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Content is not officially archived, but some sites take up the effort. However, those very sites are often themselves in danger of collapse.
Content is not officially archived, but some sites take up the effort. However, those very sites are often themselves in danger of collapse.
URL 4chan.org
Project status Online!
Archiving status Special case
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam

4chan is said to be one of the most significant and "interesting" websites in existence. It has a unique anonymous imageboard posting system, and has a disproportionate influence on English-language internet culture.

The website eventually deletes threads after they reach a bump limit. However, numerous archive sites and wikis have taken up the task of saving threads and images. Numerous others have fallen. We need to keep watch on these fragile, community supported archives, since they can easily collapse without warning.

Contents

Scripts

Some scripts you can use to archive 4chan threads yourself.

  • BASC Archiver - Python-based 4chan Thread Archiver for Windows/Mac OS X/Linux. Archives everything: Images, Thumbnails, Thread HTML, JSON, etc.
  • FoolFuuka - Make your own 4chan board archiver website. Fuuka will grab every single thread from 4chan and save it for later public access.

Current Projects

Update: As of 04-08-2014, Moot is retiring the Filesharing search board (/rs/) and the Discussion boards (dis.4chan.org). The Discussion boards are being hidden from the main site, but kept in a read-only state; this could be a good Warrior/Wget side project.

  • dis.4chan.org - 4chan's 2ch-style text boards. All posts from the beginning of the forum's existence are archived, unlike most of 4chan. Therefore, it gives a rare historic snapshot of 4chan's past.
    • New posts can no longer be made, but the existing threads are still available. It is probably prudent to start slurping them down with wget; 4chan generally isn't archived on the Internet Archive.
  • /rs/ - 4chan's filesharing link search board. All filesharing links ever posted to any 4chan board have been recorded here.
    • Not sure if it is still available... Seems to be down with no archives ever made. Could have a few snapshots on the Internet Archive.

Fuuka-based Archivers

Fun Fact: Asagi is the eldest of the Ayase sisters. Fuuka is the middle sister. The Ayase family lives next door to Yotsuba. Get it? - eksopl

Fuuka is a 4chan board dumper that allows servers to archive entire boards on 4chan. It was invented by Anonymous of Russia (aka Andrey Osenenko) and improved by eksopl (Github). Asagi is a re-implementation of the Fuuka dumper (in Java) with some significant improvements. Created by eksopl.

FoolFuuka is a significantly improved fork of Fuuka & Asagi, (still being) developed by the FoolCode Team: with a better theme, better design, performance optimization, post-thread comments and even a fully functional imageboard, It is used by Archive.moe, and various others.

It would be a good idea to persuade these archivers to upload database dumps to the Internet Archive, just in the very likely case that some disaster befalls them.

The 4chan-X extension maintains an updated list of all Fuuka Archivers, as well as their start and end dates. Very useful.

Boards not currently archived via Fuuka

  • /sp/ - Sports (due to a troublesome CP spammer during the April Uprising)
    • Archive.moe abandoned the archival effort, but uploaded it's contents to the Internet Archive for someone else to continue.
    • Someone needs to take over soon. We're already missing the Superb Owl threads.
  • /j/ - Janitor & Moderator Discussion (staff board; obviously not archivable)
    • Some parts of the board have been archived thanks to various leaks throughout the years, a collection of all known files from /j/ can be downloaded here.

Archive.moe

Archive.moe
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URL archive.moe
Project status Online!
Archiving status Not saved yet
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam

Archive.moe is a union of archivists that inherited the boards of Archive.Foolz.us.

For now, it seems like Archive.moe will attempt to hold all full-size images without deletion.

