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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
Yep all my answers on Health SE got deleted because they contained too much quotes… Also comments keep getting deleting there, pretty arbitrarily, quite a few users have complained about it. It is the most hostile SE I have ever seen: downvotes, content deletion, plenty of complaints in meta, expert users leaving, etc. That's a pity as the topic is quite important. – Franck Dernoncourt Jan 18 at 16:09
@FranckDernoncourt err, I'm afraid that you have post on a wrong site. Anyway, I believe all the problems are lying in here: How do you define an answer?. But I share your pain. It's really hurt :( – Ooker Jan 18 at 17:21
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You can use some URL shortener that have a click count such as (free) or (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<user>/<filename> looks safer to click than a shortened URL like

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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 (e.g. – 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
It isn't free anymore, I think they stopped doing that. Now they ask you for the money each time when you accessing some document. Unless you're a contributor. – kenorb May 8 '15 at 19:04
No surprise I always had a bad feeling with scribd. – Franck Dernoncourt May 8 '15 at 19:08

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