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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
  • Angelfire: Angelfire is a web hosting service that contains big chunks of early WWW history and has no proper backup. IRC Channel #angelonfire.
  • URLTeam: URL shorteners were a fucking awful idea. IRC Channel #urlteam.

Scripts only

Manual projects

Active Projects Not Yet Ingesting

  • Yahoo! Groups: Years of internet threads, soon to go private-only. IRC Channel #yahoosucks
  • Freeml: Japanese mailing list provider is sending its final email December 2nd. IRC Channel #fml.
  • Reddit: Banning communities that generate bad PR for Reddit Inc. IRC Channel #shreddit.

Proposed projects

Recently finished projects

  • Your Shot: National Geographic no longer cares about it, nor anybody else's shots. IRC Channel #gotshot (on hackint).
  • Sketch: Sony doesn't seem to like their user's sketches. Shut down 2019-09-30. IRC Channel #SketchedOut.
  • TinyPic: Millions of tiny pics from the late 2000s/early 2010s were scattered to the winds on September 16th September 9th. IRC Channel #tinydick.
  • The Artist Union: Staff have gone dark for some time, this site is in danger of being lost to time. IRC Channel #theabandonoftheartists.

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 familiarise 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.