It is possible to download Elder Scrolls Online but you will not be able to run the game without a key. A key can be provided by official ESO staff. Only Beta testers have access to the game. You will be able to try ESO during open beta. Open beta will take place after the closed is finished.

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  • Comments

    1. Warren Wichard 19 october 2013, 10:04 # 0
      I have not had a go on elder scrolls online
      1. Ian Manseau 04 november 2013, 22:15 # 0
        could you send me a beta key most my friends have goten 1 and i wana join them :D
        1. Duelist 04 november 2013, 23:42 # 0
          Guys, don’t ask to give you beta keys. I am not a wizard. Nobody, except ZeniMax team, can give you the key. There is a special procedure of receiving beta invite. The only way to be selected as a tester is to sign-up at the official ESO website and wait. If you are lucky you will be selected :) If not, just wait for the Open beta that will take place later.
          1. Jasonn Ami 22 march 2014, 22:44 # 0
            I'm welcome to give you my friend beta key. I have gotten two.
          2. Mohamed Mando 15 november 2013, 06:25 # 0
            i crate acco beta but i don't got any kay we need more inf
            1. Takis Palaperdas 21 november 2013, 15:49 # 0
              Can someone upload the beta client?
              1. Krist Madsen 21 november 2013, 19:43 # 0
                I started downloading the beta yesterday, I checked it today and it had ~5gb left, it finished while I was away. when I get back I see the msg «not enough disk space», so I think okay fine I'll just restart the launcher and see what happens, it starts the download all over again. not happy.

                btw I had 33gb free when I started the launcher the first time and now I have 20gb.
                1. Duelist 22 november 2013, 00:01 # 0
                  If I were you I would try to contact official ESO support with this question. Maybe there is something wrong with the launcher and it can’t estimate the amount of free space on your disc correctly.

                  I would also try to give more space to the game.
                  1. Krist Madsen 22 november 2013, 02:42 # 0
                    isn't it amazing I couldn't find a forum on their site… the FAQ did not mention disk space. i wish I had installed it on one of my other drives with more space…
                  2. Alex Maher 22 november 2013, 05:41 # 0
                    I have this same issue. My folder is like 17.4GB now, and I have 20GB exactly free on my C: drive, which is a 180GB Intel SSD.
                    1. Dillon Crane 22 november 2013, 11:51 # 0
                      WHERE DO I DOWNLOAD THE CLIENT!!! F**K
                      1. Daniel Isaksson 28 february 2014, 21:37 # 0
                        Same here, sigh. When will games at least tell you the truth about space needed and NOT require doing everything on C drive! This is so stupid.
                      2. Holly Barnett 21 november 2013, 20:00 # 0
                        I never even got a beta key with my invitation. I cant even download the beta client…
                        1. Holly Barnett 21 november 2013, 20:05 # 0
                          Where was the download link?
                          1. Dan Johnson 21 november 2013, 21:45 # 0
                            Got my key emailed to me this evening, but still cannot figure out where to download the client. I understand that it's 20GB, so I'd like to get the download running ASAP. I sent an email to to the support staff, before I received my key, asking when I can expect to see said key, but haven't gotten a reply to any of my questions yet, probably cause they're all super swamped. Can anyone else help?
                            1. Jason Buchanon 22 november 2013, 04:01 # 0
                              Bethesda, you made that warning your bitch!
                              1. Dillon Crane 22 november 2013, 11:54 # 0
                                please god just tell me where to download the client this is a JOKEEEEEE
                                1. Aaron Fischer 22 november 2013, 14:29 # 0
                                  I have a beta key and I have redeemed it on my account but I have not received a link to download the beta client. Am I missing something? Help needed :/

