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And we've been trashing our history

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: URLTeam 2

Scripts only

Manual projects

Active Projects Not Yet Ingesting

  • Sketch: Sony doesn't seem to like their user's sketches. Shutting down 2019-09-30. IRC Channel #SketchedOut.
  • Instaudio has started the process of shutting down, and is no longer accepting new uploads. IRC Channel,
  • Reddit: Banning communities that generate bad PR for Reddit Inc. IRC Channel #shreddit.

Proposed projects

Recently finished projects

  • Make Magazine: "EVERYTHING RELATED TO MAKE MAGAZINE. GET IT ALL. START IMMEDIATELY." (SketchCow, 2019-06-04) IRC Channel #archivebot.
  • Facepunch Forums: Contained ~33 million posts and shut down on 2019-06-12. IRC Channel #faceplant.
  • YTMND: Shut down on 2019-05-12. Content and database were donated to Archive Team. IRC Channel TBD.
  • Google+: Google finally realised they failed. Shut down on 2019-04-02. Archive Team's largest grab to date with just short of 1.4 PiB (1424 TiB) saved. IRC Channel #googleminus.
  • Google Plus Comments on Blogspot: More content deleted during the Google+ shutdown. Comments removed from blogs starting 2019-02-04 but accessible for archiving until 2019-03-07. Approximately 30 million blogs scanned, and the comments of 181,565 blogs that contained Google+ comments were saved.

Hiatus / Missed the Mark

ArchiveTeam uses the EFnet IRC network – irc:// – webchat: info


What is What

  • 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

  • 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.

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

Matt Binder, Mashable, 2019-03-18
Steven Melendez, Gizmodo, 2019-03-04
Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing, 2018-12-19
Ana Valens, The Daily Dot, 2018-12-19
Samantha Cole, Motherboard, 2018-12-19
Mike Masnick, Techdirt, 2018-12-18
Sean Captain, Fast Company, 2018-12-12
Ronaldo Gogoni, Meio Bit, 2018-01-05
Nathaniel Artosilla, Christian Post, 2018-01-05
John Diente, Tech Times, 2018-01-04

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 channel on EFnet.