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.

Posted by yard ducks 7 years ago

Download won't include all steps/info

When i tried to download the following Instructables: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-backpack/ and https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Draw-For-Makers/ both by the same author I did get a great deal of the information.  But I get nowhere near all of the info. I get virtually none of the pictures.  I have downloaded many instructables and I always get the complete package. I am a pro member. Below are some of the step-by-step instructions from the first one mentioned. Note the virtually total lack of instructions; Step 14: Attaching the front pouches This step covers attaching the front pouches and lower clip to the front pocket fabric. Attaching the lower clip Step 15: Adding the zipper pocket Adding a zipper and installing the inside pocket Step 16: Attaching the lower strap pieces Attaching the lower strap triangles Can you fix these so they can be downloaded? I use Windows 7 and Google Chrome. Your help is greatly appreciated, Paul Granger - grangerknives

Posted by grangerknives 4 years ago

Can't DL PDF from page and/or can't open after "Save link as"

Make-a-%24200-%22tactical%22-flashlight-for-about-%2415.pdf This is why I subscribed for one year to PRO, only tonight, to download this particular file. What gives?

Posted by the ebeniste 7 years ago

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,

Posted by jwhit 6 years ago

Trouble downloading my Instructable PDF

I have just published my first Instructable (https://www.instructables.com/id/Gorillapod-cradle-for-a-mobile-device-Pocket-PC-/) and I was trying to download a PDF copy to keep as a record. So I right-clicked the PDF link and selected "Saved Linked Content As..." in Opera 10.53. The save file dialog opened, but then my computer froze and I couldn't move my mouse. Every minute or so it executed my next command, so I pressed Escape and it closed the dialog about thirty seconds later. Then I tried opening the file in Opera, and a similar thing happened. Then, I opened Internet Explorer 8 (crumbs, must have been bad) and the same thing happened, except that I left it running for about five minutes and it eventually got there. I noticed that whenever the computer froze, the CPU usage went to about 99%. So it's not a browser thing. I had left the PDF options on defaults. Anybody else experiencing this problem?

Posted by Fodaro 8 years ago

Missing have my dowload

I just purchased a DIY for a manual for a 1999 Honda ATV.......paid by credit card.........by email address is james_north123@outlook.com, the problem I am missing half my manual. got only 209 pages and where is the rest of the item I purchased. if you cannot provide me the rest off my manual I would want a full refund for your error

Posted by 0039 2 years ago

Downloading ebooks

I have a pro membership and when I try to download the instructables ebooks I can´t find the download link. I only get a table saying all the formats. How do I download them? BTW: I am not trying to download ebooks from the store, it´s just the normal ebooks. Att. JOao

Posted by okiedokie 6 years ago

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?

Posted by Lazarus.Matova 7 years ago

Link Error on download link gives xml FIle - Espresso Souffle

Hi Download pdf gives contents ox xml file Espresso Soufflé by MrSirLRD Vote! Featured Download  6 Steps   Share  Favorite  I Made it!  Collection Download PDF All Instructables are now available in PDF format for easy printing, sharing and offline viewing. PDF download times vary, so please be patient as it may take a few minutes to download depending on your connection speed. Click on the link below to download your PDF. If you are having trouble downloading the PDF, try right clicking your mouse and choosing 'Save Link As...' or Ctrl + click if you're using a Mac. Espresso-Soufflé-1.pdf

Posted by ChefJohn1955 2 years ago

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.

