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Download Protected PDF from Google Drive with Simple JS Code


How to Download Restricted PDF from Google Drive




Have you ever encountered a PDF file on Google Drive that you can view but not download? This is because the owner of the file has disabled the download option for a shared file. This means you can only view the file as a preview in your browser or Google Drive app, but there will be no download button.


Now, if you wish to download the restricted PDF from Google Drive, you might wonder how to do it. Is there a way to bypass the protection and save the file on your device? The answer is yes, there are some methods that you can use to download a view-only protected PDF from Google Drive.




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In this article, we will show you three methods to download restricted PDF from Google Drive using Chrome browser, an advanced trick for large or complex PDF files, and Acrobat Reader application on your PC. We will also answer some frequently asked questions about this topic. Let's get started!


Introduction




What is a restricted PDF file?




A restricted PDF file is a PDF file that has some limitations or restrictions imposed by the owner or creator of the file. These restrictions can include password protection, encryption, digital signature, watermark, copy protection, print protection, edit protection, and download protection.


A download protected PDF file is a type of restricted PDF file that does not allow users to download or save the file on their devices. The owner of the file can disable the download option for a shared file on Google Drive by changing the sharing settings. This way, only authorized users can view the file online, but they cannot download it.


Why would you want to download a restricted PDF file?




There are many reasons why you might want to download a restricted PDF file from Google Drive. Some of them are:


  • You want to have a backup copy of the file in case it gets deleted or lost online.



  • You want to access the file offline without an internet connection.



  • You want to print the file or share it with someone else.



  • You want to edit or modify the file using another software or tool.



  • You want to convert the file to another format such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.



However, before you attempt to download a restricted PDF file from Google Drive, you should make sure that you have permission from the owner of the file and that you are not breaking any laws or violating any terms of service. Downloading a restricted PDF file without authorization can be considered as piracy or theft and can result in legal consequences. Methods to Download Restricted PDF from Google Drive




Method 1: Use JavaScript code in Chrome browser




This method is the simplest and easiest way to download a restricted PDF file from Google Drive. It works for most PDF files that are not too large or complex. All you need is a Chrome browser and a JavaScript code that you can copy and paste in the Developer Console. Here are the steps to follow:


Step 1: Open the PDF file on Chrome browser




First, you need to open the PDF file that you want to download on your Chrome browser. You can do this by clicking on the link of the file or by typing the URL of the file in the address bar. You should see the file as a preview in your browser with no download button.


Step 2: Open Developer Console




Next, you need to open the Developer Console on your Chrome browser. You can do this by pressing Ctrl-Shift-I on your keyboard or by right-clicking on any blank space on the web page and selecting Inspect. You should see a window with various tabs and options at the bottom or right side of your browser.


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Step 3: Paste the JavaScript code and hit Enter




Now, you need to paste the following JavaScript code in the Console tab of the Developer Console and hit Enter:


var x = document.createElement('a'); x.href = document.getElementById('plugin').src; x.download = 'filename.pdf'; x.click();


This code will create a download link for the PDF file and click on it automatically. You can change the filename.pdf to any name you want for the downloaded file.


Step 4: Save the downloaded PDF file




Finally, you should see a pop-up window asking you to save the downloaded PDF file on your device. Choose a location and click Save. You have successfully downloaded the restricted PDF file from Google Drive!


Method 2: Use an advanced trick for large or complex PDF files




This method is a bit more complicated and requires some additional steps and tools. It works for large or complex PDF files that cannot be downloaded using Method 1. You will need a zip file that contains some scripts and files that will help you download the restricted PDF file from Google Drive. Here are the steps to follow:


Step 1: Download and extract the zip file




First, you need to download this zip file from this link: ( This zip file contains some scripts and files that will help you download the restricted PDF file from Google Drive. After downloading the zip file, extract it to a folder on your device.


Step 2: Copy the JS code from Method_1_Script.js




Next, you need to open the Method_1_Script.js file that is inside the extracted folder. This file contains the same JavaScript code that we used in Method 1. Copy this code to your clipboard.


Step 3: Open the PDF file on Chrome browser




Now, you need to open the PDF file that you want to download on your Chrome browser. You can do this by clicking on the link of the file or by typing the URL of the file in the address bar. You should see the file as a preview in your browser with no download button.


Step 4: Paste the JS code in Developer Console and hit Enter




Then, you need to open the Developer Console on your Chrome browser and paste the JS code that you copied from Method_1_Script.js in the Console tab and hit Enter. This code will create a download link for the PDF file and click on it automatically.


Step 5: Save the downloaded PDF file




However, instead of saving the downloaded PDF file directly, you will see another pop-up window asking you to open or save a .bin file. Choose Save and save this .bin file in the same folder where you extracted the zip file.


Method 3: Use Acrobat Reader application on your PC




This method is another way to download a restricted PDF file from Google Drive using Acrobat Reader application on your PC. This method works for most PDF files that are not password protected or encrypted. You will need Acrobat Reader application installed on your PC and an internet connection. Here are the steps to follow:


<h4 Step 1: Open Acrobat Reader application on your PC




First, you need to open Acrobat Reader application on your PC. You can do this by clicking on the icon of the application or by se


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