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Content is not officially archived, but some sites take up the effort. However, those very sites are often themselves in danger of collapse.
Content is not officially archived, but some sites take up the effort. However, those very sites are often themselves in danger of collapse.
URL 4chan.org
Project status Online!
Archiving status Special case
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam

4chan is said to be one of the most culturally significant and "interesting" websites in existence. And it holds that reputation well.

It would be impossible to archive the entirety of 4chan, and the community was historically skeptical of archiving it's folklife, just like the Ancient Greeks felt about the radical introduction of written records.

However, numerous archive sites and wikis have taken up the task. Numerous others have fallen. We need to keep watch on these fragile, community supported archives, since they can easily collapse without warning.

Contents

Scripts

Some scripts you can use to archive 4chan threads yourself.

  • BASC Archiver - Python-based 4chan Thread Archiver for Windows/Mac OS X/Linux. Archives everything: Images, Thumbnails, Thread HTML, JSON, etc.
  • FoolFuuka - Make your own 4chan board archiver website. Fuuka will grab every single thread from 4chan and save it for later public access.

Current Projects

Update: As of 04-08-2014, Moot is retiring the Filesharing search board (/rs/) and the Discussion boards (dis.4chan.org). The Discussion boards are being hidden from the main site, but kept in a read-only state; this could be a good Warrior/Wget side project.

  • dis.4chan.org - 4chan's 2ch-style text boards. All posts from the beginning of the forum's existence are archived, unlike most of 4chan. Therefore, it gives a rare historic snapshot of 4chan's past.
    • New posts can no longer be made, but the existing threads are still available. It is probably prudent to start slurping them down with wget; 4chan generally isn't archived on the Internet Archive.
  • /rs/ - 4chan's filesharing link search board. All filesharing links ever posted to any 4chan board have been recorded here.
    • Not sure if it is still available... Seems to be down with no archives ever made. Could have a few snapshots on the Internet Archive.

Wikis

  • Wikichan - The first major 4chan wiki, holding tons of important stories and content. It is the model for many 4chan archive projects to come. The entire wiki collapsed spectacularly several times without recourse, and is the prime example of the problems that occur when a major 4chan archive goes down.
  • LURKMOAR Wiki
  • Encyclopedia Dramatica - The quintessential 4chan wiki.
  • Insurgency Wiki - Once, it was almost equal to ED in power and influence. Now, thousands of collapses and failures have reduced it to a broken mess. It would have been gone entirely if it was not for the Bibliotheca Anonoma, which happened to be examining Partyvan.info 2 days before it's collapse.
  • Bibliotheca Anonoma - A wiki designed to save the greatest treasures from around the internet. It strives to provide an index to the archives below to assess their value and display great works to the public. Because what good is a massive mess of information without a guide?
  • Yotsuba Society - A place dedicated to studying the culture of 4chan. Maintains a wiki that strives to restore Wikichan to it's former state. As of 1/16/14, the archival portion of the site is down. The archives have been moved in their entirety to the Stanford Digital Library.

Sup/tg/

Suptg
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URL suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com
Project status Online!
Archiving status Not saved yet
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam

A site created by /tg/ members in 2009, it has a considerable community of its own, providing reviews and RPG materials. sup/tg/ has a uniquely crated archive with full image support. Unlike most other archives listed, moderators conduct routine purges of low-rated threads, a process they refer to as "graveyarding". The only other site that had a similar policy was Chanarchive, but they deleted threads while they were incoming.

4chandata/4chanarchive

4chandata
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URL 4chanarchive.net, formerly 4chandata.org
Project status Online!
Archiving status Not saved yet
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam

A considerably wide cross-section of 4chan's boards, starting at August 8 2012. Ironically, despite being an imageboard archive, the site itself is unwilling to host images due to the possibility of legal issues surrounding content. While there is content overlap with the Fuuka-based archivers, the site's good to include for the sake of completeness. 4chandata was supplanted by 4chanarchive.net, and both sites appear to be in a precarious hosting situation with archiving coming to a sudden halt on November 20th 2014.

4archive

4archive
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URL 4archive.org
Project status Online!
Archiving status Not saved yet
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam

Another site that saves threads on a unique platform, starting at January 17 2014. This site is notable as it is (currently) the only site archiving /b/. Images are stored separately through Imgur and Imageshack.