Posted by radioastro 4 years ago

Geiger_Lamp.pdf is corrupt

 I've tried to download the Geiger_Lamp.pdf file 3 times and each time it is corrupt upon completed download. www.instructables.com/pdf/Geiger_Lamp/Geiger_Lamp.pdf

Posted by robolux 8 years ago


Lots of good ebooks available but I can't download any. No instructions given. I have ADOBE DIGITALwhich has a butten to download NEW but I don't have a file name . the first one I want is COPY CAT CANDY but there's no way  to click on that file name. also, you can drag and drop, but again nothing to ckick on to drag. If anyone knows how to download these ebooks to computer (not an ereader) please help. P.S. I've downloaded booksfrom my public library. No problem. Thanks, Mara

Posted by mmaunder 6 years ago

ebook download error message

Hi,  I have been trying to download the halloween make up ebook and get this error.:- AccessDeniedAccess Denied1255728ACB601357b+0wHE3R/m7dTbNsDJnpixLcx565TdG0AKfrPRpkozKJ6qrz0NZkPJApzuTQCVkA I tried other ebooks of interest and they all download perfectly Anyone else having problems or better yet have a solution?  Thank

Posted by Y-Geo 4 years ago

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!!!!

Posted by DodgeRules 8 years ago

Can't download PDF for How To Make Round Petal Fabric Kanzashi Flowers

Tried to download my first PDF instructions sheet (on a Mac running OSX Lion) but all I get is a page of HTML script.  Please help.

Posted by redzebradesigns 6 years ago

Firefox 3 Download Day

Today (June 17th, 2008) is Firefox 3 download day. Help make the Guinness world record for the most program downloads in a single day. If you are already running Firefox 3 beta: you may notice some improvementsIf you are running Firefox 2: I highly encourage you to download it as you will notice many improvementsIf you are using Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, etc: WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!?!?!Downloads for the record begin at 10:00 am PST (13 minutes ago, from the time of this posting).Get downloading!http://www.spreadfirefox.com/worldrecord/Edit: Link it not currently working. It appears their servers have exploded with awesomeness. Check back soon.

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago

Purchased Pro Membership but can't download pdf

I just purchased a Pro Membership so I could download a PDF and it won't let me. The transaction has gone through but my account still isn't listed as Pro. How do I fix this?!?  

Posted by smehelp 4 years ago

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

Posted by JJennings9 5 years ago

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.)

Posted by CyValley 1 year ago

I bought a Pro Membership, it shows up on my profile, but it will not let me download an ebook.

I bought a Pro Membership, it show up on my profile that I am a pro member.  I have downloaded one ebook, but it will not let me download another one.  Why not?

Posted by cggoodwin 6 years ago

Unable to download epub book

I visited https://www.instructables.com/id/Tesla-Coil-Projects/?download=ebook There I attempted to download the book in epub format using the button pointing to "https://www.instructables.com/epub/Tesla-Coil-Projects/Tesla-Coil-Projects.epub" I get a page containing the following: This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below. AccessDenied Access Denied 53F15D8D2D69D203 lGd29c2FDSFqkDu+jxNAIJaNjMla57cVKvUWEKrWUChwDVLNSfpWxlHaMip0Ucqt

Posted by dbuggs 3 years ago

PDF Download Bug Workaround

A number of people have reported not being able to download PDFs. This topic is to show people a workaround I found so that other Instructables users can still use PDFs while HQ find a fix. PDF download still works for pro members, but the link normally at the top of each Instructable is missing. To access the PDF download page where options for the PDF are chosen, pro members can append "?download=pdf" to the end of the URL. So if you wanted to download the PDF for this fantastic chutney recipe: https://www.instructables.com/id/Grans-Green-Tomato-Chutney/ You'd edit the URL in the URL bar at the top of your browser to the following: https://www.instructables.com/id/Grans-Green-Tomato-Chutney/?download=pdf becomes While this isn't a solution, it's a quick workaround you can use while HQ fix the missing button. I published this forum topic to help point people in the right direction while it's fixed. Hope this helps, James

Posted by Jayefuu 5 years ago

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.

Posted by Gerekr 11 months ago

Download entire ible database?

Was wondering if it's possible to download Instructables, in its entirety, like you can (and I just have) with Wikipedia? I'm looking to spend the next year or two doing appropriate tech and infrastructure building in various places, and thought it might be helpful having access to ibles from my usb drive if I'm away from the internet.

