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!

Posted by Denger 5 years ago

Can't download PDF

I'm trying to download the pdf from 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.

Posted by javajunkie1976 6 years ago

Customizable pdf does not work

I just paid for a pro membership for access to the customizable pdfs.  I have tried three times now, and it does not work for this instrucaible:

Posted by moonshinedrums 6 years ago

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

Posted by abtrooper82 8 years ago

Options for customizing pdf

The standard page size of the pdf's is always Letter format, maybe it's a good idea to have an option for a different format when you choose to customize your pdf, I live in Europe and my paper size i use is A4 for example but I can imagine that somewhere else we have other paper sizes.

Posted by Maddy67 8 years ago

Download PDF option missing

I have been away for sometime and noticed that the layout has greatly altered. My question is where did the download PDF button get to? I have searched several instructables and have not been able to locate it on any posting.

Posted by Kenshin_x56 5 years ago

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.

Posted by ttarr 7 years ago

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?

Posted by EugenioC17 1 year ago

I learned a new skill, but... (PDF)

Thanks to a small nag from gmjhowe, I now know how to create a pdf file of documents I create in CorelDraw. Dead easy, publish to pdf.But, there doesn't seem to be an equivalent function in Word.Have I just missed something stupidly obvious, or do I need to acquire some software to do it?My first PDFed 'ible.

Posted by Kiteman 9 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

Link in instructable .pdf file doesn't work

The link in the .pdf version of my instructable to a .zip file appears broken. The link in the instructable itself is fine.  How are the links .pdf version of instructables maintained and how can I get them updated? My instructable is I am not a PRO member, so the only .pdf instructables I can see are ones that I authored. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by Doug Paradis 8 years ago

Can only download 1 PDF per session.

I cannot download any PDFs after I have downloaded the first one.  When I select additional PDF downloads I get a blank (grey) page which stays. My download "advisor" does not show any download activity - after the first DL. Also, Editor's picks and other choices just produce lines of code.

Posted by UTRBC001 7 years ago

Feature request -- embedded links vs. PDF

Can the links embedded in the text be reproduced in the PDF's? Even a chart at the end would be nice-- like: (pretend this is formatted correctly)TEXT | LINKElec-Trak | supply | and so on.Thanks,James

Posted by Scubabubba 9 years ago

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

Posted by gockers 8 years ago

can't download pdf files

I have a pro membership and still can't download pfd files. I just keep getting loged out and asked to get a pro membership. HELP

Posted by kgoppie 8 years ago

Other members cannot download .pdf of my Instructable

I've gotten multiple messages from users who cannot download the .pdf of one of my Instructables. Could there be an issue with the site that could cause this to happen? Instructable link below.

Posted by pjkumpon 5 years ago

Can not customize PDF of instructable

The customization feature is not working for PDF of a project. The last three projects I got PDF copies of did not delete the parts I didn't want such as comments. This is a very recent problem. I never had this problem until recently. I have limited storage space, so I always uncheck the index, comments and use the smaller images, but even though I unchecked this items they always come out on copy now.

Posted by unanw1 7 years ago

Download PDF Broken

I tried multiple methods of downloading the PDF of this article: It didn't work here. I got some: DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" " 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: 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.

Posted by pfred2 6 years ago

Download PDF Documents Process - Removal of middle Stage page

To make the Download page more streamlined, would it be possible to speed the process up and remove the page that appears before the actual PDF document page come up. As to be able to direct Download would be advantageous. I seem to always have to click twice before the document appears on my desktop. Great site though!! Thank you!! i.e.

Posted by DuncanClark 3 years ago

Can I buy one PDF plan and that's all.?

I never use this website and I don't build things. But a friend sent me a link to a standing desk that I want to have built: I'd like to buy the PDF instructions for that desk but I don't want to subscribe for three months or pay for a year. I just want to buy that one PDF and then I'll probably never use this site again because I don't build things. Is there a way to purchase only one PDF instructions without subscribing to a Pro Membership?

Posted by TokyoDan 5 years ago

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.

Posted by swinget 5 years ago

Crashes my system to download the PDF

I have a Win 7 system with AMD processor.   I have tried two times to download a PDF and it crashes my system.  First time in years this has happened for me.  So what to do?   I am not interested to try for 3 times.  Is there a way to download without openning your window? Thanks, great site, JS

Posted by jhampa 8 years ago

Cannot access PDF documents

Yo Membership people: Cannot access PDF documents. Click on PDF icon loops you back to login window, reinsert info loops all over again.  Can log into profile.  Profile showed I still a PRO member.  Pdf access worked until a few months ago when I changed banks and an automatic message sent to instructables caused an account cancelation. I sent a message explaining this and received a reply that I still had access until next year.  I really want the pdf for the Spooky Telsa Spirit Radio so I spent the money for another PRO Membership.  It now says I am a member until 2012!  So why cannot I access pdf files?  Also if I am a PRO Memeber how can I get rid of the ads? If pdf's are becoming a problem, will you make the instructables available via DVD disks or books like Volume 1? By the way how do I get a reply? The forum stuff stinks.  This is all frustrating since you have a darn good product! Thanks Tommyt

Posted by eskimo1 8 years ago

Hand drawn Pics don't appear in the PDF- but all other pics do...

