Wayback Machine

Wayback Machine
Stylized text saying: "INTERNET ARCHIVE WAYBACK MACHINE". The text is in black, except for "WAYBACK", which is in red.
Screenshot
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Visualization of wikipedia.org archives on Wayback Machine (December 2015)
Type of site
Archive
Area servedWorldwide (except China)
OwnerInternet Archive
URLweb.archive.org Edit this at Wikidata
RegistrationOptional
LaunchedOctober 24, 2001 (2001-10-24)[1][2]
Current statusActive
Written inJava, Python

The Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the World Wide Web, founded by the Internet Archive, a nonprofit library based in San Francisco.[3] It allows the user to go “back in time” and see what websites looked like in the past. Its founders, Brewster Kahle and Bruce Gilliat, developed the Wayback Machine with the intention of providing "universal access to all knowledge" by preserving archived copies of defunct webpages.

Since its launch in 1996, over 544 billion pages have been added to the archive. The service has also sparked controversy over whether creating archived pages without the owner's permission constitutes copyright infringement in certain jurisdictions.

  1. ^ "WayBackMachine.org WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info – DomainTools". WHOIS. Archived from the original on May 14, 2020. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  2. ^ "InternetArchive.org WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info – DomainTools". WHOIS. Archived from the original on May 12, 2020. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  3. ^ "Wayback Machine General Information". archive.org. Archived from the original on December 5, 2019. Retrieved March 2, 2021.