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There’s one HUGE problem with Internet bookmarks: if the website goes down or you have no web access, you’re out of luck. Few things are more frustrating than needing a bookmark only to find there’s nothing you can do to visit it. Rest assured, however, because there’s a handy solution.

Instead of bookmarking a web page, consider archiving it. If you download and store a local copy of the web page, you can access it whenever you want – even if the site itself goes down. The downside is that archives use more hard drive space than bookmarks do, but the trade-off is well worth it.

If you aren’t interested in archiving full pages and just want to save certain pages for later, you should take a look at these tools for reading web content later 9 Tools To Save What You Read On The Web For Later 9 Tools To Save What You Read On The Web For Later Have you ever gone back searching the Internet for something you read and just couldn’t find it? I think we all have – it’s quite frustrating. The problem comes when we don’t take the time... Read More .

Peeep (Free, Web)

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Peeep is a free web service that’s been around since 2009. To use it, all you have to do is input a URL. Peeep will take a snapshot of what the page looks like at the time and provide you with a unique URL for viewing the snapshot.

You can also use a browser bookmarklet that snapshots whatever page you’re currently on (instead of having to input a URL).

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Peeep is a compromise between traditional bookmarks and web archives. You never actually hold a local copy of the page so there’s no burden on your hard drive space. If the page ever goes down, Peeep’s copy will still be there. However, if Peeep ever goes down, you’ll lose the snapshot.

Local Website Archive (Free/$40, Windows)

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Local Website Archive is a nifty little tool that takes a URL and downloads the page directly to your computer. The entire process is quick, painless, and organization is made easy with a folder-based structure. Plus, there’s a search function for when you have too many archives to browse.

Even more nifty is the ability to Import/Export your archives in ZIP format. This proves useful as a backup tool (you can never have too many backups) and as a means for transferring local archives to another computer if necessary.

The downside is that the Free version is limited to the most basic actions. For $40 USD, you can upgrade to the Pro version, which unlocks a handful of cool features like removing duplicate archives, saving to custom locations, filtering ads from archives, and more.

HTTrack (Free, Windows/Linux)

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HTTrack is similar to Local Website Archive but with a dash of steroids. It’s immensely powerful because it doesn’t just save single pages; it crawls the entire website and saves it to your computer while maintaining the proper directory structure and keeping all links functional.

While useful, this tool can be dangerous in the wrong hands. You could end up draining a lot of bandwidth from the sites you archive, so be sure to read up on the HTTrack Manual, especially the section on “How Not To Use”.

Also, don’t be confused by the unusual program names. The Windows version is called WinHTTrack while the Linux version is called WebHTTrack.

SiteSucker ($5, Mac)

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SiteSucker is the Mac equivalent of HTTrack. With it, you can asynchronously crawl a website and archive its pages, images, videos, and other files that are publicly visible. It will duplicate the site’s directory structure and retain functional links. All you need to do is enter the site’s URL.

As of now, SiteSucker only runs on Intel-based Macs that are running OSX Mountain Lion or greater. To run on earlier versions of Mac, you’ll need to install earlier versions of SiteSucker, though they may be buggy or lack some of the more recent features.

SiteSucker also exists as an iOS app for $2 USD, but it’s nowhere near as powerful or useful as the Mac version.

Scrapbook (Free, Firefox)

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Perhaps the most convenient solution is to integrate the web archiver right into your browser. For those who use Firefox (or any Firefox variants), the Scrapbook addon will prove mighty useful. It can save single webpages, snippets of a webpage, or entire websites.

Management of archives is simple. You can organize them in the same way that you’d organize browser bookmarks, including the ability to search through and filter them. You can even edit the HTML for archived pages.

It’s a great addon that has truly earned its spot on our Best Firefox Addons page.

CleanSave (Free, Chrome)

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For those of you using Chrome, CleanSave is a nifty extension that’s quite flexible in the way that it handles the saving of web content. It lets you save web pages directly to Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, Kindle, or email. On top of that, you can save as PDF or send directly to your printer.

There are two downsides:

1) CleanSave isn’t a full-featured archive manager so don’t expect to be able to search through the pages you’ve saved.

2) CleanSave tends to strip web page formatting, so some page elements may be omitted in the save.

If all you want to do is quick-save some page content for later, CleanSave works well. Otherwise, you may want to check out these other Chrome extensions for saving web pages 3 Browser Extensions That Help You Save Web Pages To Your PC [Chrome] 3 Browser Extensions That Help You Save Web Pages To Your PC [Chrome] Read More .

Have you ever archived a web page, or an entire site, for later reading? Which tools did you use to do it? Did you prefer it to using traditional bookmarks? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

  1. lawrence
    March 9, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Otherwise, there's still good ol' Ctl+S -> 'Save Webpage as'...

  2. Cathy P
    July 13, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Useful article, thanks! I've often copied bits of articles to a Word doc (and then I can just keep the bits I want and re-format for my preferences), but it's handy to be able to save quickly to read later or read offline.

  3. Thomas Schulz
    July 10, 2014 at 9:08 am

    If you some day extend the list, please consider A1 Website Download as well. It can download large websites, supports simple and complex "limit to" and "exclude" filters, and can also be configured to function as a pure image downloader / whatever file type.

