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Old 02-28-2015, 12:23 PM   #1
Scooby Newbie
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2015 WRX

Default Subaru service manual downloads

First let me preface by saying if this in any way violates any TOS here feel free to remove. To start this is NOT a way to get anything for free or to pirate anything.

So in the interest of helping people out with what must be a frustration to more than just myself I wrote a simple html page/script that facilitates downloading a service manual from the official Subaru site. Now let me immediately state this is not a way to bypass the purchase of time on the subaru service site, this script simply lets you process downloading all of the PDFs in an automated fashion.

What is this for?
Downloading pdfs in bulk from http://techinfo.subaru.com/

Why make this?

Subaru limits the downloads per hour of the service manual from their support site.
In addition they break the manual down into a pdf per sub section.
On a personal note i think this is utterly ridiculous, there are just so many better ways to provide this material, i'm not saying for free or anything, just not painfully inconvenient to get.
To break it up this way is just asinine and to then limit downloads per hour ...
Anyway ...
I tried to find a download manager that functioned like this and none seemed to throttle the downloads, they just tried to get all 1000+ pdfs at once (very annoying).
So what this little script does is downloads each file from the page with a delay after each to keep you out of the 50 / hour limit.
This does not spam their server, it actually generates the bare minimum of traffic and in at a very slow pace. You can use a lower delay just keep in mind you want to stay below 50 / hour.
73 seconds is, I believe, the fastest time to stay under the 50 / hour but due to randomness i would aim a little higher so you dont lock out accidentally.

Do I still need to buy time on the subaru site?
Yes. All this does is automate the downloads, you still need the same access that you would if you were going to manually download a pdf.

Is Subaru OK with this?
Don't know, don't care. I'm annoyed as hell that such a script would even need to be made.
I don't see it as breaking any law / agreement / TOS / EULA etc. There is no bypassing copyrights or access, it is just automating clicks on a page. Use at your own risk, IANAL.


I put the file up on github and you can view it here: https://github.com/Idako/Manual_Downloader

Or directly download it here: https://github.com/Idako/Manual_Down...ive/master.zip

All of the code is right there to see in the main file, the only 2 external links are to 2 jquery CDNs if you know what you are doing you can use your own jquery support files.

If you don't trust it by all means don't use it, or show it to someone who knows java-script / html and they can review it.

Full instructions are in the html file for all steps in the process, it's a little complicated but still better than clicking each pdf at a time, if you have questions i will do my best to help.

I used it to get my 15 WRX manual, it took a over 20 hours to get all the PDFs despite the fact that it was just under 300mb of total data.

So I hope this helps someone, at a minimum it helped me so i figured why not share.
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Old 03-01-2015, 05:14 PM   #2
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Thanks for sharing!
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Old 03-01-2015, 06:06 PM   #3
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if only there was someone out there willing to host these FSMs on a web site...
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Old 03-01-2015, 07:00 PM   #4
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Thanks, I will use this.
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Old 03-01-2015, 07:10 PM   #5
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15 WRX/05 GTO


Originally Posted by ride5000 View Post
if only there was someone out there willing to host these FSMs on a web site...
This has been done and at least one site had to take it down as it's a violation of Subaru's copyright. There may still be sites that do have it but the links cannot be posted here.
Like it or not, this is protected content and is not free for the taking, hence the NASIOC rule against posting links to it.
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Old 03-02-2015, 03:03 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by ride5000 View Post
if only there was someone out there willing to host these FSMs on a web site...

its amazing what you can find if you just look for

impreza manuals

isn't it????
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