Fuuka-based Archivers

Fuuka is a special imageboard backend that allows servers to archive entire boards on 4chan.

Foolz Verbatim 4chan Board Archive

Foolz.us 4chan Board Archive
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URL archive.moe
Project status Online!
Archiving status Not saved yet
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam

The Foolz archive is the latest incarnation of a constant effort to archive entire 4chan boards, 24/7. This has not always gone smoothly; the archives on Foolz descend from another Fuuka-based archiver that went down and nearly lost all their threads.

It would be a good idea to persuade them to upload content to the Internet Archive, just in the likely case that the same disaster will befall them.

Foolz currently has full image support for /a/, /biz/, /c/, /diy/, /gd/, /jp/, /m/, /q/, /sci/, /tg/, /tv/ (via 4plebs), /vg/, /vp/, /vr/, and /wsg/. They also assumed the boards formerly archived by The Dark Cave, InstallGentoo, and Deniable Plausibility.

rbt.asia/rebeccablacktech.com

Status: Online Saves Images?: Yes

A Fuuka archiver for /con/, /cgl/, /g/, /mu/ and /w/. /soc/ moved to fgts.

archive.heinessen.com

Status: Offline Saves Images?: Partially (all boards except /mlp/ and /x/)

Closed as of November 2014. Owner is offering a torrent dump of /r9k/ /k/ and /mlp/ temporarily, covering SQL dumps and thumbnails. It's 38.9GB so watch out.

Archive.org Torrent Dump

fuuka.warosu.org

Status: Online Saves Images?: Partially (all boards except /g/)

A Fuuka archiver for /3/, /cgl/, /ck/, /fa/, /ic/, /jp/, /lit/, /q/, /tg/, and /vr/.

archive.4plebs.org

Status: Online Saves Images?: Yes

A Fuuka archiver for /hr/, /o/, /pol/, /s4s/, /tg/, /trv/, /tv/, and /x/.

archive.nyafuu.org

Status: Offline Saves Images?: No

A Fuuka archiver for /c/, /e/, /w/, and /wg/, provides full image archiving. /e/ is NSFW. Appears to be down as of 11-13-2014.

fgts.jp

Status: Online Saves Images?: Yes

A Fuuka archiver for /asp/, /cm/, /h/, /hc/, /hm/, /n/, /p/, /r/, /s/, /soc/, and /y/. All except /asp/,/n/, and /p/ are NSFW.

archive.loveisover.me

Status: Online Saves Images?: Yes

A Fuuka archiver for /d/ and /i/. NSFW to the core. Has assumed responsibility of boards formerly curated by archive.nyafuu.org as of November 2014.

imcute.yt

Status: Online Saves Images?:Yes

A Fuuka archiver that's resumed archiving all boards originally covered by Heinessen (/an/, /fit/, /gif/, /int/, /jp/, /mlp/, /out/, /r9k/, /sp/, /toy/) except /k/ and /x/.

Boards not currently archived via Fuuka

  • /b/ - Random
  • /j/ - Janitor Team (staff board; not publicly acknowledged)
  • /k/ - Weapons

List of Fuuka Archivers by board

(incomplete; always in flux)

