Downloading PDF Documents from Scribd

Are you also sometimes annoyed by only finding documents on and nowhere else? Furthermore this site is missing of a download or printing opportunity – at least there is no one for ordinary vitors.

Fortunately there is a little trick which might help you to still download a pdf: For mobile visitors using a mobile browser (tested with Opera Mini), there is a download button. You just have to:

  1. use Firefox
  2. Tell scribd untruly, that you are using Opera Mini
    • open a new tab, enter about:config in the address bar and go for it
    • accept the security hint
    • use the context menu to create a new string named general.useragent.override
    • set the value of this string to Opera/9.80 (J2ME/MIDP; Opera Mini/6.24288/25.729; U; en) Presto/2.5.25 Version/10.54
  3. visit the scribd page again and use the now appearing download button to reveive your pdf.
  4. you should reset this string afterwards again to an empty value

If you need this regularly, you can install the Firefox Agent Switcher Plugin for some automatization.