Posted by SolarFlower_org 7 years ago

eBooks Download

Hi and thank you for all the fine work! Special thanks to the editors for compiling the cool ebooks :) I have downloaded numerous Instructable as PDF files, always without a glitch. Recently, I looked at some eBooks and found the compilations very good. Two eBooks that I would have liked to download throw errors: 1. Operating system:Windows 7 64-bit 2. Chrome Browser: Version 24.0.1312.57 m 3. Project/URL: a.) https://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Vegetarian-Recipes/?download=ebook b.) https://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Quick-Breads/?download=ebook 4.No screenshot - resulting page content.:  a.)  This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below. AccessDenied Access Denied 6254A05C0777B436 O/setqLTWKKvZVplJMwnfaqSpUqhchTU06ttOHP1mzrb0RopsajeqbR/u+zsfZE7 b.) This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below. AccessDenied Access Denied CA673B4FBAC7A61B 48q8psW2mtxDZ8R4QOIflEAZroqW9KIGZ/NwwyE4amGp8lqGz5z+dz6zLv/ce3wo 5. steps to reproduce: i.) navigate to  https://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Vegetarian-Recipes/?download=ebook ii.) click on "Download PDF" (save as does not do anything) iii.) navigate to https://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Quick-Breads/?download=ebook iv.) click on "Download PDF" (save as does not do anything) Perhaps these eBooks have been "pulled", perhaps it's me, but I did download other ebooks prior to and after these errors in the same session. Warm regards The Mase

Posted by TheManse 5 years ago

ProMember cannot download PDFs

Good day, I've become very frustrated in trying to download pdf instructables as a ProMember.  My cookies are on; I've cleaned my cashe and cookies/temporary fiels twice; have tried various ways for logging into my account and downloading these files.  I can log in but everytime I try to "print pdf" or click the pdf icon to go to the instructables pdf page, I'm booted out of my account.  I've tried repeatedly to re-log in only to be booted each time I try to download a file.  Please help - otherwise my paid membership is a waste.  Thanks to anyone that can help. Thanks in advance, Bernadette Baca

Posted by bernadettebaca 8 years ago

Attached files - download problems

Hi. Few days ago i posted a question in the "Answer" section: https://www.instructables.com/answers/Arduino-code-download-problem/ I got an answer, where the guy told me it was a problem related to my web browser. I wrote back explaining better the situation (?!)  but no more suggestion. Today I was reading an instructable, i downloaded the related PDF, then downloaded the attached .ino files. or, more precisely, i tried to.... This was the resoult: same instructable, 5 .ino files. When I try to download them (right mouse>save as)  this is what happen: - LCDTestExample.ino   No problem to download it - FPSBlinkExampole.ino  It tries to save a .html page (or it opens a html page....) - FSPEnrollExample.ino  It tries to save a .html page (or it opens a html page....) - FPSGarageAttiny.ino  No problem to download it - FPSGarageDoorOpener.ino  it tries to save a .html page (or it opens a html page....) If I just left click the links, it opens a web page with all the C+ code written continously (no break lines), so I've to "translate" it to an "Arduino friendly" version. If it were a browser problem, I think I can't download anything (but I download 2 files on 5 - same kind of file....) I got same kind of problem even with other instructables and extension (RAR, ZIP, etc...) and oft same behaviour (same instructable, I can download a ZIP but not another ZIP, or similar issues) I'm using Win 7 and Explorer (or Firefox - I've bot, but same issue...) Honestly is not the first time (I'm getting this problem since....time ago), but it's becoming a little bit frustrating Thank you for your patience Andrea PS: Ok, no matter for the fact the downloaded files (this happen always) have "strange" names (I can rename it, not a big deal).

Posted by jocman 3 years ago

File download forbidden

Posting this here because e-mail to info@, support@ and service@instructables.com has not been answered... I'm a Pro member, trying to download this file: https://www.instructables.com/files/orig/FOW/0NT3/H2WEXAA0/FOW0NT3H2WEXAA0.docx from this page: https://www.instructables.com/id/Build-a-Robotic-Arm-for-the-Science-Olympiad/step14/P0-Ultimate-BOM/ and receiving this error: "403 Forbidden Request forbidden by administrative rules." Please advise. Thanks, Eric

Posted by ericgoldsmith 5 years ago

Website problems?

