It seems that images uploaded on the SE sites are hosted on imgur.com. Are these images stored somewhere else too? I mean, is there some sort of backup plan for restoring them? What happens if imgur.com goes bankrupt or something bad happens to it?


We have a backup job, yes. Rebecca wrote a backup program that runs daily IIRC, specifically backing up imgur just in case anything ever happens.

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  • Nice! Think this answer should be edited to reflect this? – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Mar 8 '12 at 11:33
  • @ShaDowWizArd - I'll let Rebecca do that, having written it she knows much more about how this works, I pinged her to take a look at this as well (: – Nick Craver Mar 8 '12 at 11:37
  • what about the fact that unaccessed pictures are deleted? how do we ever get those back? – Colin D Jun 8 '17 at 16:01
  • Link is dead... – luchonacho Jul 25 '17 at 7:24
  • @luchonacho had to replace stackoverflow with stackexchange, it's fixed now. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Aug 7 '17 at 10:08
  • @Nick is this backup still running these days? (aka is this answer still relevant) – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Aug 7 '17 at 10:08
  • Yes and no. A totally different backup runs directly from the S3 buckets Imgur uses, but yes, we back it up to our systems daily in case anything were to happen. – Nick Craver Aug 7 '17 at 10:10
  • Good to hear... any chance to edit the answer to reflect this? (Or it might be not really that important.) – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Aug 7 '17 at 10:11

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