What is the Archive Team Warrior?
The Archive Team Warrior is a virtual archiving appliance. You can run it to help with the ArchiveTeam archiving efforts. It will download sites and upload them to our archive — and it’s really easy to do!
The warrior is a virtual machine, so there is no risk to your computer. The warrior will only use your bandwidth and some of your disk space. It will get tasks from and report progress to the Tracker.
The warrior runs on Windows, OS X and Linux using a virtual machine. You'll need one of:
- VirtualBox (recommended)
- VMware workstation/player (free-gratis for personal use)
- See below for alternative virtual machines
Quick start instructions for VirtualBox
- Download the appliance (174MB).
- Launch VirtualBox
- In VirtualBox, click File > Import Appliance and open the file.
- Start the virtual machine.
- It will fetch the latest updates and will eventually tell you to start your web browser.
- Using your regular web browser, visit http://localhost:8001/
- On the left, click "Your settings".
- Choose a username - we'll show your progress on the leaderboard.
- On the left, click "Available projects" tab and pick a project to work on.
- Even better: select "ArchiveTeam's Choice" to let your warrior work on the most urgent project.
Alternative virtual machines
Thanks to user-effort, there are alternatives:
Please note that these alternatives are not in widespread use by our warriors, so we may not be able to help with either issues or advanced usage.
Why am I seeing a message that no item was received?
It means that there is no work available. This happens for several reasons:
- There project has just finished and someone is inspecting the work done. If a problem is discovered, items may be re-queued and more work is available.
- In a rare case, you have been banned by a tracker administrator because you were requesting too much work or your internet connection is "unclean". We prefer connections from many public IP addresses, use of non-captive DNS servers, and no proxies/firewalls.
Why am I seeing a message about rate limiting?
Keep in mind that although downloading the internet for digital preservation and fun are the primary goals of all Archive Team activities, serious stress on the target's server may occur. The rate limit is imposed by a tracker administrator and should not be subverted.
Why am I seeing a message about code being out of date?
The warrior will update its code every hour. If you are impatient, please restart the warrior and it will download the latest code and resume work.
Help! The warrior is eating all my bandwidth!
You can limit the warrior's bandwidth quite easily for VirtualBox as long as you are running a relatively recent version. The option is not offered with a GUI however.The command
VBoxManage bandwidthctl archiveteam-warrior-2 --name Limit --add network --limit 3will limit the warrior instance called archiveteam-warrior-2 (the default name of the warrior vm currently) to 3Mb/s. Adjust as needed.
In the latest version of VirtualBox on Windows, the syntax appears to have changed. The correct command now seems to be:
VBoxManage bandwidthctl archiveteam-warrior-2 add netlimit --type network --limit 3
For more info, consult the VirtualBox manual (Chapter 6, Section 9).
NAT sucks! I want directly-bridged networking!
Simples! (If you're running linux, that is.)
VBoxManage modifyvm "archiveteam-warrior-2" --nic1 bridged
VBoxManage modifyvm "archiveteam-warrior-2" --bridgeadapter1 eth0
(We presume you want to bind to
eth0. Adjust as required. :))
I turned my warrior off. Will those tasks be lost?
If you've killed your warrior instances, then the work your warrior did has been lost, however the tasks will be returned to the pool after a period of time. If you want, you can alert the admins via IRC of what's happened, and they can clear the claims your username may have made. However, this isn't very important on most projects.
I need to disconnect my internet / reboot my PC, but I don't want to lose work.
If you pause/suspend the warrior instance, most projects will allow resuming of work in progress when you unsuspend the warrior instance.
I told the warrior to shutdown from the interface but nothing has changed! What gives?
The warrior will attempt to finish the current running tasks before shutting down. If you need to shut down right away, go ahead. Your progress will be lost, however the jobs will eventually cycle out to another user.
How much disk space will the warrior use?
Short answer: it depends on the project.
Long answer: because the way each project defines an item differently, the warrior may be downloading a small file or downloading a whole subsection of a website. The virtual machine is configured by default to use 60GB as an absolute maximum. Any unused virtual machine disk space is not used on the host computer. You may, however, run the virtual machine on less than 60GB if you like to live dangerously. We're downloading the internet after all!
The secondary disk is using up space even though it's not running a project.
Virtual machine disk images do not behave like a regular file. There are several ways to reclaim space:
- Delete the second disk and put back an empty disk. The warrior should reformat the second disk.
- Delete the entire warrior application and re-import it.
- Use the zerofree program and then clone the disk image. Reattach the cloned disk image.
I can't connect to localhost.
The application includes a configuration to set up port forwarding to the guest machine on port 8001 so you can access the interface through your web browser. If this does not happen, you may need to double check your machine's network settings.
The warrior can't connect to the internet.
It may be possible that the virtual machine has picked up the address of the local DNS cache on your computer which the virtual machine does not have access to.
If you experience this on VirtualBox, see this question and answer.
I'm looking at the text scrolling by and I notice some errors. rsync is not working.
Uh-oh! Something is not right. Notify us immediately in the appropriate IRC channel.
I'm looking at the leaderboard. What's that icon beside the username?
What's that guy doing in the logo?
The place is on fire! But don't worry, he safely escaped with the rescued data in his arms.
I want to log in to the virtual machine. How do I do this?
Unless you know what you are doing, you should not need to do this. But if you want to, the username is
root and the password is
archiveteam. Then, you can execute
sudo -u warrior -i to log in as the warrior user.
Press ALT+F3 to switch to virtual console number 3. Use ALT+Left or ALT+Right to switch between virtual consoles. There are 6 virtual consoles in total. Consoles 1 and 2 are reserved for the warrior.
