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Lynda offers a virtual video library of over 1,200 educational videos courses are done by working professionals, and veteran teachers. Once registered on Lynda, members receive unlimited access to a complete library of current, high-quality and engaging video tutorials.

New courses and topics are added weekly at an affordable price. We carefully select the top experts in the world who are passionate about their subject matter, who know how to teach and who are the best in their field. Members tell us that a lynda.com subscription instils self-confidence and unlocks a sense of accomplishment that they have not found anywhere else.

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for 1 Month / 1 user(s)


  • Unlimited access to entire library of video courses
  • Learning tools: certificates, transcripts, playlists, and more
  • Mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices


for 1 Month / 1 user(s)


  • Unlimited access to entire library of video courses
  • Learning tools: certificates, transcripts, playlists, and more
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  • Download courses on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices


for 1 Year / 1 user(s)


  • Unlimited access to entire library of video courses
  • Learning tools: certificates, transcripts, playlists, and more
  • Mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices


for 1 Year / 1 user(s)


  • Unlimited access to entire library of video courses
  • Learning tools: certificates, transcripts, playlists, and more
  • Mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices
  • Project files to download
  • Download courses on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices

How to Get Your Lynda Free Trial

Founded in 1995 by Bruce Heavin and Lynda Weinman, Lynda.com is an online educational website that offers thousands of video courses in business skills, photography, web design, development, audio, music, etc. It produces video tutorials taught by professional, specialized and experienced teachers in their fields and can help individuals enhance their skills in a variety of areas. Most of the content is educational and is also available in Spanish, German, and French via its renowned branding division, video2brain. Let’s take a look at these simple steps to obtain a free trial at Lynda.

Step 1:

Lynda Free Trial Step 1

Enter https://www.lynda.com/ into the URL of your browser and explore the range of skill enhancing educational classes available online. Once completed, just click on the ‘Try It Free’ tab highlighted in yellow, adjacent to Audio + Music and opposite the Business title.

Step 2:

Lynda Free Trial Step 2

Upon clicking on the ‘Try It Free’ tab, you will see the page shown above. As you can see, to obtain a free trial for ten days, you need to become a member. Therefore, you have to choose the right membership plan from Premium annual billing/month-to-month and basic annual billing/month-to-month. Once selected, click on the ‘Start Your Free Trial’ option of your desired plan.

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Lynda Free Trial Step 3 Upon clicking on the ‘Start Your Free Trial’ option, you will be redirected to the sign-up page. This page will automatically issue a 10-day unique trial code and will ask you to either connect with LinkedIn or fill out your information. Hence, you will have to enter your full name, last name, organization name, email address, and password. Once you are done filling the form, just click on the ‘Continue’ tab to begin setting up your account. Follow the steps provided to ensure your profile is complete and enjoy using the free trial. Once your trial expires, to continue using the website, enter your credit card information and go on with the appropriate membership plan. So, if you have troubles to obtain a free trial at Lynda, follow the steps mentioned above.  
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  • If you’re disciplined enough to learn online, Lynda.com is a best-in-class service that will save you time and provide relevant information that you can use to improve your professional skills.

  • Lynda.com offers a very extensive library of tutorials that are more cost effective. Depending on the learning method preferred, the tutorials offered by Lynda.com may be more suitable for those with time constraints or those who wish to have a more casual learning experience. Lynda.com offers self paced courses that are very flexible.

  • In sum, I just love the heck out of Lynda. Instruction is concise. Each tutorial series is so well-planned.The detail and thought that goes into producing each video is apparent. From the onscreen slides to the words spoken by the instructor, each lesson is a well-crafted production.
    I have no complaints about Lynda. Maybe that makes it more of an infatuation than love, but it’s being going on for a long time.

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  • 8 In total

  • User review from

    Jennifer L Rieff

    I didn't know that a website such as lynda.com even existed. I discovered lynda.com through my account through LinkedIn. It's a tool that anyone can use to brush up different skills such as web design and web development, marketing and sales, mobile app development, and design and photography as well as business and professional development.

    A person can utilize different courses for a fee but also feel good about taking the courses to help them achieve their goals professionally and potentially move up higher in the business world. A person can try out lynda.com for 10 days before deciding whether or not they would like to pay for their courses. There are two different levels: basic or premium. It is geared for business, government or academic realms.

