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from 26,052 items,
Converted or identified 88% of files encountered.
- image: 261,931,551
- text: 159,122,876
- unknown: 68,961,006
- other: 33,432,911
- executable: 20,910,219
- archive: 19,788,475
- audio: 17,643,555
- document: 10,465,817
- font: 3,206,545
- video: 2,015,416
- music: 1,689,055
- poly: 354,385
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- CSS: Filenames on images when browsing
- Where do these files come from?
- All files were uploaded to archive.org by thousands of different users.
Think of this site as a partial mirror of select archive.org items, with a different interface.
- How do I contact the site operator?
- Where is XYZ content?
- Not all data from archive.org is here. This site focuses on vintage media (image/audio/video) and shareware.
- Why does this site look ugly?
- It uses very few HTML tags for compatibility with vintage/text browsers and fast loading. It's also a bit of a style choice.
- Why didn't file XYZ convert?
- This site uses dexvert to identify & convert files. It doesn't always get it right. Goal is to handle 90% of files.
- Why are some files missing?
- Some files are removed for various legal reasons
- Some text/html files are all gibberish characters?
- Try clicking the (.txt) or (.html) link at the top to view it directly.
- I can't scroll documents on iPad?
- iPad Safari is horrible with PDFs in IFRAMEs. Click on the (.pdf) link at top to view the PDF directly.
- I can browse to a file on a CD but can't find it via search?
- New files are added immediately to browse, but the search index is only updated about once a day.
- In my vintage browser I don't see some images/videos/text?
- Files are encoded as PNG/SVG, MP4, MP3 and UTF8. Offering vintage encodings would be too burdensome.
- Why does the image page access sessionStorage?
- The "scale persist" feature uses sessionStorage to save/load the scale. This stays on your computer and vanishes on tab close.
- You preview all sorts of images and weird formats, will you add emulation too?
- Emulation requires a massive amount of hand-coding to ensure the programs work properly - while never say never,
it will probably only be a tiny amount of the files on this site that ever see in-the-browser emulation, if at all.
- Chromium Based
- Good (Lacks AUDIO/VIDEO/PDF/IFRAME)
Internet Explorer 4.0+ (Windows)
Internet Explorer 5.0+ (Mac)
Netscape Communicator 4.0+
- Mediocre (Lacks above and PNG/UTF8)
- Internet Explorer 4.0 (Mac)
Netscape Navigator 2.0 - 3.0
- Poor (Lacks above and and STYLE/SCRIPT content shows on page)
- Netscape Navigator 1.0
- Abysmal (Lacks above and some URLs break)
- Internet Explorer 1.0 - 2.0
NCSA MOSAIC 1.0