The warrior seems to have too much overhead. I can't run a VM in a VPS!
You don't need to run a virtual machine. If you are managing a VPS, it's likely you are comfortable with some Linux stuff. Projects can be run manually. Consult the project wiki page or the source code repository readme file.
Why a virtual machine in the first place?
The virtual machine is a quick, safe, and easy way for newcomers to help us out. It offers many features:
- Graphical interface
- Automatically selects which project is important to run
- Self-updating software infrastructure
- Allows for unattended use
- In case of software faults, your machine is not ruined
- Restarts itself in case of runaway programs
- Runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux painlessly
- Ensures consistency in the archived data regardless of your machine's quirks
If you have suggestions for improving this system, please talk to us as described below.
I'm running the scripts manually in a VPS but it says the code is out of date a while later
It happens when a bug in the scripts is discovered. Bugs are unavoidable especially when the server is out of our control.
If you are good with scripting, try scripting
--max-items N and
git pull in a loop. Or better yet, help us code an auto-updating-outside-the-VM feature.
I just imported the ova image and the warrior is stuck on "Preparing the data partition"
This issue has cropped up before and we do not know what causes it. It is recommended to just delete the warrior image and import the ova again. Testing shows that such a reimport works in the majority of cases.
Why is the default project not working? / Why is a manual project not in the Warrior yet?
Sorry. Sometimes the administrators are too busy...
Why are there no projects?
If there are no projects showing, you can help us write one. No projects does not mean there is nothing left to archive!
Where can I file a bug or a feature request?
I still have a question!
Previous and current warrior projects:
|MobileMe||Archive Posted||April 3, 2012||Aug 8, 2012||Success|
|FortuneCity||Archive Posted||April 4, 2012||April 11, 2012||Partial Success||archive user lookup|
|Tabblo||Archive Posted||May 23, 2012||May 26, 2012||Success||archive user lookup|
|Picplz||Archive Posted||June 3, 2012||June 15, 2012||archive index user lookup|
|Tumblr (test project)||Archive Posted||August 9, 2012||August 19, 2012||archive (tar) archive (warc)|
|Cinch.FM||Archive Posted||August 20, 2012||August 22, 2012||Success||archive|
|City of Heroes||Archive Posted||September 3, 2012||December 1, 2012||Success||www forums 1 2 3 4 5|
|Webshots||Archive Posted||October 4, 2012||November 18, 2012||index|
|BT Internet||Archive Posted||October 10, 2012||November 2, 2012||Success||archive|
|Daily Booth||Archive Posted||November 19, 2012||December 29, 2012||archive lookup|
|GitHub Downloads||Archive Posted||December 13, 2012||December 17, 2012||Success||archive index|
|Yahoo! Blog||Archive Posted||January 8, 2013||January 19, 2013||archive|
|weblog.nl||Archive Posted||January 19, 2013||February 2, 2013||archive lookup|
|Punchfork||Archive Posted||January 11, 2013||March 6, 2013||archive user lookup|
|Xanga||Downloads Paused||January 22, 2013||February 16, 2013||archive user lookup user list|
|Posterous||Archive Posted||February 23, 2013||June 29, 2013||archive|
|Storylane||Downloads Finished||March 8, 2013||March 15, 2013|
|Yahoo! Messages||Archive Posted||March 20, 2013||March 31, 2013||archive|
|Formspring||Archive Posted||March 24, 2013||September 19, 2013||Success||archive|
|Yahoo Upcoming||Archive Posted||April 20, 2013||April 25, 2013||archive|
|Streetfiles.org||Archive Posted||April 28, 2013||April 30, 2013||Partial||archive|
|Xanga||Downloads Paused||June 21, 2013||August 31, 2013||archive|
|Zapd||Archive Posted||October 1, 2013||October 8, 2013||Success||archive|
|Blip.tv||Hiatus||October 11, 2013|
|Hyves||Archives Posted||November 10, 2013||December 2, 2013||Success||archive|
|Wretch & Yahoo! Blog||Archives Posted||December 17, 2013||January 9, 2014||Partial||wretch Yahoo Blog|
|Dogster||Archives Posted||February 7, 2014||February 16, 2014||Success||archive|
|My Opera||Archives Posted||February 16, 2014||March 3, 2014||Success||archive|
|Bebo||Hiatus||February 18, 2014||archive|
|Viddler||Cancelled||February 21, 2014||February 27, 2014||Qualified Success|
|Justin.tv||Archives Posted||June 5, 2014||June 15, 2014||Success||archive|
|Yahoo! Voices||Archives Posted||July 28, 2014||July 31, 2014||Success||archive|
|Fotopedia||Archives Posted||August 5, 2014||August 7, 2014||Success||archive|
|Twitch.tv||Archives posted||August 9, 2014||August 24, 2014||Qualified Success|
|Canv.as||Archives Posted||August 11, 2014||August 12, 2014||Success||archive|
|Swipnet||Downloads Finished||August 19, 2014||September 1, 2014||Success|
|Verizon Personal Web Space||In progress||September 2, 2014,|
|TwitPic||In progress||September 4, 2014|
- In Development
- a future project
- start up a Warrior and join the fun; this one is in progress right now
- Downloads Finished
- we've finished downloading the data
- the collected data has been properly archived
- Archive Posted
- the archive is available for download
- downloaded all of the data and posted the archive publicly
- Qualified Success
- either we couldn't get all of the data, or the archive can't be made public
- the site closed before we could download anything
Are you a coder?
Like the warrior? Interested in how it works under the hood? Got software skills? Help us improve it!