Download PMBOK Guide 6th Edition (PDF) - FREE for PMI Members

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PMBOK Guide 6th Edition PDF Download for PMP and CAPM Certification

PMBOK 6th Edition PDF is available for download to all PMI Members for free. You need to login to the PMI website with your PMI user ID / password, to download the PMBOK Guide PDF. The PDF file is password protected and when you try to open it, it will prompt you for a password. In order to open the file, you will need to enter your PMI ( password.

Note: PMI User ID is different from your PMI Member ID (printed on your PMI membership card).

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Complementary copy of the Agile Practice Guide

A big change in the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide is that it includes a complementary copy of the Agile Practice Guide. You’ll find the Agile Practice Guide appended to the end of the same PDF file that you’ll download for the PMBOK® Guide, 6th Edition.

Instructions to Download PMBOK® Guide, 6th Edition PDF from PMI Website

  1. Go to the PMBOK 6th Edition download page. You'll need to be signed in to the PMI website using your PMI account, and have an active PMI membership in order to see the download button. If you are not signed in or you are not an active PMI member, you'll see the following page:

    PMBOK Guide 6th Edition Download Page

  2. Scroll down on the above page to get to the section with the login link:
    PMBOK Guide 6th Edition Download Page - Login Link

  3. If you are signed in and have an active PMI membership, you'll see the download link:

    PMBOK Guide 6th Edition Download Link

  4. Click the Download button to get to the actual download page.
  5. On the download page, enter your password.

    PMBOK Guide 6th Edition Download Page

  6. Click on the Download button.
  7. When prompted, select "Save" to save the PDF to your desktop.

Note that the downloaded guide is purely for your personal educational use. Any form of distribution of the PMBOK Guide is strictly prohibited by PMI. With the release of the 6th Edition of the Guide, PMI has revised its terms of use to completely prohibit any form of printing of the Guide. Read Why can’t I Print the PMBOK Guide, 6th Edition PDF? for details.

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PMBOK Guide 6th Edition Errata

If you downloaded the PMBOK Guide, 6th Edition soon after its release but do not have the PMI membership to download the latest copy, you may want to download the errata file below. The 4th printing of the errata was released on Jun 1, 2019.

If you have any questions on this topic, post them as comments below.

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Missing Avatar

Hi, I was looking for the link since many days on PMI site. But today saw your post. I have editon three pdf copy, if you can get me the 4th edition woudl be very much appreciated. If you need any authentication I can provide my PMI member number. Pl. respond at the earliest here or my emmail is

Harwinder Singh Avatar

Hi Niranjan,

I didn't understand you properly. If you have the PMI ID, why don't you use the link (given in the post above) and download the PMBOK Guide 4th Edition directly from the PMI website?


Missing Avatar

Hi Harwinder,

I have purchased a membership (Individual) from PMI on 12/16 and have received the PMI ID (online). When I try to access the link (PMI Library of Global Standards) in order to download PMBOK, it always saying ERROR: Access Denied. However, I am able to access MYPMI, where it clearly say my membership is valid until Dec 2010. I have contacted PMI regarding this and havent heard back from them yet.

Are you aware about such situations for others anytime before? Is there a window period after membership and resource download (PMBOK)? Any insight on this would be helpful.

Btw., Thanks for sending out the Prepcast coupons recently. I used the same and I am enjoying the learning.

Rajesh N

Harwinder Singh Avatar

Hello Rajesh,

Since you just purchased PMI membership, there might be a slight lag in your account activation. Just try after a couple days.

PMI customer care usually takes about 3 business days to respond, and my experience confirms this. Don't expect an instant response from them.

Anyway, there's nothing to worry about. It would all work out fine.

All the best.

Harwinder Singh Avatar

Hello Tarek,

Nobody can help you without knowing what the problem is. So either you describe the problem here or write directly to PMI support for help.

Good luck.