                                  edit: I didn't read other people'd comments. It seems the link isn't live as of yet. Which makes total sense...ya know because its only a 20GB download...even compressed everyone is going to waste the first day of the beta just downloading it…
                                  1. Christian Lifetaker 22 november 2013, 17:42 # 0
                                    Nah your not missing anything. I'm stumped as to where to download the client myself.
                                    1. Christian Lifetaker 22 november 2013, 17:46 # 0
                                      Nvm I figured it out. Log into your newly created account after you have redeemed your key, you will see a download link.
                                      1. Jacob Tobolski 24 november 2013, 01:29 # 0
                                        where and how do you download the client??? and what does it mean when it says i am not allowed to redeem the betra key??
                                      2. Atheena Hyun 24 november 2013, 12:21 # 0
                                        Download not working for me. I have the invite… set up account etc… but no go.
                                        1. Ian Campbell 24 november 2013, 14:38 # 0
                                          I've had «Not enough disk space» warning atleast three times now, and i've cleared up to 50.4 gigs of free space since I initially recieved the error message. My problem is that the download restarts at zero like its never downloaded a single file in the first place. I've also checked the file location and found many hundreds of thousands of kb worth of files its downloaded already. Just don't know why it restarts at zero.
                                          1. River Delta 10 january 2014, 21:08 # 0
                                            I'm having the same issue, only I haven't had any disk space issues, even right after it finishes downloading, when I clicked install, it just restarted the download, and after restarting the launcher the entire download folder disappeared. It went from over 20GB to 50MB. I'm almost done downloading it again and will copy it so that it can't just disappear again.
                                          2. Atheena Hyun 24 november 2013, 23:05 # 0
                                            I am not getting your warning Ian however, It does keep going to 0 on the amt downloaded over and over.
                                            1. Draco Josh 25 november 2013, 02:13 # 0
                                              I got a key but the downloader is stuck at 0 D: help?
                                              1. Kendrick Ross 29 november 2013, 20:21 # 0
                                                :( a while ago i got accepted and when i went to download the game I couldn't and i had the space but i also didn't have a key then in the email either D: i was really hoping to play with my friends because they all got accepted to beta
                                                1. Adam Tegenfeldt 22 december 2013, 15:24 # 0
                                                  I am a huge fan of the elder scrolls but iam afraid that it will be a disepointement from what i have played erlier so if i got a key and tried i could test it even if i do not get a beta key i will still play buy it but then i might regret my dessicion.
                                                  1. Thomas Truax 08 january 2014, 21:13 # 0
                                                    To everyone receiving the «Not enough disk space» error:

                                                    It clearly states in the FAQ that a minimum of 50GB is required to perform the download and installation. I can personally attest to the fact that if you have anything less than this, the operation will fail; this is by design.

                                                    *Remember to RTFM before assuming something is broken!

                                                    Here's the appropriate link:
                                                    http://help.elderscrollsonline.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3055
                                                    1. Alex Juzwin 08 january 2014, 22:12 # 0
                                                      how can I get an invitation?
                                                      1. Coty Durbin 09 january 2014, 00:09 # 0
                                                        How to do you redeem your beta key?
                                                        1. Arthur la Fèber 09 january 2014, 12:26 # 0
                                                          That is odd, my download for PC was only 55 MB. Does this elderscrolls online icon start the rest of the download?
                                                          1. Duelist 09 january 2014, 12:34 # 0
                                                            55 MB is a launcher. You need to run the launcher and download the game itself. You will need about 50 GB free space for the entire game.
                                                          2. Tolérance Zéro 10 january 2014, 12:19 # 0
                                                            is this a joke seriously… im chosen for beta but i see no download link in the email ???
                                                            1. Duelist 10 january 2014, 12:30 # 0
                                                              Use this link account.elderscrollsonline.com/login or click “Create Beta Account”, then fill all required information and log-in into the account manager.

                                                              There is a button ‘Redeem Beta Key” in the right side of the screen. Beta key in the e-mail you received.

                                                              The “Download” link is also there.
                                                            2. Jeremy Mutch 11 january 2014, 03:00 # 0
                                                              i get to 30% in download amd theit just restarts, help?
                                                              1. Thomas Fallis 01 march 2014, 05:31 # 0
                                                                Same thing keeps happening to me. Please help.
                                                              2. Sami Stan 05 february 2014, 09:44 # 0
                                                                Hello guys,got my beta key finaly.But i cannot find any download button on my account.Tried relogging it,and still nothing.Anybody can maybe help me with some directions?
                                                                1. Duelist 05 february 2014, 09:48 # 0
                                                                  1. Sami Stan 05 february 2014, 09:50 # 0
                                                                    Thank you,but useless...nothing about client download in that.
                                                                    I made my account,added the key.
                                                                    I can`t find download button.
                                                                    1. Duelist 05 february 2014, 10:00 # 0
                                                                      http://elderscrollsonline.info/images/download-eso.jpg

