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Is it possible to link to an archived web page from the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine so that the archive header (for browsing other archives of the same page) isn't shown? Perhaps an url parameter? I didn't find anything on their FAQ.

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from "Wikipedia Help:Using the Wayback Machine" : (Source)

Specific archive copy

Once the target web page has been archived, each of the specific dated archives can be individually requested using the format shown below.
The next example links to the archived copy of the main index page of Wikipedia exactly as it appeared on 30 September 2002 at 12:35:25 pm in the UTC timezone.
The datetime format is YYYYMMDDhhmmss. (examples are archives of this question.)

Use the above format to link directly to a specific archive copy.

Adding an asterisk (*) immediately after the date (or in place of it) is a quick way to show the calendar view of all archived copies.

The following flags can be appended to the datetime field to modify the format in which the archived content is displayed:

  • id_ Identity - the original resource, return it as it was archived. example
  • js_ JavaScript - return document marked up as JavaScript. example
  • cs_ CSS - return document marked up as CSS. example
  • im_ Image - return document as an image. example
  • if_ iFrame - normal archive except without the navigational toolbar. example

Depending on the circumstances under which the page images were archived, the rendering of these pages may not be consistent... The datetime format is YYYYMMDDhhmmss, followed by an optional formatting flag, such as the ones above.

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  • This is really great! I'm marking it as the accepted answer because it is more comprehensive and explains the meaning behind the various suffixes (which might finally allow me to memorize them and stop having to refer back to this question! 😅)
    – waldyrious
    Jun 25, 2021 at 17:17
  • Do all of these still work? A lot of them seem to be just loading the page without any CSS. The best option for what the question asked seems to be if_.
    – Laurel
    Aug 15, 2023 at 17:11
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Append id_ to the end of the date string in the url.

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20130329115724/http://faq.web.archive.org/page-without-wayback-code/

If you want to view a page from the Wayback Machine that does not have all of the Wayback rewritten code in it, you can view the bare, archived page by adding “id_” to the end of the date in the URL.

Page with rewritten links and other Wayback code in it:

Page rendered exactly as it was archived:

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    Thanks for this method, but this also keeps the original hyperlinks intact, so absolute links or links relative to the server root (begining with a slash "/") will not work (or they will not point to archived pages). Is there a way to just get rid of the header, but make the links work?
    – Beli
    Oct 12, 2016 at 12:43
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    try "im_" instead if "id_". with the latter some websites also lose the CSS so i wold deprecate the use of id as it almost useless
    – Francesco
    Oct 2, 2017 at 19:40
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    Thanks for posting this phwd: Happy to report that this (suffixing either id_ or im_) still works. Checked 2017-Dec-17. Also thanks to @Francesco for your contribution.
    – martineau
    Dec 17, 2017 at 22:35
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    When you have to use the Wayback Machine to get that FAQ page 🤔
    – c24w
    May 19, 2019 at 16:00
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    Suffixing if_ works and preserves styles
    – fzbd
    Aug 17, 2020 at 15:47
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As commenter fzbd states, appending if_ (not id_) to the date string works best.

The problem with id_ is that you lose a lot of resources you most likely want. It is less apparent in phwd's answer because google.com is used as the example, and that page includes almost everything in that single page's source and not as external resources. For the vast majority of websites, id_ will cause serious breakage. For example, using again this website:

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