Uploading documents

Uploading a new document

On Scribd, anyone can be a published author! And publishing documents on Scribd is a breeze. You'll find the Upload button at the top of almost every page on Scribd. Be sure you're logged into Scribd, then click it to begin.

You can quickly publish single or multiple documents, and bonus! You can upload your documents in multiple file formats as well as cloud-based files from Google docs, Facebook and Gmail too! We accept a lot of formats to make it easy on our members to publish their hard work.

(The file formats we support are: pdf, txt, ps, rtf, epub, key, odt, odp, ods, odg, odf, sxw, sxc, sxi, sxd, doc, ppt, pps, xls, docx, pptx, ppsx, xlsx)

Once you upload a file, it will automatically begin converting. The technical maximum for the file size we accept is 100MB but documents under 75MB have a significantly higher chance of a successful conversion, so please be sure to stay under 75MB so your documents convert correctly.  

Once it's uploaded and converted, it's time to tell us more about it!


The title and description fields are required before it'll fully display on your profile. Here's where you get the opportunity to create an engaging title and a short, concise description to catch a reader's interest! Include as much information about your document as possible - it'll help people to find your work and want to read it. If you would like to make the document private instead of publicly available to the readers on Scribd, click the checkbox under the description field next to "Make this document private".

In addition to the title information, clicking on "Advanced Settings" will show additional options. Here, you can choose whether you'd like to give other members the ability to copy and paste text from your document as well as the option to download it directly to their computer. When everything is just how you want it, click on the "Done" button and you'll be taken to a page where you can click on the "View" button to view your newly published document on Scribd, and a link to view all of your uploads. 

Congratulations! You’ve just successfully published your document on Scribd. Now, go out there, get to work and start publishing more.

Uploading a revision to an existing document

Scribd's publishing platform is great for making your work available to a large online audience, but Scribd is not an editor. There's no way to edit a document's contents once its been uploaded. But don't think that means you can't revise your work! You can make changes to a document locally and then upload the changed document as a new revision on Scribd. The new revision will replace the old copy while retaining the document's statistics and comments, and the document's URL will remain the same!

First you'll need to edit your original document on your computer. The choice is up to you whether to save your changes using a new file name or overwrite the existing file; the name of the file you upload won't affect the document on Scribd.

When you're ready to upload the revised file, head on over to your Document Uploads page and select the edit icon to the right of the document you'd like to update. 

Scroll down the page and click 'Upload a new revision'.You'll see a screen similar to the following. Click Choose File and locate the updated copy of the file on your computer and then click Upload and the copy will be uploaded and processed by the system. Viola! Your revision is up on Scribd in place of the old copy.Old versions of the document are kept and archived. Nobody can access them, but you can always revert to a previous version later if you'd like. Simply return to the document's properties page and select the old revision from the list and select 'Revert'.

If you have issues with the uploading process, contact Scribd support for help. Explain the issue in as much detail as you can and they'll do their best to get your work up on Scribd. 

Happy publishing!

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