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The Wayback Machine

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The Wayback Machine lets you travel back in time to see old websites. Plus the Internet Archive has thousands of vintage games, software, books, and more.

There is a place on the internet where you can travel back in time to see old websites. We might think of websites as eternal, always available and rarely changing. However, websites do evolve and they do disappear.

The Wayback Machine has captured and archived websites since the 1990s, as a way to preserve the history of the website part of the internet. You can find at least one version of almost all websites. And it’s fairly simple: visit http://archive.org and type in the URL of your favorite website.

Once you type a URL into The Wayback Machine, navigate past versions of a website with the timeline calendar at the top of the page. Click the timeline to visit past versions of a website.

 

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