Search 300 Billion Web Pages With The Internet Archive


Wayback Machine (Internet Archive)The other day, a friend of mine posted about his new job. It sounded great, but I didn't even know that the role had been advertised so I was interested to look at the original ad. Google's cache didn't have a copy, so I headed to the best archive of old web pages there is - the Wayback Machine. Otherwise known as the Internet Archive. It currently has around 320 billion pages because, unlike Google, it doesn't overwrite pages each time it crawls them.

To use the Internet Archive, just head to and enter a URL. If the system has any cached copies of the page, you'll be shown a calendar with details of all the versions on file. Just click the one you want, and the page appears. Which is how I managed to retrieve a copy of the TechSupportAlert home page from 2001.

So next time Google's cache lets you down, or you just want to see what a certain web page looked like in its early days, check out the Wayback Machine. It's free to use.

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Thanks for the tip! I already use it frequently.

Been visiting the Internet Archive for many years. You should be aware that searching 300 billion web pages is just scratching the surface. There are movies, newsreels, TV shows and commercials even from the earliest days. You'll find software, music and other audio, books, journals, and links to libraries and fascinating (and often weird) websites from around the world. Easy to get started. Hard to pull yourself away. A real treasure.