Hacking SlideShare.net using PHP

Duh! you really believed that tricky title? come on!

But hey, wait. Here’s something I’ve found for you!

I am a big fan of slideshare becoz of their fantastic presentation sharing service and also the display. but it also hurts me when I can’t download some of these awesome slides available there for my offline reading. So I just spent some time today analyzing the HTTP requests made by the player available in slideshare using LiveHTTPHeader extension and found a way to download any presentation you want! There are many slides available in slideshare where you see that “Download not available” – But as long you have some knowledge on web-scrapping, that doesn’t matter at all.

Look at the following PHP code which gives you a list of URLs of the slides from any slideshow in slideshare.net – whether the presentation is available to download or not! for example the presentation on “Ajax and PHP” by John Coggeshall is not available to download. The url is of that presentation is http://www.slideshare.net/coogle/ajax-and-php

$slideshowPageContent = file_get_contents($slideshowUrl);
$pattern = "~doc=([\w-]+)~";
$xmlurl = "http://s3.amazonaws.com/slideshare/{$matches[1]}.xml";

$sxml = simplexml_load_file($xmlurl);

foreach ($sxml->Slide as $slide)
echo $slide['Src']."<br />";

The output will be something like this


I am sure you are going to love me! 😀

Categorized as PHP


  1. Good job indeed.

    Actually for all hacking we need to find out a weak point of the system. What is your advice if we need some postback to reach the weak point 😉

  2. I usually just make the slide fullscreen and use a printscreen capture program that makes PNGs for me just by pressing a button. Most generate unique names for the files also. Then just throw them in a folder.

  3. Super cool, but i still beginner in programming.

    I found this software to download from slideshare after searching from a freeware site, it’s located on slidesharedownload.com
    Use it and love it, just wanna pass this info for you.

  4. I am getting the error:
    Fatal error: Maximum execution time of 60 seconds exceeded in C:xampphtdocsrakibslideshare_downloader.php on line 3

    Is it for my slow net connection?

  5. Mr. Rakib, Should not be so.

    Rather that the operation taking a little more than ?

    Wonderful stuff Hasin bhai, reminds me of exploits 😀

  6. So after that what can I do with these files to make them a presentation?

    and how to combine them together?

  7. hey, thank you

    i don’t realy now php

    can same one create firefox plugin on it

    i realy same what am doing

    sory, i realy sory for rude request

  8. Hi
    I was created application for genreating report on pdf format.. It working Cool. on second time but it is not working first time…….. Why


  9. this “hack” is cool, but the presentation I want to download is a “private” presentation and the script doesn’t work…. this presentation is on display on an e-learning website (test study stuff) I’ll just use the screen capture and compile everything later. thanks…

  10. Hi, very nice!!! Very good!! No stress, i didn’t have problems…

    Heehehe, i’m having a small work 🙁 . Donwload 104 files, maybe i can take very time!!


  11. Nice. Just want to add that the easier way to download these .swf files is:
    1> Use IE, open the slides in full screen mode and go through all the slides.
    2> The .swf files will be downloaded under the folder Temporary Internet Files (Document and Settings/user name/Local Settings/Temporary Internet Files)

    1. hi, using firebug i can get the swf slides (if it’s a ppt or keynote presentation), but i can’t locate the header for PDF. all i get is the doc.swf that slideshare calls to display the PDF document, but I can’t find the links to download.

      Can anyone advice how to do it? or what i should look out for on firebug?

      thank you!

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