Download from ScribdScribd is often referred to as the YouTube for documents. But unlike YouTube, Scribd does usually offer a direct option for users to download files.

But in case you aren’t registered with Scribd or the uploader has disabled the download options you might not be able to download the file for offline purposes.

I came across one such file (Best Magazine Covers of 2008) and tried to figure out how to download the PDF file from Scribd. Tried the tried and tested browser cache trick, but it gave me only a .scb file – which I think contains all the relevant data – but was unable to convert it to a friendlier format.

So what do you do? Google. I did but that didn’t help. Thought for a while and then Eureka!

You will only need to install and extra bit of software, that is if you don’t already have it (any way such software are usually handy to have on your PC) – a PDF creator. There are quite a number of free PDF creators available online that do a decent job. Two of my preferred choices are: PDFCreator (Open Source) and PrimoPDF (it needs .Net Framework 2.0 to work).

Once you have downloaded and installed a PDF creator, click on the dropdown arrow besides the iPaper text on the Flash Player, and click on the Print option. On the Print dialog box choose the PDF creator software instead of your default printer (in case you have one). Then click the Print button and your file in a PDF form will be ready in a while (depending on the size of the document).

Scribd Print to PDF

This trick should always work for downloading PDF files from Scribd because there doesn’t seem to be an option availabe to an uploaders to disable the print functionality. And this way you can also download files without registering with Scribd.

An anonymous reader suggests:

For those receiving blank pages when PDFing:

Try changing the view mode to ‘Book Mode’ instead of ‘List Mode’. I did that and it finally worked!


  • Pallavi

    Came across this while searching for some document in google.. found it cool.. πŸ™‚

  • emzi

    this is kindof first time i thank someone. thank you very much

  • santosh

    That was an awesome trick..Thanks a lot:)

  • Anonymous

    This is one of the time, I think we can safely use the f’ing adjective, <>“You f’ing Smart”..<>

  • Anonymous

    Thanks a lot.I tried to download the scribd doc in the link below using pdfcreator, but it only downloads up to 134 pages. How does one get the balance? Can you advise please.

  • Anonymous

    thanks Sir nice share!

  • prakash

    Hi this is Prakash,Thanks for u’r help bro…..U r great,Carry on.

  • Anonymous

    Great :)! Thanks for your help!

  • Anonymous


  • Dhananjay

    This trick doesn’t work anymore. All you get is a blank pdf document.

  • Anonymous

    This trick not work for all documents because the “script timeout” is set to 60 seconds and after this period ScribdViewer stop the work (print). If you try to print directly to printer, the result is 20-25 pages or more(depending from internet connection speed) – with PDFprint drivers just 10-15 pages.I don’t see other solution, just to convert SCB files from cache, but HOW???

  • yirfan works well..

  • tangytrisha

    Thanku…!!!its really cool…. πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    Thanks dude, you’re genious

  • Suhel

    PrimoPDF works only………..PDFcreater not working……..Thanks for this trick

  • ad

    sexy idea man

  • Anonymous

    cutePDF and primoPDF both works, but only up to 15 pages or so, and i’m using dsl. at times, they print all 90 pages of blank sheets. any other solutions for long long documents?

  • Anonymous

    This doesn’t work with longer documents.
    Any workarounds?

  • Anonymous

    thank you very much for sharing the idea. it helps me a lot. thank you!

  • Alirican

    Dude this is bad ass, it worked for me on april 20, 2009. I used Primo pdf, and used mozilla firefox browser. I downloaded the document of 51 pages without a problem. Internet explorer browser may not work.

  • Anonymous

    Need help. I need to get

    Firefox and PrimoPdf.. didnt work. Help appreciated.

  • Anonymous

    I had never thought of that until today. Stumbled on it accidentally; I have all these tools, but never connected them. True A-ha moment!


  • Anonymous

    Hi Good day I’m Evangeline and I’m really fascinated about your blog and you must be a truly a genius for thinking about that creative ways on how to download a undownloadable files from you truly are amazing. Anyways I’m just wondering if you do know some other way on how to download a microsoft word documents from a cause I keep trying the PDF Creator thing for so many times but it doesn’t work it only shows one blank paper. Please help me with this problem. It would really be truly thankful with all my heart if you could help me with.

    Thank you and Have a nice day.

    Sincerely Yours.

    Evangeline Petterson

  • aldis01

    thanks alot, you saved my day.

