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This method accepts the document file via Multi-Part POST.


fileMulti-Part POST(required)The contents of the file to upload. This needs to be expressed as part of a multi-part HTTP POST
doc_type["pdf", "doc", "txt", "ppt", etc](optional)Identify the document type with the extension for this file. If the extension is not included, Scribd will try to infer it from the file, but you will see better results if you include an explicit extension. The following extensions are currently supported: pdf, txt, ps, rtf, epub, key, odt, odp, ods, odg, odf, sxw, sxc, sxi, sxd, doc, ppt, pps, xls, docx, pptx, ppsx, xlsx, court, saif, nitf
access["public", "private"](optional)Default: "public".
rev_idinteger(optional)The doc_id to save uploaded file as a revision to.
paid_content{0, 1}(optional)If paid_content is set to 1, the document will become a paid content document with protected access and encryption enabled by default. This must be set on initial upload - documents cannot be converted to paid content after the fact. The default is 0.
download_and_drm["download-pdf", "download-pdf-orig", "view-only"](optional)Default: "download-pdf". To make a document downloadable in addition to viewable, choose one of the download and/or DRM options. This must be set on initial upload - documents cannot be converted after the fact. Only applies to paid content.
api_keystring(required)API key assigned to your account.
api_sigstring(optional)MD5 hash of the active request and your secret key. This is an optional security measure. See the signing documentation for more info.
session_keystring(optional)A session key for a signed in user. If this parameter is provided, your application will carry out actions on behalf of the signed in user corresponding to the session key. Otherwise, your application will carry out actions on behalf of the user account associated with the API account. See the authentication documentation for more information
my_user_idstring(optional)This parameter is intended for sites with their own user authentication system. You can create phantom Scribd accounts that correspond to your users by simply passing the unique identifier you use to identify your own user accounts to my_user_id. If you pass this parameter to an API method, the API will act as if it were executed by the phantom user corresponding to my_user_id. See the authentication documentation for more information.

Sample return XML

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><rsp stat="ok"><doc_id>123456</doc_id><access_key>key-rvfa2c82sq5bf9q8t6v</access_key><secret_password>2jzwhplozu43cyqfky1m</secret_password></rsp>

Result explanation

doc_idintegerEvery document on Scribd is referenced by a unique ID. You can use the ID of a document to request more information about it or to link to it on Scribd
access_keystringEvery document on Scribd has a unique, secure access key. You must know the access key of a document to embed it.
secret_passwordstringPrivate documents on Scribd have a secret password. You use the secret password of a private document to link to the private page of the document on Scribd. This parameter will only be present if the document is private.

Error codes

500Internal Server Error. Scribd has been notified about this problem.
601Required parameter missing
602Unrecognized or blank file extension
603No file data was sent
604Initial file saving failed
605Saving document into scribd failed
611Insufficient permissions to access this document
612Document could not be found
631Document was not paid document

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