Everyone is aware of Scribd, which is the world’s largest digital library of all kinds of written books as PDF mostly. Scribd consists of nearly 40 million documents posted by their users. On Scribd, New and old authors publish or sell their works and readers can browse through the pages and find the appropriate one for their needs. It is essentially a paid service and hence even if it lets you view a certain amount of documents for Free, you can’t download them unless you upgrade to a paid membership. With a small subscription rate, Scribd readers can view and read all such documents from their favorite platforms like Android, iOS, and Windows.
With the free membership, you can view a limited number of documents in Scribd’s database. You need a Scribd downloader in order to get the files you want for free. In this blog post, you are going to learn how to download unlimited files from Scribd for free. You don’t even have to create an account with Scribd to download most of the documents with this simple trick explained here.
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Method 1. By Uploading Method :
We discovered a loophole in the Scribd database which allows any user to view or download the files for free, without t even paying for the Subscription pack. Follow the instructions below to download or view a file for free.
#Step1: Go to Scribd.com
#Step2: Search document or page you want to view or download without paying to Scribd and copy the URL of that page
#Step3: Now login to Scribd account or simply sign up for a new account. Alternatively, use the Facebook Login option
#Step4: After the signing up you will be asked for subscriptions if you are not a monthly subscription. Just Skip it and get back to your account (important step)
#Step6: Now Upload any type of document. For eg: create a new text document and write anything on it and upload
#Step7: Give titles and description of the uploaded content (not required but if you want to, you can) and Save it to continue
#Step8: Now paste the URL you copied in #Step 2 in the address bar for downloading that document
#Step9: You will see a download button, just click on it and your download will start. You can notice here that the file once not download getting download easily
This is it. It is the simplest way that works most of the time. All you need to do is create an account to upload a file and then try to download the desired document
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Method 2. Using Greasemonkey script to download Scribd Documents and Files :
This is another method that will let you download desired documents and files from Scribd for free. You don’t even have to log in using your Facebook account or Sign up for a new account or buy a paid membership, nor upload any document to Scribd. You just need the Mozilla Firefox Web Browser for this task.
- Go to this link and download the Firefox
- Then add Greasemonkey add-on or Tampermonkey ( works on Google Chrome/Safari/UC Browser/Opera and Firefox) to your browser. Click download and it will install automatically
- Now download this user-script
- Install it within Greasemonkey
- Finally, Go to any document you want to download from Scribd and click on download. This custom script will automatically bypass Scribd’s payment page and give you the option to download your document.
Method 3. Easiest way to download documents from Scribd
1) Go to scribd.com, search for the document you want and open it
3) Search for access_key, once you find it copy it to someplace. See the image above for an example of what the key looks like
4) Get the document id of the documents that you want to download using this free Scribd downloader. See the image below for an example of what the document ID looks like
5) Replace access_key and document id in this URL
And paste the modified URL into a new browser window
6) Let the document load. Once it is completely loaded, click on the print button and then save as pdf
7) That’s it! The document will be downloaded as a pdf file to your computer. There are a couple of more Scribd downloader methods using which you can download from Scribd without paying them money.
UPDATE: This guide is still 100% Working and you can download any document from Scribd for free. BOOKS CAN’T BE DOWNLOADED.
Method 4. Using Command Prompt or Terminal in PC and Mac
This is a bit tricky method but if you follow our instructions as mentioned step by step, you will find it easy. However, please note that this may be deprecated with time since Scribd updates their websites and patches vulnerabilities frequently.
So if that does not work, don’t worry, we have a few other options that I have discuses below.
Step 1. Download and install Python 3.5
Step 2. Open command prompt and type following command
Step 3. After setting the environment variables, we need to check if python and pip are working.
Step 4. Open a new Command Prompt window and type in command prompt pip and press Enter. If see output with commands, pip is working
Step 5. Now type pip install Scribd-dl and press Enter. Let it install the python package
Step 6. Now go to Scribd and browse the document you want to download. Copy the URL to the document and paste the following command
Replace the URL with your document URL and press Enter. Wait for a while till it downloads the file. Then browse the directory where cmd was running and access the downloaded Scribd document.
Method 5. Get up to 2-Month Scribd Subscription for Free
The trial subscription entitles you to use the Scribd platform as a paid member. After getting a free trial subscription, you can download the required documents and up to 3 books in one month.
All you have to do is, sign up either on their website or Android /iOS app and start your free 30-day trial.
How to get 2-Month FREE Scribd Subscription
We recently found that Scribd with Samsung is giving a 2 month extended trial instead of just 1-month. That is insane! There’s no other way currently to get 2-month free Scribd trial. Samsung bears the cost for an extra one-month subscription but you must own a Samsung Galaxy device. If any of your friend or relative owns a galaxy device, take their help and get access to your favorite book or documents with just a few taps.
- Open Galaxy Apps in your Samsung Galaxy device
- Search Scribd and install Scribd for Samsung app
- Sign in and start your 60-day free trial. Access your favorite books and documents for limitless reading completely FREE
Method 6. Using Scribd Downloader
If you reached here, it means either you have not tried any method yet or trying to download a book which is impossible for now. Read more on How to download Books from Scribd post I recently posted. One more possibility is that you are looking for the easiest way to download the required document from the Scribd repository.
However, when you search for Scribd Downloader, you will rarely find a working Scribd downloader website. The Scribd updates their websites with new lines of code occasionally after which these Scribd downloader websites fail to download the Scribd documents via URL. However, some sites like DLscrib.com—an amazing web app—lets you download required Scribd documents with just a few clicks. Therefore, go ahead and try the Scribd downloader. Also, let us know if that worked or which one worked for you.
Now that you know how to download files from Scribd for free, So go ahead and download whatever documents you like.
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