The Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the internet or the World Wide Web. Wayback Machine catalogs more than 341 billion web pages from as far back as 1996. You can find the website you want to see in its past charm can be found on Wayback Machine.

How to See a Website in the  Wayback Machine

  • Type the URL address of a website into the text box on the homepage.
  • Use the timeline at the top of the calendar to pick a year.
  • Choose the circles from the calendar for the year that you want to see (Note: only the days highlighted with a circle contain an archive).

You can see the page or site showed as it, what it looked like the day it was archived. Use the timeline at the top of the page to switch to a different day or year. You can copy the URL if you want to share that archive with someone else. You can also add a page to Wayback Machine. There is an ‘Advanced Search’ link just below the search input field. You can search on titles, creator, description, media type and others using the advanced search.  There is a ‘SORT BY’ bar to allow you to control which results are displayed, in what order and what ‘view’.

Save Page on Wayback machine
You can capture a web page as it appears now for use as a trusted citation in the future by giving the site/page address and by clicking ‘save page’. The internet archive only grabs sites that allow crawlers. The Wayback machines automated crawlers were unaware of their existence of some sites at the time of the crawl, so it is not available in the wayback machine. Some sites some sites were not archived because they were password protected, blocked by robots.txt file, or otherwise inaccessible to their automated systems.

How to find the Date/Time of Wayback captures

Just check the date code embedded in the archived URL. This is the list of numbers in the middle; it translates as yyyymmddhhmmss in GMT. For example, in this URL the date the site was crawled was Feb 29, 2000 at 12:33 and 40 seconds.

Who made the Wayback Machine?
“Alexa Internet, in cooperation with the Internet Archive, has designed a three-dimensional index that allows browsing of web documents over multiple time periods and turned this unique feature into the Wayback Machine”-as explained by the Wayback machine.

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