Board Date of Oldest Thread Pedigree Thumbnails Oldest Full Image
/a/ - Animu & Mango 2008-02-03 archive.moe <- foolz.us <- easymodo.net <- green-oval.net Yes, Restored  ???
/biz/ - Business and Finance 2014-02-13 (from birth) archive.moe <- foolz.us Yes Yes, All
/c/ - Cute Animu 2012-04-02 archive.moe <- foolz.us <- thedarkcave.org Yes  ???
/co/ - Comics and Cartoons 2012-05-21 archive.moe <- foolz.us Yes  ???
/diy/ - Do It Yourself 2011-10-23 archive.moe <- foolz.us <- installgentoo.net Yes  ???
/g/ - Technology 2010-02-07 rbt.asia & archive.moe <- installgentoo.net rbt.asia preferred No
/gd/ - Graphic Design 2013-03-18 archive.moe <- foolz.us Lost before 2014  ???
/h/ Hentai 2012-01-25 archive.moe <- foolz.us Lost before 2014  ???
/i/ - Oekaki 2011-11-05 archive.moe <- foolz.us Yes Yes, All
/int/ - International 2013-01-08 archive.moe <- foolz.us <- thedarkcave.org Some Restored  ???
/jp/ - Otaku Culture 2008-02-20 (from birth) archive.moe <- foolz.us <- easymodo.net Yes  ???
/k/ - Weapons 2012-07-13 archive.moe <- heinessen.com Yes  ???
/m/ - Mecha 2009-03-27 archive.moe <- foolz.us <- easymodo.net Some Restored  ???
/mlp/ - Pony 2012-03-27 (from birth) archive.moe <- heinessen.com Yes Internet Archive
/out/ - Outdoors 2013-03-18 (from birth) archive.moe <- foolz.us <- thedarkcave.org Yes  ???
/po/ - Papercraft and Origami 2010-10-20 archive.moe <- foolz.us <- thedarkcave.org Yes Yes, All
/q/ - 4chan Feedback 2012-08-08 (from birth) archive.moe <- foolz.us (board closed 2013-09-18) Some Restored  ???
/qa/ - Questions and Answers 2015-01-23 (from birth) archive.moe Partial? Partial
/r9k/ - ROBOT 9001 2012-06-02 archive.moe <- heinessen.com Yes  ???
/s4s/ - Shit 4chan Says 2013-10-01 archive.moe <- (???) Yes Yes, All
/sci/ - Science 2010-05-12 archive.moe <- foolz.us <- installgentoo.net <- green-oval.net/gentooman Yes  ???
/tg/ - Traditional Games 2010-02-23 archive.moe <- foolz.us <- easymodo.net Yes  ???
/tv/ - Television and Film 2010-02-01 archive.moe <- foolz.us <- installgentoo.net <- green-oval.net/gentooman Some Restored  ???
/u/ - Yuri 2011-06-04 archive.moe <- foolz.us Lost before 2014  ???
/v/ - Video Games 2012-02-12 archive.moe <- foolz.us Lost before 2014 Partial
/vg/ - Video Games Generals 2012-02-16 (from birth) archive.moe <- foolz.us Lost before 2014
/vp/ - Pokemon 2013-03-13 archive.moe <- foolz.us Yes  ???
/vr/ - Retro Games 2013-03-18 (from birth) archive.moe <- foolz.us Yes  ???
/wsg/ - Worksafe GIF 2012-06-04 (from birth) archive.moe <- foolz.us Yes  ???

rbt.asia/rebeccablacktech.com

rebeccablacktech
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URL rbt.asia
Project status Online!
Archiving status Not saved yet
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam

Status: Online Saves Images?: Yes

A Fuuka archiver for /con/, /cgl/, /g/, /mu/, /qa/, and /w/. /soc/ moved to fgts.

Board Date of Oldest Thread Full Images Pedigree
/cgl/ - Cosplay & EGL 2012-05-06 Yes rbt.asia <- ???
/con/ - Conventions 2013-09-29 (from birth) Yes rbt.asia
/g/ - Technology 2011-11-11 Yes rbt.asia <- installgentoo.net
/mu/ - Music 2013-05-30 Yes, Temp. rbt.asia
/qa/ Questions & Answers 2015-01-23 (from birth) Yes, for now rbt.asia
/w/ - Anime/Wallpapers 2012-01-11 Yes rbt.asia <- ???

warosu.org

warosu.org
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URL warosu.org
Project status Online!
Archiving status Not saved yet
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam

Status: Online Saves Images?: Partially (all boards except /g/)

Board Date of Oldest Thread Full Images
/3/ - 3DCG 2014-01-12 Yes
/biz/ - Business & Finance 2014-03-15 Yes
/cgl/ - Coslay & EGL 2014-03-15 Yes
/ck/ - Cooking 2012-12-01 Yes
/fa/ - Fashion 2013-03-13 Yes
/g/ - Technology 2013-03-13 No
/ic/ - Artwork/Critique 2013-10-28 Yes
/jp/ - Otaku Culture 2013-10-05 Yes
/lit/ Literature 2011-06-26 Yes
/sci/ - 2012-07-02 Yes
/tg/ - Traditional Games 2013-04-01 Yes
/vr/ - Retro Games 2013-04-01 Yes

archive.4plebs.org

archive.4plebs.org
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URL archive.4plebs.org
Project status Online!
Archiving status Not saved yet
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam

Status: Online Saves Images?: Yes

Board Date of Oldest Thread
/adv/ - Advice 2014-01-12
/f/ - Flash 2014-03-15
/hr/ - High Resolution 2012-12-01 (around birth)
/o/ - Auto 2013-03-13
/pol/ - Politically Incorrect 2013-10-28
/s4s/ - Shit 4chan Says 2013-10-05
/tg/ Traditional Games 2011-06-26
/trv/ - Travel 2012-07-02
/x/ - Paranormal 2013-04-01

fgts.jp

fgts.jp
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URL fgts.jp
Project status Online!
Archiving status Not saved yet
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam

Status: Online Saves Images?: Yes

A Fuuka archiver for /asp/, /b/, /cm/, /h/, /hc/, /hm/, /n/, /p/, /qa/, /r/, /s/, /soc/, and /y/. All except /asp/, /cm/, /n/, /p/ and /qa/ are NSFW.