  • Soumyadip

    <>@Evangeline<>: As far as I know, MS Word documents can be downloaded from Scribd only if the uploader allows it.

    Instead of using the PDF option to print choose the Microsoft XPF Document writer from the print option (if you don’t have it, get it from here: The .xpf file created can be opened in Internet Explorer (newer versions).

    You could then convert the .xpf file created into MS Word (.doc) via .

  • saumi

    No trick is working only blank pages are there.

  • Anonymous

    Soumyadip, that’s good, only an idea. You could open the doc xpf and print to pdf to convert. I use PDFCreator with satisfactory results.

  • Foo

    Works a charm for me – thanks a bundle for posting this tip. I had a rather large document I really wnated to have access to offline. Thanks again! πŸ™‚

  • elizabeth

    freaking brilliant. thanks a bunch!

  • Anonymous


    try changing the view mode to “book mode” instead of list mode. i did that and it finally worked!

  • Anonymous

    Great tips you got there!


  • Anonymous

    You roxor broski

  • Rc

    I used Adobe Acrobat Pro 7. It works a real charm for the full 145 pages in Book Mode View. Thanks for the great trick Soumyadip!

  • NeverEnding

    U deserve a noble prize in hacking. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing your idea!

  • abhijit

    awesome work dude..keep it up.

  • Anonymous

    I used the MacOS printer dialog to save the document as PDF. But first I also just got blank pages. I fixed it by first clicking through all pages of the document and finally start printing (Firefox).

    If you just get white pages, try clicking through all pages before printing.

  • Anonymous

    brilliant.. thanks..

  • Anonymous

    i think im in love with you mate

  • Anonymous

    20 percent page is cut.I tried downloading slides using each view option available but no difference.Right side of page is cut.

  • Anonymous

    dude, u rock. awesome trick

  • Anonymous

    dude, god bless. true aha (and why didnt i think of it!) gasp and tons of thanks. go on stronger..

  • UTAN

    Just waitting until all pages are loaded then print them to pdf.

  • Anonymous

    ah, disappointing… it seems that for some, printing has been disabled!

    eg… (sister request):

    any way round this?

  • Anonymous

    I am sorry to say,but all the pages are blank..

    Any ideas? Email: [email protected]


  • Vorakwadh

    It doesnt work. I tried to used that trick..The pages are blank

    See this one

    [email protected]


  • Partha P. Chakraborty

    What the hullabu all about…just drop down the “MORE” on the top and select “SAVE DOCUMENT”…of course u need to have adobe acrobat installed in your system…hope this is much simpler πŸ˜‰

  • Soumyadip

    @Partha: All this hullaballoo is for documents where this option isn’t available.

  • Aie

    Thanks dude..
    Its awesome and genius! Thanks a lot.. πŸ˜‰

  • Anonymous

    Hi this is Hafiz,
    Thanks for u’r help bro. good job =)

  • MacMacken

    Awesome trick – if it worked … printing can be disabled for Scribd documents, it’s up to the publisher.

  • Anonymous

    Hey dude…
    Thanks a lot it’s working 100%. You’re genius. You’re helping so much. and changing the view mode instead of list mode does solve the blank problem.
    Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome… I have PrimoPDF installed and I got the blank output too, so I changed it to book mode view and it worked.

  • Anonymous


  • Kumar

    Ur Hero ………..

  • Anonymous

    It was really helpful. Thanks a lot..


  • Anonymous

    Did not work.. I tried primo pdf + view as book, but the pages came out half in blank.

    Anyone knows another way????

  • Anonymous

    great idea , thanks

  • Anonymous

    Hi Good day. I am trying to print or save a scribd topic but the problem is, the printing options is disabled.
    Do you have other ways on how to solve this problem.
    Thank you very much in advanced and hoping that you can help me in solving this problem.

  • Soumyadip

    Looks like the guys at Scribd have also read this post and have activated the disable printing option. I’ll try to look for a solution.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you very much for giving time to my post.
    Hoping to hear from you soon.

  • Anonymous

    how about right click, and from the dropdown box, select print. πŸ˜€

  • Anonymous

    Hi good day. Printing using the right click is also disabled.
    By the way here is the link

    thank you very much.

  • Santavan Guntavos

    I have been thinking of a way how to do this for sometimes now and I have the necessary software on my computer but never been able to figure it out… until I have read your tips! Thanks a lot bro πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    it really works 100%… tnx..

