PDF Downloads

Hello, I am a new Pro user and when I try to download Instructables PDF's I am directed back to the PDF download page. Some Instructables will allow me to download their PDF's however. I don't see anything common to the instructables that either work or don't, so I am pretty confused. If it helps at all, the custom PDF download does not work at all. Thanks for the help.

Topic by Rendman   |  last reply

PDF's will not download

When I try to download a PDF, This is the message I get.  Is it just me????????????? Please excuse me, that was very impolite! - javax.servlet.ServletException: com.instructables.exception.NotPermittedException: user ID MIRBC79GJQED8YN may not update instructable ID EQ3B9AXF42X3ISL Exception

Topic by RicknJude   |  last reply

PDF download

I have been a pro member for sometime and like many other pro members at the moment, I cannot download any PDF files without the system logging me out. What is happening to fix this please

Topic by abtrooper82   |  last reply

Downloading PDFs

When I try to download PDFs my screen locks up, nothing is downloaded, and I have to Ctl-Alt-Del into Task Manager to kill the application (the browser.) I am using IE8 and Windows 7. Any suggestions?

Topic by Lazarus.Matova   |  last reply

PDF downloads?

Hello, I'm super super new and extremely out of my element unless I have my nose in a book or I'm puttering in the kitchen so I'm struggling a bit here. I just bought a pro membership because I really wanted to download the PDF of a certain project...specifically this one: https://www.instructables.com/id/Chocolate-Extract/ I don't even seen an option to download, am I just blind? Sorry for the bother, as I said I'm rather out of my element and I'm very anxious, so just asking this was a struggle lol.

Topic by beencooking   |  last reply

PDF Download

Hi, I've just activated a premium membership but can't seem to be able to download any PDFs of Instructables. When I click 'Download PDF' it asks me to buy a pro membership when I am still logged in to my account. On previous Pro Memberships this has been fine. Any suggestions/help welcome. Thanks, theRedBryophyte

Topic by theredbryophyte   |  last reply

download pdf?

Whart happened to pdf download?

Topic by bill50   |  last reply

pdf downloads

Entered my Pro subscription yesterday.  Tried to download pdf on LED Cube 8x8x8.  Unable to download???? Thanks in advance for your prompt response. Doie

Topic by doie   |  last reply

PDF Download

Hi guys I don't know where to post so I decided to post here. When I am looking at a instuctable and when I click the download PDF I can download it can someone tell me why this is I tried it on 3 different PC's

Topic by Cybergeek004   |  last reply

Downloading PDF

In two separate categories today I have tried to download the PDF but instead of the PDF of the page I am on, it goes directly to some LED throwing light instructions. Disappointing as today is my only day to browse this website for goodies and save them for future use.

Topic by kckckc2522   |  last reply

Pdfs not downloading

Hi all,  since ive upadated my new iPad Pro to the newest operating system from Apple I cannot download PDFs anymore, it worked fine before I downloaded the new operating system, anyone else have that problem? anyone know how I can fix the issue?

Topic by cockleman1   |  last reply


Hello, I'm a newbie to this site and I'm trying to figure out how I can download the information In PDF format.  Every time I hit  the PDF button, it asks for my ID and for my password which I put in, but then it goes back to the original site. I can't figure out where or if anything is been downloaded. I 'd appreciate  some help on this. Best regards Rolando

Question by ibmmmc   |  last reply

Broken PDF

This instructable has a broken pdf download https://www.instructables.com/id/Mj%C3%B6lnir-The-Portable-Media-Computer/?download=pdf No PDF since May 13th Have tried both explorer and chrome

Topic by rengisedeht   |  last reply


Every time I try to download an instructable, or try to save the pdf file, my computer freezes up , starts rattling, and will not respond at all.  The only way to stop it is to turn the computer off. Any suggestions? Jeff

Topic by lewmanjm   |  last reply

Corrupted PDF

Hello, When I try to download pdfs, they all end up at about 63-64KB, and are all corrupted. It has been like this for some time now. Earlier, there was no problem at all... I just payed for two years of pro membership, to see if that made any difference, but no,--- the files are still corrupted. Best regards, tome

Topic by tome   |  last reply


Hello! I paid for 3 months to you and nupot download PDFs We see you are not a pro member, go pro today to get awesome features! Membership Details USER IS NOT MARKED PRO! INVESTIGATED THIS! Length 3 Month Pro Membership ($ 11.97) Started on Jun 3, 2013 Next Payment September 4, 2013 Self-renewal Turned On (Turn Off) purchaser Name Stan paraschiv Sincerely, Paraschiv Stan, Romania

Topic by prislea   |  last reply

pdf file does not download as pdf

I just downloaded what was supposed to be a pdf from https://www.instructables.com/id/Narnia-Book-Sculpture/  When I hit the download button, it downloaded it as a file with no attributes. I couldn't open the file. When I added .pdf to the filename, it worked, so it is a pdf file, it's just not downloading as a pdf file. I'm on a windows machine running 7, using Chrome.

Topic by fxblf   |  last reply

No PDF button

Is there any reason why I can no longer download PDF's?  I don't do many just occasionally.

