Internet Archive

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The Internet Archive is a non-profit organization that is building a digital library, including archival copy of much of the public web.

How to

Trigger an Archive

You can tell to crawl and archive a specific URL immediately.

$ curl -I -H "Accept: application/json"{url to archive} | grep Content-Location

and you'll get a response like:

Content-Location: /web/20160715203015/

(We have wiki entries for the -I option and the -H option to curl.)

The response includes the path to the archived page on Append this path to to build the final URL for the archived page.

Trigger Archive in PHP

PHP snippet to call the curl_exec() function with appropriate options/params to trigger an archive:

$options = 
array(CURLOPT_URL => ('' . $url_to_save),
      CURLOPT_HEADER => true,
      CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER => array('Accept: application/json'),
$ch = curl_init();
curl_setopt_array($ch, $options);
$response = curl_exec($ch);
$info = curl_getinfo($ch);

You can then check $info['http_code'] for a numeric HTTP return code to see if there was an error (e.g. >= 400) and take action accordingly.

Trigger Archive in Python (with requests)

This method requires the 'requests' Python library.

pip install requests
import requests

# fire and forget call
    verify = requests.get(
        '%s%s' % ('', target),

Trigger Archive in Ruby

This is a Ruby method that triggers archiving by the Internet Archive for a given URL. It returns the URL that you can visit to see the archived page. It uses the rest-client Ruby gem to make a GET request.

require 'rest-client'

def web_archive(url)
  archive_request_response = RestClient.get("{url}")
  "" + archive_request_response.headers[:content_location]


(new!) There is a Known plugin to auto-archive your posts and edits to your posts, as well as pages that you bookmark:



There is a useful little plugin Post Archival in the Internet Archive which will not only archive the user's post, but will also archive all the links within the post.

IndieWeb Examples

Jeremy Keith

Jeremy Keith has been pinging to archive pages that posts link to since 2016-09-26

Aaron Parecki

Aaron Parecki has been pinging with every URL that a Webmention is sent to since 2016-09-26


Tantek Çelik implemented (2016-11-13) pinging with every URL in a link/reply-to and has been doing it from since 2016-11-15.

Chris Aldrich

Chris Aldrich implemented (2017-01-07) pinging the archive with URLs of both his own posts as well as links within posts using Post Archival in the Internet Archive.


Kevin Marks implemented pinging the archive with URLs of the SVG display posts, and thus indirectly the SVGs themselves


Kevin Marks implemented (2017-01-24) pinging the archive with both the source and target URLs of the webmention so that they get preserved too.

Jonathan LaCour

Jonathan LaCour implemented on 4/04 (HAH!) in 2018 using the Known plugin.


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