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
  • 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
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. As of November 2022, the Wayback Machine had saved more than 780 billion web pages.[2]

  1. ^ Kahle, Brewster (November 23, 2005). "Universal Access to all Knowledge". Internet Archive. Retrieved June 5, 2022.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". web.archive.org. November 11, 2022. Archived from the original on November 11, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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