Type of site
|Area served||Worldwide (except China and Bahrain)|
|Written in||Java, 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.
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. 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.