September 26, 2016

How to Block Your Website From The Wayback Machine


The Wayback Machine archives web pages on its site and allows its users to view any website from archived dates. If you own a website and don’t want your site to be included in the Wayback Machine, you can upload a robot text file to your server that will the block the WayBack Machine from archiving your site.

Create a Robot Text File

To block The Wayback Machine from archiving your website, simply open a new notepad file from your computer.


Copy and paste the following code below to your notepad file:

User-agent: ia_archiver
Disallow: /


Now name your file “robots” and click “Save.” Make sure that the file extension is saved as an *.txt file. See example below:

Upload your robots.txt file to your public_html directory on your web server. Make sure that the file is at the top level of your site e.g.,

If you can’t upload a robot text file on your web server you can contact Internet Archive via email.

Now when you search for your website on the Wayback Machine your site should no longer appear. If it is still appearing and you can still view your site, wait a few minutes and check back again. If your website is STILL appearing in the archive results, double check to see if the “robot.txt” file is indeed on the top level of your site by typing in your URL followed by /robots.txt (e.g.,