Programming language: Python
License: MIT
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Latest version: v0.4.24

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ArchiveBoxOpen-source self-hosted web archiving.

โ–ถ๏ธ Quickstart | Demo | GitHub | Documentation | Info & Motivation | Community | Roadmap

"Your own personal internet archive" (็ฝ‘็ซ™ๅญ˜ๆกฃ / ็ˆฌ่™ซ) curl -sSL 'https://get.archivebox.io' | sh


ArchiveBox is a powerful, self-hosted internet archiving solution to collect, save, and view sites you want to preserve offline.

You can set it up as a command-line tool, web app, and desktop app (alpha), on Linux, macOS, and Windows.

You can feed it URLs one at a time, or schedule regular imports from browser bookmarks or history, feeds like RSS, bookmark services like Pocket/Pinboard, and more. See input formats for a full list.

It saves snapshots of the URLs you feed it in several formats: HTML, PDF, PNG screenshots, WARC, and more out-of-the-box, with a wide variety of content extracted and preserved automatically (article text, audio/video, git repos, etc.). See output formats for a full list.

The goal is to sleep soundly knowing the part of the internet you care about will be automatically preserved in durable, easily accessible formats for decades after it goes down.

    Demo | Screenshots | Usage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

๐Ÿ“ฆ  Get ArchiveBox with Docker / apt / brew / pip3 / etc. (see Quickstart below).

# Follow the instructions for your package manager in the quickstart, e.g.:
pip3 install archivebox

# Or use the optional auto setup script to install it for you:
curl -sSL 'https://get.archivebox.io' | sh

๐Ÿ”ข Example usage: adding links to archive.

archivebox add 'https://example.com'                                   # add URLs one at a time via args / piped stdin
archivebox schedule --every=day --depth=1 https://example.com/rss.xml  # or have it import URLs regularly on a schedule

๐Ÿ”ข Example usage: viewing the archived content.

archivebox server            # use the interactive web UI
archivebox list 'https://example.com'     # use the CLI commands (--help for more)
ls ./archive/*/index.json                 # or browse directly via the filesystem

Key Features


๐Ÿ–ฅ  Supported OSs: Linux/BSD, macOS, Windows (Docker/WSL)   ๐Ÿ‘พ  CPUs: amd64, x86, arm8, arm7 (raspi>=3)

โœณ๏ธ  Easy Setup

docker-compose (macOS/Linux/Windows)   ๐Ÿ‘ˆ  recommended   (click to expand) ๐Ÿ‘ Docker Compose is recommended for the easiest install/update UX + best security + all the extras working out-of-the-box. Install Docker and Docker Compose on your system (if not already installed). Download the docker-compose.yml file into a new empty directory (can be anywhere). mkdir ~/archivebox && cd ~/archivebox curl -O 'https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ArchiveBox/ArchiveBox/master/docker-compose.yml' Run the initial setup and create an admin user. docker-compose run archivebox init --setup Optional: Start the server then login to the Web UI โ‡ข Admin. docker-compose up

completely optional, CLI can always be used without running a server

docker-compose run [-T] archivebox [subcommand] [--args]

See below for more usage examples using the CLI, Web UI, or filesystem/SQL/Python to manage your archive.

docker (macOS/Linux/Windows) Install Docker on your system (if not already installed). Create a new empty directory and initalize your collection (can be anywhere). mkdir ~/archivebox && cd ~/archivebox docker run -v $PWD:/data -it archivebox/archivebox init --setup Optional: Start the server then login to the Web UI โ‡ข Admin. docker run -v $PWD:/data -p 8000:8000 archivebox/archivebox

completely optional, CLI can always be used without running a server

docker run -v $PWD:/data -it [subcommand] [--args]

See below for more usage examples using the CLI, Web UI, or filesystem/SQL/Python to manage your archive.

bash auto-setup script (macOS/Linux) Install Docker on your system (optional, highly recommended but not required). Run the automatic setup script. curl -sSL 'https://get.archivebox.io' | sh

See below for more usage examples using the CLI, Web UI, or filesystem/SQL/Python to manage your archive. See setup.sh for the source code of the auto-install script. See "Against curl | sh as an install method" blog post for my thoughts on the shortcomings of this install method.

