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This is the template sandbox page for Template:Webarchive (diff).
See also the companion subpage for test cases.
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This template is used on many pages and changes may be widely noticed. Test changes in the template's /sandbox or /testcases subpages, or in your own user subpage. Consider discussing changes on the talk page before implementing them.
This template is intended for external links. It is not designed for use as a citation template.
{{​Webarchive/sandbox​}} is for linking to web archiving services such as the Wayback Machine, WebCite and all other web archiving services.
This template is a replacement for {{wayback}}​, {{webcite}}​, {{memento}} and {{cite archives}}​.
In most cases the template needs only two arguments, the archive |url= and archive |date=.
{{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160801000000/http://example.com |date=1 August 2016}}
Produces: Archived 1 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine
Example 2:
{{webarchive |url=https://www.webcitation.org/5eWaHRbn4?url=http://www.example.com/ |date=12 February 2009}}
Produces: Archived 12 February 2009 at WebCite
It is also common to include a |title=
Example 3:
{{webarchive |url=https://www.webcitation.org/5eWaHRbn4?url=http://www.example.com/ |date=12 February 2009 |title=Page title}}
Produces: Page title at WebCite (archived 12 February 2009)
Multiple URLs​[​edit​]
The template optionally supports multiple URLs (up to 10) for linking to multiple archiving services for the same source link. The first url argument is |url= then |url2= .. |url10=. Each URL can have its own date and title argument, thus |date2= .. |date10= and |title2= .. |title10=.
Main options
The URL(s) to the archive service. There should always be a |url= which counts as the first url. Each |url#= can have its own numbered corresponding |date#= and |title#=. Matching of URL with date and title is done by numbers, not position. Numbers do not need to be in sequence, for example |url2= followed by |url5= works.
The date the page was archived. The date format displayed is the same as entered. If |date= is missing the template will make a best effort to find the date by decoding the archive URL (wayback and webcite for example provide this data in the URL), and will display the date in iso format by default. However including a date is recommended for date formatting reasons, and because other tools may not have the ability to decode the date from the URL.
The text displayed for the link. If no |title= is provided then |date= is displayed. Otherwise |title= takes precedence if both are set.
Secondary options
If set to any value, the archive service name will not be wikilinked.
This is a special option to support the merger of {{cite archives}}​. It may be deprecated in the future. Because CS1|2 templates do not currently support more than one archive link, this template will tack on additional archive links to the end of a CS1|2 template output. It takes two values: |format=addlarchives or |format=addlpages​. Addlarchives will display output appropriate for linking to multiple web archiving services. Addlpages will display output appropriate for linking to multiple pages at the same archive.
The number of possible examples is extensive depending on the mix of options. Some common cases follow. For more extensive testing see the testcases page.
  • Single link at Wayback with date and title (​recommended method)
    {{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160801101852/http://example.com |date=August 1, 2016 |title=Page title}}
    Produces: Page title at the Wayback Machine (archived August 1, 2016)
  • Single link at Wayback with date only
    {{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160801101852/http://example.com |date=August 1, 2016}}
    Produces: Archived August 1, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  • Single link at Wayback with no date and no title
    {{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160801101852/http://example.com}}
    Produces: Archived 2016-08-01 at the Wayback Machine
  • Single link at WebCite with no date and no title
    {{webarchive |url=https://www.webcitation.org/5eWaHRbn4?url=http://www.example.com}}
    Produces: Archived 2009-02-12 at WebCite
  • Single link at Archive.is with no date and no title
    {{webarchive |url=https://archive.is/2016.08.08-112330/http://example.com}}
    Produces: Archived 2016-08-08 at archive.today
  • Multi-link at Wayback with dates and titles (​recommended method)
    {{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160801/http://example.com |title=Page title |date=August 1, 2016 |url2=https://web.archive.org/web/20160901/http://example.com |title2=Page2 title |date2=September 1, 2016}}
    Produces: Page title at the Wayback Machine (archived August 1, 2016​(Timestamp length)). Additional archives: Page2 title.
  • Multi-link at Wayback with dates only
    {{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160801/http://example.com |date=August 1, 2016 |url2=https://web.archive.org/web/20160901/http://example.com |date2=September 1, 2016}}
    Produces: Archived August 1, 2016​(Timestamp length), at the Wayback Machine. Additional archives: September 1, 2016.
  • Multi-link at Wayback with titles only
    {{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160801/http://example.com |title=Page title |url2=https://web.archive.org/web/20160901/http://example.com |title2=Page2 title}}
    Produces: Page title at the Wayback Machine (archived 2016-08-01​(Timestamp length)). Additional archives: Page2 title.
  • Additional archives format:
    {{webarchive |format=addlarchives |url=https://www.webcitation.org/5eWaHRbn4?url=http://www.example.com/ |date=12 February 2009}}
    Produces: Additional archives: 12 February 2009.
  • Additional pages format:
    {{webarchive |format=addlpages |url=https://www.webcitation.org/5eWaHRbn4?url=http://www.example.com/ |url2=https://web.archive.org/web/20160901/http://example.com |date=12 February 2009}}
    Produces: Additional pages archived on 12 February 2009: Page 1, Page 2.
Tracking categories​[​edit​]
The template has a number of hidden tracking categories which may be added (via Module:Webarchive​):
Template maintenance​[​edit​]
The following can be done to maintain the template.
Monitor tracking categories
  • The tracking categories for "warnings" and "errors" can be monitored to alert for any problems in the data.
  • The tracking category for "unknown archives" may indicate a problem in the data; for example an editor used the source URL instead of the archive URL in the |url= field.
Monitor template argument usage
This tool shows which instances of the template are using which arguments—it shows for example that |access-date= is being used by five instances in five articles. Since this is an error (the template does not support |access-date=​) those five template instances should be fixed to remove the |access-date=​.
Configuration: verifydates
The template can verify that dates in URLs for Wayback, WebCite, and Archive.is match the date in the |date= argument. If the dates do not match it will display the date from the URL, add a red warning message "date mismatch", and add the article to the warning tracking category.
Because the verification function adds some overhead to the template, it can optionally be globally disabled by setting the variable "verifydates = no" (see the Module source in function p.webarchive()). Note that after setting to "yes", it can take a week or more for the tracking category to be fully populated. Set to "yes" if you are searching for problems in the data that need fixing (they'll show up in the tracking category).
Configuration: maxurls
The max number of URLs is 10 but this can be changed by setting the "maxurls" variable in the p.webarchive() function. This is a global variable that will affect all instances of the template, use with caution. Reducing the number will increase the template speed and reduce resource use.
This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools; see the monthly parameter usage report for this template.
TemplateData for Webarchive
A template for linking to offsite archives such as Wayback, WebCite, Archive.is, etc..
Template parameters
Archive URLurlURL to the archive.
Archive datedateDate of the archive.
January 1, 2016
Archive titletitleTitle (or text) displayed on the Wiki page for the link.
Date argument, or the word 'Archive'
Example website
WikilinknolinkWikilink to the archive's page in the rendering. Any value including blank means no wikilink.Stringoptional
Format of template rendering.formatFor multi-URL instances, render display in one of two formats.Stringoptional
The above documentation is transcluded from Template:Webarchive/doc​. (edit | history)
Editors can experiment in this template's sandbox (edit | diff) and testcases (edit) pages.
Add categories to the /doc subpage. Subpages of this template.
Categories​: Template sandboxes
This page was last edited on 28 August 2018, at 14:35 (UTC).
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