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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: Reddit
  • Webs: Vistaprint is killing off the Freewebs you knew from the 2000s on March 31 June 30, 2021, unless you pay up. IRC Channel #webbed (on hackint).
  • Periscope: Another Twitter acquisition, another shutdown. This time, its live-streamer gets to join Vine in the bin at the end of March. IRC Channel #microscope (on hackint).
  • URLTeam: URL shorteners were a fucking awful idea. IRC Channel #urlteam (on hackint).
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.
Scripts only
Manual projects
  • 2019-2021 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).
Upcoming & proposed projects
Recently finished projects
  • Bintray: JFrog is dismantling the software distribution platform used by numerous projects in May. IRC Channel #binnedtray (on hackint).
  • LiveLeak: Suddenly disappearing as of 2021-05-05. IRC Channel #deadleak (on hackint).
  • Super Mario Maker Bookmark: Nintendo making discovery of courses far more difficult. Now focused on manually archiving course data. IRC Channel #nintendone (on hackint).
  • Yahoo! Answers: This website, bought by Verizon, is the largest Q&A repository on the internet, but its answers to users' questions will be discarded on May 4, 2021. "What is Yahoo! Answers?" IRC Channel #noanswers (on hackint).
Hiatus / Missed the Mark
ArchiveTeam primarily uses the hackint IRC network – ircs:// (TLS required) – webchat: info ArchiveTeam also has some channels left on the EFnet IRC network – irc:// – 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
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
These crusaders want to preserve ‘human culture’ online. Their latest target: Yahoo Groups.
Hannah Knowles, Washington Post, 2019-12-11
Verizon verhindert Archivierung der Yahoo Groups
Daniel AJ Sokolov, heise online, 2019-12-11
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 #archiveteam (on hackint) channel on Hackint.
This page was last edited on 3 December 2020, at 16:40.
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