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How to see deleted Reddit comments and posts

The best Reddit posts and comments are often deleted. Here’s how to get them back.

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Quick Answer: The best way to see deleted Reddit comments and posts is by using third-party websites like Rar Eddit and Reveddit. “Reveddit reveals content removed from Reddit by moderators. It does not show user-deleted content,” reads the website’s opening line.

When diving into the comments section of a Reddit post, there’s almost nothing more disappointing than seeing a deleted comment or thread with lots of upvotes that you know had good entertainment value.

Wouldn’t it be nice to see deleted Reddit comments and posts? It’s the forbidden fruit effect in action.

The moderator—or Redditor—who nuked the material is saying, “I don’t want you to see this,” which, naturally, makes you want to see it more.

Some background: Reddit has a policy of deleting comments in certain situations. This policy may be enforced if a comment violates the platform’s rules, contains personal information, or is deemed inappropriate or offensive.

The phrase “reddit deleted comments” refers to instances where comments have been removed from a post, causing them to become inaccessible to other users.

The decision to delete these comments is generally made by Reddit administrators or moderators to maintain a safe and respectful environment for the community.

Thankfully, “removed” doesn’t mean a Reddit comment or post is deleted from history. Let’s discuss how to view deleted comments and threads on Reddit.

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How to view deleted Reddit posts and comments with Unddit

UPDATE 5/8/2023: As of May 1st, 2023, services like Unddit and Reveddit are being laid out to pasture. These services relied on Pushshift’s Data API, and now Reddit is revoking its access. So if the service isn’t working for you, that’s probably why. Read Reddit’s decision here.

Unddit was previously one of the best options for viewing deleted Reddit content. Unfortunately, the tool no longer exists. When the site was up and running, by adding a bookmark to your browser, you could revive dead comments and threads with the click of a button.

Use Wayback Machine to view deleted Reddit comments and posts

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Internet archives, such as Wayback Machine, may retain information longer than tools focusing specifically on Reddit.

However, to view deleted content, a snapshot must exist of the time when the comment or thread was still alive. In many cases, the timing won’t line up. But, pasting the Reddit URL into Wayback Machine is worth a try, especially if it’s an older post. But don’t be disappointed if your efforts are in vain.

Here’s how to view a deleted Reddit comment or post using Wayback Machine:

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  1. Visit the Wayback Machine website.
  2. Enter the Reddit URL of the deleted post or comment you want to revive.
  3. Select a snapshot in the timeline above the calendar, then click the highlighted date on the calendar below to view the available snapshot of the webpage.
  4. The archived version of the deleted Reddit comment or post will be displayed.
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As you can see on this Reddit post about 4K games on the Xbox Series S, there are several deleted comments by users.

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By using Wayback Machine, it’s possible to view the previously deleted comments to get a full picture of the Reddit post’s history.

Are there any other tools I can use to see deleted Reddit comments or posts?

Previously, tools like Removeddit or Ceddit allowed you to view a cached version of the comment section. Unfortunately, those tools went offline sometime around 2021.

Thankfully, Unddit came in and picked up where they had left off.

Unddit offers a lot of the same functionality, with the only caveat being that it does not allow you to search for removed content in subreddits. The only option that we find and recommend is Rareddit.

UPDATE 5/8/2023: As of May 1st, 2023, services like Unddit and Reveddit are being laid out to pasture. These services relied on Pushshift’s Data API, and now Reddit is revoking its access. So if the service isn’t working for you, that’s probably why. Read more here.

Will you always be able to see deleted Reddit content using these methods?

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No, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to view all the deleted Reddit content using these methods.

In all honesty, these methods aren’t foolproof, and there are a bunch of factors that can affect their effectiveness.

Some of it might not have been archived or cached, or maybe someone at Reddit just pressed the “delete everything” button. Who knows?

And to top it off, Reddit might change its policies or features in the future, leaving us all in the dark about deleted content.

I mean, we can’t expect them to make it easy for us, right? So, if you really care about your lost content, you might want to consider moving on and letting it go.

Should you dare gaze upon deleted Reddit comments?

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Now that you know you can resurrect deleted comments and threads, you should probably ask yourself whether you should.

Often, content gets nuked for a reason, and absorbing all of that too-hot-for-Reddit material may have unforeseen consequences.

For example, reading a particularly contentious comment could cause your brain to liquefy and boil inside your skull. This is a known side effect of encountering internet trolls or particularly controversial content.

However, if you’re brave and adventurous, the potential entertainment value in reviving deleted content may be worth the risk.

Then again, we won’t judge if you decide to delete your Reddit account and never look back.

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Matt is an Australian writer with a degree in creative and critical writing. Prior to commencing his studies, he worked in tech support and gained valuable insights into technology and its users. He is also an editor and author coach at Dean Publishing.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. James Falco

    May 7, 2023 at 1:38 pm

    Unddit no longer works as of the May 1st API update. May want to check things before you C&P old articles and post them under your name.

  2. Kevin Raposo

    May 8, 2023 at 12:30 pm

    Show yourself coward

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