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Working around eternal spinner “Loading” when trying to archive a page

Posted by jpluimers on 2023/01/13

I have had the below spinner “Loading” without any progress indication on a couple of URLs the last few months and I think they are tied to having special characters in the URL-to-be-archived.

My usual workaround was to first archive in the Wayback Machine, then archive the resulting URL in as it would automatically follow the path up to the original URL,

That of course failed when*/ did not want to save in either these would give an eternal spinner on the “Loading” page no matter the browser you were using either the escaped %2A or *:

The workaround is to use a URL shortener (I used Bitly) then archive the shortened URL (in this case


  1. [Wayback/Archive] Jeroen Wiert Pluimers on Twitter: “Oh nice, an eternal spinner at @archiveis when archiving URLs like either … or …”
  2. [Wayback/Archive] Jeroen Wiert Pluimers on Twitter: “@archiveis The workaround is to save it in a URL shortener first. I used @Bitly to save the URL-to-be-archived as, then archived the shortened URL.”


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