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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

Current Running Warrior Project: Pages Perso Orange
  • ZOWA: A Japanese ASMR video sharing and discussion board service will be closing on 2023-09-29 12:00 JST (UTC+9). IRC Channel #zowch (on hackint).
  • Issuu: Interactive flipbook repository is clamping down on free users' upload limits and plans to make existing uploads falling foul of its new limits inaccessible to others. IRC Channel #wetakeissuu (on hackint).
  • Ukraine/Russian invasion: Archiving various .ua sites in the wake of the Russian government's invasion. IRC Channel #ucryne (on hackint).
  • Imgur: Unregistered users' "old" and "inactive" images will be purged, and all NSFW content is being shown the door on 2023-05-15. IRC Channel #imgone (on hackint).
  • Reddit: Banning communities that generate bad PR for Reddit Inc. Restricted access to APIs and data on 2023-06-19. IRC Channel #shreddit (on hackint).
  • Telegram: Archiving public messages in various newsworthy and/or otherwise notable Telegram channels. IRC Channel #telegrab (on hackint).
  • GitHub: Embraced-uh, I mean, bought by Microsoft. IRC Channel #gitgud (on hackint).
  • MediaFire: Not 'at-risk' but grabbing speculatively to save historic files IRC Channel #mediaonfire (on hackint).
  • URLs: A random collection of stuff. IRC Channel #// (on hackint).
  • URLTeam: URL shorteners were a fucking awful idea. IRC Channel #urlteam (on hackint).
  • YouTube: Archiving selected videos. IRC Channel #down-the-tube (on hackint).

An updated Warrior virtual appliance (v3.2) is now available with better support for newer projects that utilize wget-at.

Manual projects

  • 2019-202? coronavirus outbreak: Documenting and preserving data, events, and impacts of the virus on society. IRC Channel #coronarchive (on hackint)
  • ArchiveBot: For those with lots of disk space, bandwidth and long-term commitment. IRC Channel #archivebot (on hackint).
  • Codearchiver: Dumping and archival of source code repositories and associated version control systems. IRC Channel #codearchiver (on hackint).
  • WikiTeam: Saving wikis dumps (XML). And their external links for the Wayback Machine (WARC) as well as exporting MediaWiki databases. Permanent effort, everyone can help (you choose the size of your downloads). IRC Channel #wikiteam (on hackint).
  • Dead people: When people die, their webpages and/or social media might go "Poof!" due to fees and other knick-knack. IRC Channel #archiveteam (on hackint)

Upcoming & proposed projects

Recently finished projects

  • Gfycat: A once-popular .webm host is pressing the stop button on its short videos for good on 2023-09-01. IRC Channel #deadcat (on hackint).
  • Xuite: The largest ISP in Taiwan has decided to give up its blogging business on 2023-08-31. IRC Channel #sweet (on hackint).
  • Skyblog: Skyrock will close its blogging service on 2023-08-21 to "comply with legislation on personal data". IRC Channel #bowlofpetunias (on hackint).
  • Wysp: Wysp, an artist community, will be permanently turned down on 2023-08-01. IRC Channel #wyspedaway (on hackint).

On Hiatus

ArchiveTeam uses the hackint IRC network – ircs:// (TLS required) – webchat: info


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 familiarize 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, 2009-11-09

In The Media

Lennart Mühlenmeier, Netzpolitik, 2023-07-26
Lennart Mühlenmeier, Netzpolitik, 2023-07-26
Ernie Smith, Motherboard, 2023-05-15
Adi Robertson, The Verge, 2023-05-08
Ernie Smith, Motherboard, 2023-04-27
Maya Posh, Hackaday, 2023-03-31
Tommaso Meo, Wired Italia, 2022-03-25
Karl Bode, VICE, 2022-02-28
Chris Stokel-Walker, Input, 2022-02-18
Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 2021-04-25

Archive Team is in no way affiliated with the fine folks at ARCHIVE.ORG Archive Team can always be reached by e-mail at or by IRC at the channel #archiveteam (on hackint).