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Website host of game content, 1996-2012
Website host of game content, 1996-2012
Status Closing
Archiving status In progress...
Archiving type Unknown
IRC channel #fireplanet (on hackint)

FilePlanet is no longer hosting new content, and "is in the process of being archived [by IGN]."

FilePlanet hosts 87,190 download pages of game-related material (demos, patches, mods, promo stuff, etc.), which needs to be archived. These tend to be larger files, ranging from 10MB patches to 3GB clients. We'll want all the arms we can for this one, since it gets harder the farther the archiving goes (files are numbered chronologically, and Skyrim mods are bigger than Doom ones).

What We Need

How to help

  • Have bash, wget, grep, rev, cut
  • >100 gigabytes of space, just to be safe
  • Put somewhere (I'd suggest ~/somepath/fileplanetdownload/ ) and "chmod +x" it
  • Pick a free increment (eg 110000-114999) and tell people about it (#fireplanet in EFnet or post it here). Be careful. In lower ranges a 5k range might work, but they get HUGE later. In the 220k range and probably lower too, we better use 100 IDs per chunk.
  • * Keep the chunk sizes small. <30G would be nice. The less the better.
  • Run the script with your start and end IDs as arguments. Eg "./ 110000 114999"
  • Take a walk for half a day.
  • You can tail the .log files if you are curious. See right below.
  • Once you are done with your chunk, you will have a directory named after your range, eg 110000-114999/ . Inside that pages_xx000-xx999.log and files_xx000-xx999.log plus the directory.
  • Done! GOTO 10

In the end we'll upload all the parts to If you have an account, you can use eg s3cmd.

s3cmd --add-header x-archive-auto-make-bucket:1 --add-header "x-archive-meta-description:Files from Fileplanet (, all files from the ID range 110000 to 114999." put 110000-114999.tar s3://FileplanetFiles_110000-114999

s3cmd put 110000-114999/*.log s3://FileplanetFiles_110000-114999/

Mind the trailing slash.


  • For planning a good range to download, check but be aware that apparently that does not cover all IDs we can get by simply incrementing by 1. Schbirid downloaded eg the file 75059 which is not listed in the sitemaps. So you can not trust that ID list.
  • The range 175000-177761 (weird end number since that's when the server ran out of space...) had ~1100 files and 69G. We will need to use 1k ID increments for those ranges.
  • Schbirid mailed to on the 3rd of May, no reply.


Range Status Number of files Size in gigabytes Downloader
00000-09999 Done, archived 1991 1G Schbirid
10000-19999 Done, archived 3159 9G Schbirid
20000-29999 Done, archived 6453 7G Schbirid
30000-39999 Done, archived 4085 9G Schbirid
40000-49999 Done, archived 5704 18G Schbirid
50000-54999 Done, locally 2706 24G Schbirid
55000-59999 Done, archived (bad URL) 2390 24G Schbirid
60000-64999 Done, archived 2349 24G Schbirid
65000-69999 Done, archived 305 4G Schbirid
70000-79999 Done, archived 59 0.2G Schbirid
80000-84999 In progress Debianer
85000-89999 In progress SmileyG
90000-109999 Done, empty 0 0 Schbirid
110000-114999 Done, archived 2139 35G Schbirid
115000-119999 In progress codebear
120000-124999 In progress codebear
125000-129999 In progress S[h]O[r]T
220000-220499 Done, locally 250 35G Schbirid


Fileplanet number of IDs from the sitemaps per 1k range.png