    Pros :

    • I would like to test out lynda.com and see what it all entails. However, I know that the 10-day trial will come and go without me even knowing it.
    • I'm really impressed with the amount of courses that are offered.
    • For educators, there are two options for the courses specified they offer, K-12 or high ed.
    • There are two options for educators to purchase; campus, which is meant for an entire college campus of educators; or pro which is mainly for a group of teachers under one umbrella, such as math.

    Cons :

    • The cons of utilizing a software such as lynda.com can be many depending on the audience. For example, my school district wouldn't utilize a program such as lynda.com because it is cheaper for them to have a curriculum director for either elementary or secondary to complete the training that to have a group of teachers go on their computers and take the classes.
    • Yes, there are certificates that teachers will be given for possible certification, but it wouldn't be cost effective. However, for a major university or bigger school district in bigger cities, it might be well worth the money to purchase a program like Lynda.

    • July 3, 2016
  • User review from

    Cheryl Cross

    They have such a large selection of content to learn from. In addition, they offer several different ways to digest the content whether it is a video or reading. I highly recommend to anyone who wants to grow and learn.

    Pros :

    • They honestly have anything you would ever want to learn on Lynda.
    • I really enjoy that content is available through video because I find it easier to stay focused when watching rather than reading.
    • It's a great tool for personal growth.
    • I find the learning paths to be really helpful in identifying what type of content you might be interested in.
    • I find it remarkably convenient that you can switch between devices without losing your place.
    • I really enjoy how most courses offer certificates of completion, which can be used for resumes.
    • Even better you can now integrate your Lynda course completion certificates with your LinkedIn profile.
    • Anytime complete a course you will automatically receive an email with a link that lets you post your new Certificate of Completion on your LinkedIn profile.

    Cons :

    • One con is the lack of testing involved in the Certificate of Completion program. While I enjoy how anytime you complete a course you receive a certificate that is easily shareable, it doesn’t actually hold any weight due to the lack of testing mechanism. I think this is a huge fail. It speaks to how the tool isn’t very interactive.
    • Interaction is one of the main ways to test people’s knowledge and how people actually learn.
    • They also don’t provide any help when it comes deciding on what level you’re at so you can figure out what educational content will serve you best.
    • If you wanted to further your knowledge about SEO, it's challenging to figure out what content would be best for you to watch or read. Nothing is really labeled as beginner or expert.

    • May 27, 2016
  • User review from

    Brett Jones

    Lynda.com is one of the best things for knowledge transfer and learning since the overall invention of the internet. Learn what you want, as often as you want, entirely at your own pace.andnbsp; Excellent quality lessons available for all shapes and sizes of use-cases. Great for personal use: trying to fine-tune your skills in an area of interest.andnbsp; You can also get a certificate of completion, which can easily be shared amongst your peers via social media; this is great for organizations in tracking the performance of their employees.

    Essentially one stops shopping for a huge amount of content. By having such a vast library, that can be easily viewed and searched through, this allows individuals to browse courses that may be of interest, allowing people to think outside the box and learn about courses that may not have originally crossed their mind.

    Pros :

    • A vast number of courses and videos of all shapes and sizes.
    • Easy-to-use platform with quick and easy access to access and store courses for future viewing.
    • Offers various levels: catering from beginners through experts.
    • Extensive library of courses/training seminars.
    • Being owned by LinkedIn makes for easy access and login ability.
    • Being a mobile friendly application makes the courses far more accessible.
    • Continuously expanding the library allowing for new content, subsequent and advanced courses, etc.
    • Great video and content quality (tutorials appear more professional than many YouTube videos aiming to serve the same purpose).
    • Ability to come and go at your own pace allows you to learn things conveniently, which also helps cater to busy lifestyle.

    Cons :

    • Rather expensive in the grand scheme of things (try to get your hands on a free trial first) but that sums up the negative aspects.
    • Better ability to provide/receive feedback would be helpful; particularly for individuals aiming to learn an entirely new skill altogether.
    • No ability to purchase videos for fashion card; must sign up for pre-defined packages that may or may not accommodate to the use-case being targeted.

