The Wayback Machine (WM) was first launched in 2001 using proprietary software written by Alexa Internet.  A few years ago, the Internet Archive wrote our own version of the Wayback and made that software open source.  We have been hosting smaller collections using the newer, open source software but had not attempted to transfer the entire, web wide collection to use the new software… until now!

The new software and index are designed to be faster than the classic WM.  The two other biggest differences you’re likely to notice are the new toolbar on archived pages, and the new look of the calendar of page captures.

The new toolbar will hopefully make it easier for you to know what date you’re looking at, move through time more quickly using the sparkline of captures over time, and do new searches without having to leave the page you’re looking at.

The new calendar page is just cooler.  If you have suggestions, let us know!

 

13 Responses to What’s the difference between the classic Wayback Machine and the new version?

  1. Pirot says:

    New version is better ofcourse, and the old Wayback machine was awesome.
    Thanks

  2. ND says:

    Honestly, I prefer the classic version, where the archives were all in a single, easy to read list. The calendar is nice, but I hate having to sort through every single date individually. I want one straight list with every page listed, not a spread out calendar that has to be sorted through date by date by date… I say users should have a choice whether they want to view the classic or new version of the WM.

  3. ActionBurner says:

    I agree with ND.Despite the faster performance,it would be better to have an option to choose between a calendar and the single page for archive of captured collections

  4. serge noiret says:

    Of course the Internet Archive should be the default home page for many individual browser page… This to say how much th IA is important for worldwide culture today. So my question has to be embedded into such a context.
    Would it be possibl to serach in the archive like we search with Google and not only using a known URI ? That would be the most important improvement up to me.
    Thank you again for “being there”

  5. Like the new speed. the old site was far to slow to make it much use.

  6. AstroFloyd says:

    Very impressive. Knowing that it’s open source makes it feel even better :-) Thanks!

  7. rleens says:

    Iam thankful for work that people invested and made something for those of us who only use and enjoy.ITS All Good

  8. rleens says:

    forgot a great big happy Thank you!!! awesome People.
    helpers
    love if only a little ronnie before i move to anewway of being I wood love to let you all a enjoy a gift helpsomething to payit foward

    lovvvvvvvvve ronnie

  9. jim says:

    The only disappointment, I cant access website made from 1994 and 1995…

  10. M says:

    I vastly prefer the classic version’s display of available pages.

  11. L Jack says:

    I preferred the old Wayback Machine. Calendar is not cool, it wastes a lot of space with nothing on it except for maybe one date that is hardly even highlighted. I prefer the old Wayback Machine because it did acquire the old pages and if it was parked you could search and find the archived website in the dates before it was parked, and/or before it changed hands. It truly archived the internet. This new version only gives a snapshot not an archive.

    Is there anyway to bring the Wayback Machine back to it’s original higher standard?

    That said thank you for trying

  12. Neil says:

    Spectacular. The WayBackMachine has always been an incredible resource. The Beta version is a vast improvement to something that was already great. Kudos!

  13. Say no to Javascript says:

    The new version requires Javascript enabled to select a date. This is not good. You should make it so non javascript enabled users can select dates too. The old version didn’t need Javascript enabled to select a date.

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