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And we've been trashing our history

Archive Team is a loose collective of rogue archivists, programmers, writers and loudmouths dedicated to saving our digital heritage. Since 2009 this variant force of nature has caught wind of shutdowns, shutoffs, mergers, and plain old deletions - and done our best to save the history before it's lost forever. Along the way, we've gotten attention, resistance, press and discussion, but most importantly, we've gotten the message out: IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY.

This website is intended to be an offloading point and information depot for a number of archiving projects, all related to saving websites or data that is in danger of being lost. Besides serving as a hub for team-based pulling down and mirroring of data, this site will provide advice on managing your own data and rescuing it from the brink of destruction.

Currently Active Projects (Get Involved Here!)

Archive Team recruiting

Warrior based projects

  • Google Baraza: Read-only, getting deleted on April 30, 2015. IRC Channel #bonanza.
  • Switching codebases in the first two weeks of April, some user-generated content might be lost. IRC Channel
  • Trovebox: Closing March 31, 2015. IRC Channel #treasuretrove.
  • Blogger: Google was to restrict public access to adult blogs, but they backed down. We're backing up Blogger anyway. IRC Channel #frogger.
  • URLTeam: URL shorteners were a fucking awful idea. IRC Channel #urlteam.
  • TwitPic: allegedly acquired and possibly to be rearranged by Twitter. We're saving it in its current state. IRC Channel #quitpic.
  • Halo: Downloading all the read-only data from Halo. IRC Channel #yolohalo.

Help us: ☞ Download and run your warrior ☜.
What's on: online tracker.
Combined project activity graphs here.

Manual projects

  • AOL: Climbing into the decaying walled garden. IRC Channel #aohell.
  • ArchiveBot: For those with lots of disk space, bandwidth and long-term commitment. IRC Channel #archivebot.
  • Audit 2014: It's time to verify our shit. IRC Channel #auditteam.
  • FTP: Download all the FTP sites! IRC Channel #effteepee.
  • Froogle: Let's do a census of all of Google's products. IRC Channel #froogle.
  • INTERNETARCHIVE.BAK: How do we archive an archive? IRC Channel #internetarchive.bak.
  • ISP Hosting: Finding ISP web hosting services before the Grim Reaper finds them. IRC Channel #webroasting.
  • Project Newsletter: Archiving e-newsletters, currently in development. IRC Channel #projectnewsletter.
  • WikiTeam: permanent effort, everyone can help (you choose the size of your downloads). IRC Channel #wikiteam.
  • Woohoo: Yahoo is untrustworthy, let's do a census of all their products. IRC Channel #woohoo.

Upcoming projects

  • RadioShack: RadioShack is going bankrupt. IRC Channel #unshackled.
  • GitHost: Shutting down on April 30, 2015. IRC Channel #gitghost.
  • Google Moderator: Shutting down on June 30, 2015. IRC Channel #moderhater.
  • Club Nintendo: Ran out of lives. Game over for North America on July 30, 2015, September 30, 2015 for Europe and Japan. IRC Channel #clubnintendont.
  • Google Code: Google likes Github more. Shutting down on January 26, 2016. IRC Channel #googlecodeblue.
  • Panoramio: Google is migrating photos only (no metadata!) to Maps. IRC Channel #paranormio.
  • Orkut: Orkut got kut on September 30, 2014. It lives on as a public archive. IRC Channel #throatkut.
  • Blipfoto: Went into liquidation on March 11, 2015, future uncertain. Acquired on March 25, 2015, we're still grabbing it anyway. IRC Channel #fotofinish.
  • Comcast Personal Web Pages: Time Warner Cable closed their web hosting before it could be archived, let's make sure that doesn't happen with Comcast as well. IRC Channel #comclose.
  • SourceForge: Old, ad supported, adware supported. IRC Channel #sourceforget.
  • The Pirate Bay: Recently came back up, grabbing an archive for sanity's sake. IRC Channel #yarharfiddlededee.
  • Picasa Web Albums: Main page redirecting to Google Plus, future uncertain. IRC Channel #picasso.
  • Ownlog: Ownlog is losing popularity and support from its owners. IRC Channel #pwnlog.

Recently finished

  • MBinternet: No longer an ISP, future of hosted sites uncertain. IRC Channel #mobinternet.
  • CableAmerica Personal Web Space: FTP login dead, only a matter of time until the rest also dies. IRC Channel #cabledown.
  • Saunalahti Iso G: Finnish ISP hosting, shutting down on an unspecified date. IRC Channel #isohno.

ArchiveTeam uses the EFnet IRC network – irc:// – webchat: info

Archive Team News


What is What

  • Deathwatch is where we keep track of sites that are sickly, dying or dead.
  • Fire Drill is where we keep track of sites that seem fine but a lot depends on them.
  • Projects is a comprehensive list of AT endeavors.
  • Philosophy describes the ideas underpinning our work.

Some Starting Points

  • Software will assist you in regaining control of your data by providing tools for information backup, archiving and distribution.
  • Formats will familiarise you with the various data formats, and how to ensure your files will be readable in the future.
  • Storage Media is about where to get it, what to get, and how to use it.

Quote of the Moment

"[Yahoo!] found the way to destroy the most massive amount of history in the shortest amount of time with absolutely no recourse"

Internet Atrocity! GeoCities' Demise Erases Web History
By Dan Fletcher, TIME Magazine, Monday, Nov. 09, 2009

Recently Ended Projects


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