    • May 27, 2016
  • User review from

    Steve Blankenship

    If you're looking for video based training that's easy to use, Lynda.com is a great option. Lynda.com offers several different courses within different categories, so you are most likely going a course worth attending. All of their courses are on-demand, so it is possible to take many courses as you want in the amount of time you want. Since the courses are on-demand, there are no deadline for completing those courses. You can also get a certificate of completion, which can be shared on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter, or emailed to anyone you wish. This is great for organizations track performance, or for updating your skills on LinkedIn.

    Pros :

    • Lynda.com is owned by LinkedIn, so it's easy to sign up and begin using. It's also very easy to find a course you would be interested in, since you can search by keyword, industry, skills, or even software.
    • There are many options in courses, such as computer development skills, business skills, marketing, photography, web design, etc.
    • I also like being able to post my certifications directly to my LinkedIn profile so that others can see the skills I've learned.
    • The ability to access Lynda.com via a mobile app is very helpful, allowing me to start new or continue my current courses anywhere I may be, such as in transit somewhere or at lunch during downtime, without having to pull out my laptop and find internet access.

    Cons :

    • One of the biggest cons for Lynda.com is the certifications are simply for completing the course.
    • They are not professional certifications, so in order to be professional certified and recognized, you will need to take the actual course. I think Lynda.com is a great resource tool for improving your skills, but there were no courses specific to sales techniques.
    • The last course I took was nothing more than a talking head with a slide deck presentation and a section of questions to answer after each segment.
    • I would like to see more courses requiring more interaction or a virtual environment to test those skills I just learned.
    • It would further be really great to have some classes to take in real-time or scheduled so that I may correspond with others taking those classes.

    • March 29, 2016
  • User review from

    Joel Tanzi

    Lynda.com is one of the better-known online learning resources out there, and its reputation has been well-earned through course content that is often well above par, a solid player, and good instruction for just about every professional, technical, business product or skill you might want to pick up. Need to get up to speed on Adobe Photoshop, project management, page layout, leadership skills, or Python data analysis? Lynda has you covered, with clear, well-organized courses.

    Content is produced at a high-quality in a professional setting that is free of the background noises, poor lighting and choppy audio quality often found on instructional videos on YouTube or elsewhere. Of course, Lynda doesn't offer this content for free. The Basic plan goes for $24.99 on a per-month basis, or you can purchase a full year at Basic level for $239.88 (which translates into $19.99 per month), allowing you to access their full catalog of courses.

    Premium plans are also available starting at $34.99 per month or $359.88 if you purchase a full year, which gets you the entire catalog in addition to downloadable course project files, and the annual Premium plan comes with the added benefit of being ready to download courses for offline viewing (not available on the per-month plan, however).

    In short, there is no per-course plan, which is both a benefit and a curse as it does offer greater flexibility at a lower price but removes the opportunity to shop "a la carte" for just those topics of interest without having to pay full price month to month or a full year. Lynda's greatest assets are the quality of its course material and its continuous expansion of its library with new courses, a great feature given its focus on technology, which changes faster than you can snap your fingers.

    Its courses range in skill level from beginner to advanced or expert and thus offers greater range than competing sites such as Treehouse. But it is worth noting that much of its covered topics could be accessed for free through other means such as YouTube, provided you don't mind the quality of the video or instruction being up in the air, and the greater time and effort expended locating them. If you'd rather not put up with that, Lynda is definitely the site of choice.

    Pros :

    • Offers access to the entire catalog at a reasonable pricing plan.
    • Great range of course material and skill levels targeted.

    Cons :

    • No per-course pricing.
    • Could be stronger in less technically oriented topics like business skills.
    • Course topics are often covered elsewhere for free.

    • March 14, 2016
  • User review from

    Gabriela Ackert

    Lynda is an amazing training library. If you are a subscriber, you have the benefit to learn from more than 3,000 online learning courses. Lynda’s lessons are structured in segments that are not very long, about 5 to 10 minutes each, and they will focus on a particular procedure or skill. It is sequential and very well organized. The training is for software such as Adobe products, Google, Microsoft. Some other subjects include 3D, animation, audio, business, design, developer, home computing photography, video and web/interactive. You pay monthly to have unlimited access to this video-learning/training library.

