Wayback Workshop

Don’t feed fake news your links

Direct links to unreliable sources boost the ad revenue and SEO of the unreliable site. Link the right way: Use the web-archived copy of the fake news for the link. (The form above fetches Wayback Machine capture URLs.)


If you often need to archive pages, this bookmarklet may help. Drag this to your bookmarks bar, then click the bookmark to save any page you’re currently browsing:

Wayback Save

Code javascript:location.href = '//web.archive.org/save/' + location.href;" onclick="this.select();

If you often encounter dead links (404s, etc.) in your research, this bookmarklet will search for captures of the URL in the Wayback Machine:

Wayback Find

Code javascript:void(window.open('https://web.archive.org/web/*/'+location.href.replace(/\/$/, '')));" onclick="this.select();

DIY Wayback links

You can manually prepend an URL to get its Wayback Machine captures and views:

To find the latest capture: https://web.archive.org/web/
Example: https://web.archive.org/web/https://iffy.news/index/

To find the first capture: https://web.archive.org/web/0/
Example: https://web.archive.org/web/0/https://iffy.news/index/

To find a capture near a date: https://web.archive.org/web/YYYY/
Can be a year, month, or day year or month (YYYYMMDD).
Example: https://web.archive.org/web/202006/https://iffy.news/index/

To view a calendar of all captures: https://web.archive.org/web/*/
Example: https://web.archive.org/web/*/https://iffy.news/index/

To save (capture) a page now: https://web.archive.org/save/
Example: https://web.archive.org/save/https://iffy.news/index/

xkcd comic: The Internet Archive is so weird. If it didn't exist, it would sound totally implausible.
xkcd: Internet Archive