Downloading RFCs

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The RFC Editor supports the rsync program, which can efficiently maintain a local copy of various subsets of the RFC Editor’s repository in sync with the official copy. The How-To page explains how to specify the desired subset of the repository, using a template called a module by rsync.

Get TAR or ZIP files

You can download the entire collection of RFCs or various subsets, in either .tar.gz format for Unix systems or .zip format for Windows. Approximate sizes are shown; some of these are BIG files.

The primary version of every RFC is encoded as an ASCII text file, which was once the lingua franca of the computer world. However, users of Microsoft Windows often have difficulty displaying vanilla ASCII text files with the correct pagination. To meet this need, the RFC Editor provides a PDF of every RFC. You can download the entire collection of these RFCs or various subsets in either .tar.gz or .zip format.

  • Entire PDF-formatted RFC Collection: .tar.gz or Zipped format. variable; over 150 MB. (These files are updated once per week.)
  • PDF-formatted RFCs 1-500: .tar.gz or Zipped format. 2 MB.
  • PDF-formatted RFCs 501-1000: .tar.gz or Zipped format. 6 MB.
  • PDF-formatted RFCs 1001-1500: .tar.gz or Zipped format. 12 MB.
  • PDF-formatted RFCs 1501-2000: .tar.gz or Zipped format. 11 MB.
  • PDF-formatted RFCs 2001-2500: .tar.gz or Zipped format. 13 MB.
  • PDF-formatted RFCs 2501-3000: .tar.gz or Zipped format. 14 MB.
  • PDF-formatted RFCs 3001-3500: .tar.gz or Zipped format. 14 MB.
  • PDF-formatted RFCs 3501-4000: .tar.gz or Zipped format. 15 MB.
  • PDF-formatted RFCs 4001-4500: .tar.gz or Zipped format. 13 MB.
  • PDF-formatted RFCs 4501-5000: .tar.gz or Zipped format. 15 MB.
  • PDF-formatted RFCs 5001-5500: .tar.gz or Zipped format. 12 MB.
  • PDF-formatted RFCs 5501-6000: .tar.gz or Zipped format. 14 MB.
  • PDF-formatted RFCs 6001-6500: .tar.gz or Zipped format. 14 MB.
  • PDF-formatted RFCs 6501-7000: .tar.gz or Zipped format. 13 MB.
  • PDF-formatted RFCs 7001-7500: .tar.gz or Zipped format. 14 MB.
  • PDF-formatted RFCs 7501-latest: .tar.gz or Zipped format. (variable)

In addition, the directory contains compressed tar files (.tar.gz) and zip (.zip) files containing all RFCs that changed in the last 30 days and in the last 7 days. These summary files have names “30daysTo…” and “7daysTo…” and are updated weekly.


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