Proxy Mode is a deprecated feature of Archive-It.
For more information, see: Ending support for "Proxy Mode"
On this page:
What is the Add-On?
The Proxy Mode toggle button is a Firefox Add-On that simplifies the process of connecting to our proxy in order to browse archived websites in Proxy Mode.
However, we are no longer supporting the Proxy Mode toggle. It is supported for Firefox versions 57-70, but full functionality is limited in Firefox versions 71 and onward. It is still possible to enable proxy mode manually via your browser: https://support.archive-it.org/hc/en-us/articles/208002206-Access-to-your-archives-in-Proxy-Mode-
How the toggle works
**Please note that to use the Proxy Mode Toggle with Firefox Quantum through version 70 requires a new installation following the below steps.**
- Download our Proxy Mode Toggle Add-on directly from Firefox here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/archive-it-wayback-proxy/
- Once the plug-in is installed, you should have an Archive-It logo button in your address bar.
- Replay a site through the Wayback Machine (any page, including the Wayback calendar page, on the wayback.archive-it.org host).
- Click the Archive-It Proxy Mode Toggle in your Firefox browser address bar. You will notice that the site will reload, and the address bar will turn green. This means that you are now viewing the site in Proxy Mode. Notice that you are no longer connected to the live web.
- The Proxy toggle remembers settings per tab, meaning you can use proxy mode in one tab and continue to browse the live web in another.
- You may notice differences between the archived site in Proxy Mode and regular archive/Wayback mode, hosted on the live web. If so, consider performing quality assurance (QA) while still in Proxy Mode, especially if there are elements of the archived page that are not playing back in the regular Wayback view.
<< Note: Do not use the manual instructions specific to the web browsers on this page to set up proxy mode in addition to using the Add-on – the methods are mutually exclusive.