Intracranial aneurysms (IAs) are common cerebrovascular diseases that carry a high mortality rate, and the mechanisms that contribute to IA formation and rupture have not been elucidated. ADAMTS-5 (ADAM Metallopeptidase with Thrombospondin Type 1 Motif 5) is a secreted proteinase involved in matrix degradation and ECM (extracellular matrix) remodeling processes, and we hypothesized that the dysregulation of ADAMTS-5 could play a role in the pathophysiology of IA. Immunofluorescence revealed that the ADAMTS-5 levels were decreased in human and murine IA samples. The administration of recombinant protein ADAMTS-5 significantly reduced the incidence of aneurysm rupture in the experimental model of IA. IA artery tissue was collected and utilized for histology, immunostaining, and specific gene expression analysis. Additionally, the IA arteries in ADAMTS-5-administered mice showed reduced elastic fiber destruction, proteoglycan accumulation, macrophage infiltration, inflammatory response, and apoptosis. To further verify the role of ADAMTS-5 in cerebral vessels, a specific ADAMTS-5 inhibitor was used on another model animal, zebrafish, and intracranial hemorrhage was observed in zebrafish embryos. In conclusion, our findings indicate that ADAMTS-5 is downregulated in human IA, and compensatory ADAMTS-5 administration inhibits IA development and rupture with potentially important implications for treating this cerebrovascular disease.