Restore Deleted Or Unavailable Websites

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 14, 2009
Updated • Dec 12, 2012

Web users have quite a few possibilities to access websites that have been deleted or are temporarily unavailable for some time. Possibilities include using Google Cache, the Web Archive or other web caches that mirror websites. Web caches are great for accessing single pages of a website but not comfortable when multiple pages need to be accessed. It can also happen that webmasters have lost their website in a server crash and need to restore the pages from Internet caches.

Warrick is a Perl script that tries to restore websites from various Internet sources including and the three popular search engines Google, Yahoo and Bing. Installation is a bit more complex than running an executable but still doable even for inexperienced users. The computer program is provided as a version for the Windows and Linux / Unix operating system. Windows users need to install a Perl interpreter such as Active Perl before they can run the script from the command line.

The developers have created a step by step guide for Windows users on how to install and use the script on the operating system. The Warrick website contains examples on how to use the script to restore single pages and entire web projects.

The command " -r -wr ia -c" will reconstruct all pages of the website that are stored in at least one of the online sources used in the recovery process.

Warrick appears to have been updated regularly which is obviously a good thing considering that search engines such as Google or Bing have made changes to their engines in recent time. I highly suggest you start with the about Warrick section on the website to get a feeling for the program and understand how to install and run it on your operating system.


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  1. Arslan said on February 25, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    I tried but I got following message

    c:\warrick> -r -wr ia -c

    Arguments: -r -wr ia -c


    Recovering our state from file -wr

    No such file or directory Could not load resume file -wr.

  2. lisa said on October 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    i want it un deleted

  3. John said on March 15, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Just found your article while searching for Archive recovery of an expired site not long ago. Hope – it is recovered and if problem – will visit you again.

  4. Anonymous said on February 9, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    i cant even delete a particular website without it deleting all .teach me because i want to recover my lost websites

  5. Dotan Cohen said on June 14, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Ubuntu users, you need to install the SOAP::Lite CPAN module. Try this command:
    $ sudo apt-get install libsoap-lite-perl

    Thanks, Martin, I’ll be using this to download a site that went down just last month!

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