                                                                      This should help. I will also update guide and place this picture there.
                                                                      1. Sami Stan 05 february 2014, 10:02 # 0
                                                                        Thanks for info,but nothing like that appears for me,only Redeem code.
                                                                        Maybe on friday,when it's beta? or shall i try to reintroduce code
                                                                        1. Sami Stan 05 february 2014, 10:03 # 0
                                                                          now it works,reintroduced code. thx
                                                                          1. Duelist 05 february 2014, 10:12 # 0
                                                                            Good. I will also include this error in the guide. Thanks for feedback.
                                                                            1. Herbert Ip 07 february 2014, 21:01 # 0
                                                                              Same problem. code accepted, my Billing History says I have beta access (2/7/2014) but still no download button.
                                                                2. Yusuf Ergün 05 february 2014, 15:09 # 0
                                                                  I can't add beta key. I have it for weekend event but when i add the key it says «SAVING THE BILLING ADDRESS HAS FAILED». What should i do? I replace the special characters in my billing adress but it still doesn't work.
                                                                  1. Emanuele Iannone 05 february 2014, 17:09 # 0
                                                                    I think this can be useful, as I see many people had space issues.

                                                                    The situation: I got 2 hard drives, 1 is a small SSD with the system, 1 is a big Hard Disk (HD) with all the rest.

                                                                    The problem: Installing the Launcher on the HD gave me a pointer error, causing the abortion of launcher update and thus the impossibility to run it and download the game.

                                                                    The solution:
                                                                    — Step 1: Install the Launcher on your SSD, let it run (it will not start the download, complaining about the small space available).
                                                                    — Step 2: Uninstall the Launcher from your SSD (after you gave it a run).
                                                                    — Step 3: Install the Launcher on your HD.
                                                                    Now things should run smoothly.

                                                                    My guess is that the pointer error is due to something not working with windows registry if you install the game in a different driver than your operating system. Doing the above should create the missing entry.
                                                                    Hope this helps!
                                                                    1. Caleb Bourque 06 february 2014, 03:57 # 0
                                                                      So I got a key a while ago and I didn't get to play, but I did get to fully download the game. I then got a key another time, for this most recent beta, and started its patching. Well it had to download about 4,000 mb, which I was fine with. It finished in a few hours, and I watched as it finished. Then, it began to «Apply the patch» which took five minutes or so. Then things got weird. After that was done, the download jumped back to 70%, the percent it was at when I started the download initially, and the had another 4,000 mb to download! Is this normal? Is it just more stuff to download? I'm letting it go and it currently has 1,647 mb left. Was it supposed to do that?! I'm seriously getting worried. I really want to play this game.
                                                                      1. Ambuaz 06 february 2014, 10:36 # 0
                                                                        I believe it is normal. I also saw such behavior of the launcher.
                                                                      2. Hone Melgren 06 february 2014, 06:45 # 0
                                                                        So you can't see the download link _until_ you apply the beta key to your account?

                                                                        Can you advise how big the download is?

                                                                        I'm on capped internet down here in NZ so I need to know how big it is before I start downloading it.
                                                                        1. Ambuaz 06 february 2014, 10:34 # 0
                                                                          Yes, you will see the link after applying the key.

                                                                          The game occupies 29,4 GB on my hard drive. My internet connection is about 2Mb/s and it took about 5-6 hours to download the full game. Sometimes downloading speed was really low (about 200 Kb/s) probably because of large number of simultaneous downloads.
                                                                        2. Zhehua Alexander Zhong 06 february 2014, 11:23 # 0
                                                                          Help me, I try to Download the Beta Version of ESO on PC Client but it always shows up it is unable to download manifest and error 210. I can only download PST Version, an what is PST anyway?
                                                                          1. Dillon Gillard 06 february 2014, 12:54 # 0
                                                                            I'm really stuck i did everything right until it came to downloading the launcher for mac it gives me the installer and works fine but then after i have no new icon or anything for the launcher and i can't start the download please help!
                                                                            1. Carter Gubler 07 february 2014, 00:21 # 0
                                                                              I have the same issue, have you come to any resolve?
                                                                              1. Dillon Gillard 07 february 2014, 05:09 # 0
                                                                                Yeah I put the launcher on a USB and transferred it over after works fine
                                                                            2. Benjamin Friedrich 06 february 2014, 14:33 # 0
                                                                              If you have trouble with the ESO installer.exe then set «Run as Admin». If you dont get error msg's and the Installer appears to be stuck, just wait a few minutes. Took years on my Sata2 Drive.