๐Ÿ›   Package Manager Setup

apt (Ubuntu/Debian) Add the ArchiveBox repository to your sources. # On Ubuntu == 20.04, add the sources automatically: sudo apt install software-properties-common sudo add-apt-repository -u ppa:archivebox/archivebox # On Ubuntu >= 20.10 or <= 19.10, or other Debian-style systems, add the sources manually: echo "deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/archivebox/archivebox/ubuntu focal main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/archivebox.list sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys C258F79DCC02E369 sudo apt update Install the ArchiveBox package using apt. sudo apt install archivebox sudo python3 -m pip install --upgrade --ignore-installed archivebox # pip needed because apt only provides a broken older version of Django Create a new empty directory and initalize your collection (can be anywhere). mkdir ~/archivebox && cd ~/archivebox archivebox init --setup # if any problems, install with pip instead Optional: Start the server then login to the Web UI โ‡ข Admin. archivebox server

completely optional, CLI can always be used without running a server

archivebox [subcommand] [--args]

See below for more usage examples using the CLI, Web UI, or filesystem/SQL/Python to manage your archive. See the debian-archivebox repo for more details about this distribution.

brew (macOS) Install Homebrew on your system (if not already installed). Install the ArchiveBox package using brew. brew tap archivebox/archivebox brew install archivebox Create a new empty directory and initalize your collection (can be anywhere). mkdir ~/archivebox && cd ~/archivebox archivebox init --setup # if any problems, install with pip instead Optional: Start the server then login to the Web UI โ‡ข Admin. archivebox server

completely optional, CLI can always be used without running a server

archivebox [subcommand] [--args]

See below for more usage examples using the CLI, Web UI, or filesystem/SQL/Python to manage your archive. See the homebrew-archivebox repo for more details about this distribution.

pip (macOS/Linux/Windows)

Install Python >= v3.7 and Node >= v14 on your system (if not already installed). Install the ArchiveBox package using pip3. pip3 install archivebox Create a new empty directory and initalize your collection (can be anywhere). mkdir ~/archivebox && cd ~/archivebox archivebox init --setup

install any missing extras like wget/git/ripgrep/etc. manually as needed

Optional: Start the server then login to the Web UI โ‡ข Admin. archivebox server

completely optional, CLI can always be used without running a server

archivebox [subcommand] [--args]

See below for more usage examples using the CLI, Web UI, or filesystem/SQL/Python to manage your archive. See the pip-archivebox repo for more details about this distribution.

pacman / pkg / nix (Arch/FreeBSD/NixOS/more) Arch: yay -S archivebox (contributed by @imlonghao) FreeBSD: curl -sSL 'https://get.archivebox.io' | sh (uses pkg + pip3 under-the-hood) Nix: nix-env --install archivebox (contributed by @siraben) More: contribute another distribution...! See below for usage examples using the CLI, Web UI, or filesystem/SQL/Python to manage your archive.

๐ŸŽ—  Other Options

docker + electron Desktop App (macOS/Linux/Windows) Install Docker on your system (if not already installed). Download a binary release for your OS or build the native app from source macOS: ArchiveBox.app.zip Linux: ArchiveBox.deb (alpha: build manually) Windows: ArchiveBox.exe (beta: build manually) โœจ Alpha (contributors wanted!): for more info, see the: Electron ArchiveBox repo.

Paid hosting solutions (cloud VPS) (for larger setups, get a quote) None of these hosting providers are officially endorsed: (most still require manual setup or manual periodic updating using the methods above) (USD $29-250/mo, pricing) (from USD $2.6/mo) (USD $5-50+/mo, ๐ŸŽ—  referral link, instructions) (USD $2.5-50+/mo, ๐ŸŽ—  referral link, instructions) (USD $10-50+/mo, instructions) (USD $60-200+/mo) (USD $60-200+/mo) Referral links marked ๐ŸŽ— provide $5-10 of free credit for new users and help pay for our demo server hosting costs.