Board Date of Oldest Thread
/asp/ - Alternative Sports 2013-12-02
/b/ - Random[fgts-b 1] 2015-01-04
/cm/ - Cute/Male 2013-01-29
/h/ - Hentai 2013-02-20
/hc/ - Hardcore 2013-03-05
/hm/ - Handsome Men 2013-08-12
/n/ - Transportation 2013-05-23
/p/ - Photography 2014-03-29
/qa/ - Question & Answer 2015-01-23 (from birth)
/r/ - Request 2014-02-02
/soc/ - Cams & Meetups 2013-12-26
/y/ - Yaoi 2012-12-16
  1. Due to concerns about illegal content, access to the fgts.jp /b/ archive is only available while connected to a IRC channel.

archive.nyafuu.org

archive.nyafuu.org
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URL archive.nyafuu.org
Project status Returning to Service
Archiving status Not saved yet
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam

Status: Returning to Service Saves Images?: Maybe

Start Date: ??? Temporary Shutdown Date: 2014-08-27 Restoration Date: In progress (as of 2015-02-11)

A Fuuka archiver for /c/, /e/, /w/, and /wg/, provides full image archiving, created by VoH. /e/ is NSFW.

It temporarily shut down on August 27, 2014, and all the boards were inherited safely by archive.loveisover.me.

Now that Nyafuu is coming back (as of 2015-02-11), loveisover.me is in the process of returning the archives back to Nyafuu.

Board Date of Oldest Thread Pedigree
/c/ - Anime/Cute 2011-06-08 nyafuu.org (in progress) ~ loveisover.me <- nyafuu.org
/e/ - Ecchi 2012-10-13 nyafuu.org (in progress) ~ loveisover.me <- nyafuu.org
/w/ - Anime/Wallpapers 2012-01-11 nyafuu.org (in progress) ~ loveisover.me <- nyafuu.org
/wg/ - Wallpapers/General 2013-04-10 nyafuu.org (in progress) ~ loveisover.me <- nyafuu.org

archive.loveisover.me

archive.loveisover.me
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URL archive.loveisover.me
Project status Online!
Archiving status Not saved yet
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam

Status: Online Saves Images?: Yes

A pure NSFW Fuuka archiver for /d/, /i/, /lgbt/, and /u/, created by Blade. It also inherited the archive.mawa.re /t/ archive.

Has assumed responsibility of boards formerly curated by archive.nyafuu.org /c/, /e/, /w/, /wg/, as of November 2014, but full image support (except for /e/) was temporarily disabled.

Now that Nyafuu is coming back (as of 2015-02-11), loveisover.me is in the process of returning the archives back to Nyafuu, and will hide the boards once finished.

Board Date of Oldest Thread Pedigree
/c/ - Anime/Cute 2011-06-08 nyafuu.org (in progress) ~ loveisover.me <- nyafuu.org
/d/ - Hentai/Alternative 2013-03-04 loveisover.me <- (???)
/e/ - Ecchi 2012-10-13 nyafuu.org (in progress) ~ loveisover.me <- nyafuu.org
/i/ - Oekaki 2011-11-05 loveisover.me <- (???)
/lgbt/ - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender 2014-04-12 loveisover.me
/t/ - Torrents 2012-06-08 loveisover.me <- mawa.re
/u/ Yuri 2013-06-23 loveisover.me
/w/ - Anime/Wallpapers 2012-01-11 nyafuu.org (in progress) ~ loveisover.me <- nyafuu.org
/wg/ - Wallpapers/General 2013-04-10 nyafuu.org (in progress) ~ loveisover.me <- nyafuu.org

imcute.yt

imcute.yt
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URL imcute.yt
Project status Online!
Archiving status Not saved yet
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam

Status: Online Saves Images?:Yes

A Fuuka archiver that started with /gif/, /int/, /jp/, /out/, presumably around 2014-08-09.

It's resumed archiving all boards originally covered by Heinessen (/an/, /fit/, /gif/, /mlp/, /r9k/, /sp/, /toy/) except /k/ and /x/. Unfortunately, only /fit/ and /mlp/ contain Heinessen's full archival history prior to 2014, since the rest were not backed up. (though Heinessen's /r9k/ history was inherited by Archive.moe).