Topic by bricabracwizard   |  last reply

download not working

The download button at: https://www.instructables.com/id/Vector-etch-anodized-aluminum/ produces nothing but a gray screen, even if left for some time.  This is an older instructable (I'm replacing files from a damaged backup file) and something seems to have gone wrong.  All the other pdfs I downloaded at the same time worked fine.  I'm using Safari 10.1.2 on a Mac Pro running OS X 10.11.6.  Not that I think this problem relates to my system.  Hope you can fix it.

Topic by Gerekr   |  last reply

PDF won't download

PDF won't download: No irrigation raised bed gardening system (Hugelkultur) (It goes through all the steps and the tab in Safari (iPad) says that  a PDF downloaded, but there's no file there.

Topic by hartpete   |  last reply

pdf files will not download

PDF files will not download, I am using firefox  3.6.10 on a Windows 7 O.S. PDF files from other sites are  downloading OK . I paid for a pro membership  specifically to enable this feature.

Topic by nick50   |  last reply

Can't download PDF

I'm trying to download the pdf from https://www.instructables.com/id/Multi-personality-Fortune-teller/ but for some reason the link will either do the following: refuse to come up (shows a blank white screen), show a 404 error code, or just flicker on the request to download the pdf screen.

Topic by javajunkie1976   |  last reply

Can't Download PDFs

I am running a fresh installation of Windows XP SP3 on my laptop. I have always been able to download PDFs.  Recently, attempting to download PDFs resulted in a blue screen, necessitating a reboot. Reported the problem on the forum and was told to use a different browser. Was using IE8, switched to Firefox. Still have the problem, This a nice site as far as the concept, but very buggy.

Topic by ttarr   |  last reply

Can't Download PDF's!

I just upgraded to a 2-year Pro Membership. In Safari, when I click Download PDF on somebody's Instructable, it first looks like it's going to download, but nothing really happens! All I get is a blank dark gray window on the new tab that appears. What's going on? I just paid 40 bucks and can't download anything.

Topic by swinget   |  last reply

PDF Downloads Not Starting

I primarily paid for my pro membership to be able to download a PDF version of projects I would like to use later. I have tried to download several. I can usually download one without any problems. When I attempt to download a second, the PDF screen loads, a PDF loading "Circle" appears on the lower left. The PDF never downloads. Rebooting my PC seems to work.  I should not need to reboot my PC to get a second PDF from your site...  I can go to another site with a PDF download, and download just fine. On a related note, there appears to be an issue with my user staying logged in. It appears that I have to log in each time I wish to download a project. All in all, not a pleasant experience for a site that I paid money to access this particular feature.

Topic by radioastro   |  last reply

Cannot Download PDF

I hope someone might be able to help me!!!! I am a PRO member but I am unable to download the complete PDF of any Instructables. Each time I sign in to download I gett booted out and asked to sign in again. I sign in again and once again am booted out and asking to sign in. HELP!!!!

Topic by DodgeRules   |  last reply

Problem to download pdf

Since a couple days i cannot download pdf's anymore. I always get this error message: Instructables is experiencing technical difficulties! We're terribly sorry about this and we're doing our best to fix it. We'll be back online as soon as we can.

Topic by IzNoGuD   |  last reply

PDF download problem

Windows 7 Pro - current Chrome - current 57.0.2987.133 (64-bit) Screen shot included Problem - When I open Gmail from Instructables and clk on Download button, the next step does not open a download button as in the past but, instead, a page ( All ) is auto downloaded (see Screen Shot). Then, when I open my Download folder only a white page for that file is available. It will not open. Previously I would have a PDF file (Chrome round icon) to open. Thanks much, Brian Chapman Cedar Rapids, Iowa / USA (I can't get the upload to work for my JPEG screen shot. Will send it separately.)

Topic by CyValley   |  last reply

Cannot download pdf

Hello I paid for a 2 year membership and most of the features have worked. There is no ads etc. The issue is when I try to download the pdf file to save for offline use it tells me that I need a Pro Membership.

Topic by FurbeeM   |  last reply

Can't Download PDF? Answered

- I haven't been able to download custom or standard PDF files on here anymore. What's the deal?

Question by buirv   |  last reply

Pictures will download in pdf

Does anyone know why the picture won't download in the pdf intructions? I am using Safari. Thanks

Topic by dnmonsen   |  last reply

Download PDF broke?

I started noticing that occasionally download the pdf would break  due to server error. Now it seems as it is entirely broken. I can no longer download the pdf or even view it on a new web tab...

Topic by ChefJohn1955   |  last reply

Cannot download PDF

I am a Pro memberships. However, today, I cannot download PDF file from any project pages The page was refresh and showed the same contents every time that I click download button.   Please help. 

Topic by ลุงพงษ์ล   |  last reply

download PDF ...Gone?

Has the option to download Instructables in PDF format been removed or changed?  I cannot seem to find this option on any of the 'structables pages today.  Please, please tell me this is a temporary glitch!

