GitHub Freezes the World’s Open Source Stock for a Thousand Years


Last updated on December 8th, 2022 at 02:19 pm

The archive is hidden in a mine behind the Arctic Circle in case of apocalypse and nuclear war.

The team of the largest hosting service for IT projects and their joint development GitHub reported on their Arctic project. Plans to create an Arctic archive were announced last fall.


GitHub Freezes the World’s Open Source Stock for a Thousand Years

 Julia Metcalf, director of strategic programs at GitHub, spoke about the results of the project. She announced that the open-source collection was “buried” in the Arctic Code Vault on July 8, 2020. 

The project was implemented with a delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was originally planned that all active public repositories will get into the repository on February 2, 2020. On this day, a picture was taken for the 21 TB archive, but the materials reached the storage only now. The archive was recorded by Piql partner company on 186 piqlFilm film reels. 

The GitHub Archive project is designed to shelter the world’s stock of open source code from possible future cataclysms, nuclear war, the collapse of civilization, and other similar invasions of aliens. 


The storage facility is located at a depth of 250 meters in a former coal mine on the Spitsbergen archipelago in the permafrost zone of the Arctic Circle. It is designed for at least a thousand years of storage. 

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