It used to archive /sp/, but stopped in the aftermath of the /sp/ April Uprising.

Board Date of Oldest Thread Pedigree
/an/ - Animals & Nature 2014-10-15 imcute.yt
/fit/ - Fitness 2010-10-12 imcute.yt <- heinessen.com
/gif/ - Adult GIF 2014-08-09 imcute.yt
/int/ - International 2014-10-18 imcute.yt
/mlp/ - Ponies 2012-08-08 imcute.yt <- heinessen.com
/out/ - Outdoor 2014-07-12 (from birth) imcute.yt
/qa/ Q & A 2015-01-23 (from birth) imcute.yt
/r9k/ - ROBOT9000 2014-11-10 imcute.yt
/toy/ - Toys 2014-07-12 imcute.yt

List of Fuuka Archivers by board

Board Moe 4plebs Archive Love is Over Rebecca Black Tech warosu fgts imcute Total
/3/ - 3DCG No No No No Yes No No 1
/a/ - Anime & Manga Yes No No No No No No 1
/adv/ - Advice No Yes No No No No No 1
/an/ - Animals & Nature No No No No No No Yes 1
/asp/ - Alternative Sports No No No No No Yes No 1
/b/ - Random No No No No No Yes No 1
/biz/ - Business & Finance Yes No No No Yes No No 1
/c/ - Anime/Cute Yes No Yes No No No No 1
/cgl/ - Cosplay & EGL No No No Yes Yes No No 2
/ck/ - Food & Cooking No No No No Yes No No 1
/cm/ - Cute/Male No No No No No Yes No 1
/co/ - Comics & Cartoons Yes No No No No No No 1
/con/ - Conventions No No No Yes No No No 1
/d/ - Hentai/Alternative No No Yes No No No No 1
/diy/ - Do-It-Yourself Yes No No No Yes No No 2
/e/ - Ecchi No No Yes No No No No 1
/f/ - Flash No Yes No No No No No 1
/fa/ - Fashion No No No No Yes No No 1
/fit/ - Fitness No No No No No No Yes 1
/g/ - Technology No No No Yes Yes No No 2
/gd/ - Graphic Design Yes No No No No No No 1
/gif/ - Adult GIF No No No No No No Yes 1
/h/ - Hentai Yes No No No No Yes No 2
/hc/ - Hardcore No No No No No Yes No 1
/hm/ - Handsome Men No No No No No Yes No 1
/hr/ - High Resolution No Yes No No No No No 1
/i/ - Oekaki Yes No Yes No No No No 1
/ic/ - Artwork/Critique No No No No Yes No No 1
/int/ - International Yes No No No No No Yes 2
/jp/ - Otaku Culture Yes No No No Yes No No 2
/k/ - Weapons Yes No No No No No No 1
/lgbt/ - LGBT No No Yes No No No No 1
/lit/ - Literature No No No No Yes No No 1
/m/ - Mecha Yes No No No No No No 1
/mlp/ - Pony Yes No No No No No Yes 2
/mu/ - Music No No No Yes No No No 1
/n/ - Transportation No No No No No Yes No 1
/o/ - Auto No Yes No No No No No 1
/out/ - Outdoors Yes No No No No No Yes 2
/p/ - Photography No No No No No Yes No 1
/po/ - Papercraft & Origami Yes No No No No No No 1
/pol/ - Politically Incorrect No Yes No No No No No 1
/q/ - 4chan Feedback Yes No No No No No No 1
/qa/ - Question & Answer Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes 4
/r/ - Request No No No No No Yes No 1
/r9k/ - ROBOT9001 Yes No No No No No Yes 2
/s/ - Sexy Beautiful Women No No No No No Yes No 1
/s4s/ - Shit 4chan Says Yes Yes No No No No No 2
/sci/ - Science & Math Yes No No No Yes No No 2
/soc/ - Cams & Meetups No No No No No Yes No 1
/sp/ - Sports No No No No No No No 0
/t/ - Torrents No No Yes No No No No 1
/tg/ - Traditional Games Yes Yes No No Yes No No 3
/toy/ - Toys No No No No No No Yes 1
/trv/ - Travel No Yes No No No No No 1
/tv/ - Television & Film Yes Yes No No No No No 2
/u/ - Yuri Yes No Yes No No No No 1
/v/ - Video Games Yes No No No No No No 1
/vg/ - Video Game Generals Yes No No No No No No 1
/vp/ - Pokémon Yes No No No No No No 1
/vr/ - Retro Games Yes No No No Yes No No 2
/w/ - Anime/Wallpapers No No Yes Yes No No No 2
/wg/ - Wallpapers/General No No Yes No No No No 1
/wsg/ - Worksafe GIF Yes No No No No No No 1
/x/ - Paranormal No Yes No No No No No 1
/y/ - Yaoi No No No No No Yes No 1

Selective Archives

These websites archive a selection of threads that users vote to retain.

