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I have a PDF file and would like to share it for public view. I want to have an counting for every view or download.

I have tried Mediafire, Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive. None of these have this feature.

Is there any service that has this service available?

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After asking this question, I read this question in SE Academia by chance: Is it OK to present a URL using a link shortening service?. Considering if your documents are scientific papers. –  Ooker Sep 1 '14 at 9:30

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You can use some URL shortener that have a click count such as https://bitly.com (free) or https://goo.gl/ (free), and shorten the URL to the PDF (which you can host anywhere) with it:

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nice trick :D. I can explain what the contain is so not worry so much about how safe it look. Since Bitly gives me more statistic, I'll choose this. –  Ooker Jul 14 '14 at 10:36

SlideShare is originally meant for presentations, but it can host PDF files.

You just upload your PDF file, and you get a public URL.
The PDF can be flipped online or downloaded.

The download number is visible just below the online viewer (example, uploaded in PDF format)

Also, I would argue that http://www.slideshare.net/<user>/<filename> looks safer to click than a shortened URL like http://bit.ly/1nlLKJK.

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+1 for URL clarity, btw if you have any idea for Getting URL in status-bar immediately on hovering over a link... for PDF slides I like speakerdeck.com (e.g. speakerdeck.com/francky) –  Franck Dernoncourt Jul 14 '14 at 2:41
Btw, one issue with SlideShare is that we need to login to SlideShare to be able to download a PDF. I don't know whether we can change this when we upload a PDF, but I have some doubts. –  Franck Dernoncourt Jul 14 '14 at 15:26

You can use Scribd:

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  • has some statistics:

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but I stopped using them as they keep removing some of the documents I uploaded like RFCs or famous GNU FDL books. The "Scribd’s BookID copyright protection system" is fcking dumb and they won't change their mind:

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its stats also not give much informative like Bitly –  Ooker Jul 14 '14 at 10:51

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