Is anybody else having problems downloading PDFs? Some of the links just seem to be to the HTML page that is currently being viewed - maybe it's an experiment in visual positive feedback... Duncan

Posted by duncan_a 9 years ago

I'm a PRO member but I can't download Jack...or Jill or that matter!

Paid over the weekend and can't download any PDFs or ePubs.  I sent an email to service but no answer yet.  I have tried logging my computers out and back on again to no avail.  I just keep getting the message that I'm a member, not a PRO member and do I want to sign up?  About now I'm wondering if I should have wanted to sign up to begin with;>)  Thanks for any help.

Posted by futureparadox 6 years ago

Bad Page

I am logged in and have pro status. Do a search (still logged in) Select instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/Raspberry-Pi-Owncloud-dropbox-clone/ Lose login and cannot download or login on that page

Posted by harryhydro 4 years ago

Ps360 Midi Drummer ?!

Hi, I can't find the program Ps360 Midi Drummer, does anybody know where I can download it? I need the program in order to connect my Guitar hero drumset to my computer. 

Posted by dkmartin123 6 years ago

Question: I need to download a video from my camera, I need a little help...

Ok, some info: I have an |HP Photosmart M537. It takes both stills and movies. My Photosmart program says it looks for both, but it can only find the stills on the camera. When I plug it in, I can't even find the device on the My Computer tree. Does anyone have any idea what I can do to get the movie off the camera? Downloads are accomplished via USB port and cable. Thanks in advance. Update !An update of my software and drivers seems to have cured the problem: Thanks again Nacho !

Posted by Goodhart 9 years ago

Hallowe'en turns educational - free masks to download.

Feel like mixing Hallowe'en fun and science?There's a new website about the five kingdoms of life, with a Hallowe'en theme and masks you can download and make. There's a bat, bacteria, fungi, a pumpkin and more on the way.You can imagine the doorstep scene:"And what have you come as, Billy?"Oh, I'm a Basidiomycota, Mrs Ponderosa, a genus of club-fungus that includes both edible and highly toxic species.

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago

debug the system

I click on start button to enter my contest entry into the system

Posted by mdsullivan 5 years ago

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

Posted by tome 8 years ago

Forbidden File Access

I have been having some issues with accessing to a file that is attached on an instructable. It is a word document, and people, including me, have been having problems downloading this file. This issue has been wide spread already, and we will really appreciate it if this problem can be fixed. This picture is the screenshot of what it shows when I click on the file.  The page that consists this file is: https://www.instructables.com/id/Build-a-Robotic-Arm-for-the-Science-Olympiad/step14/P0-Ultimate-BOM/ The file itself is: https://www.instructables.com/files/orig/FOW/0NT3/H2WEXAA0/FOW0NT3H2WEXAA0.docx I hope that this can be fixed! Thanks!:) 

Posted by HBang 5 years ago

Click on instructable in email, go to instructable cannot download

This is a new one.  I get an email with a Topic of Interest and click on it.   I get to instructables, Normally I would be logged in  from my home PC.  Not happening. ​On any PC and any operating system try this:  Go to an email that has the URL for any project.  Result:  You will not get logged in to your account I log into instructables in a new tab on my browser. I copy-paste the name of the instructable in the Search window. The Topic of Interest comes up along with dozens of similar instructables. I choose the instructable I want and get a new window. My login does not carry to the new tab like it used to. This means I cannot download even though I have premium membership This means I cannot click on anything that is associated with my login. To save us both time and save you from asking me questions that you do not need to ask me. Please ​Try this:  ​Go to your instructable login page Search for an instructable.  For example, "Making PCBs at Home." You will get a page full of all kinds of projects related to PCBs. Choose "Making PCBs at Home".  Click on it. You will get a new window without being logged in. You will not be able to download it, nor will you be able to access a login window, nor will you  be able to do anything that is associated with your login This is a web coding problem and has nothing to do with operating system or PC. What happened?   Please fix it.