Swfchan

Swfchan is a massive Flash archive that scrapes and archives flashes from the 4chan /f/ board (among other places). 163831 have been saved as of 2015-02-11.

These flashes are an important artistic record of the culture back in the day.

However, it's funding situation is a bit precarious and relies heavily on pop-up ads and donations to stay alive. It's worth making a contingency backup of the site someday.

Dagobah

Dagobah, another Flash archive strongly associated with 4chan. Also has a ton of 2ch flashes by extension.

4chan Flash archive

4chan Flash archive
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URL 4chan.org/flash
Project status Online!
Archiving status Not saved yet
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam

A small archive of Flash files related to 4chan culture. Run by 4chan and updated very rarely by the staff. The archive was originally started to stop users from posting the same flashes over and over again; any file on the page is not allowed to be posted on /f/.

Sup/tg/

Suptg
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URL suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com
Project status Online!
Archiving status Not saved yet
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam

A site created by /tg/ members in 2009, it has a considerable community of its own, providing reviews and RPG materials. sup/tg/ has a uniquely crated archive with full image support. Unlike most other archives listed, moderators conduct routine purges of low-rated threads, a process they refer to as "graveyarding". The only other site that had a similar policy was Chanarchive, but they deleted threads while they were incoming.

4chandata/4chanarchive

4chandata
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URL 4chanarchive.net, formerly 4chandata.org
Project status Online!, inactive
Archiving status In progress...
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam

A considerably wide cross-section of 4chan's SFW boards, starting at August 8 2012. Ironically, despite being an imageboard archive, the site itself is unwilling to host images due to the possibility of legal issues surrounding content. While there is content overlap with the Fuuka-based archivers, the site's good to include for the sake of completeness. 4chandata was supplanted by 4chanarchive.net, and both sites appear to be in a precarious hosting situation with archiving coming to a sudden halt on November 20th 2014.

  • On 2015-02-25, an ArchiveBot session was started for both 4chanData.org and 4chanarchive.net, to scrape all thread text and upload it to the Wayback Machine before it disappears for good.
  • 100GB 4chandata.org Image Archive - An anon uploaded a full backup of over 100GBs of image data from this site before the images were deleted permanently.

4archive

4archive
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URL 4archive.org
Project status Online!
Archiving status Not saved yet
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam

Another site that saves threads on a unique platform, starting at January 17 2014. This site is notable as it is (currently) the only site archiving /b/. Images are stored separately through Imgur and Imageshack.

Fybertech 4archive

Status: Online Archived?:Yes, currently up to 2015-02-16. Archive again in two months.

Fybertech has one of the largest collections of 2008-2014 4chan threads, outside of the fallen Chanarchive and the modern 4archive. It archives any thread referenced in it's IRC channel, apparently.

The Bibliotheca Anonoma has made a contingency backup of all 9GBs of threads (up to 2015-02-16) to the Internet Archive.

Wikis

  • Encyclopedia Dramatica - The quintessential 4chan wiki.
  • Insurgency Wiki - Once, it was almost equal to ED in power and influence. Now, thousands of collapses and failures have reduced it to a broken mess. It would have been gone entirely if it was not for the Bibliotheca Anonoma, which happened to be examining Partyvan.info 2 days before it's collapse.
  • Bibliotheca Anonoma - A wiki designed to save the greatest treasures from around the internet. It strives to provide an index to the archives below to assess their value and display great works to the public. Because what good is a massive mess of information without a guide?
  • Yotsuba Society - A place dedicated to studying the culture of 4chan. Maintains a wiki that strives to restore Wikichan to it's former state. As of 1/16/14, the archival portion of the site is down. The archives have been moved in their entirety to the Stanford Digital Library.
  • Wikichan - The first major 4chan wiki, holding tons of important stories and content. It is the model for many 4chan archive projects to come. The entire wiki collapsed spectacularly several times without recourse, and is the prime example of the problems that occur when a major 4chan archive goes down.
  • LURKMOAR Wiki

Handmade Archives

4chan thread archives made thanks to the commands: "Right-click, Save As."

If you want to do this in the future, please use the BASC-Archiver (saves everything, full images, thumbnails, HTML, JSON, even child threads). "Right-click, Save As" isn't all that efficient and fails to save the full sized images, so please use the script.

Yotsuba Society Archives

The Yotsuba Society's 4Chan Archive, including separate Imageboard threads /a/, /cgl/, /vg/.

According to the included Message from Jkid: "The following .rar consists of every thread collected from 4chan from my personal archives which were intergrated into the (Yotsuba Society Archives from the Start in 2011) from 2008 to August 2013. Some of these files predate the fuuka archivers that currently exist today to archive almost every thread of every board with the exception of /b/ for obvious reasons.

