I have a published Google Docs on my site and I want users to have the option to download the file as a PDF. It's not important if the link will be within the HTML page or on my site.

Link to view PDF version of a Google Doc is old, and not answering my question.

I’m not sure how I can use Making download link to DOMPDF generated pdf on same page, since I need to have that on the HTML/within the Google Docs page, and I can't edit the server pages there.

  • The user's system/preferences decide how to handle a PDF file. Short of providing a file type that a browser cannot open (like a zip), there is no way to force a link to a PDF to download versus opening in the browser.
    – phantom42
    Jul 9, 2013 at 14:32
  • @phantom42 I know. I need a link to the PDF. Using instructions, the user will either have to 'right click' save, or view/print from the browser. currently, I only able to get html format - not good for my needs.
    – Saariko
    Jul 10, 2013 at 7:04

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This question was almost already answered here.

To export the document as a PDF, the correct URL is https://docs.google.com/uc?export=pdf&id=YourIndividualID

  • This worked for a ZIP, JPG file - and others that are stroed as files. I need it to work for a google doc. and export as PDF
    – Saariko
    Jul 10, 2013 at 7:18

For example: docs.google.com/document/d/[FILE_ID]/export?format=pdf

e.g.: docs.google.com/document/d/1-KPW5iiNsmRiloTPMJ6DgQ2tJ4s8UvFXnA_fN1j9Jvk/export?format=pdf



File > Download As > PDF Document (.pdf)

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