                                                                              Plus you need around 55GB for the DL&install.
                                                                              1. Mangesh Thombare 06 february 2014, 15:42 # 0
                                                                                I'm never gonna get to play the beta..the client is taking too much time..its downloading at 40kbps :( :( :(
                                                                                1. Ambuaz 06 february 2014, 16:22 # 0
                                                                                  If 40 kbps is not the max limit of your connection — don't give up :) The speed fluctuates depending on the number of simultaneous downloads.
                                                                                2. Radu Molnar 06 february 2014, 17:53 # 0
                                                                                  I got the same problem as Sami Stan. After redeeming the beta key the download button doesn't show up. Only the Redeem Code button is showing. I already tried the redeem 3 times…
                                                                                  1. Radu Molnar 06 february 2014, 18:54 # 0
                                                                                    Well it seems i was caused by the address info, i guess. I just put in some bogus characters and it worked. Maybe the address info can't contain, or other special chars?
                                                                                    1. Herbert Ip 07 february 2014, 20:59 # 0
                                                                                      how/where did you put in bogus characters?
                                                                                      I have the same problem except I can't re-redeem my code because it's already been accepted. Billing History says i have beta access. I just don't have either PC or Mac download button
                                                                                  2. Griffin White 06 february 2014, 20:53 # 0
                                                                                    When I enter the code it just gives me an «Invalid Code» message…
                                                                                    1. Tim Hookins 08 february 2014, 01:01 # 0
                                                                                      have you entered it more than once?
                                                                                      1. Griffin White 08 february 2014, 01:07 # 0
                                                                                        I have tried multiple times. I sent in a support ticket and they recently got back to me, I just had to send in a few bits of extra info and am now waiting for further assistance.
                                                                                    2. Carter Gubler 07 february 2014, 00:23 # 0
                                                                                      Where does the installer appear after you install the .pkg file off of the .dmg file? Sorry, I am new to Mac OS.
                                                                                      1. Herbert Ip 07 february 2014, 20:51 # 0
                                                                                        Think anyone can help?
                                                                                        I've redeemed my beta key, billing history shows that I have beta access, but still no download button. It only has the Redeem Code button. I try redeeming my code again but it now says invalid code.

                                                                                        I just contacted support but maybe someone here can help me out?

                                                                                        I've already quit and restarted my browser, tried on Chrome and Firefox, cleared out cookies… all the standard procedures.
                                                                                        1. Tim Hookins 08 february 2014, 01:00 # 0
                                                                                          Hey- this might help. If you have the key, you follow the link in the email. From there, you click redeem code and enter the key. answer all the questions and you get to the same page again, but below the redeem button there are two options: download PC client and download Mac Client. You use those, and then check in your applications, it is under ZeniMax and then Launcher. The download from there is taking forever.
                                                                                          1. David Castillo 08 february 2014, 03:13 # 0
                                                                                            when i try clicking on download pc client, it sends me to a java page and tells me i need a Free Download Manager. i cant find one without viruses either. please help someone
                                                                                            1. Ambuaz 08 february 2014, 06:03 # 0
                                                                                              ESO launcher does not require any soft to be downloaded. Maybe this is something wrong with your browser.

                                                                                              it sends me to a java page
                                                                                              It's a rather suspicious behavior. «Download» button is a simple href link that points to the launcher directly. I advice you to scan you PC with anti virus program.
                                                                                              1. Apple.Snowsong 29 march 2014, 04:26 # 0
                                                                                                I saw that too, but I realized it was only an advertisement from somewhere else trying to divert people, and so i ignored it and just followed the ESO instructions only, and that worked fine. :D
                                                                                            2. Abdulaziz Rumaih 08 february 2014, 07:01 # 0
                                                                                              hey i need some help i was downloading ESO and i only had 5 gb left i left the room and my little brother (10) did something to my mac and now its back up to 21 gigs any help?
                                                                                              please
                                                                                              EDIT 1: I have around 150 gigs of HDD left
                                                                                              1. Abdulaziz Rumaih 08 february 2014, 07:11 # 0
                                                                                                this is the ESO download folder
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                                                                                                1. Cesar Martinez 08 february 2014, 07:24 # 0
                                                                                                  nevermind.
                                                                                                  1. Olivier Vos 08 february 2014, 09:47 # 0
                                                                                                    I have a problem on my mac, I redeemed the key clicked on «download mac client» en recieved an .dmg file.
                                                                                                    I opened it and there was a plug-in (usb thinglike«ESO_Beta») with an installer on it «The Elder Scrolls Online Beta.pkg» I clicked to install… after it finished it said succesfully installed software, but i couldn't find it anywhere and now i d'ont know how to install the game. Please help me!!!
                                                                                                    1. Hardy Mansén 08 february 2014, 11:02 # 0
                                                                                                      For all mac users. The launcher is in /Applications/ZeniMax Online folder.
                                                                                                      1. Matthew Otto 08 february 2014, 16:58 # 0
                                                                                                        ive been downloading for about 5 hours now and when i restarted my computer about 20 minutes ago all of my download progress is gone and when i checked my harddrive it had about 15gb more room than before. why did this happen to me?!?!?!?!?!?
                                                                                                        1. Ivy McGrew 08 february 2014, 17:13 # 0
                                                                                                          I have dowloaded and installed the mac client and the launcher keeps «quitting unexpectedly.» I can't even get in to the beta environment. Anyone else having this issue?
                                                                                                          1. Luqita Ros 09 february 2014, 14:00 # 0
                                                                                                            I've been downloading the game for about 13 hours, it first started with the main download of 21gb, then patch, then a 90MB update, now is downloading 4GB of another update? 2200MB Left. 74%. How many updates left?