  • gugu

    didn’t work for me… does any one know where to download free NCERT textbooks… i tried but it takes me back to scribdt and i’m trying to download using a pdf creator.. but it doesn’t seem to work… PLEASE HELP…

  • Anonymous

    what if printing is disable too??

  • gugu

    Hey try this converter:
    worked for me… downloaded more than half of that book(3/4th actually). Better than just getting blank pages… Anything new… please post…thanx!!!

  • srikanth

    great job also very helpfull

  • gaston

    Thanks, very thanks!
    I already have PdfCreator installed, but I do not think in this solution before read your post.
    I don’t know if you are a genius or I’m so much stupid…
    Thanks again

  • subhadip

    hi ..i searched and came across this and i must say you deserve a thank you ..i did it with PDF creator and all 70 pages were there ..coooool

  • Anonymous


    can any body help how can i download it with out purchasing

  • gugu

    You could try printing it using the print option and then using a PDF creater to convert the files to pdf format. You will need a pdf creater installed in your system for this.Try

    You will not be able to download the whole book though… the user has hidden the last few pages…


  • Anonymous

    thanks a lot for this helpful article! the changing list mode to book mode was very helpful πŸ™‚

  • Icon

    Nice post! Very useful, thanks.

  • SAMU

    Nice Idea friend! I appreciate your tip. I would also like to share my opinion.
    I was trying to download scribd in Firefox using DoPDF and Nitro PDFcreator. I could not get success. I tried two to three times. It resulted in downloading first 2 to 5 pages. I tried to download same think in the Internet Explorer. IT WORKED!

    Thanks man for your wonderful Idea.
    Sanjay Maurya (Mumbai, India)

  • Anonymous

    i am not able to print to pdf full starts but finished with only 25 pages and the rest of pages 108 is left out.Anyway out fix to get the full file.

  • Anonymous

    thanks a million tonnes man!! really helpful….continue the good work

  • STOP overclocking

    how does one change to bookmode? that suggestion is USELESS otherwise

  • STOP overclocking, loudly

    @scribd faggots (developers)

    There will always be a way to save content. You will have to “disable viewing”


  • Justme whoelse

    Come on!!! Use your mind fools…it dosent take a genius to figure that out…!!!If it dosent work that way you can also use the windows one note available in the print option for those having Microsoft office in their comp…..

  • dreamer

    freaking brilliant dude… wow..:)

  • Anonymous

    If you receive blank pages, just Sign-In!

  • Anonymous

    hey guys plz help me out!!!!!!!!

    i wanna download a report with this link…

    i hav installed pdf creater but printing and downloading is disabled by the user… πŸ™

    WAT TO DO!!!!

  • Anonymous

    wORKED for me !!! Many thanks. From Ash.

  • Anonymous

    THANK YOU!!!!


  • Munna

    jeeyo jaan…excellent post…I was searching for the option to download scribd file as some thing so can be used offline…after the 3 days search..finally got it though u…do help like this…dont give up…thanks a lot..

  • Anonymous

    Thanks – It works!
    I had already thought about printing to PDF, but it came out blank. The change view mode trick was the last piece of the puzzle that I needed.

  • Sonal

    Hi.. Please please please.. Any1 please mail me this document after converting it.:

    Thanks in advance….

    My id is :
    [email protected]

  • Soumyadip

    @Sonal I’ve emailed you the converted PDF file.

  • GAK

    Thank you so much!!!!! Excellent work…

  • Anonymous

    Thank you! It works great πŸ˜€

  • John.Ortodox

    Hi, someone please email me this document if u can convert it


    email: [email protected]

  • suparlative_fx

    you r a lifesaver man keep up the great work dude……

  • Abel Silva

    Hi, someone please email me this document if u can convert it


    email: [email protected]


  • Anonymous


  • markllego ([email protected])

    please help me to download this file.. author disable the download and print option.. really need it,, please email the file to me.. [email protected]

  • YUI

    can anyone help me to download and email the whole document to me at [email protected]

    i will be very appreciable for your help. thank you

  • lara

    hi, i’ve tried every way here but nothing seems to work:(
    the first 98 pages downloaded then it just stopped. when i tried it again it started over and i only ended up with empty pages.
    if anyone can pls download this document for me and email it to me at [email protected]

    the link is:

    thank you!:)

  • joe_joe
  • joe_joe

    I had already thought about printing to PDF, but it came out blank. The change view mode trick was the last piece of the puzzle that I needed.

    the view mode is in the pdf printer or the scribd site? if it is in the site can anyone tell me where?!!

