Nick Sweeting edited this page Jan 11, 2019 · 5 revisions

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What are you having an issue with?:


Make sure you've followed the Manual Setup guide in the Install instructions first. Then check here for help depending on what component you need help with:


On some Linux distributions the python3 package might not be recent enough. If this is the case for you, resort to installing a recent enough version manually.

add-apt-repository ppa:fkrull/deadsnakes && apt update && apt install python3.6

If you still need help, the official Python docs are a good place to start.

Chromium/Google Chrome: depends on being able to access a chromium-browser/google-chrome executable. The executable used defaults to chromium-browser but can be manually specified with the environment variable CHROME_BINARY:

env CHROME_BINARY=/usr/local/bin/chromium-browser ./archive ~/Downloads/bookmarks_export.html
  1. Test to make sure you have Chrome on your $PATH with:
which chromium-browser || which google-chrome

If no executable is displayed, follow the setup instructions to install and link one of them.

  1. If a path is displayed, the next step is to check that it's runnable:
chromium-browser --version || google-chrome --version

If no version is displayed, try the setup instructions again, or confirm that you have permission to access chrome.

  1. If a version is displayed and it's <59, upgrade it:
apt upgrade chromium-browser -y
# OR
brew cask upgrade chromium-browser
  1. If a version is displayed and it's >=59, make sure is running the right one:
env CHROME_BINARY=/path/from/step/1/chromium-browser ./archive bookmarks_export.html   # replace the path with the one you got from step 1

Wget & Curl:

If you're missing wget or curl, simply install them using apt or your package manager of choice. See the "Manual Setup" instructions for more details.

If wget times out or randomly fails to download some sites that you have confirmed are online, upgrade wget to the most recent version with brew upgrade wget or apt upgrade wget. There is a bug in versions <=1.19.1_1 that caused wget to fail for perfectly valid sites.


No links parsed from export file:

Please open an issue with a description of where you got the export, and preferrably your export file attached (you can redact the links). We'll fix the parser to support your format.

Lots of skipped sites:

If you ran the archiver once, it wont re-download sites subsequent times, it will only download new links. If you haven't already run it, make sure you have a working internet connection and that the parsed URLs look correct. You can check the output or index.html to see what links it's downloading.

If you're still having issues, try deleting or moving the output/archive folder (back it up first!) and running ./archive again.

Lots of errors:

Make sure you have all the dependencies installed and that you're able to visit the links from your browser normally. Open an issue with a description of the errors if you're still having problems.

Lots of broken links from the index:

Not all sites can be effectively archived with each method, that's why it's best to use a combination of wget, PDFs, and screenshots. If it seems like more than 10-20% of sites in the archive are broken, open an issue with some of the URLs that failed to be archived and I'll investigate.

Removing unwanted links from the index:

If you accidentally added lots of unwanted links into index and they slow down your archiving, you can use the bin/purge script to remove them from your index, which removes everything matching python regexes you pass into it. E.g: bin/purge -r 'amazon\.com' -r 'google\.com'. It would prompt before removing links from index, but for extra safety you might want to back up index.json first (or put in undex version control).

Hosting the Archive

If you're having issues trying to host the archive via nginx, make sure you already have nginx running with SSL. If you don't, google around, there are plenty of tutorials to help get that set up. Open an issue if you have problem with a particular nginx config.

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