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|Internet media type||
|Uniform Type Identifier||com.apple.webarchive|
|Type of format||web page file archive|
|Extended from||Apple Binary Property List|
The webarchive file format is available on Mac OS X and Windows for saving and reviewing complete web pages using the Safari web browser. Support for webarchive documents was added in Safari 4 Beta on Windows and is included in subsequent versions. Safari for iOS does not support web archive files, however a third party app provides this functionality.
The webarchive format is a concatenation of source files with filenames saved in the binary plist format using NSKeyedEncoder. The API uses webarchives to simplify using cutting-and-pasting with whole or partial web pages.
Converting for other browsers
Workarounds to allow the file to be viewed in other browsers are possible, though specific webpage contents may hinder this process:
- Use the free tools WebArchive Folderizer (for OS X 10.2 and higher) or WebArchive Extractor (for OS X 10.4.3 and higher).
MAFF is an open format (with a published specification) that enables saving of whole webpages in a single file. It is currently supported by Firefox, using an extension. Other web browsers use the MHTML format or do the equivalent by saving a directory of inline resources (usually images) alongside the HTML file, sometimes compressed, like the .war format used by Konqueror (tar+gzip or tar+bzip2). Safari does not support these alternative archive formats.
- De-archive Web Archives
- Web Archive Viewer
- WebArchive Extractor
- "Mozilla Archive Format, with MHT and Faithful Save". Retrieved 8 December 2011.
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