Posted by stannickel 8 months ago

Please go to the options page and set your preferences!

I'm just trying to download a file as a pdf & get repeated , repeating, message. "Please go to the options page and set your preferences!"   I can't find an options page, let alone a preferences page. I've tried this on my Chromebook running current release OS, and on my W-8 PC running current Chrome Browser version. This popup is incessant!  I can't get the data I need, what is the deal?  See attachments screenshots  What do I need to do, I can't find the page this popup is talking about????  PLEASE HELP JLH

Posted by oldhaus 4 years ago

Cant download any PDF files

Hi, I have pro membership and im trying to download PDF file from any guide but with no luck! I just cant download.. What can i do? Please help me...

Posted by odededevil 7 years ago

pdf file does not download

I  cannot download the pdf file from: https://www.instructables.com/id/Graphite-Controlled-Mono-Synth/ I have tried a different browser and get the same problem. Thanks

Posted by marcorexo 6 years ago

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

Posted by theredbryophyte 1 year ago

Cannot download Instructable

Just a note to let you know that the following instructable is not downloading: https://www.instructables.com/id/Paracord-Bracelets-Flat-Braid/ I'd appreciate it if you'd let me know when it's up and running. Thanks so much.

Posted by Cat00x 2 years ago

DIY CNC pdf download broken

I am trying to download the pdf version of the DIY CNC instructable, and getting zero length file.  The link is https://www.instructables.com/pdf/DIY-CNC-Router/DIY-CNC-Router.pdf.  I tried using both Chrome and Firefox.  Machine is running Ubuntu 13.04.  Also tried creating a custom download, and this fails also.  Ideas?

Posted by rspanbauer 4 years ago

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.

Posted by IzNoGuD 4 years ago

Tutorial downloaded PDF has no images

I just upgraded my account so i would be able to download PDF versions of the instructables i like and want to try. I just downloaded my first instructable ( https://www.instructables.com/id/Monster-Monkey-Fist-with-Pool-Ball/?ALLSTEPS ) and found that the images are not included in the downloaded version. Is this correct? If this is the case the instructables would become very hard to follow indeed and defeats the point of me having upgrading my account. C an someone tell me if this is correct and the pictures as displayed on each instructables page are not actually included on their PDF downloads? If this is the case how do i go about getting my money back as this was not made clear and i feel it is somewhat misleading.

Posted by TK Trooper 4 years ago

Download and sign in issues

 I am having an issue with attempting to download the pdf file. I have paid for the Pro account and have not incountered this issue until today.  When I sign into my account and then click the download this file in pdf it asks me for me account user name and password. I enter the information and then I am signed in but when I go and attemt to download the file it asks me for account user name and password once again, even though I have not signed out.  Never had this issue with other sites on on Instructables. Currently using IE 8.0 with Win XP Service Pack 3

Posted by spllbnd2 7 years ago

Extremely Slow Download for PDF documents

Hello All,  I am having trouble when trying to access PDF documents with my pro membership.  I am trying to download the "How to make a custom library part in Eagle Cad-too.pdf" and I am getting about 700Bytes/Second download speeds (that is 700 Bytes, Not Kbytes or Mbytes.  I haven't had one finish to be able to determine if the file does eventually come through intact or not.  Is there something I am doing wrong?  I don't have speed issues on any other site.  Most of the time I average 2-3Mbytes/second downloads

Posted by Damageinc333 7 years ago

No PDF button

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

Posted by bricabracwizard 4 years ago

I cannot see replies on forums and I cannot download anything.

I just joined as a pro member because I wanted to download the project about making a solar-powered walkway.  I cannot download the document.  I tried to research issues using the forum and I can see people's initial issue reported but cannot see any replies to their questions.

Posted by jcasasanta 4 years ago