Chromebot

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chromebot aka. crocoite was an IRC bot parallel to ArchiveBot that uses Google Chrome and thus is able to archive JavaScript-heavy and bottomless websites. On 2021-04-21 the bot was shut down. WARCs were uploaded twice a day to the chromebot collection on archive.org. For a given item in the collection, you can see what URLs are saved in the warc by looking at the associated jobs.json.gz file.

By default the bot only grabs a single URL. However it supports recursion, which is rather slow, since every single page needs to be loaded and rendered by a browser. A dashboard is available for watching the progress of such jobs.

Usage

crocoite usage documentation

Command Description

chromebot: a <url> -r <policy> -j <concurrency>

Archive <url> with <concurrency> processes according to recursion <policy>.
chromebot: s <uuid> Get job status for <uuid>.
chromebot: r <uuid> Revoke or abort running job with <uuid>.

Please note that the commands are case-sensitive.

URL lists can be archived using recursion, for example:

chromebot: a https://transfer.notkiska.pw/inline/UpfR/HollyConrad-tweets -r 1 -j 4

chromebot will assume all lines starting with http(s):// are valid links. Note that the list itself must be returned by the server as an *inline* document, not as a download (attachment).

Restrictions

Instagram

chromebot has been blacklisted by Instagram. When trying to archive any Instagram.com website, chromebot responds with the following error:

<Instagram.com URL> cannot be queued: Banned by Instagram

Cloudflare DDoS protection

chromebot should be able to circumvent Cloudflare's DDoS protection, but scrolling and other behaviour may be disabled after the reload (issue #13 on GitHub).

People

PurpleSym maintains software, scripts, pays the server bills and has administrative access. katocala is a server administrator.