Wayback Machine Scheduled Outage Friday through Monday

Update Wednesday 5:45pm: We spent the day fixing hardware and brought up 7 of the machines that were down.  About 90% of the Wayback Machine data is back online now.  We do still have a few machines that don’t want to power up again, and will continue to work on getting that remaining data back online as soon as possible.


Update Monday 12PM PT: We should be up now except for a small % of our data (we have a network switch that didn’t make it though the maintenance).  About 80% of the data is accessible right now, we should have the other 20% online again some time tomorrow.


Update Monday 8:30AM PT:  Power to most of the Wayback machine’s storage servers has not been restored yet.   Engineers are working on it, and we will keep you informed via this blog post.



The Wayback Machine will be offline from Friday evening, October 7, through Sunday, October 9, 2011.  We expect the Wayback to be back in service by Monday morning (PST), October 10, 2011.

So, what’s up?  Maintenance is being done on the data center and cooling system where a large percent of the Wayback’s content is stored, and we’ll need to shut off the power there for the duration of the work.

We aren’t making any changes to the Wayback Machine.  When we power back up some time on Sunday, things should just start working again.  If you are seeing any issues with the Wayback on Monday morning (PST), please drop us a note at info at archive dot org.

40 thoughts on “Wayback Machine Scheduled Outage Friday through Monday

  1. Daniel

    It made me realise how annoying the web can be without the Wayback Machine at one’s fingertips =)

  2. Linda

    Thank you so much for your hard work! I wouldn’t know what to do without this site. I love the WBM Beta, by the way. Makes it really easy and quick to find things.

  3. Baikal

    I tried to access the Wayback Machine multiple times until I saw the notice that it is down. Well, I guess I’ll have to wait until tomorrow.

    Wish you best with the maintenance work!

  4. Auto

    Thanks for letting us know this in advance. Just a suggestion, use a large UPS or small generators to prevent outages in the future. We in the military use UPS and generators to insure we are never down.
    Just a thought.

    Just also want to thank you. Seriously – Thanks for providing a very valuable service!!!

  5. mpop

    I use the wayback machine only a couple times a year.
    I found a great site but it shut down last week and today when i tried to use wayback…
    It’s just my luck that i tried it on this particular weekend.

  6. angel bulbhead

    mpop, don’t forget, it can take a while for sites to come up on the web.archive, perhaps as long as six months.

    Monday morning here in UK and still down, I figure PST is pacific standard time and it’s at the end of the world, just before the land of the rising sun.

    Missed it though.

  7. Marc

    Thanks for this. When I discovered it I was at awe knowing somewhere some people had this brilliant idea, for the internet is such a volatile place. Things come and go forever it seems.

  8. Yury

    I can not work normally without wayback machine. This is a very useful service and I hope that it work is to recover as soon as possible.

  9. Sam

    wanted to checkup history of some site’s but saw the server was still down? Its monday allready here:p When can we use this usefull service again?:$


  10. Henny Savenije

    I use this site occasionally in case everything goes wrong (or at least a number of things) and I don’t have a backup of that particular part of my site (anymore)

    In this case I was looking for old guestbook entries since the database I use now wasn’t compatible for the Korean language. I just wanted to enter the old entries again.

    Well, I will just have to wait for Monday. Great service though. Thanks

  11. RC Flying

    It’s such a fantastic service, mind-blowing really when you think of the scale of it, that I’m surprised you managed to keep it going as well as you do without having to go offline for maintanance more often.

  12. Sam

    Like mpop, I only use the wayback machine a couple times a year, but when I do need it boy am I glad that it’s there!
    Thanks for the awesome archive.

  13. Tom Smith

    If the Arab Spring can start a revolution it’s what the ‘so called’ Freeworld needs.
    Keep up the good work

  14. elvis

    The Wayback Machine is a goldmine! I have just discovered this site, and I can’t wait to explore all the different features of Archive.Org!

  15. Ray

    Hope the servers are back up soon. Being without it just makes me realize how much I rely on this service and how awesome it is.

  16. merle

    Ugh… Apparently I have been living under a rock and I just discovered this site Friday evening. When I try it this morning, I get this message: “We were unable to get the robots.txt document to display this page.” What does that mean?

    1. travis

      We check the robots.txt twice. Once when the site is crawled, and once when the crawled data is served. This gives content owners some retroactive control.

      1. anonymous

        But what happens the original owner/company is gone and there is now a domain parking monetization site using this name with
        User-agent: *
        Disallow: /
        in its robots.txt?

  17. Jonas

    I take it that things haven’t gone quite as smoothly as planned?
    I’m mostly still getting these messages when i try to use the Wayback Machine:

    The machine that serves this file is down. We’re working on it.

  18. Ror

    When I click on the share button the circle comes up and keeps spinning, for some reason I can’t upload anything. Any suggestions?

  19. Tae

    Today a Gateway Time-out message is appeared when the server is trying to load pages too slowly.

    How to get Wayback Machine fixed and working without Gateway Time-out messages?

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