                                                                                                            Reply plz
                                                                                                            1. Cody Sprague 19 february 2014, 02:50 # 0
                                                                                                              I would love to be a beta tester I have all ES series 1-5
                                                                                                              1. Cody Sprague 19 february 2014, 02:51 # 0
                                                                                                                Skyrim is my fave
                                                                                                              2. Ruslan Peyzak 27 february 2014, 16:14 # 0
                                                                                                                I have downloaded «Install_ESO_Beta.exe» but when I try to launch it an error happens all the time.
                                                                                                                Maybe its cause servers are offline?
                                                                                                                1. Ambuaz 27 february 2014, 17:46 # 0
                                                                                                                  No, the launcher works separately from game servers. So your error is caused by other problem. Try to download it once more.
                                                                                                                  1. Ruslan Peyzak 27 february 2014, 18:06 # 0
                                                                                                                    Thx a lot for your comment but I have tried to download again five or six times. Maybe OS Win8 64bit is not supported?
                                                                                                                    1. Ruslan Peyzak 28 february 2014, 02:45 # 0
                                                                                                                      After reinstalling of OS and changing system hard drive for SSD an error is gone. TY again
                                                                                                                2. Carlito Peralta 01 march 2014, 03:54 # 0
                                                                                                                  im trying to install onto mac...i downloaded the install_eso_beta.dmg file...and when i try to install the launcher it says it installed successfully but then nothing happens after...no launcher icon or anything...anyone get it to work on mac?
                                                                                                                  1. Wouter Van T Schip 04 march 2014, 19:12 # 0
                                                                                                                    every time the game finishes downloading and is like halfway I get an error saying not enough space and it starts again, and also it keeps some of the downloaded files or something because my free GB's are going down each time it starts over. if anyone could help me I'd really appreciate it.
                                                                                                                    1. Mario Bosnar 05 march 2014, 20:05 # 0
                                                                                                                      Hey I have a question, I got the key today, for open beta and I wonder is that key for just one beta testing? or when you got the key you can play on every beta. And, if it is for only one beta testing, is that the key to acces only specific beta in the specific time or you can play the beta one weekend when you want and then ask for a new key?
                                                                                                                      1. Maikel Peters 14 march 2014, 13:40 # 0
                                                                                                                        Hello i had the disc space error and cleared alot of space so that isn't the issue but i got a manifest error? and my download kept downloading over night and is still just at 13% WTF????

                                                                                                                        anybody that can help me??????
                                                                                                                        1. Pierniol Piernik 16 march 2014, 00:21 # 0
                                                                                                                          I downloaded the whole thing. It took ages but i finally saw that sweet «play» button :D i press it and some error poped out. «fine i'll just run it again and it will work just fine»… guess what -.- it started to download from 0 -.-… anyone had the same problem?

                                                                                                                          PS my game folder is empty. over 20GB had dissapear just like that
                                                                                                                          1. Tobia Muehlemann 16 march 2014, 09:12 # 0
                                                                                                                            Yes but it was a little bit different… Yesterday it finished downloading after 9 hours because I can only download with 700KB/sec -.-
                                                                                                                            Than I played a very long time and shuted down my computer when I went to bed.
                                                                                                                            As I now started my Computer again it started to download from 0% and I was just like: «Are you serious!?»
                                                                                                                            When I open the ESO folder there are files with a size of 21GB but I have no idea how to open them.
                                                                                                                          2. Yoyi Shadowhand 26 july 2014, 09:13 # 0
                                                                                                                            i need a beta key. i've played skyrim and i'm a pro but i need a beta key.

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