Copy an Entire Web Site on Your Macintosh (or PC)

Considering that stuff disappears off the web, or that MSM sometimes change articles without acknowledging they’ve made changes, we can all help preserve the web (and history and reality) for posterity by saving web pages as files. is sometimes months behind in its crawls, and some websites block its robots;, for instance. In some cases, you may want to preserve an entire website; both and have mirrors, should anything happen to the original. By preserving important websites in different places around the world, it may act as somewhat of a deterrent to people who may be planning an internet 9/11, and may help the world reconstruct history and reality should anything disastrous happen to the web.

September 13, 2007

Copy an Entire Web Site on Your Macintosh

Almost two years ago, I wrote an article entitled, "Copy an Entire Web Site with HTTRACK." That article is still available at It describes the operation of a Windows program that can download an entire web site for offline browsing or for backup purposes. It is a good method of backing up your web site.

Now a similar utility is available for Macintosh users. Best of all, it is a free program. The author does accept donations, however.

SiteSucker automatically downloads Web sites from the Internet. It does this by copying the site's Web pages, images, backgrounds, movies, and other files to your local hard drive. Just enter a URL (Uniform Resource Locator), press the Enter key, and SiteSucker can download an entire Web site.

NOTE: Programs such as SiteSucker or HTTRACK are excellent for downloading static web pages. That is, web pages that never change. However, they will not work in interactive sites, such as those that query online databases. Don't try to download or eBay, even if you do have the disk space available.

You can use SiteSucker to make local copies of your Web sites for easy maintenance. It can either download files unmodified or "localize" the files it downloads, allowing you to browse a site offline.

If SiteSucker is in the middle of a download when you choose the Save command, SiteSucker will pause the download and save its status with the document. When you open the document later, you can restart the download from where it left off by pressing the Resume button.

SiteSucker is a Universal application, which means that it's made to run on both Intel- and PowerPC-based Mac computers. SiteSucker requires Mac OS X 10.4.x Tiger or greater. Of course, to download files, your computer will also need an Internet connection. If it is a large site, you will also need plenty of available disk space.

There are several limitations. As mentioned earlier, the program cannot query databases and will not work on any web site that asks for user input and then builds pages "on the fly," based on the input. That leaves out many genealogy databases, as well as eBay and others.

SiteSucker totally ignores JavaScript. It will not see any link specified within JavaScript. (If the Log Warnings option is on in the download settings, SiteSucker will include a warning in the log file for any page that uses JavaScript.)

SiteSucker does scan Flash (SWF) files for embedded plain text links, but it can only detect links to files that have one of the following extensions: html, swf, mp3, sit, zip, mov, gif, jpg, png, doc, or txt. SiteSucker cannot localize Flash files, and it does not examine other media files for embedded links.

By default, SiteSucker honors robots.txt exclusions and the Robots META tag. Therefore, it will not download any directories or pages disallowed by robot exclusions. However, you can override this behavior with the Ignore Robot Exclusions setting that's under the Advanced tab in the download settings.

The free SiteSucker program is available at

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Good info loose nuke


For PC users consider using HTTRACK as mentioned by the blog linked above.

Loose Nuke has brought up an Important if not Critical Point.

Chances of a "911" Internet incident with severe brownouts / blackouts , more Big Brother Control of the Web is DEFINITELY in the works.

We HAVE to build CONTINGENCY PLANS and build Redundant Options.

It will not be fair to leave the burden of this responsibility just on Reprehensor and the rest of the 911Blogger web maintenance team.

So anyone who has good ideas / guidelines so that we can mirror , build FAILSAFES via torrents, file sharing, own servers, local WIFI networks of IMPORTANT 911 TRUTH INFORMATION AND NETWORKING TOGETHER AS A TRUTH COMMUNITY GLOBALLY, pls Forward your ideas to the relevant people or post it here.

They ARE Watching us and planning to cripple or disrupt our communications / efforts.

The Price of Freedom IS Eternal Vigilance.

That applies to the World Wide Web too.

We have the Technology, the manpower, the resources, the Passion and the Truth.

Let Truth Technology Arise to Shape a Better World for All Our Tomorrows.

Take nothing for granted.

The CONSTITUTION is NOT going to "collapse" into pulverized dust no matter how much thermate/explosives or planes they throw at it

i agree

the more redundant the better- and storage continues to get cheaper and larger at an exponential rate- 1.5 TB drives are already available.

I second this- i'm pretty lowtech, but i can read, click and plug things in:

"So anyone who has good ideas / guidelines so that we can mirror , build FAILSAFES via torrents, file sharing, own servers, local WIFI networks of IMPORTANT 911 TRUTH INFORMATION AND NETWORKING TOGETHER AS A TRUTH COMMUNITY GLOBALLY, pls Forward your ideas to the relevant people or post it here."

DVD's remain the only true fail safe option

In a matter of minutes key routers can be reprogrammed to cut anyone off from the web and deny them access, or simply filter what they send and prohibit certain content.

Thus, the only sure way to continue informing the public in the event of a web shutdown is to keep everything stored offline on fixed media that can be easily and cheaply duplicated and distributed. This goes for important documents and websites as well as films.

Any computers connected to the web can be hacked and their information destroyed, or simply confiscated as we have recently seen in St. Paul and Berkeley. So, it is doubly important to keep back-ups of everything somewhere safe. For those who can afford it I would recommend maintaining a system off the internet with a dvd burner and keeping copies of everything in separate locations. The cost of everything is so low now that many should be able to do this.

I'm not sure if this is already out there, but it would be good to create dvds that can be played on regular dvd players that contain the most important information and documents as this will allow anyone with a basic dvd player and a tv to view the information (most of the north American population).

I fully expect that the next "attack" or "crisis" will give the government an excuse to shut down much or all of the internet, unless you are buying something from a large corporation or informing on your neighbors. Net neutrality will be the first victim in the coming infowar.

The truth will out, brothers and sisters, but only if we are prepared.

The truth shall set us free. Love is the only way forward.