|URL||https://archive.today/ and others|
|Archiving status||Not saved yet|
|IRC channel||(on EFnet)|
Archive.today is a privately funded on-demand archiving site, similar to WebCite. One key difference is that it stores "Web 2.0" pages better than WebCite; it also supports zip downloads of entire individual webpages and takes a screenshot of the webpage. It is equipped with an URL finder like the Wayback Machine, but additionally text searching feature, powered by Google and also Yandex, which it switches to if Google delivers 0 search results. Unlike the Wayback Machine, search engines are able to index Archive.today. It does not store PDFs, binary files, Adobe Flash content, videos, or audio. The maximum size of a webpage it will archive (including images) is 50 MB. Additionally, Archive.today forwards your IP address to the submitted website in an X-Forwarded-For header.
The main advantage of Archive.today is that it disregards the robots.txt file that caused many websites and huge amounts of information to become unavailable to the Wayback Machine. Additionally, it allows duplicated snapshots from Wayback Machine and Google Cache (the last of which doesn't store caches indefinitely), searchable by original URLs.
The website shot up significantly in popularity in the second half of 2014 primarily due to the GamerGate controversy. As of Feb. 2015, the website has archived about 200 "Tb" of data. It is likely 200 Terabyte TB, not Terabit Tb as is quoted. Nonetheless, if accurate, 200Tb ≈ 25TB.
For additional confusion, "5Tb" is apparently the site's weekly growth.
On April 14, 2014, Archive.is changed its name to Archive.today due to attacks against ISNIC, and then changed its name back to the original Archive.is some time later, and then back to Archive.today.
Note that the site is a commercial enterprise, and as such can go kaputt at any given point, especially if it does not find a lucrative business model. Although it's not a strong indication of long-term issues; in October 2016 the site "made transparent" the server costs, and started to accept donations. A weekly crowdfunded target of $800 is set to maintain the site.
Prior to this, the site actively refused donations. A donation link took the user to an animal shelter donation page.
In January 2017 the administrator commented in response to a censorship query that the site had "just run out of CPU for the browsers". - With problems capturing pages, it is unclear if this is a temporary issue.
According to their FAQ:
It is privately funded, there in no complex finance behind it. It may look more or less reliable compared to the startup-style funding or a university project, depending on which risks are taken into account.
My death can cause interruption of service, but something like new market condition or changing head of a department can not.
As of October 2016 the site has a 'liberapay' donation link at the top-right corner of the page.
Stated in January 2017, through donations the site only receives "more than $1.50 every day, enough for a bowl of phở".
A list of all domains currently archived used to be available here.
Sadly, the url counts from /alldomains were out of date.
All sitemaps (as of 2014/02/17)
As of September 2019, archive.today, .fo etc. resolve to 127.0.0.3 from a few DNS servers (including in Finland), while they continue to work elsewhere, where they resolve to 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11 etc. The archive.fo domain was revoked on 2019-10-26.
Sometimes, the page indicates• • • when trying to access the page, instead of showing the page itself.
Ditching unsuccessful archivals
When the archival of a page has not been successful (e.g. “Error: time out.”, “Error: Network error.”), the existing information (network transfer and already downloaded ressources) get discarded and the target URL of the page archival indicates “Not Found (yet?)”, the same it shows on pages that have never been archived, similarly to how YouTube behaves.
Unlike Google Cache, Archive.today does not store the original web page source codes. Also the list of network transfers (shown during archival process) that shows the HTTP status, MIME type, object size (Bytes) and the URL of page elements. File names of saved (embedded) auxiliary page elements get changed into an SHA-1-hashsum of the file itself, discarding the original file names of images.
Since 2016, the Wayback Machine is unable to access Archive.today due to captcha.
Each IP address accessing the site apparently only gets an unknown limited amount of access quota. When archiving too many pages, their server eventually stops responding to the IP address for the next few hours.
YouTube comment archival
Archive.Today used to be able to capture YouTube comments and load more comments automatically to capture more comments than loaded on the initial AJAX load.
That only worked when archived directly on the YouTube watch page, e.g. “ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mQW9aWkKl0 ”. When redirected from YouTu.be, it failed to archive the YouTube comments.
Because the way YouTube loads comments has been altered over time, since approximately late 2017, Archive.Today's ability to archive YouTube comments has been restricted.
Since then, to archive YouTube comments using Archive.Today, one needs to link directly to a specific comment, which causes comments to be pre-loaded.
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- Archived with linked comment: https://archive.today/OXq7u
- Archived without linked comment: https://archive.today/Uih0b
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(As far as known, the Archive.ec domain was only used in 2016. • • •)
- Sample Archive.Today crawl with YouTube comment loading
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