Topic by Denger   |  last reply

unable to "download" pdf

Hello, I am in the win10 os, using chrome and MS edge. I believe I am a "PRO" member I use to find a instructable I want, depress the download tab, and I would get my PDF.  Now, I  go to the instructable screen Depress the download ang get a message  Download PDF All Instructables are now available in PDF format for easy printing, sharing and offline viewing. What's up with that? Thank you

Topic by Rockyr_va   |  last reply

Download PDF Broken

I tried multiple methods of downloading the PDF of this article: https://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-PC-oscilliscope/ It didn't work here. I got some: DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd looking thing that isn't a PDF when I tried with means other than my web browser. This is the link to the defective PDF download page: https://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-PC-oscilliscope/?download=pdf Someone else in their comment from 2011 seems to have had some difficulties too. Feel free to get in contact with me when you have resolved this issue as I would like to download that file myself here. Thank you.

Topic by pfred2   |  last reply

PDF download not in English

When I download a Pdf instruction https://www.instructables.com/id/Keyboard-Circuit-Sheet-Lampshade/    all the words are in jibberish (a mix of letters, numbers, common symbols and non-alphanumeric symbols with odd spacing and can not be read.  The pictures are all good.  What can I do to print these out in English as it is viewed on the Instructable site?  My system is Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Version 2002, browser is Firefox 3.6.3 and Adobe  Hope this helps.  Also, when I am looking at my screen the text is in English.  It is only when I print it comes our as described above.

Topic by yard ducks   |  last reply

PDF Downloads and Posting

PDF downloads VERRRY SLOOOOW. Computer nearly locks up. Couldn't post on Welcome forum. I am using Win7 and IE8.

Topic by Lazarus.Matova   |  last reply

Errors in PDF Download

I just created my first instructable. After publishing, I downloaded the PDF to proof read it as I am planning on using it for a class. I noticed an extra step as well as a couple changes I wanted to make in the instructions. I edited those, saved my corrections, and then re-downloaded the corrected PDF. The old errors are still showing up in the new download. How do you update the PDF file that is attached to the online instructable?

Topic by CrystalO14   |  last reply

Downloading .pdf plans.?

I just registered with instructables and set up an account, and I have received my e-mail conformation.     But when I click on a .pdf plan or drawing that I want to look at closer; I get a pop-up window that wants my username and password.    When I login the window goes away, but no .pdf.      This window also seems to want to sell me an upgrade to Pro.    Does this mean that I am only allowed to look; but I can't download unless I upgrade to Pro?  

Question by Arcy Walsh   |  last reply

PDF Files

Alright, well the PDFS are REALLY annoying, since it pins the comments, advertisements, and banner of instructables right on there. I also wonder if anyone knows how to change PDF files so that I don't need to look at the terrible spelling of some users. Thoughts?

Topic by A good name   |  last reply

pdf's show no pictures?

when i download a pdf it has no pictures

Question by chicochan   |  last reply

More PDF issues

I've been trying to download a PDF file of my instructable, but when I uncheck the boxes for header and related instructables or any other custom box, it still sends the whole thing.

Topic by robbtoberfest   |  last reply

Information Pdf Premium

I want information, updating to Premium in the Pdf Download section I have access to the sheets to be printed with all the measures to be able to achieve, for example a leather object? Voglio informazioni, aggiornamento a Premium nella sezione Download Pdf Ho accesso ai fogli da stampare con tutte le misure per poter ottenere, ad esempio un oggetto in pelle?

Topic by EugenioC17   |  last reply

Printing PDF files

Hey: I have tried several times recently to download custom PDF instructions from various instructables so as to print them. I don't do this often but in the past when I have it has worked fine. Looking for possible reasons why I am running into problems this time. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks,

Topic by jwhit   |  last reply

Sign in problem for downloads

Whenever I try to open a pdf file. I am instructed to sign in even after I have signed in, so I am not able to open the pdf files

Topic by gockers   |  last reply

New Download format

I REALLY LIKE the new Download system--it is a several-clicks improvement over the previous system. About the only thing I wish it did was provide a default title for the saved file. Bravo for the improvement!

Topic by ottoj 

Cannot download any pdf

I cannot download any of the pdf files. The button appears to work, but nothing happens. I have AdBlock turned off just in case, but to no avail. Can you help?

Topic by bpolhamius   |  last reply

Download button disappeared

I had ibles loaded in several tabs and was downloading the pdfs one at a time. During this process, I suddenly hit a page with no download button. I determine that the button had disappeared from all of the tabs. I logged out, shut down the browser, cleared the cache, then logged in again. Still no ability to download. Some of the affected pages that were loaded at the time, altho I can't download pdfs of any page now: https://www.instructables.com/id/Funky-cabinet-made-from-repurposedfound-items/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-wood-shelvesshelf/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-Workbench/?ALLSTEPS Running XP SP3, FF 9.0

Topic by JJennings9   |  last reply

tutorials no longer downloadable...

Hey all, for the last few days I haven't been able to download any of the PDF's for any of the new tutorials.  Does anyone know whats been going on on the servers?  Am I doing something wrong? has anyone else been having this problem?  Does anyone know when this is supposed to be fixed?

Topic by funke75   |  last reply