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Python3 script to download archive.org books in PDF format !

About The Project

There are many great books available on https://openlibrary.org/ and https://archive.org/, however, you can only borrow them for 1 hour to 14 days and you don't have the option to download it as a PDF to read it offline or share it with your friends. I created this program to solve this problem and retrieve the original book in pdf format for FREE !

Of course, the download takes a few minutes depending on the number of pages and the quality of the images you have selected. You must also create an account on https://archive.org/ for the script to work.

Getting Started

To get started you need to have python3 installed. If it is not the case you can download it here : https://www.python.org/downloads/


Make sure you've already git installed. Then you can run the following commands to get the scripts on your computer:

git clone https://github.com/MiniGlome/Archive.org-Downloader.git
cd Archive.org-Downloader

The script requires the modules requests, tqdm and img2pdf, you can install them all at once with this command:

pip install -r requirements.txt


usage: archive-org-downloader.py [-h] -e EMAIL -p PASSWORD [-u URL] [-d DIR] [-f FILE] [-r RESOLUTION] [-t THREADS] [-j]

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -e EMAIL, --email EMAIL
                        Your archive.org email
  -p PASSWORD, --password PASSWORD
                        Your archive.org password
  -u URL, --url URL     Link to the book (https://archive.org/details/XXXX). You can use this argument several times
                        to download multiple books
  -d DIR, --dir DIR     Output directory
  -f FILE, --file FILE  File where are stored the URLs of the books to download
  -r RESOLUTION, --resolution RESOLUTION
                        Image resolution (10 to 0, 0 is the highest), [default 3]
  -t THREADS, --threads THREADS
                        Maximum number of threads, [default 50]
  -j, --jpg             Output to individual JPG's rather then a PDF

The email and password fields are required, so to use this script you must have a registered account on archive.org.
The -r argument specifies the resolution of the images (0 is the best quality).
The PDF are downloaded in the current folder


This command will download the 3 books as pdf in the best possible quality. To only downlaod the individual images you can use --jpg.

python3 archive-org-downloader.py -e [email protected] -p Passw0rd -r 0 -u https://archive.org/details/IntermediatePython -u https://archive.org/details/horrorgamispooky0000bidd_m7r1 -u https://archive.org/details/elblabladelosge00gaut 

If you want to download a lot of books in a raw you can paste the urls of the books in a .txt file (one per line) and use --file

python3 archive-org-downloader.py -e [email protected] -p Passw0rd --file books_to_download.txt


If you want to support my work, you can send 2 or 3 Bitcoins 🙃 to this address:



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