archive.today (formerly archive.is) is an archive site which stores snapshots of web pages.[2] It retrieves one page at a time similar to WebCite, smaller than 50MB each, but with support for modern ("Web 2.0") sites such as Google Maps and Twitter.

Archive.is uses headless browsing to record what embedded resources need to be captured to provide a high-quality memento, and creates a PNG image to provide a static and non-interactive visualization of the representation.[3]

Archive.today can capture individual pages in response to explicit user requests.[4][5][6]

Since July 2013, archive.is supports the Memento Project application programming interface (API).[7][8]


Archive.today was founded in 2012. The site originally branded itself as archive.today, but in May 2015 changed the primary mirror to archive.is.[9] In January 2019, it began to deprecate the archive.is domain in favor of the archive.today mirror.[10]

Worldwide availability


In March 2019 the site was blocked by several Australian internet providers in the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings in an attempt to limit distribution of the footage of the attack.[11][12][13]


According to GreatFire.org, archive.is has been blocked in China since March 2016,[14] archive.li since September 2017,[15] and archive.fo since July 2018.[16]


On July 21, 2015, the operators blocked access to the service from all Finnish IP addresses, stating on Twitter that they did this in order to avoid escalating a dispute they allegedly had with the Finnish government.[17]


In Russia, only HTTP access is possible; HTTPS connections are blocked.[18][19]


CloudFlare's does not resolve archive.is domains.[20][21]


Archive.is records only text and images, excluding video, xml, rtf,[spreadshett] (xls or ods) and other non-static content. It keeps track of the history of snapshots saved, returning to the user a request for confirmation before adding a new snapshot of an already saved Internet address.[22]

The research toolbar enables advanced keywords operators, using * as the wildcard character. A couple of quotation marks address the search to an exact sequence of keywords present in the title or in the body of the webpage, whereas the insite operator restricts it to a specific Internet domain.[23]

Once a web page is archived, it cannot be deleted directly by any Internet user[24]. Nevertherless, archive.is regularly controls or deletes web pages saved some days before, without any policy or right of discussion and appeal.

While saving a dynamic list, archive.is searchbox shows only a result that links the previous and the following section of the list (e.g. 20 links for page).[25] The other web pages saved are filtered, and sometimes may be found by one of their occurrences.

See also


  1. ^ "Archive.is Site Info". Site Info. Alexa Internet. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  2. ^ Martin Brinkmann (22 April 2015). "Create publicly available web page archives with Archive.is". Ghacks. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  3. ^ Brunelle, Justin F.; Kelly, Mat; Weigle, Michele C.; Nelson, Michael L. (25 January 2015). "The impact of JavaScript on archivability". International Journal on Digital Libraries. 17 (2): 95–117. doi:10.1007/s00799-015-0140-8.
  4. ^ Dascalescu, Dan (18 February 2013). "Web page archiving – Dan Dascalescu's Wiki (review)". Wiki.dandascalescu.com. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  5. ^ Koebler, Jason (29 October 2014). "Dear GamerGate: Please Stop Stealing Our Shit". Motherboard. There is no way for a website to protect itself from having an Archive.today user mirror the site.
  6. ^ "archive.is/faq". archive.is. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  7. ^ Nelson, Michael L. (9 July 2013). "Archive.is Supports Memento". Research and Teaching Updates. Web Science and Digital Libraries Research Group at Old Dominion University. Archived from the original on 27 July 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  8. ^ "archive.is". Memento Protocol Information. Memento Development Group. Archived from the original on 15 September 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Why did you change the URL back from archive-today to archive-is?". Archive.is Blog. May 3, 2015. Archived from the original on June 1, 2015.
  10. ^ "Please do not use archive.IS mirror for linking". archive.today Twitter account. January 4, 2019. Archived from the original on 2019-01-06.
  11. ^ "ISPs in AU and NZ start censoring the internet without legal precedent". Private Internet Access. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Australia joins New Zealand in eroding the digital civil liberties of its people in the wake of the recent terror attack". Reclaim The Net. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  13. ^ "New Zealand ISPs Say They're Blocking Sites That Fail To Remove Christchurch Shooting Video". Gizmodo Australia. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  14. ^ "archive.is is 100% blocked in China". GreatFire Analyzer. 12 August 2018. Archived from the original on 12 August 2018.
  15. ^ "archive.li is 100% blocked in China". Great Fire Analyzer. 12 August 2018. Archived from the original on 12 August 2018.
  16. ^ "archive.fo is 100% blocked in China". Great Fire Analyzer. 12 August 2018. Archived from the original on 12 August 2018.
  17. ^ Lapintie, Lassi (22 July 2015). "Suomalaisilta estettiin haktivistien suosimalla verkkosivulla käynti" [Finns' access to website used by hacktivists blocked]. Iltalehti (in Finnish). Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  18. ^ Elistratov, Vladimir (29 January 2016). "Роскомнадзор заблокировал сервис archive..., хранящий копии веб-сайтов". TJournal (in Russian). Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  19. ^ Cushing, Tim (4 February 2016). "Russia Blocks Another Archive Site Because It Might Contain Old Pages About Drugs". Techdirt. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  20. ^ https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=17742457
  21. ^ https://community.cloudflare.com/t/archive-is-error-1001/18227/14
  22. ^ "Example snapshot history on archive.is".
  23. ^ For example, the string insite: https://en.wikipedia.org "World Cup" returns the "World+Cup"/ related snapshots
  24. ^ "Some Frequently Asked Question". archive.is blog. Retrieved Nov 12, 2018.
  25. ^ "Example of dynamic list retrieved by Worldcat".

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