by Carleton Stuberg
1 min read

BookmarkArchiver allows you to easily archive all of your bookmarks using archive.org.

I frequently forget solutions to problems I have when programming, so I bookmark the website with the answer so I can refer to it later. The problem with that arises when a site goes down or a user deletes their question.

To resolve this I’ve started using archive.org so I can always access the answers even if the page no longer exists.

I’ve created a Chrome extension for the task of archiving every single one of my bookmarks with a single click.

The basic functionality is quite simple, all you need to do is push the right page to archive.org.

function archive(url) {
    var request = new XMLHttpRequest();
    request.open('GET', "https://web.archive.org/save/" + url);
    request.send();

    request.onreadystatechange = function(event) {
        var xhr = event.target;

        if (xhr.readyState === 4 && xhr.status === 200) {
            appendResult("<b>Archived</b><br>" + "<a href='https://web.archive.org/web/*/" + url + "'target='_blank' rel='noreferrer'>" + url + "</a>");
        } else if (xhr.readyState === 4) {
            appendResult("<b>Error archiving</b>\n" + url);
        }
    };
}

Then get all the bookmarks and execute the archive function on them.

function archiveBookmark(bookmarks) {
    bookmarks.forEach(function(bookmark) {
        if (bookmark.url) {
            archive(bookmark.url);
            if (saveIsChecked()) {
                createBookmark(bookmark.title, bookmark.url);
            }
        }
        if (bookmark.children) {
            archiveBookmark(bookmark.children);
        }
    });
}

The extension is very much still a work in progress.

I’m planning on adding a feature that allows saving result URLs to a new bookmark folder so you can easily view the history of your archived bookmarks. I’m also planning on adding a feature that adds an option to automatically archive new bookmarks.

The code is avaliable on Github.

You can also install the extension right from the Chrome Webstore.

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