    You also have access to other resources such as worksheets and templates. For example, if you are interested in learning how to code, this website will teach you technical skills and techniques to do so. Although I have not used it for the business perspective, this website allows businesses to improve as well. This is a great training alternative as your own personal learning site or for your employees to motivate them to improve or learn new skills. I use it to learn about video editing and photography, I enjoy their easy to follow tutorials that allow you to go at your own pace. I also liked their video and audio quality, as well as how knowledgeable and well prepared their teachers are.

    Pros :

    • No long term commitment, month to month payments.
    • Works well with PC, Mac Platforms and mobile devices.
    • Great video audio quality, to the point, short and well-prepared trainers.
    • It allows you to learn new skills at your convenience and you can choose your level, beginner to advanced.

    Cons :

    • There is no forum where I could ask questions.
    • It is expensive.
    • The App did not work well on my Kindle, but it worked perfectly on my iPad

    • December 8, 2015
  • User review from

    Sean Caruana

    I have used Lynda.com on a number of occasions, as it provides excellent video tutorials for an enormous range of topics, categories, skills and programming languages. The internet is full of resources for learning programming languages or other skills, which can be done online. However, most of these sources are text-based, which does not suit everyone's preference, especially users who grasp concepts faster through demonstrations and visual aids. Lynda.com is, therefore, an excellent starting point for software developers or other users who are keen on picking up a new technology, programming language or skill.

    One of Lynda.com's biggest advantages is that there is a broad selection of technologies and programming languages that can be learned, so tutorials are most likely to be found for practically any topic. Besides this, many websites and tutorials on the internet are outdated, or questionable in terms of accuracy. Since Lynda is driven by a relatively low subscription fee, users are assured that content within the tutorials is up-to-date and modern.

    Another selling point of Lynda is that there are tutorials available for varied skill levels - starting from beginners to advanced users. Thus, this allows users to begin learning a new technology from the ground up, and keep following Lynda tutorials even after the basics have been grasped. In the same way, advanced users can begin watching tutorials right away, to improve their skills, even though they might already have a solid foundation. This brings us to another advantage of Lynda; - once a subscription is purchased, users have access to all content on the site, i.e. any video tutorial from the vast library of technologies and programming languages. This differs from some competitors who charge per video or technology.

    Lynda therefore truly emerges as a winner, as when one considers the vast amount of tutorials available for the price, it is definitely cost-effective. In the same way, however, one may argue that it may not be worth purchasing a subscription for users who only want to watch one or two tutorials about a particular topic or technology. Therefore, Lynda might gain more users if it were to introduce a small "per video" cost.

    Pros :

    • Truly massive choice of topics and skills.
    • Tutorials available for both advanced users and beginners.
    • Subscription fee is well priced. - Tutorials are generally up to date.
    • Subscribers have complete access to all videos.

    Cons :

    • Not possible to pay for only one video.

    • December 1, 2015
  • User review from

    angelina olsin

    Lynda.com offers virtual video library of over thousands of videos. The video training sessions are very well. Many training videos have on-screen presentations of each instruction set. some instructors offer slideshows too rather than videos. video training sessions are broken down into small segments for easy recall and navigation. Each session is presented in separate, large window. not only do they offer videos but instructions books along exercises.One can pause, rewind, or fast forward each online tutorial session. I wanted to make my very own highly programmed website, but they hiring them was very expensive. so instead of doing that I joined Lynda, I become a yearly subscriber, and trust me it was worth to spend $250 a year, it's not like an expenditure it's more like an investment, you'll get your money back surely, because once you learn with Lynda, you are a good known and a skilled person. lessons which were once hard to understand and time taking, Lynda covered it all it teaches you very conveniently and quickly with the staff of fairly very professional teachers who are always keen to teach their students. Lynda is the best teacher help I ever had. everyone can use it from kids to adults. gain skills at your home skills just by sitting home and learning very easily. Lynda.com offers unlimited access to entire library of video courses, Learning tools: certificates, transcripts, playlists, and more, Mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. .Lynda.com offers a very extensive library of tutorials that are more cost effective.

    Pros :

    • New courses and topics are updated weekly at an affordable price.
    • A large selection of tutorial topics Self-paced instruction DVD tutorials come with exercises.
    • Tutorial books are also offered alongside tutorials monthly charges cost only $25.
    • Closed captioning are available for many training sessions.

    Cons :

    • None.

    • November 15, 2015
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