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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 Capture
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:

2021-08-19 10:03:38
[,2008:Repository/19818273/netarchivesuite-7.2 netarchivesuite-7.2]
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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

Activity Feed[edit]

Below the last 5 commits:

2021-11-17 10:43:22
[,2008:Grit::Commit/2fad6ab352d1f932669f1c5b8f3c7350aff55071 Changed log level.]
by csrster
2021-10-13 06:23:40
[,2008:Grit::Commit/9ea5aefda0f8b97159d90e98203f545b7c7600f7 Changed expected appliaction set in SystemTest to match new configura…]
by csrster
2021-10-13 06:16:36
[,2008:Grit::Commit/0fe311646422afdbc3d46bebc0d550af56e558bd Added handling for IDENTIFY_TIMEOUT and correct handling of out-of-sy…]
by csrster
2021-10-12 07:35:50
[,2008:Grit::Commit/fa6ad587d2ca341a37f1c95a72cc699737b71052 Improved logging in PutFileEventHandler]
by csrster
2021-09-15 11:53:24
[,2008:Grit::Commit/4f2a7081eba3dbf57dd74356caac68bf394bb4de Added some logging.]
by csrster