For more discussion on managed and paid hosting options see here: Issue #531.

โžก๏ธ  Next Steps


โšก๏ธ  CLI Usage
# archivebox [subcommand] [--args]
# docker-compose run archivebox [subcommand] [--args]
# docker run -v $PWD:/data -it [subcommand] [--args]

archivebox init --setup      # safe to run init multiple times (also how you update versions)
archivebox --version
archivebox help
  • archivebox setup/init/config/status/manage to administer your collection
  • archivebox add/schedule/remove/update/list/shell/oneshot to manage Snapshots in the archive
  • archivebox schedule to pull in fresh URLs in regularly from bookmarks/history/Pocket/Pinboard/RSS/etc.
๐Ÿ–ฅ  Web UI Usage
archivebox manage createsuperuser  # set an admin password
archivebox server     # open to view it

# you can also configure whether or not login is required for most features
archivebox config --set PUBLIC_INDEX=False
archivebox config --set PUBLIC_SNAPSHOTS=False
archivebox config --set PUBLIC_ADD_VIEW=False
๐Ÿ—„  SQL/Python/Filesystem Usage
sqlite3 ./index.sqlite3    # run SQL queries on your index
archivebox shell           # explore the Python API in a REPL
ls ./archive/*/index.html  # or inspect snapshots on the filesystem

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DEMO: https://demo.archivebox.io Usage | Configuration | Caveats


Input Formats

ArchiveBox supports many input formats for URLs, including Pocket & Pinboard exports, Browser bookmarks, Browser history, plain text, HTML, markdown, and more!

Click these links for instructions on how to prepare your links from these sources:

# archivebox add --help
archivebox add 'https://example.com/some/page'
archivebox add < ~/Downloads/firefox_bookmarks_export.html
archivebox add --depth=1 'https://news.ycombinator.com#2020-12-12'
echo 'http://example.com' | archivebox add
echo 'any_text_with [urls](https://example.com) in it' | archivebox add

# if using docker add -i when piping stdin:
# echo 'https://example.com' | docker run -v $PWD:/data -i archivebox/archivebox add
# if using docker-compose add -T when piping stdin / stdout:
# echo 'https://example.com' | docker-compose run -T archivebox add

See the Usage: CLI page for documentation and examples.

It also includes a built-in scheduled import feature with archivebox schedule and browser bookmarklet, so you can pull in URLs from RSS feeds, websites, or the filesystem regularly/on-demand.

Output Formats

Inside each Snapshot folder, ArchiveBox save these different types of extractor outputs as plain files:


  • Index: index.html & index.json HTML and JSON index files containing metadata and details
  • Title, Favicon, Headers Response headers, site favicon, and parsed site title
  • SingleFile: singlefile.html HTML snapshot rendered with headless Chrome using SingleFile
  • Wget Clone: example.com/page-name.html wget clone of the site with warc/<timestamp>.gz
  • Chrome Headless
    • PDF: output.pdf Printed PDF of site using headless chrome
    • Screenshot: screenshot.png 1440x900 screenshot of site using headless chrome
    • DOM Dump: output.html DOM Dump of the HTML after rendering using headless chrome
  • Article Text: article.html/json Article text extraction using Readability & Mercury
  • Archive.org Permalink: archive.org.txt A link to the saved site on archive.org
  • Audio & Video: media/ all audio/video files + playlists, including subtitles & metadata with youtube-dl
  • Source Code: git/ clone of any repository found on GitHub, Bitbucket, or GitLab links
  • More coming soon! See the Roadmap...

It does everything out-of-the-box by default, but you can disable or tweak individual archive methods via environment variables / config.


