System-Wide Installation

Installing the internetarchive library globally on your system can be done with pip:

$ sudo pip install internetarchive

or, with easy_install:

$ sudo easy_install internetarchive

Either of these commands will install the internetarchive Python library and ia command-line tool on your system.

Note: Some versions of Mac OS X come with Python libraries that are required by internetarchive (e.g. the Python package six). This can cause installation issues. If your installation is failing with a message that looks something like:

OSError: [Errno 1] Operation not permitted: '/var/folders/bk/3wx7qs8d0x79tqbmcdmsk1040000gp/T/pip-TGyjVo-uninstall/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/Extras/lib/python/six-1.4.1-py2.7.egg-info'

You can use the --ignore-installed parameter in pip to ignore the libraries that are already installed, and continue with the rest of the installation:

$ sudo pip install --ignore-installed internetarchive

More details on this issue can be found here:


If you don’t want to, or can’t, install the package system-wide you can use virtualenv to create an isolated Python environment.

First, make sure virtualenv is installed on your system. If it’s not, you can do so with pip:

$ sudo pip install virtualenv

With easy_install:

$ sudo easy_install virtualenv

Or your systems package manager, apt-get for example:

$ sudo apt-get install python-virtualenv

Once you have virtualenv installed on your system, create a virtualenv:

$ mkdir myproject
$ cd myproject
$ virtualenv venv
New python executable in venv/bin/python
Installing setuptools, pip............done.

Activate your virtualenv:

$ . venv/bin/activate

Install internetarchive into your virtualenv:

$ pip install internetarchive


Binaries are also available for the ia command-line tool:

$ curl -LOs
$ chmod +x ia

Binaries are generated with PEX. The only requirement for using the binaries is that you have Python installed on a Unix-like operating system.

For more details on the command-line interface please refer to the README, or ia help.

Get the Code

Internetarchive is actively developed on GitHub.

You can either clone the public repository:

$ git clone git://

Download the tarball:

$ curl -OL

Or, download the zipball:

$ curl -OL

Once you have a copy of the source, you can install it into your site-packages easily:

$ python install