From 2011 to August 2013 the Yotsuba Society Archives existed to preserve threads from 4chan and every other imageboard in the English chanverse, plus some threads from the Russian and Japanese chanverse. At it's peak, the Archives were the most visited part of the Yotsuba Society website, and the most popular part of the site were the direct downloads of the moot video archive." The message also includes information about the history of this collection.

Penfifteen Archive

In 2013, Vyrd discovered that some anon (whose native language is Finnish) had this curious, undocumented public archive of very, very early handarchived threads from 4chan (along with many other period-appropriate .swfs, videos, and images), spanning all the way from 2004-2008.

Apparently this may have simply been a personal home server that made it's files publicly accessible.

This repository is known as the Penfifteen Archive, and is the most important discovery of early 4chan threads to date. The Bibliotheca Anonoma has preserved it in the Internet Archive for future generations to enjoy.

4chan /soc/ Saved Thread Torrent

The ArchiveTeam grabbed this torrent containing a massive amount of hand-archived /soc/ threads.

Closed Archives

4chan Archives that have shut down, but either have dumps available or transferred their archives to other sites.

installgentoo.net

installgentoo.net
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URL archive.installgentoo.net
Project status Offline
Archiving status Inherited by rbt.asia and Archive.moe
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam

Status: Transferred Saves Images?: Partially (all boards except /mlp/ and /x/)

Start Date: 2011-??-?? End Date: 2014-02-??

Archived /diy/, /g/, /sci/, and /tv/ throughout it's lifetime. /tv/ and /sci/ were inherited from Green-Oval and Gentoomen. It may have also archived /pol/ and /k/ for a while, but those archives were transferred to other sites (I'm assuming Heinessen?)

It shut down around Feb. 2014 due to hosting problems, but thankfully dumps of all boards were made public and were inherited by rbt.asia and Foolz.us (now Archive.moe).

Board Date of Oldest Thread Pedigree
/diy/ - Do It Yourself 2011-10-23 archive.moe <- foolz.us <- installgentoo.net
/g/ - Technology 2011-11-11 rbt.asia <- installgentoo.net
/sci/ - Science 2010-05-12 archive.moe <- foolz.us <- installgentoo.net <- green-oval.net/gentooman
/tv/ - Television and Film 2010-02-01 archive.moe <- foolz.us <- installgentoo.net <- green-oval.net/gentooman

archive.mawa.re

Status: Transferred Archived?: Yes (by loveisover.me)

Start Date: 2014-01-19 End Date: 2013-09-07

Archived /t/. It was shut down by it's owner, but the backups were transferred to loveisover.me.

Board Date of Oldest Thread Pedigree
/t/ - Torrents 2012-06-08 loveisover.me <- mawa.re

archive.heinessen.com

Status: Some Lost, Some Transferred Saves Images?: Partially (all boards except /mlp/ and /x/)

Archived /an/, /fit/, /k/, /mlp/, /r9k/, /toy/, /x/. Also used the alternate domains archive.maidlab.jp and xfiles.to .

Closed on November 2014 due to personal reasons, but the /r9k/, /mlp/, and /k/ archives were made public. The /fit/ archive was privately released to imcute.yt and other undisclosed individuals.

Unfortunately, the admin decided to delete the /an/, /toy/, and /x/ archives without providing backups. These archives date all the way back to 2012.

  • imcute.yt inherits all the boards that Heinessen archives, (except for /k/ and /x/), but only inherited history for /fit/ and /mlp/.
  • 4plebs.net did not inherit it's /x/ archive, but their own archive dates back to 2013.
  • Archive.moe inherited the Heinessen /k/ archive. They also made public Heinessen's 282GB archive of all full-size images from /mlp/, which was then uploaded to the Internet Archive.
Board Date of Oldest Thread Pedigree
/an/ - Animals & Nature (2012?) Lost X- heinessen.com (not backed up)
/fit/ - Fitness 2010-10-12 imcute.yt <- heinessen.com
/gif/ - Adult GIF (2012?) Lost X- heinessen.com (not backed up)
/int/ - International (2012?) Lost X- heinessen.com (not backed up)
/k/ - Weapons 2012-07-13 archive.moe <- heinessen.com
/mlp/ - Ponies 2012-08-08 archive.moe & imcute.yt <- heinessen.com
/r9k/ - ROBOT9000 2014-11-10 archive.moe <- heinessen.com
/toy/ - Toys (2012?) Lost X- heinessen.com (not backed up)

Foolz Archive

Foolz Archive
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URL archive.foolz.us
Project status Offline
Archiving status Partially saved, Inherited by Archive.moe
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam

The predecessor to Archive.moe. When Easymodo announced that it's longtime /a/ archive would be shut down, Woxxy (part of the Foolz Scanlation Team) managed to obtain backups and continue where it left off. Later on, the FoolCode developers created, (and are still maintaining) **FoolFuuka**, a significantly improved version of the original Fuuka Archiver. It even allowed anons to comment on threads long after they closed.

