Wayback Machine: Now with 240,000,000,000 URLs

Today we updated the Wayback Machine with much more data and some code improvements.  Now we cover from late 1996 to December 9, 2012 so you can surf the web as it was up until a month ago.  Also, we have gone from having 150,000,000,000 URLs to having 240,000,000,000 URLs, a total of about 5 petabytes of data.   (Want a humorous description of a petabyte?  start at 28:55)  This database is queried over 1,000 times a second by over 500,000 people a day helping make archive.org the 250th most popular website.

live 2012 election coverageOver the past year we archived tons of pages about the United States 2012 presidential election.  You can revisit the New York Times live coverage page from election day, the campaign sites of Republican hopefuls like Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, and mini-scandals like Romney’s car elevator or using aspirin as contraceptives.  The Wayback record of the 2008 election was recently used by the Sunlight Foundation to contrast how Obama’s team dealt with disclosing inauguration donors then vs. now, so hopefully the 2012 election content will prove just as useful in the future.

city of heroes siteThe prolific volunteers of Archive Team spent a lot of time this year archiving web sites on the verge of disappearing and then contributing those records to Internet Archive.  City of Heroes (including the boards with years of posts), Fortune City and Splinder were all saved from the proverbial wood chipper.

The updated version does have at least one known issue – there is a small amount of older content missing from the index, and it will take us another month or two to sort out that problem.  In the mean time, you can still visit the previous version of the Wayback with that content.

We would like to thank the following for all their efforts in making the updated Wayback Machine:

  • Andy Bezella
  • Aaron Binns
  • Hank Bromley
  • Kris Carpenter
  • Dominic Dela Cruz
  • Vinay Goel
  • Jake Johnson
  • Brewster Kahle
  • Jeff Kaplan
  • Ilya Kreymer
  • Raj Kumar
  • John Lekashman
  • Noah Levitt
  • Adam Miller
  • Gordon Mohr
  • Ralf Muehlen
  • Kenji Nagahashi
  • Alexis Rossi
  • Jim Shankland
  • Sam Stoller
  • Brad Tofel
  • Travis Wellman

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43 Responses to Wayback Machine: Now with 240,000,000,000 URLs

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  2. Mich D says:

    Amazing how much you have cataloged… and how often I use it. You seem to be the only way to find things that were once here but now are lost. The very best use of the web archives though… is 110% being able to show my kids ‘how it used to be’! absolutely hilarious to see people who only know the web of this century when they are shown things from the last. Keep on rocking out the best and only archive of the digital evolution folks, you are doing an awesome job 🙂

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  6. omalone1 says:

    G Wiz,

    it is such a useful tool and I am grateful for it

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  15. Tony says:

    Wow, that’s a really big envelope you guys are pushing. It’s good to know that we can beam in to that Pot of Gold … and that the idea embodied in the name “Community Memory” has been so righteously realized.

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  19. fermuar says:

    Thank you Wayback Machine

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  23. Wally Ballou says:

    I have often praised your website, but I finally realized that talk is cheap, so I sent in some $$. Not much, but I wanted to give something back.

  24. arron says:

    very useful tool this is!

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  26. Digital Isdn says:

    Today we updated the Wayback Machine with much more data and some code improvements. Now we cover from late 1996 to December 9, 2012 so you can surf the web as it was up until a month ago. Also, we have gone from having 150,000,000,000 URLs to having 240,000,000,000 URLs

  27. Poland user says:

    Archived is from october 1996 to 28 january 2013. Twelwe days ago…

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  32. Edugeek says:

    Help!
    I have not been able to access my Archive.org account. I have tried different browser’s software but I continue get Error 102 or server refuses request. I am a newbie regarding any programming problems. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
    Rick – bre1948@outlook.com

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  34. cidrealla says:

    is this machine providing fresh results as well or just older domains??

  35. my essay says:

    way back machine is one of the mostly used tools for competitor analysis and thanks for making it more functional and effective.

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  37. suddenly i want to research in Google “Wayback Machine” so i got your URL. You add this perfect article for every viewer thanks!

  38. Awesome work. This is a great news for the internet community as archive.org has the old to new cached copies of the pages of almost all the websites.

  39. albert says:

    way back machine is now archieve.org. it’s really a great news and thanks for continue services.

  40. This is a great news for the internet community as archive.org has the old to new cached copies of the pages of almost all the websites.

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