Use Archive.ph to Save Snapshots of Web Pages

Photo of 2 women using Archive.ph on a laptop

Archive.ph, also known as archive.is and archive.today, is a tool that allows you to “archive” (or save snapshots of) web pages, which you can then share or keep for future reference.

In this article, we’ll talk about how to do that – and why you may want to.

How Archive.ph Works

It’s actually quite easy to use. Simply enter the URL that you want to snapshot and click ‘Save’.

Screenshot of Archive.ph's home page

From there, you may be offered a previous snapshot of the web page, which you can either accept or choose to save a new copy.

Then, wait a few minutes… and boom! You’ve got your snapshot. Archive.ph will provide a unique url for the page (ex. https://archive.is/vg74G), but there are other options for linking to the page, like:

You can check out archive.ph’s FAQ for more info.

Screenshot of a Cogipas webpage saved with Archive.ph

By the way, the site does have another option other than saving your own snapshot, and that’s to search the archive for previous snapshots of the page or domain you’re interested in.

This can be useful if you’re trying to find a page that’s already been deleted or altered – or just a page you saved previously.

Why Archive a Web Page?

There are a variety of reasons that one may want to create a snapshot of a web page, including:

  • Saving it for future reference, in case the current page is lost, edited, or deleted
  • Viewing a page without popups, tracking, or potential malware
  • Sharing a page that’s behind a paywall or without sending traffic to the website

...and many others.

Alternate URLs for Archive.ph

The site’s original domain was archive.today, but they eventually introduced new domains, including a .onion site (which works with Tor).

So, if you’re having trouble with a particular URL, try one of these instead:

There are a few others, but they don’t seem to be working at the time of publishing this article.

Alternatives to Archive.ph

If you’re looking for an actual alternative to archive.is, you can give archive.org a try. Its “Wayback Machine” aims to do something similar – but it’s even more robust, as it can archive entire websites rather than just snapshots of individual pages.

Screenshot of Archive.ph alternative archive.org, aka Wayback Machine

Also, while archive.ph does allow you to search for previously saved pages, archive.org’s existing archive is much bigger. So, if you’re looking for an older version of a particular site, you have a better chance of finding it there.

January 16, 2024

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