How to Programmatically Submit Websites & Webpages to the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine

Welcome back internet friend,

Tonight I started hacking on an old project on which I’m currently bringing back to life, a chrome extension which saves all of the pages you visit to the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. It’s called The Internet Archivist’s Intrepid Extension.

Unfortunately I had to kill off the first version of the extension because cloudflare started blocking all of my traffic. However, I discovered today that has an API for submitting links programmatically. So the Intrepid Extension is back!

After an hour or so of hacking I’ve put together a pretty simple prototype and thought maybe I should share the source code here on the blog in case anyone else is stumbling around the internet looking for a solution. Enjoy!

<!DOCTYPE html>
<input id="urlInput" type="text" size="40" placeholder="Enter URL to Archive">
<button onclick="archive();">ARCHIVE</button>
var data;
function archive() {
var urlInput = document.getElementById('urlInput');
var url = document.getElementById('urlInput').value;
urlInput.value = ""; // clear url text input field
ajaxRequest = new XMLHttpRequest();
if (!ajaxRequest) {
alert("ERROR 0001: PC LOAD LETTER");
return; // kill, do not run rest of function
// json data which we will be sending to the server via ajax
data = {
"url": url
ajaxRequest.onreadystatechange = function() {
if (ajaxRequest.readyState === XMLHttpRequest.DONE) {
if (ajaxRequest.status === 200) {
// raw server response, may need to parse JSON if
// the server you are pinging will be responding
// with JSON
var serverResponse = ajaxRequest.responseText;
} else {
alert("ERROR 0002: PC LOAD LETTER ");
};'POST', "");
ajaxRequest.setRequestHeader('Content-type', 'application/json');
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