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How to Download Documents from Scribd for free – 100% Working

UPDATE: This guide is still 100% Working and you can download any document from scribd for free. BOOKS CAN’T BE DOWNLOADED.

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.

Download or view PDF and DOC files from  Scribd :

Method 1. By Uploading Method :

We discovered a loophole in 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

#Step2: Search document or page you want to view or download without paying to Scribd and copy the URL of that page.

Sign Up or Login To Scribd Acount Using Facebook.
Sign Up or Login To Scribd Account Using Facebook.

#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).

Upload Any Document to Scribd your Account
Upload Any Document to Scribd your Account Upload Any Document to Scribd Account

#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.

Write file info about the Document you are Uploading to Scribd
Write file info about the Document you are Uploading to Scribd

#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.

Watch this Video Explaining Upload Method

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 Mozilla Firefox Web Browser for this task.

  1. Go to this link and download the Firefox Web Browser.
  2. 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.
  3. Now download this user-script
  4. and install it within Greasemonkey.
  5. 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.

This works

Method 3.Easiest way to download documents from Scribd

1) Go to, search for the document you want and open it.  2) Right-click anywhere on the page and click view page source.

scribd-downloader-2 -Techposts
scribd-downloader-2 -Techposts

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.

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scribd downloader – Techposts

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.

Acribd Downloader -
Scribd Downloader –

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.scribd-downloader-6
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.

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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Written by Ravi Singh

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  1. When I try to install your script in greasemonkey, I get an error message…..

    Line: 9
    Char: 1
    Error: ‘Location’ is undefined
    Code: 800A1391

    Can you help?

  2. tried method 3. I downleaded the firefox, installed greasemonkey, and the user script. but, when i loaded the scribd document and clicked on download, it said “invalid document format”. can you help please. what could be missing?

  3. The uploader has been changed to pick only local files and no longer web address. Also the changing key and doc id method downloads only swf files. 🙁 Neither works

  4. Laughing my head off right now. I did everything as instructed in the first step, and it completely worked, first try!

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  6. I wouldn’t use any software that ends with -Monkey, because last time I did, it installed the searchanysearch manager malware into my laptop, and it’s irritating to remove…
    I’m using an adblocker on Chrome, opened up something on scribd that should’ve been a preview-only document (as it was on my IOS device), and it wasn’t! It seems permanent (for now)… which is fantastic!

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