  4. Paul
    July 7, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Over the years I've used all these methods and more... In the end I use several methods depending upon the situation I'm facing. To Archive I simple have installed the right click "print" on the context menu for Chrome, I'm at a loss without this capability. It will even perform pagination as I choose my options. I can print to PDF and include or exclude portions of the entire article (this comes in very handy as I can print to PDF and exclude all the comments from a reply section or exclude a ton of advertising set up before the actual content that I'm interested in saving. If I am only interested in certain segments of a page I can just highlight it directly, right click and send to PDF or what/where ever only the highlighted content. Choose send to Google Drive directly, or One Note or well you get the picture. Unfortunately I can't embed a screenshot here displaying the options available to me but they include Printing to ... "Local Destinations"
    PDF
    Google Drive
    One Note
    Any of my Printers
    Jpeg
    PNG
    Microsoft XPS Document Writer -- (This would be a nice article for Mashable to write, I find the XPS Doc Writer indispensable as a Software Architect)
    or off site I can send it to my
    Nexus 7, Samsung tablets or any of my Smart Phones including my Windows Nokia Icon!
    Also their are several great Firefox Addons that can accomplish some of these tasks as screen shot apps like Surf Mark!
    Anyway, Hope this was helpful to folks.
    Paul

    I've similar right click tools set up in Firefox and Internet Explorer as well as this capability in about any program I'm running. As a developer I've had to write some scripts to handle the issues in the context menu but I'm stuck without this capability. Most of the customization can be performed without having to write code.

  5. kayla
    July 5, 2014 at 2:23 am

    The bottom line is that direct sales are easier with video. It's more personal. That's why I use Modulates, to push that video everywhere.

  6. Shore, W
    June 22, 2014 at 6:22 am

    For Windows I used to use SurfSaver but it proved very unreliable - for many years I've been very happy with WebResearch Pro from MacroPool and strongly recommend it - http://www.macropool.com/en/products/webresearch/professional/index.html.

  7. Omar A
    June 20, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Since i began using TabCloud for chrome, i never thought about changing it at all.
    Awesome extension !!

  8. Murali. R
    June 19, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    I am using scrapbook add on in Firefox and it is best of the best for saving Web pages.

  9. jan
    June 19, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Excellent article! Any solution for iPhone/iOS, anyone???

  10. Peter
    June 19, 2014 at 6:38 am

    And there is Readability, similar to Pocket, less widespread. Filtering tags works better on Readability in that it does not matter whether tags are on your current list or in your archive. If you filter on a certain tag in your Pocket current list & the tag is on a page in the archive, it will not show. With Readability it is shown regardless. The rest is similar on both apps.

  11. CJ Cotter
    June 19, 2014 at 1:09 am

    In my MakeUseOf daily e-newsletter, the link to this article appears under another one titled "How Much Does Google Really Know About You?". It was a very scary read.
    So next, I decided to read this article, which promotes "Peeep", a program that requires a Google account, in which all of your saved web pages are stored on their servers.
    Thanks, MakeUseOf, for writing about a very scary company, and then encouraging me in another article to sign up with that same scary company.

    • Joel L
      June 19, 2014 at 1:49 am

      We're here to provide you with information. You are free to make your own decisions based on that information. Some people learn about Google's power and want to stay away while others know about it and still don't mind using their services. If you want to avoid Google, great! Peeep is for those who don't mind.

  12. Howard B
    June 18, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    There's even more options: Save a page as HTML (with or without images); print a page to PDF (I use CutePDF, although there are quite a variety of PDF printers out there); print to paper (rapidly becoming less popular); and I'm pretty sure there are ways to convert the pages to .MOBI or .EPUB documents, as well.

    • Joel L
      June 19, 2014 at 1:45 am

      Yes, those are valid methods. Thanks for bringing them up. :)

    • Abdul Q
      June 19, 2014 at 5:16 am

      You're right, Howard. I normally use Save Page As... and then Web Page Complete...
      This allows to view that page offline. Good alternative, isn't it?

    • ken zi
      June 23, 2014 at 2:52 am

      I miss old opera's save as one file, similar to ie's save as mht. Less clutter than with saving as web page complete.

    • Harizone
      June 28, 2014 at 7:47 am

      The 0ption to save it as a file (print ot pdf or save as webpage) is as good as it is. With the addition of saving it in a dropbox folder, you should be able to read it on any type of device you have with dropbox(mac windows android linux). I can read saved pages such a news, articles, interesting blogs while riding on the road instead of doing nothing :)

  13. Stevie Godson
    June 18, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I love the way Evernote is set up but the (seemingly) extreme limits on space for its free service mean it doesn't work for me. As I live in a country with a weak currency, paying for the premium upgrade isn't an option, either. Research for my weekly newspaper column is not excessive and yet I was 50% through my free quota in around two weeks. Although I knew there was a premium version, I can't recall seeing any information about how much (or little) space is available in the free version - and I only signed up two months ago. Disappointingly, I will have to look for an alternative (if there is such a thing).

  14. gcai
    June 18, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    @talal - you got that right! Evernote wins hands down

  15. Jeff Schallenberg
    June 18, 2014 at 9:57 am

    +1 for Pocket. It has tags for organizing your links, and Search works in the free version.

  16. talal
    June 18, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Try Evernote clearly, it is the best option.

  17. Manny R
    June 18, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Save as MAFF in Firefox and append "temporary" or whatnot to the beginning of file name.

  18. Ron
    June 18, 2014 at 3:12 am

    Pocket is another great tool and provides user assigned tags for searching.

    • Joel L
      June 18, 2014 at 3:23 am

      Pocket looks useful although searching seems to be a premium feature which is a shame. Still, very nice. Thanks for sharing!

    • emily
      June 21, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      i use pocket too. very useful website and apps.

    • Angela A
      June 28, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      I love Pocket in theory, but then I never use it. It just gets ignored in my flow of article reading. Not sure why!

  19. X181141x
    June 17, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Really great tools, i'm using Scrapbook and its very good, maybe it slows down your firefox if you have archieved too much web pages!

    • Joel L
      June 18, 2014 at 3:21 am

      It shouldn't slow down the browser unless you have thousands of pages stored. It might take up a lot of space, though!

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