Translate and print PDF files on Google Translate

A quick non-GIS data management task: how to translate and print PDF files on Google Translate

One of my colleagues had found a PDF with some data for her project, but the PDF is in German 😦

She wants to translate the PDF into English using Google Translate, then print the English version so she can have it by side by side with the German version.

Now, if you give Google Translate the URL of a PDF file, it will translate it, but you will not be able to print the output.

I found a workaround though:

  1. Say you have a web page ( and there is a link to the PDF (,PDF)
  2. Open the original language web page (
  3. In Google Chrome open a new tab and go to
  4. Copy the URL of the original web page (, not the URL of the PDF) into the translate box and click the Translate button. Now you have the web page in English.
  5. Click the link to the PDF file.
  6. Google Translate translates the PDF.
  7. You can now print the result.


  • This works with Google Chrome 30 and Internet Explorer 10, but not with Firefox 23.01.
  • It only works with PDF files that are on the web, not with PDFs that you upload from your computer to Google Translate.



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