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NetarchiveSuite is a web archiving software package designed to plan, schedule and run web harvests of parts of the Internet.
License:GNU Lesser General Public License
Function:Web Crawl
Content type:Web


The NetarchiveSuite is a web archiving software package designed to plan, schedule and run web harvests of parts of the Internet. It is also serves as an archiving platform for the collected materials, storing and performing consistency checks of the data.


The Royal Library of Denmark and the State and University Library of Denmark

Platform and interoperability[edit]

Netarchive requires a computer running a Linux operating system with Sun Java 1.6, as well as Java Messaging Service. The software uses Heritrix as its web crawler.

Functional notes[edit]

The NetarchiveSuite is split into four main modules: three modules corresponding to processes of harvesting, archiving and accessing materials, and one module to coordinate functions. The Harvester module can organise both snapshot and recurring harvests; it supports packaging metadata about the harvest together with the harvested data. The Archive module advertises bit consistency checks and the ability to support distributed batch jobs; it also supports storage. The Access Module uses a proxy solution to give access to the material. As the software uses Heritrix for its crawls, the materials collected take the form of arc files (not to be confused with ARC files).

Documentation and user support[edit]

Netarchive’s website includes extensive documentation, including an Overview and Quick Start Manual. Detailed guidance is found in the Configuration, Installation, and User Manuals. Developer guidance is found in the System Design and Additional Tools Manual. The website also points to a new Wiki that as of writing is in some places incomplete, and in general rather difficult to navigate. The project supports four mailing lists, all of which are currently active: -announce; -curator; -devel; and -users. The site also includes a contact page with email addresses for individuals at KB, SB, BnF, and ONB.


The Suite advertises its ability to be used by librarians rather than systems administrators; its Quickstart installation option is designed to take an hour, and the GUI for ongoing use is extremely simple.

Expertise required[edit]

With any web archiving project, deep understanding of the project’s scope and collections policy is essential in order to set up appropriate targets.

Standards compliance[edit]

No standards compliance is obviously advertised.

Influence and take-up[edit]

The Royal Library of Denmark and the State and University Library have used NetarchiveSuite to harvest the Danish world wide web since 2005. The software is also used by the Bibliothèque nationale de France, and Österreichische Nationalbibliothek.

User Experiences[edit]

Development Activity[edit]

Version 4.1 was released 27th May 2013. Version 4.2 should be released at the end of June 2013. The software appears to be an integral part of the Libraries’ ongoing web archiving effort, indicating continuing support. The website includes a roadmap for the software.

All development activity is visible on GitHub:

Release Feed[edit]

Below the last 3 release feeds:

2021-07-06 10:50:26
[,2008:Repository/19818273/netarchivesuite-7.1 netarchivesuite-7.1]
by csrster
2021-03-19 08:54:06
[,2008:Repository/19818273/netarchivesuite-7.0 netarchivesuite-7.0]
by csrster
2021-03-18 07:12:29
[,2008:Repository/19818273/7.0-RC4 7.0-RC4]
by csrster

Activity Feed[edit]

Below the last 5 commits:

2021-07-15 13:06:46
[,2008:Grit::Commit/ea179c16682e4c885cc4cdd90c0cc388871d8348 Fixed api calls to new dnsjava]
by csrster
2021-07-15 12:55:05
[,2008:Grit::Commit/4100b6a03522368c5e229a9a893d7458c72b7a55 Replaced transitive dnsjava with explicit import (completely purged now)]
by csrster
2021-07-15 11:57:29
[,2008:Grit::Commit/3dec86c2b13056e8865abf04409afdc182c6912c Replaced transitive dnsjava with explicit import]
by csrster
2021-07-15 07:50:31
[,2008:Grit::Commit/2daa6a7e569f5c874201ba5881f271503a0ab31d Updated Heritrix snapshot version]
by csrster
2021-07-15 07:49:58
[,2008:Grit::Commit/0533aefea0a2c4d8f8f997f2c02c1c752605c0bd Updated to support new protocol-agnostic server-ip attribute in heritrix]
by csrster