Foolz also assumed the boards formerly archived by The Dark Cave, InstallGentoo (/g/, /diy/, /sci/), and Deniable Plausibility (/v/, /vg/).

On August 14, 2014, Foolz.us announced that the service would shut down. The entire archive was spun off and transferred to the newly-built Archive.moe.

Unfortunately, a mishap occurred where most of the thumbnails obtained by Archive.moe were lost forever: By the time the staff noticed that the transfer failed, foolz.net was already deleted. (need more info on this)

Board Date of Oldest Thread Pedigree
/a/ - Animu & Mango 2008-02-03 archive.moe <- foolz.us <- easymodo.net <- green-oval.net
/biz/ - Business and Finance 2010-10-12 (from birth) archive.moe <- foolz.us
/c/ - Cute Animu 2012-04-02 archive.moe <- foolz.us <- thedarkcave.org
/co/ - Comics and Cartoons 2012-05-21 archive.moe <- foolz.us
/diy/ - Do It Yourself 2011-10-23 archive.moe <- foolz.us <- installgentoo.net
/gd/ - Graphic Design 2014-07-12 archive.moe <- foolz.us
/int/ - International 2013-01-08 archive.moe <- foolz.us <- thedarkcave.org
/jp/ - Otaku Culture 2008-02-20 (from birth) archive.moe <- foolz.us <- easymodo.net
/m/ - Mecha 2009-03-27 archive.moe <- foolz.us <- easymodo.net
/mlp/ - Pony 2012-03-27 (from birth) archive.moe <- foolz.us
/out/ - Outdoors 2012-03-18 (from birth) archive.moe <- foolz.us <- thedarkcave.org
/po/ - Papercraft and Origami 2010-10-20 archive.moe <- foolz.us <- thedarkcave.org
/q/ - 4chan Feedback 2010-10-20 (from birth) archive.moe <- foolz.us (board closed 2013-09-18)
/sp/ - Sports Around 2012-06-12? abandoned, dump at Internet Archive <- archive.moe <- foolz.us
/sci/ - Science 2013-10-01 archive.moe <- foolz.us <- installgentoo.net <- easymodo.net <- green-oval.net + gentoomen
/tg/ - Traditional Games 2010-02-23 archive.moe <- foolz.us <- easymodo.net
/tv/ - Television and Film 2010-02-10 archive.moe <- foolz.us <- installgentoo.net <- green-oval.net + gentoomen
/v/ - Video Games 2012-02-12 archive.moe <- vidya.moe <- foolz.us <- deniableplausibility.net
/vg/ - Video Games Generals 2012-02-16 (from birth) archive.moe <- vidya.moe <- foolz.us <- deniableplausibility.net
/vp/ - Pokemon 2013-03-13 archive.moe <- foolz.us
/vr/ - Retro Games 2013-03-18 (from birth) archive.moe <- foolz.us
/wsg/ - Worksafe GIF 2012-06-05 (from birth) archive.moe <- foolz.us

vidya.moe

Status: Transferred

A short-lived archive for /v/ and /vg/. Shortly before it was shutdown it was revealed that it was actually run by Foolz Archive, launched after they found a way to continue offering public access to /v/'s archive, and run from a different domain due to fears that Foolz's userbase would react negatively to the archive being re-enabled. All of its content was transferred with the rest of Foolz's data to archive.moe.

Board Date of Oldest Thread Pedigree
/v/ - Video Games 2012-02-12 archive.moe <- vidya.moe <- foolz.us <- deniableplausibility.net
/vg/ - Video Games Generals 2012-02-16 (from birth) archive.moe <- vidya.moe <- foolz.us <- deniableplausibility.net

archive.thedarkcave.org

Status: Transferred

An archiver for /c/, /int/, /out/ (since birth), and /po/. All archives were transferred safely to Foolz in June 2014.

Board Date of Oldest Thread Pedigree
/c/ - Cute Animu 2012-04-02 archive.moe <- foolz.us <- thedarkcave.org
/int/ - International 2013-01-08 archive.moe <- foolz.us <- thedarkcave.org
/out/ - Outdoors 2012-03-18 (from birth) archive.moe <- foolz.us <- thedarkcave.org
/po/ - Papercraft and Origami 2010-10-20 archive.moe <- foolz.us <- thedarkcave.org

boards.deniableplausibility.net

An archiver for /v/ and /vg/. It may have started and suddenly stopped sometime in Summer 2014.