  • Anonymous

    again me ,,, it worked but what if the file is 100 pages ..what is the solution??!! ( maximum that i got 60 pages ..

  • Vikram
  • Anonymous

    Or, you could just subscibe to Scrib. It’s free and only takes a minute. I’m not sure if you have to pay for some content, but you some if definitely free. The book I was looking for was. It’s worth a try.

  • Anonymous

    But what to do when the printing option is disabled too? An idea, anybody?

  • raja

    its coollllll………thanks very much by using this i was able to download the books i want from…………..

  • widnows 7 tips and tricks

    Thnx a lot .works pretty nicwely ,I have tried some add ons for firefox and they do not download without dl links ,,,,,,but your method works nice

  • Anonymous

    Yeah this defn works! Remember to change view to “Book View” first before trying this method.
    Dude you rock!!

  • Mahesh

    Really a cool trick buddy.. i’ve already used PDF printer, but haven’t thought of dis idea… really Bravo…..

  • Anonymous


  • dia

    hey what if they have disabled th print option too?

  • torque

    i also experience the time-out and printing stops after that.

    using cutepdf, prints only about 7-9 pages. in slide or book view, prints about 70% in the upper part of the page in landscape.

    using primopdf, prints only about 20-25 pages, prints a very small page when in book view.

    using dopdf, prints about 30-35 pages. same as cutepdf, printouts are big.

    any other solution?

  • Anonymous

    Now this method does not work

  • Anonymous

    It will works

    Download something like doPDF

    Print as doPDF (but display MUST be in book or slideshow format and the webpage MUST be fully downloaded before you print

    The main problem is cropping the printout but if you have Acrobat or some Openoffice pdf program do can do it

    Soumyadip great work


  • Vikas Garg

    Just put the procedure to convert the file into forum so that every can see and apply that.

    Any idea how to convert extension scb to pdf or doc

    I want

  • Sai

    I simply choose fullscreen. Then click on print(in windows os). Then in print options I select send to onenote & click on print. Then I save the onenote document. That’s it.

    Or else u can use firefox addon

  • Anonymous

    Now it doesnt work because the print functionality is disabled. I tried using PDFprinter and it could only print the first page, even though the document is fully opened. Anyone has any idea?

  • narendra
  • Blue Angel

    Hi Narendra, I have downloaded the files you wanted. You can download them from here They are jpeg files in a zipped folder.

  • narendra

    hi blue angel

    plz could u let me know how u have done this..

  • Soumyadip

    @Narendra You can find the instructions on how to download from here: (The process would be similar).

  • narendra

    i have tried that its show invalid image for

    first i opened this link in firefox
    and clear private data ctrl+shift+del

    load the web completely

    at address i have typed about:cache

    under disk cache copied the path:

    and paste in address

    and located the file which is 2.5mb and save link as a.jpg

    bt when i opened it shows invalid image

    plz tell me where i m wrong.

  • narendra

    in which format i have to save this so i can zoom it also like the 1 which u have send me..??

  • Soumyadip

    @Narendra Pratiyogita Darpan uses Pressmart’s digital publishing application which actually makes a separate SWF file for each page. What you need to do is save the files with a .swf extension. You will be able to view it on any Flash viewer (such as Adobe Flash Player). In case you find the SWF files unwieldy, you can print the file as a PDF (the process is described in this post).

  • narendra

    [email protected] thnks its its arnd 200 pages doc and only 100 files are coming in cache…

  • Soumyadip

    @Narendra There are 163 pages in the issue. The filenames follow a logical sequence. You can just change the filename to get the page that you want. To make things simpler for you, I’ve put up all the links to the SWF files for all the 163 pages here:

  • Anonymous

    thanks, it works perfectly

  • tahir

    Dear friends i try but can’t print or save this

    any one knows a way to download or print this my email is [email protected]

  • tahir

    I’m still on it and still cant solve this :((

  • ASHU

    u r d best……………..thanxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Anonymous

    I try to print this file

    I get white text over the original image. How do I fix it?

  • Daniel Arancibia

    thank you it worked for me, I used foxit reader instead (I mean the pdf printer)

  • Another way to download from by third party tool here: