Damaged documents

Here are some tools for restoring corrupted InDesign documents:

Troubleshoot damaged InDesign documents (by Adobe)

INDDRecovery by Mikhail Kondakov
a program for restoring corrupted InDesign CS3 documents (for Windows only)

Blind open and IDML-export — script for trying to open a damaged InDesign document. Written by Martin Fisher; small edits by Kasyan.

InDesign Repair by Stellar Phoenix
Repairs Corrupt InDesign files in all scenarios (for Mac only)

Repair corrupt InDesign Adobe Files | Indesign Repair Tool by CyberoHub (for Mac only)

You could try email your InDesign file to corrupt_indesign_docs@adobe.com and possibly they will take a look at the document. If the file is larger than 10 Mb, you can zip (and password protect) the file and upload to Creative Cloud account (or Dropbox) and send them a link to the document.

Markzware offers (paid) File Recovery Service.


Try to open in in the latest version: CC 2018.

Here is an awesome advice given by Aman (an Adobe employee) from the InDesign forum: instead of normal opening a damaged document -- which may result in the Cannot open SomeFileName.indd message

try to open it as copy.

If you don't believe that it works, try it yourself: here's the damaged file for testing.


Tips from Cari Jansen

Try this 1:

Then try to relaunch the document.

Try this 2:

Then try to relaunch the document.

Try this 3:

Then try to relaunch the document.