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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: Telegram
An updated Warrior virtual appliance (v3.2) is now available with better support for newer projects that utilize wget-at. Please download it using the link above.
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).
  • 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
  • Coub: Coub's looping videos will loop no more come April 1, 2022 for some time longer after an aborted shutdown. IRC Channel #coup (on hackint).
  • Radikal: Panic grab of a Russian image host with "a billion" images and "a million" videos which shut down on 2022-03-10. IRC Channel #deradikalize (on hackint).
Hiatus / Missed the Mark
ArchiveTeam uses the hackint IRC network – ircs:// (TLS required) – webchat: info
What is What
Who We Are and how you can join our cause!
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
The Introduction is an overview of basic archiving methods.
Why Back Up? Because they don't care about you.
Back Up your Facebook Data Learn how to liberate your personal data from Facebook.
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.
Recommended Reading links to others sites for further information.
Frequently Asked Questions is where we answer common questions.
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, Nov. 09, 2009
In The Media
Internet Archive sta cercando di salvare i siti ucraini
Tommaso Meo, Wired Italia, 2022-03-25
Archivists Make Sure the Internet Doesn’t Forget Russia’s War on Ukraine
Karl Bode, VICE, 2022-02-28
Yahoo, the Destroyer
Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 2021-04-25
How Yahoo Answers went from Q&A site to total collapse
Adam Smith, The Independent​, 2021-04-13
We're Archiving Yahoo Answers So You'll Always Know How Babby Is Formed
Dhruv Mehrotra and Shoshana Wodinsky, Gizmodo, 2021-04-09
RIP Yahoo Answers: It Died As It Lived, Needlessly And Stupidly
Katie Notopoulos, BuzzFeed News, 2021-04-05
The Hacker Who Archived Parler Explains How She Did It (and What Comes Next)
Leland Nally, VICE, 2021-01-12
RIP Adobe Flash: Five Takeaways About the Plug-in’s Legacy in Net Art
Rea McNamara, Hyperallergic​, 2020-12-18
It’s Time to Archive the Internet Archive
Samantha Cole and Jason Koebler, VICE, 2020-06-09
The Old Internet Died And We Watched And Did Nothing
Katie Notopoulos, Buzzfeed News, 2019-12-28
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).
This page was last edited on 24 April 2022, at 19:48.
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