Wayback: The Ultimate Web Archiving and Playback Tool to Safeguard Web Content

Wayback: The Ultimate Web Archiving and Playback Tool to Safeguard Web Content

Wayback is an impressive, free and open-source web archiving and playback tool that empowers users to capture and safeguard web content. It offers a user-friendly IM-style interface for receiving and presenting archived web content, along with a comprehensive search and playback service for retrieving previously archived pages.

Wayback features a modular and customizable architecture, making it flexible and adaptable to different use cases and environments. It supports multiple storage backends and can be integrated with other services.

Wayback is specifically designed to cater to the needs of web archivists, researchers, and individuals who aspire to preserve web content and conveniently access it in the future.

Features

  • Free and open-source software that allows users to access its complete source code for transparency and customization.
  • Provides the capability to expose prometheus metrics, enabling users to monitor and analyze system performance.
  • Ensures cross-platform compatibility, allowing users to use the software on different operating systems.
  • Implements a batch processing feature that allows for faster archiving of multiple wayback URLs at once.
  • Includes a built-in command-line interface (CLI) called wayback for easy and convenient usage.
  • Offers the option to function as a Tor Hidden Service or local web entry, providing additional privacy and accessibility options.
  • Simplifies the process of archiving web content to popular platforms such as Internet Archive, archive.today, IPFS, and Telegraph.
  • Facilitates interactions with various messaging platforms, including IRC, Matrix, Telegram bot, Discord bot, Mastodon, Twitter, and XMPP, by running as a daemon service.
  • Supports publishing wayback results to Telegram channels, Mastodon, and GitHub Issues, making it easy to share archived content.
  • Allows users to store archived files locally for offline access, ensuring availability even without an internet connection.
  • Enables the downloading of streaming media for media archiving purposes, requiring the installation of FFmpeg for this functionality.

Install

1- using Go

go install github.com/wabarc/wayback/cmd/wayback@latest

2- via Bina

curl -fsSL https://bina.egoist.dev/wabarc/wayback | sh

3- Snapcraft

sudo snap install wayback

4- Homebrew for macOS

brew tap wabarc/wayback
brew install wayback

5- RPM (Linux)

sudo rpm --import https://repo.wabarc.eu.org/yum/gpg.key
sudo tee /etc/yum.repos.d/wayback.repo > /dev/null <<EOT
[wayback]
name=Wayback Archiver
baseurl=https://repo.wabarc.eu.org/yum/
enabled=1
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=https://repo.wabarc.eu.org/yum/gpg.key
EOT

sudo dnf install -y wayback

6- APT (Linux)

curl -fsSL https://repo.wabarc.eu.org/apt/gpg.key | sudo gpg --dearmor -o /usr/share/keyrings/packages.wabarc.gpg
echo "deb [arch=amd64,arm64,armhf signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/packages.wabarc.gpg] https://repo.wabarc.eu.org/apt/ /" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/wayback.list
sudo apt update
sudo apt install wayback

How to use?

$ wayback -h

A command-line tool and daemon service for archiving webpages.

Usage:
  wayback [flags]

Examples:
  wayback https://www.wikipedia.org
  wayback https://www.fsf.org https://www.eff.org
  wayback --ia https://www.fsf.org
  wayback --ia --is -d telegram -t your-telegram-bot-token
  WAYBACK_SLOT=pinata WAYBACK_APIKEY=YOUR-PINATA-APIKEY \
    WAYBACK_SECRET=YOUR-PINATA-SECRET wayback --ip https://www.fsf.org

Flags:
      --chatid string      Telegram channel id
  -c, --config string      Configuration file path, defaults: ./wayback.conf, ~/wayback.conf, /etc/wayback.conf
  -d, --daemon strings     Run as daemon service, supported services are telegram, web, mastodon, twitter, discord, slack, irc, xmpp
      --debug              Enable debug mode (default mode is false)
  -h, --help               help for wayback
      --ia                 Wayback webpages to Internet Archive
      --info               Show application information
      --ip                 Wayback webpages to IPFS
      --ipfs-host string   IPFS daemon host, do not require, unless enable ipfs (default "127.0.0.1")
  -m, --ipfs-mode string   IPFS mode (default "pinner")
  -p, --ipfs-port uint     IPFS daemon port (default 5001)
      --is                 Wayback webpages to Archive Today
      --ph                 Wayback webpages to Telegraph
      --print              Show application configurations
  -t, --token string       Telegram Bot API Token
      --tor                Snapshot webpage via Tor anonymity network
      --tor-key string     The private key for Tor Hidden Service
  -v, --version            version for wayback

License

  • GPL-3.0 license

Resources

  1. Download and Source-code
GitHub - wabarc/wayback: An archiving tool with an IM-style interface that prioritizes privacy and accessibility, integrated with various archival services including Internet Archive, archive.today, IPFS, Telegraph, and file systems.
An archiving tool with an IM-style interface that prioritizes privacy and accessibility, integrated with various archival services including Internet Archive, archive.today, IPFS, Telegraph, and fi…

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Hazem Abbas

Written by Hazem Abbas

Medical Doctor by trade, but also a software developer. Linux Avid user. I write primary; open-source medical apps, dev tools and libraries I use, and off-topic like horse riding.
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