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How to make a "Private" instructable without going pro! Answered

Hey just wanted to share how to make a "Private" instructable without going pro! It was too easy to make a instructable so I'm making this forum topic, thanks for reading..... STEP 1: Make your instructable..... STEP 2: Do not publish your instructable..... STEP 3: Just view your instructable (Not published) and get the URL from the address bar of your browser and then you can share it with anyone you like! Hope you enjoyed this! Your Digitally, Amakerguy


You can change the URL of a private Instructable, and if there's enough interest, we'll build some sort of password protected private versions.

Open your instructable in "edit mode". When you're ready to publish it, click on the "More" option (found to the right of the "edit", "publish" and "share" tabs). You'll see a list of options that open under "More". Select "Private" from the list, and the page will proceed to the publishing step as a Private Instructable. It indicates that you will receive a "special URL" for sharing it (if you choose to). At this point, all you need to do is click the orange "Make my Instructable private!" button.

Let me know if you need any clarification, or have any further questions. ;)

I would like the password protected instructables! although this is the very same thing as being pro and doing it, the only option of being pro is changing the URL of the instructable.

Second thought: would the coding be easier if "private to members within this group" was the way it worked? L

Hi, I tested this and found out. However, for no particular reason I had the expectation that one might be able to list other users as having "permission" like on network drives. It would get tedious for a lot of users, but for a handful might be a bit more useful if the code would allow (do not know) L

Yes we know about this. However, it's not the same as private (according to Eric) because anyone who knows / finds the URL can view it. L

thats the whole point is to share the url with people that you want to see it.

Exactly, I changed it. The one above should work though. L

My understanding of the Private function is that it's somehow more secure / private. But I've never been inclined to try it, yet. L

As I understand it, private ibles don't show up on searches, or when you look at an individual's orangeboard. It is possible to search an individual's unpublished projects by manually editing the url, but the same trick cannot access private ibles.

Can you find my unpublished projects? (and how?) L

Eric showed me how some time ago (naturally, I can't find it now), and I wouldn't spread it around if I could remember it anyway. It involved editing the url.

I know it's different, but the URL part. I thought private just gave you a special URL to give out to friends.

congratz, you beat the system! get a cookie.