Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the questions that we’ve received and hope to clarify. We are always trying to improve and we’d appreciate your feedback. If you have more questions or concerns on web archiving or webrecorder itself, or you want to collaborate, please contact us.

What’s the difference between Conifer and Webrecorder?

Conifer (previously the service known as webrecorder.io) is now run by Rhizome. Rhizome is responsible for hosting archives that are archived and created with the Conifer platform. Conifer uses tools previously developed and maintained by Webrecorder when it was a project of Rhizome.

Webrecorder is an independent open-source project. Webrecorder focuses on creating and providing a suite of open source projects and tools to capture interactive websites and allowing anyone to host web archives on their own as easily as possible. Webrecorder is focused on developing end-user tools to allow anyone to create archives on their own, such as (archiveweb.page) and to help integrate web archives into existing platforms and services. (i.e. Google Drive integration via ReplayWeb.page).

Originally, the webrecorder.io service operated as a research and development project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation back in 2016 and again in 2017 to further support software development. You can read more here from Conifer.

Rhizome is continuing development on Conifer and we occasionally collaborate :)

What’s WACZ?

WACZ stands for Web Archive Collection Zipped (WACZ) Format. It’s a working draft/proposal for a directory structure + ZIP format specification for sharing and distributing web archives. The goal of this spec is to provide a portable format for web archives, to address key social and technical issues:

  • Social: to provide an interoperable way to share web archive collections, including any data necessary to make web archives useful to humans.
  • Technical: to provide an efficient way to load small amounts of data from a remotely hosted web archive on static storage, without downloading the entire collection.

  • Can I archive site XYZ? I ran into issues, where can I report them?

    Web archiving complex web sites can be tricky. As technology evolves, Webrecorder tries to keep up with the latest changes. For help with archiving specific websites, check the discussions on our forum and feel free to start a new one. We hope to discuss common problems and solutions there so that others can benefit from any solutions or workarounds.

    User Guides

    The Webrecorder Project has developed many tools to help with web archive capture and replay. We are currently developing documentation and tutorials for our featured tools!

    Featured tools can be found here in Tools. And all the tools and projects can be found on webrecorder’s GitHub page.

    Currently, we have guides available for the following tools:

  • archiveweb.page Guide
  • replayweb.page Guide
  • pywb Guide