ArchiveBox can be configured via environment variables, by using the archivebox config CLI, or by editing the ArchiveBox.conf config file directly.

archivebox config                               # view the entire config
archivebox config --get CHROME_BINARY           # view a specific value

archivebox config --set CHROME_BINARY=chromium  # persist a config using CLI
# OR
echo CHROME_BINARY=chromium >> ArchiveBox.conf  # persist a config using file
# OR
env CHROME_BINARY=chromium archivebox ...       # run with a one-off config

These methods also work the same way when run inside Docker, see the Docker Configuration wiki page for details.

The config loading logic with all the options defined is here: archivebox/config.py.

Most options are also documented on the Configuration Wiki page.

Most Common Options to Tweak
# e.g. archivebox config --set TIMEOUT=120

TIMEOUT=120                # default: 60    add more seconds on slower networks
CHECK_SSL_VALIDITY=True    # default: False True = allow saving URLs w/ bad SSL
SAVE_ARCHIVE_DOT_ORG=False # default: True  False = disable Archive.org saving
MAX_MEDIA_SIZE=1500m       # default: 750m  raise/lower youtubedl output size

PUBLIC_INDEX=True          # default: True  whether anon users can view index
PUBLIC_SNAPSHOTS=True      # default: True  whether anon users can view pages
PUBLIC_ADD_VIEW=False      # default: False whether anon users can add new URLs


For better security, easier updating, and to avoid polluting your host system with extra dependencies, it is strongly recommended to use the official Docker image with everything pre-installed for the best experience.

To achieve high fidelity archives in as many situations as possible, ArchiveBox depends on a variety of 3rd-party tools and libraries that specialize in extracting different types of content. These optional dependencies used for archiving sites include:

  • chromium / chrome (for screenshots, PDF, DOM HTML, and headless JS scripts)
  • node & npm (for readability, mercury, and singlefile)
  • wget (for plain HTML, static files, and WARC saving)
  • curl (for fetching headers, favicon, and posting to Archive.org)
  • youtube-dl (for audio, video, and subtitles)
  • git (for cloning git repos)
  • and more as we grow...

You don't need to install every dependency to use ArchiveBox. ArchiveBox will automatically disable extractors that rely on dependencies that aren't installed, based on what is configured and available in your $PATH.

If not using Docker, make sure to keep the dependencies up-to-date yourself and check that ArchiveBox isn't reporting any incompatibility with the versions you install.

# install python3 and archivebox with your system package manager
# apt/brew/pip/etc install ... (see Quickstart instructions above)

archivebox setup       # auto install all the extractors and extras
archivebox --version   # see info and check validity of installed dependencies

Installing directly on Windows without Docker or WSL/WSL2/Cygwin is not officially supported (I cannot respond to Windows support tickets), but some advanced users have reported getting it working.

For detailed information about ugprading ArchiveBox and its dependencies, see: https://github.com/ArchiveBox/ArchiveBox/wiki/Upgrading-or-Merging-Archives

Archive Layout

All of ArchiveBox's state (including the index, snapshot data, and config file) is stored in a single folder called the "ArchiveBox data folder". All archivebox CLI commands must be run from inside this folder, and you first create it by running archivebox init.

The on-disk layout is optimized to be easy to browse by hand and durable long-term. The main index is a standard index.sqlite3 database in the root of the data folder (it can also be exported as static JSON/HTML), and the archive snapshots are organized by date-added timestamp in the ./archive/ subfolder.


Each snapshot subfolder ./archive/<timestamp>/ includes a static index.json and index.html describing its contents, and the snapshot extractor outputs are plain files within the folder.

Static Archive Exporting

You can export the main index to browse it statically without needing to run a server.

Note about large exports: These exports are not paginated, exporting many URLs or the entire archive at once may be slow. Use the filtering CLI flags on the archivebox list command to export specific Snapshots or ranges.

