Wayback Machine

Wayback Machine
Stylized text saying: "INTERNET ARCHIVE WAYBACK MACHINE". The text is in black, except for "WAYBACK", which is in red.
Type of site
Archive
Founded
  • May 10, 1996 (1996-05-10) (private)
  • October 24, 2001 (2001-10-24) (public)
Area servedWorldwide (except China and Bahrain)
OwnerInternet Archive
URLweb.archive.org Edit this at Wikidata
CommercialNo
RegistrationOptional
Current statusActive
Written inJava, Python

The Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the World Wide Web founded by the Internet Archive, a nonprofit based in San Francisco, California. Created in 1996 and launched to the public in 2001, it allows the user to go "back in time" and see how websites looked in the past. Its founders, Brewster Kahle and Bruce Gilliat, developed the Wayback Machine to provide "universal access to all knowledge" by preserving archived copies of defunct web pages.[1]

Launched on May 10, 1996, the Wayback Machine had more than 38.2 million records at the end of 2009. In June 2022, the machine has saved more than 698 billion web pages.[2] More than one million web pages are added daily.

In 1996, Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, and Bruce Gilliat, a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), developed the Wayback Machine as a tool for creating a universally accessible digital library, supporting the Internet Archive's mission of universal access to all knowledge.

  1. ^ Kahle, Brewster (November 23, 2005). "Universal Access to all Knowledge". Internet Archive. Retrieved June 5, 2022.
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/

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