I have a PDF file and would like to share it for public view. I want to know the view or download number.

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

Is there any service that has this service available?

  • 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, 2014 at 9:30
  • Yep all my answers on Health SE got deleted because they contained too much quotes meta.health.stackexchange.com/questions/211/… 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. Jan 18, 2016 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, 2016 at 17:21

4 Answers 4


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.


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, 2014 at 10:36

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, 2014 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, 2015 at 19:04
  • No surprise I always had a bad feeling with scribd. May 8, 2015 at 19:08

Update 2019 for Scribd

It has a simple stat panel:

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