Hi.. I recently published my first Instructable.. All pictures appear fine in the online version but  when I download the pdf  all of the hand drawn plans ( done by me ) do not get included in the pdf?  All the other pics make it no problem... Am I missing something basic.. here?  Attached is an example of one of the pictures that doesn't get included The Instructable is "My wooden boat story" Thanks for anybody who can assist.. cheers

Posted by msil3070 5 years ago

Can't get a PDF download

If you try to get a PDF download of this instructable: You get  "We're sorry we can't find that one"  in a red banner above the header. This is the same for the "Cutting-board-wallte.pdf" ( whatever that is) or customized one. If try the save as method you get a download failed with no file message. Using a iMac on 10.10.5

Posted by robboz4 3 years ago

PDF downloads differ from updated content

The problem I face is that the "download" link at the top of my instructables does not download the most recent version of my instructable.  In fact, it appears to download the original version, as seen when it was first published, even after many revisions have been made. I use instructables to host instruction manuals for my kit business. When the instruction manual needs revising, I update the instructable with the necessary information. This is a huge problem, because many customers want to print the instructions from PDF, and because the PDF is not the most recent version of the instructable, so all of these customers have problems assembling my kit. As an example, look at the instructable here: The "download pdf" link at the top of the page clearly downloads a file with text and pictures totally unlike those in the instructable. Please fix this problem!

Posted by jackzylkin 5 years ago

corrupted file!

Hello, i'm a pro-member since today, and i've became only for download the pdf about how to make your own 3d scanning with the technique of structured light. But when i try to download it appears the message saying that the file is corrupted. Im not sure if it's the place where to say it, but... I would like to get this pdf, please. some help? thanks

Posted by rojele 8 years ago

PDF help

I hope I can explain this properly.  Last week I crashed my laptop hard enough that I had to have it striped and reformatted.  Needless to say I lost a lot of stuff.  Seems they managed to save a lot of pictures and some data.  All my programs I have to reload. My problem is that now when I want a pdf version of a instructable it sorta comes in as a pdf.  But I cannot save it or print it.  My menu heading for these items are gone.  I have reloaded the Adobe Reader 10 into my laptop but something is wrong with it on your site.  I heavily use this feature and truly miss it.  I enclosed a picture of what it looks like now.  Did I do something wrong here? Can someone help me with this please C

Posted by crol 7 years ago

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: 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.

Posted by beencooking 5 years ago

PDFs of some of your e-books do not load

The following e-books show a blank page when you try to open the pdf version of the document:      1) DIY Lamps, page 2      2) Easy DIY Plushies for Geeks, page 3      3) Adhesive Projects, page 4      4) Duct Tape Bags, page 5      5) DIY Wedding, page 5      6) Gifts from the Kitchen, page 7 Another e-book's pdf version did not have a blank screen. Instead, there were a couple of lines of nonsense text and "Access Denied". The name of this e-book is: Care for Newborns, p7 Please repair these broken links. I'm sure there are other folks out there as frustrated as me. Thank you, Teresa "Tess" Weaver

Posted by tessweaver 6 years ago

Trouble downloading my Instructable PDF

I have just published my first Instructable ( 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

Can't even find link to download ebooks

I became a pro member yesterday, and the membership appears to be working correctly -- I can download full instructables including pdfs. But I'm having trouble with ebooks. When I click on "Download the ebook" I'm taken to a page that allows me to download Adobe Reader, Calibre, and the iBooks app. But I don't see links anywhere to download the actual book. (PDF is my preferred format.) I can see from this forum that many others are having similar problems, so this is clearly a frequently asked question. But I don't see a hint of an answer anywhere. Can someone please help?

Posted by rcfinn 7 years ago

Problems with printing

For the second time in one week I have tried to print a customized PDF. The pictures are all great but at least some ( read most) of the instructions come out looking like thy are written in a different language. The first time I thought it was a fluke but now it has happened again. "Protect the Tech" is the project I was downloading. It is an awesome project but I really need the instructions in readable English for it to help me. What's wrong???

Posted by jenniahart 8 years ago

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!

Posted by ottoj 1 year ago

pdf file

The PDF file on my instructables is not update by the steps i published. how can i replace the file to a new one?

Posted by yaeliv 9 years ago

PDF support

Hi I observed recently there's no any link to save some jobs on PFD! Is somethinh really incovinient!!!! Usually i save the PDFs and then i read them if I like to make the DIY work. Can you put back the save option in PDF? simcerely Agis68

Posted by agis68 5 years ago

cant open pdf files just become pro member

just become pro member so could open pdf document but when click on pdf get link asking to become pro member! HELP!!!

Posted by anjewlique 7 years ago

Won't download PDF's dosn't reconize my Pro membership

When I try to download a PDF it dose not reconize my menbership

Posted by maxxe 7 years ago

Instructable PDFs - How do I update?

How do I update my instructable's pdf after making changes to my instructable? The pdf attached to my instructable is still the original one I published, even though I've made a number of changes and corrections to it.  What do I need to do to update the pdf so it's identical to the online instructable? Thanx

Posted by bfk 6 years ago

Instructables projects now include PDFs, people

Look to the last step of your projects--you can download a PDF version. I've been wanting this for a long time... Yaaa!

Posted by gmoon 10 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 8 years ago

I bought the pro membership but can not download pdf files

How do I get thethe PDF  files to download? I bought the pro membership but am still unable to obtain the pdf files.

Posted by ot818 6 years ago

Is it possible to create a pdf of draft Instructable, prior to publishing?

Hello - Another group is reviewing my Instructable prior to publishing.  I sought their permission to use some of their reference material.  They have asked if they could review the Instructable in a pdf format.  It seems like you can only produce a pdf after it is published.  Is there are pre-publishing method?  Thanks, dorybob

Posted by dorybob 5 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: You'd edit the URL in the URL bar at the top of your browser to the following: 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

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


Hi,, Is it possible to attach a pdf to an answer. Many thanks, Qdoc

Posted by Qdoc 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

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

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