# archivebox list --help
archivebox list --html --with-headers > index.html     # export to static html table
archivebox list --json --with-headers > index.json     # export to json blob
archivebox list --csv=timestamp,url,title > index.csv  # export to csv spreadsheet

# (if using docker-compose, add the -T flag when piping)
# docker-compose run -T archivebox list --html --filter-type=search snozzberries > index.json

The paths in the static exports are relative, make sure to keep them next to your ./archive folder when backing them up or viewing them.


Archiving Private Content

If you're importing pages with private content or URLs containing secret tokens you don't want public (e.g Google Docs, paywalled content, unlisted videos, etc.), you may want to disable some of the extractor methods to avoid leaking that content to 3rd party APIs or the public.

# don't save private content to ArchiveBox, e.g.:
archivebox add 'https://docs.google.com/document/d/12345somePrivateDocument'
archivebox add 'https://vimeo.com/somePrivateVideo'

# without first disabling saving to Archive.org:
archivebox config --set SAVE_ARCHIVE_DOT_ORG=False  # disable saving all URLs in Archive.org

# restrict the main index, snapshot content, and add form to authenticated in users as needed:
archivebox config --set PUBLIC_INDEX=False
archivebox config --set PUBLIC_SNAPSHOTS=False
archivebox config --set PUBLIC_ADD_VIEW=False 

# if extra paranoid or anti-Google:
archivebox config --set SAVE_FAVICON=False          # disable favicon fetching (it calls a Google API passing the URL's domain part only)
archivebox config --set CHROME_BINARY=chromium      # ensure it's using Chromium instead of Chrome

Security Risks of Viewing Archived JS

Be aware that malicious archived JS can access the contents of other pages in your archive when viewed. Because the Web UI serves all viewed snapshots from a single domain, they share a request context and typical CSRF/CORS/XSS/CSP protections do not work to prevent cross-site request attacks. See the Security Overview page and Issue #239 for more details.

# visiting an archived page with malicious JS:

# example.com/index.js can now make a request to read everything from:*
# then example.com/index.js can send it off to some evil server

The admin UI is also served from the same origin as replayed JS, so malicious pages could also potentially use your ArchiveBox login cookies to perform admin actions (e.g. adding/removing links, running extractors, etc.). We are planning to fix this security shortcoming in a future version by using separate ports/origins to serve the Admin UI and archived content (see Issue #239).

Note: Only the wget extractor method executes archived JS when viewing snapshots, all other archive methods produce static output that does not execute JS on viewing. If you are worried about these issues ^ you should disable the wget extractor method using archivebox config --set SAVE_WGET=False.

Saving Multiple Snapshots of a Single URL

First-class support for saving multiple snapshots of each site over time will be added eventually (along with the ability to view diffs of the changes between runs). For now ArchiveBox is designed to only archive each unique URL with each extractor type once. The workaround to take multiple snapshots of the same URL is to make them slightly different by adding a hash:

archivebox add 'https://example.com#2020-10-24'
archivebox add 'https://example.com#2020-10-25'

The button in the Admin UI is a shortcut for this hash-date workaround.

Storage Requirements

Because ArchiveBox is designed to ingest a firehose of browser history and bookmark feeds to a local disk, it can be much more disk-space intensive than a centralized service like the Internet Archive or Archive.today. ArchiveBox can use anywhere from ~1gb per 1000 articles, to ~50gb per 1000 articles, mostly dependent on whether you're saving audio & video using SAVE_MEDIA=True and whether you lower MEDIA_MAX_SIZE=750mb.

Disk usage can be reduced by using a compressed/deduplicated filesystem like ZFS/BTRFS, or by turning off extractors methods you don't need. Don't store large collections on older filesystems like EXT3/FAT as they may not be able to handle more than 50k directory entries in the archive/ folder. Try to keep the index.sqlite3 file on local drive (not a network mount) or SSD for maximum performance, however the archive/ folder can be on a network mount or spinning HDD.


Background & Motivation

The aim of ArchiveBox is to enable more of the internet to be archived by empowering people to self-host their own archives. The intent is for all the web content you care about to be viewable with common software in 50 - 100 years without needing to run ArchiveBox or other specialized software to replay it.