  • /3/ - 3DCG
    • fuuka.warosu.org
  • /a/ - Anime & Manga
    • archive.moe
  • /an/ - Animals & Nature
    • imcute.yt
  • /asp/ - Alternative Sports
    • fgts.jp
  • /biz/ - Business and Finance
    • archive.moe
  • /c/ - Anime/Cute
    • archive.moe
    • archive.loveisover.me
  • /cm/ - Cute/Male
    • fgts.jp
  • /co/ - Comics & Cartoons
    • archive.moe
  • /con/ - Conventions
    • rbt.asia
  • /cgl/ - Cosplay & EGL
    • rbt.asia
    • fuuka.warosu.org
  • /ck/ - Food & Cooking
    • fuuka.warosu.org
  • /d/ - Hentai/Alternative
    • archive.loveisover.me
  • /diy/ - Do It Yourself
    • archive.moe
  • /e/ - Ecchi
    • archive.loveisover.me
  • /fa/ - Fashion
    • fuuka.warosu.org
  • /fit/ - Fitness
    • imcute.yt
  • /g/ - Technology
    • rbt.asia
    • archive.moe
  • /gd/ - Graphic Design
    • archive.moe
  • /gif/ - Adult GIF
    • imcute.yt
  • /h/ - Hentai
    • nsfw.archive.moe
    • fgts.jp
  • /hc/ - Hardcore
    • fgts.jp
  • /hm/ - Handsome Men
    • fgts.jp
  • /hr/ - High Resolution
    • archive.4plebs.org
  • /i/ - Oekaki
    • archive.moe
    • archive.loveisover.me
  • /ic/ - Artwork & Critique
    • fuuka.warosu.org
  • /int/ - International
    • archive.moe
    • imcute.yt
  • /jp/ - Otaku Culture
    • archive.moe
    • imcute.yt
    • fuuka.warosu.org
  • /lit/ - Literature
    • fuuka.warosu.org
    • /lgbt/ - LGBT Discussion
    • archive.loveisover.me
  • /m/ - Mecha
    • archive.moe
  • /mlp/ - My Little Pony
    • archive.moe
    • imcute.yt
  • /mu/ - Music
    • rbt.asia
  • /n/ - Transportation
    • fgts.jp
  • /o/ - Autos
    • archive.4plebs.org
  • /out/ - Outdoors
    • archive.moe
    • imcute.yt
  • /p/ - Photography
    • fgts.jp
  • /po/ - Papercraft & Origami
    • archive.moe
  • /pol/ - Politically Incorrect
    • archive.4plebs.org
  • /q/ - 4chan Feedback
    • archive.moe
    • fuuka.warosu.org
  • /qa/ - Question & Answer
    • archive.moe
  • /r/ - Request
    • fgts.jp
  • /r9k/ - ROBOT9000
    • imcute.yt
  • /s/ - Sexy Beautiful Women
    • fgts.jp
  • /soc/ - Cams & Meetups
    • fgts.jp
  • /sp/ - Sports
    • archive.moe (no longer archiving)
    • imcute.yt (not archived)
  • /s4s/ - Shit 4chan Says
    • archive.4plebs.org
  • /t/ - Torrents
    • archive.loveisover.me
  • /tg/ - Traditional Games
    • Suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com
    • archive.moe
    • fuuka.warosu.org
    • archive.4plebs.org
  • /toy/ - Toys
    • imcute.yt
  • /trv/ - Travel
    • archive.4plebs.org
  • /tv/ - Television & Film
    • archive.moe
  • /u/ - Yuri
    • nsfw.archive.moe
    • archive.loveisover.me
  • /v/ - Video Games
    • archive.moe
  • /vg/ - Video Games - General
    • archive.moe
  • /vp/ - Pokemon
    • archive.moe
  • /vr/ - Retro Games
    • archive.moe
    • fuuka.warosu.org
  • /w/ - Wallpapers/Anime
    • rbt.asia
    • archive.loveisover.me
    • archive.nyafuu.org
  • /wg/ - Wallpapers/General
    • archive.loveisover.me
  • /wsg/ - Worksafe GIFs
    • archive.moe
  • /x/ - Paranormal
    • archive.4plebs.org
  • /y/ - Yaoi
    • fgts.jp

Lost Archives

Chanarchive

Chanarchive (formerly 4chanarchive)
4chan logo
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URL Chanarchive.org, formerly 4chanarchive.org
Project status Offline
Archiving status Not saved yet
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam

4chan's primary archive site. Since 2006, significant 4chan threads have been archived on the 4chanarchive, creating a database of over 500GBs.

On 10/3/2012, Chanarchive without warning, temporarily shut down (almost permanently though.) On a 4chan thread, the owner stated that the site was banned from paypal and had their funds frozen, making it impossible to pay it's massive expenses. However, the operators of Encyclopedia Dramatica stepped in, and offered to host chanarchive.org, which was accepted by the site's creator/then-owner, "Capsized."

The site is still online as of 2/26/13, but no backups have been made as of yet. As of 1/16/14 the site is down and ED has given no indication to it returning. Internet Archive has intermittent captures of the site.

Zaiger, one former mod, stated that a hard drive containing parts of the site got corrupted, and was irreparable. The Chanarchive Team was thus unable to restore the site, or even a backup.


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