Missing Avatar

Hi, I have the latest pmbok in pdf version and I could access it using my PMI password. I am no longer a PMI member and I cannot access the pdf anymore. I have a doubt: is it due to a change in my password that I can't remember or simply the fact that I m not anymore PMI member so, I can just forget all the stuff they gave me access in the past? and finally, is there a way to be able to read my pdf copy of the document again? Thanks for the answer and merry christmas!

Harwinder Singh Avatar

Hello Géraud,

I believe you need to be an active PMI member to access/download the PDF files. Usually I download the PDF files immediately after becoming a member. I suggest that you write to PMI customer support and check whether it's an issue with your account credentials or the membership has expired.

Hope you have a great 2016 ahead.

Harwinder Singh Avatar

Good to know that it works for you. But for the benefit of other readers, I just logged into my PMI account and confirmed that I couldn't access the PDF versions anymore because my membership had expired. So I'm pretty sure they take the access away once your membership expires (they may be giving some grace period) because I've confirmed this in the past too (I have been PMI member on and off for nearly 10 years).

Hope you have a great 2016!

Harwinder Singh Avatar

Hello Tushar,

Please go through the post How to become a PMP in 6 Steps (linked in one of the previous comments). That will lead you to other resources to help you prepare. You'll get the PMBOK Guide once you sign up for the PMI membership, which you should do anyway to save on the exam fee.

Good luck.

Harwinder Singh Avatar

It should be the same password as the one for your PMI account at the time you downloaded it. If you still have PMI membership, then you can reset your account password, log in, and download the guide again. Another option is to write to PMI customer care and seek help from them.

Mark Avatar

Will this be an actual PDF that I can open from any device, markup, add comments etc? Or is it like a web version? Also, do i get to keep it even if I cancel my PMI membership after a year?

Harwinder Singh Avatar

Hello Mark,

Yes, it’s an actual PDF, but you cannot markup or comment. Follow the link in the post under PMI’s Terms of Use header to learn about the print restrictions on the PDF file.

Yes, it’s for you to keep after you’ve downloaded it even if your membership expires.

Natasha Smith Avatar


I registered as a PMI member with the intend that I would be able to download the PMBOK 6th Edition pdf copy but very surprised that the whole document have bookmarks on every single page. I know it is not for distribution and will not do so but why should a member study from this free material that has bookmarks all over it? The document is already password protected so why spoil a learners study guide by adding so many bookmarks.

Thanks & Regards
Natasha Smith

Harwinder Singh Avatar


I completely understand your frustration. It is super annoying and directly interferes with the readability, and even more so for those using the guide to prepare for PMP or CAPM.

But, don’t stop here. Reach out to PMI through various social media channels and let them know that it’s not done.

Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Karen Avatar

When my PMI membership runs out, will I still be able to access the online copy of the PMBOK guide I have received with my membership? Will I be able to access updates as well? Or do I have to keep my membership active in order to have continuous access?

Harwinder Singh Avatar

If you are serious about PMP certification, then you should get PMI Membership for 1 year. You’ll get a free legal soft-copy of PMBOK Guide and also save more money on the exam than the membership cost. So, it’s really a no-brainer to get PMI Membership.

Harwinder Singh Avatar


PMI Membership is NOT free. The PMBOK Guide is free for PMI Members.

For the issue you’ve mentioned, try to use a different browser or a different computer/device and see whether the issue goes away.

DarioPM Avatar

How do you mean "Save Money with PMI Membership. If you are serious about PMP Certification, I can help you get a free and 100% legal copy of the PMBOK® Guide, 6th Edition"
I would very be interested in getting a copy, it is my current mission to get certified, however I’m on a limited budget at the moment.

Harwinder Singh Avatar

Hi DarioPM,

I’ve explained it in the post "10 Benefits of PMI Membership". Look for the link in the post above. Basically it comes to this:

1. PMP Exam fee for PMI Members + PMI Membership Fee < PMP Exam Fee for non-members
2. You get a PDF copy of the latest PMBOK Guide free with PMI Membership.

Hope that helps. Good luck.