Vast treasure troves of knowledge are lost every day on the internet to link rot. As a society, we have an imperative to preserve some important parts of that treasure, just like we preserve our books, paintings, and music in physical libraries long after the originals go out of print or fade into obscurity.

Whether it's to resist censorship by saving articles before they get taken down or edited, or just to save a collection of early 2010's flash games you love to play, having the tools to archive internet content enables to you save the stuff you care most about before it disappears.

Image from WTF is Link Rot?...

The balance between the permanence and ephemeral nature of content on the internet is part of what makes it beautiful. I don't think everything should be preserved in an automated fashion--making all content permanent and never removable, but I do think people should be able to decide for themselves and effectively archive specific content that they care about.

Because modern websites are complicated and often rely on dynamic content, ArchiveBox archives the sites in several different formats beyond what public archiving services like Archive.org/Archive.is save. Using multiple methods and the market-dominant browser to execute JS ensures we can save even the most complex, finicky websites in at least a few high-quality, long-term data formats.

Comparison to Other Projects

โ–ถ Check out our community page for an index of web archiving initiatives and projects.

A variety of open and closed-source archiving projects exist, but few provide a nice UI and CLI to manage a large, high-fidelity archive collection over time.

ArchiveBox tries to be a robust, set-and-forget archiving solution suitable for archiving RSS feeds, bookmarks, or your entire browsing history (beware, it may be too big to store), including private/authenticated content that you wouldn't otherwise share with a centralized service (this is not recommended due to JS replay security concerns).

Comparison With Centralized Public Archives

Not all content is suitable to be archived in a centralized collection, whether because it's private, copyrighted, too large, or too complex. ArchiveBox hopes to fill that gap.

By having each user store their own content locally, we can save much larger portions of everyone's browsing history than a shared centralized service would be able to handle. The eventual goal is to work towards federated archiving where users can share portions of their collections with each other.

Comparison With Other Self-Hosted Archiving Options

ArchiveBox differentiates itself from similar self-hosted projects by providing both a comprehensive CLI interface for managing your archive, a Web UI that can be used either independently or together with the CLI, and a simple on-disk data format that can be used without either.

ArchiveBox is neither the highest fidelity, nor the simplest tool available for self-hosted archiving, rather it's a jack-of-all-trades that tries to do most things well by default. It can be as simple or advanced as you want, and is designed to do everything out-of-the-box but be tuned to suit your needs.

If you want better fidelity for very complex interactive pages with heavy JS/streams/API requests, check out ArchiveWeb.page and ReplayWeb.page.

If you want more bookmark categorization and note-taking features, check out Archivy, Memex, Polar, or LinkAce.

If you need more advanced recursive spider/crawling ability beyond --depth=1, check out Browsertrix, Photon, or Scrapy and pipe the outputted URLs into ArchiveBox.

For more alternatives, see our list here...

Internet Archiving Ecosystem

Whether you want to learn which organizations are the big players in the web archiving space, want to find a specific open-source tool for your web archiving need, or just want to see where archivists hang out online, our Community Wiki page serves as an index of the broader web archiving community. Check it out to learn about some of the coolest web archiving projects and communities on the web!

Need help building a custom archiving solution?

โœจ Hire the team that helps build Archivebox to work on your project. (@MonadicalSAS)

(They also do general software consulting across many industries)


We use the GitHub wiki system and Read the Docs (WIP) for documentation.

You can also access the docs locally by looking in the ArchiveBox/docs/ folder.

Getting Started


More Info

ArchiveBox Development

All contributions to ArchiveBox are welcomed! Check our issues and Roadmap for things to work on, and please open an issue to discuss your proposed implementation before working on things! Otherwise we may have to close your PR if it doesn't align with our roadmap.

