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Wayback Machine Archiver

Wayback Machine Archiver (Archiver for short) is a commandline utility writen in Python to backup Github Pages using the Internet Archive.


The best way to install Archiver is with pip:

pip install wayback-machine-archiver

This will give you access to the script simply by calling:

archiver --help

You can also clone this repository:

git clone
cd wayback-machine-archiver
python ./wayback_machine_archiver/ --help

If you clone the repository, Archiver can be installed as a local application using the script:

git clone
cd wayback-machine-archiver
./ install

Which, like using pip, will give you access to the script by calling archiver.


You can schedule a backup by specifying the URL a web page, like so:


This will submit the main page of my blog,, to the Wayback Machine for archiving.

You can also archive all the URLs specified in a sitemap.xml as follows:

archiver --sitemaps

This will backup every page listed in the sitemap of my website,

You can backup multiple pages by specifying multiple URLs or sitemaps:

archiver --sitemaps

Sitemaps often exclude themselves, so you can request that the sitemap itself be backed up using the flag --archive-sitemap-also:

archiver --sitemaps --archive-sitemap-also

Archiver requires the requests library by Kenneth Reitz. Archiver supports Python 2.7, and Python 3.4+.

Setting Up a Sitemap.xml for Github Pages

It is easy to automatically generate a sitemap for a Github Pages Jekyll site. Simply use jekyll/jekyll-sitemap.

Setup instructions can be found on the above site; they require changing just a single line of your site's _config.yml.

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