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Archive-It is the leading web archiving service for collecting and accessing cultural heritage on the web. It is a service provided by the Internet Archive.
License:Fee based
Platforms:Web based
Function:Service,Web Capture
Content type:Web

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Archive-It is a subscription-based web archiving service from the Internet Archive, helping organizations to create complete records of digital materials appearing on the web. Organisations choose the frequency with which they collect these snapshots of content, creating records of their changes over time.


The Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library

Licensing and cost[edit]

Fee-based service; licensing information not available.

Platform and interoperability[edit]

Archive-It is a web-based application, which renders it platform agnostic.

Functional notes[edit]

Archive-It advertises the ability to collect a wide range of content, including html, images, video, audio, PDF, and social networking sites. Internet Archive data centres store all content as ARC files, which reside on multiple servers. Harvests can be set to ten capture frequencies, with additional tools helping to expand or limit scope. The service also includes a report function, aiding in analysis of both individual harvests, and the collection as a whole.

Documentation and user support[edit]

Tech support is included in the subscription service, as well as access to online training sessions and help documentation.


The service provides a straightforward and somewhat customizable web interface for both administrators and users. Collections are browseable by URL and indexed for full text search.

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]

Archive-It allows the addition of Dublin Core metadata to the materials.

Influence and take-up[edit]

As of December 2021, Archive-It is used by more than 900 partner organizations, including colleges and universities, federal, state and local governments, museums, public libraries, not-for-profit organizations and more.

User Experiences[edit]

Development Activity[edit]

Service is active as of writing. The Internet Archive is a self-funded not-for-profit organisation; Archive-It is one of their core services, receiving ongoing development and support.