Low hanging fruit / easy first tickets:

Setup the dev environment

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1. Clone the main code repo (making sure to pull the submodules as well)
git clone --recurse-submodules https://github.com/ArchiveBox/ArchiveBox
cd ArchiveBox
git checkout dev  # or the branch you want to test
git submodule update --init --recursive
git pull --recurse-submodules
2. Option A: Install the Python, JS, and system dependencies directly on your machine
# Install ArchiveBox + python dependencies
python3 -m venv .venv && source .venv/bin/activate && pip install -e '.[dev]'
# or: pipenv install --dev && pipenv shell

# Install node dependencies
npm install
# or
archivebox setup

# Check to see if anything is missing
archivebox --version
# install any missing dependencies manually, or use the helper script:
2. Option B: Build the docker container and use that for development instead
# Optional: develop via docker by mounting the code dir into the container
# if you edit e.g. ./archivebox/core/models.py on the docker host, runserver
# inside the container will reload and pick up your changes
docker build . -t archivebox
docker run -it \
    -v $PWD/data:/data \
    archivebox init --setup
docker run -it -p 8000:8000 \
    -v $PWD/data:/data \
    -v $PWD/archivebox:/app/archivebox \
    archivebox server --debug --reload

# (remove the --reload flag and add the --nothreading flag when profiling with the django debug toolbar)

Common development tasks

See the ./bin/ folder and read the source of the bash scripts within. You can also run all these in Docker. For more examples see the GitHub Actions CI/CD tests that are run: .github/workflows/*.yaml.

Run in DEBUG mode

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archivebox config --set DEBUG=True
# or
archivebox server --debug ...


Install and run a specific GitHub branch

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# docker:
docker build -t archivebox:dev https://github.com/ArchiveBox/ArchiveBox.git#dev
docker run -it -v $PWD:/data archivebox:dev init --setup

# bare metal:
pip install 'git+https://github.com/pirate/ArchiveBox@dev'
npm install 'git+https://github.com/ArchiveBox/ArchiveBox.git#dev'
archivebox init --setup
Run the linters

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(uses flake8 and mypy)

Run the integration tests

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(uses pytest -s)

Make migrations or enter a django shell

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Make sure to run this whenever you change things in models.py.

cd archivebox/
./manage.py makemigrations

cd path/to/test/data/
archivebox shell
archivebox manage dbshell

(uses pytest -s)

Contributing a new extractor

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ArchiveBox extractors are external binaries or Python/Node scripts that ArchiveBox runs to archive content on a page.

Extractors take the URL of a page to archive, write their output to the filesystem archive/<timestamp>/<extractorname>/..., and return an ArchiveResult entry which is saved to the database (visible on the Log page in the UI).

Check out how we added *archivebox/extractors/singlefile.py** as an example of the process: Issue #399 + PR #403.*

The process to contribute a new extractor is like this:

  1. Open an issue with your propsoed implementation (please link to the pages of any new external dependencies you plan on using)
  2. Ensure any dependencies needed are easily installable via a package managers like apt, brew, pip3, npm (Ideally, prefer to use external programs available via pip3 or npm, however we do support using any binary installable via package manager that exposes a CLI/Python API and writes output to stdout or the filesystem.)
  3. Create a new file in archivebox/extractors/<extractorname>.py (copy an existing extractor like singlefile.py as a template)
  4. Add config settings to enable/disable any new dependencies and the extractor as a whole, e.g. USE_DEPENDENCYNAME, SAVE_EXTRACTORNAME, EXTRACTORNAME_SOMEOTHEROPTION in archivebox/config.py
  5. Add a preview section to archivebox/templates/core/snapshot.html to view the output, and a column to archivebox/templates/core/index_row.html with an icon for your extractor
  6. Add an integration test for your extractor in tests/test_extractors.py
  7. Submit your PR for review! ๐ŸŽ‰
  8. Once merged, please document it in these places and anywhere else you see info about other extractors:
Build the docs, pip package, and docker image

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(Normally CI takes care of this, but these scripts can be run to do it manually)


# or individually:
Roll a release

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(Normally CI takes care of this, but these scripts can be run to do it manually)


# or individually:

Further Reading

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