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Web Archiving: Tools

Web archiving tools are available at several levels of technical expertise and cost levels. This is a non-exhaustive list of common tools used for web archiving.

DIY Web Archiving

There are several option for users with limited finances or technical expertise to web archive personal or other small collections. Below are a few options that are manageable by individuals without institutional or organizational support.

DIY Tools

Wayback Machine

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  • Developed and maintained by the Internet Archive
  • https://archive.org/web/
  • The Wayback Machine can be as simple as a user adding a link to be archived. This is only available for sites that allows crawlers
  • There is also API availability for user to build their own tools.

Webrecorder

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WARCreate

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Large-Scale Web Archiving

Large-scale web archiving occurs at an organization or institutional level. Larger organizations have access to funding for subscription service or have a technical team with the expertise to install and manage software. Below are a few of the more commonly used tools.

Large-Scale Tools

Archive-It

Heretrix

MirrorWeb
  • Developed by MirrorWeb Limited
  • https://www.mirrorweb.com/
  • MirrorWeb is a non-academic subscription web archiving service that provides various resources for website archiving, social media archiving, and public archiving in both the public and private sector. This is not often used by academic or cultural heritage organizations at this time and they largely serve financial organizations.

Web Curator Tool

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