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Wayback Machine

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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" to 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]

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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; 27 years ago (1996-05-10) (private)
  • October 24, 2001; 22 years ago (2001-10-24) (public)
Area servedWorldwide (except China, Russia, India, and Bahrain)
OwnerInternet Archive Edit this at Wikidata
Current statusActive
Written inHTML, CSS, JavaScript, Java, Python.

Launched on May 10, 1996, the Wayback Machine had saved more than 38.2 billion web pages at the end of 2009. As of 20 August 2023, the Wayback Machine has archived 832 billion web pages.[2]

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