Foolz already archived the same date range, so nothing of value was lost. Though it would be nice if someone had the archives from this site, it could be used to restore /v/ and /vg/ thumbnails on Archive.moe.

Board Date of Oldest Thread Pedigree
/v/ - Video Games 2014-??-?? deniableplausibility.net
/vg/ - Video Games Generals 2014-??-?? deniableplausibility.net

Easymodo

easymodo.net
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URL archive.easymodo.net
Project status Offline
Archiving status Inherited by Foolz.us/Archive.moe
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam

Start Date: Unknown, possibly 2008 (when /jp/ was founded)? End Date: Around 2012

Easymodo archived /a/, /jp/ (from birth), /m/, /sci/, /tg/, and /tv/.

Mayhem states that the reason the Easymodo Info Page states for /a/: "Easymodo <- Green-Oval <- Easymodo" is because Easymodo came first, transferred it's /a/ archive around 2010 to Green-Oval later on, and then had to take it back when Green-Oval shut down. Confusing.

Eksopl gives a full history of Easymodo and the early days of the Fuuka Archiver here.

When Easymodo shut down, it made it's archives public in some kind of torrent. Foolz and InstallGentoo.net inherited it's collections.

To whomever has the Easymodo archive dumps, please upload it to the Internet Archive. They were essential when Archive.moe accidentally lost it's thumbnails, and should not be lost ever again.

  • Unfortunately, due to robots.txt, there are no Wayback Machine snapshots.
    • To future archives: Please do not torch your history, it makes our life unnecessarily harder, results in a distorted history for yourself, and hardly saves on traffic.
  • Source: Easymodo Info Page

green-oval.net

Start Date: ??? End Date: 2011?

When it shut down around the end of 2011, it hotlinked it's /a/ archive to Easymodo.

Anonymous of Russia

Some curious post-thread discussion in the earliest archived /a/ thread from February 2008, attests that there was a site that archived /a/ all the way to December 2007 (instead of just 2008).

The anon who ran that site was none other than Anonymous of Russia (aka Andrey Osenenko) himself.

However, he got subnet banned and failed to upload backups of those three months. What a shame.

Lost Archives

WorldAthleticProject

Status: Offline Archived?: No

Start Date: (sometime before Aug. 22 2013) End Date: 2013-10-23

WorldAthleticProject was an archiver for the boards /cm/, /s/, /con/, /e/, /h/, /hc/, /soc/, /s4s/, /d/, /pol/, /adv/, /trv/, /lgbt/, /r/, /u/, and /y/.

This archiver also attempted to make a Fuuka vertabrim archive of /b/. Unfortunately, given that /b/tards are a feisty bunch and post CP from time to time (and deletions are difficult to transfer to the archiver), despite having a decent report system, the owner probably wiped all data in a panic when the partyvan came to his door.

Apparently reports aren't enough, you need to log users as well, as fgts,jp will tell you in their archive.

This is the most significant loss of data since the Chanarchive. We need to catalog what was lost (check archival start dates), and possibly recover some bits via Internet Archeology on the Wayback Machine.

Foolzashit

Status: Offline

Start Date: (before June 2013) End Date: (around Nov. 2013)

Foolzashit was an archiver for /s4s/ (since it's inception).

Unfortunately, it was lost in it's entirety and backups were not made, so all /s4s/ posts predating Nov. 2013 (when 4plebs.org began archiving) are lost.

Chanarchive

Chanarchive (formerly 4chanarchive)
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URL Chanarchive.org, formerly 4chanarchive.org
Project status Offline
Archiving status Not saved yet
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam

4chan's primary archive site. Since 2006, significant 4chan threads have been archived on the 4chanarchive, creating a database of over 500GBs.

On 10/3/2012, Chanarchive without warning, temporarily shut down (almost permanently though.) On a 4chan thread, the owner stated that the site was banned from paypal and had their funds frozen, making it impossible to pay it's massive expenses. However, the operators of Encyclopedia Dramatica stepped in, and offered to host chanarchive.org, which was accepted by the site's creator/then-owner, "Capsized."

The site is still online as of 2/26/13, but no backups have been made as of yet. As of 1/16/14 the site is down and ED has given no indication to it returning. Internet Archive has intermittent captures of the site.

Zaiger, one former mod, stated that a hard drive containing parts of the site got corrupted, and was irreparable. The Chanarchive Team was thus unable to restore the site, or even a backup.

The Bibliotheca Anonoma is attempting to resurrect some portions of the site through Internet Archeology, by sifting through the Wayback Machine's many snapshots of 4chanarchive/Chanarchive. Not everything will be saved, and images are mostly lost, but a significant portion of the threads can at least be read.


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