For those users who wish for a magical land where archived library data roam free, ready to be downloaded and uncompressed:
Wait no more!
KiCad libraries can now be downloaded here.
The data on this website are rebuilt every week, and track the official library repositories on GitHub.
On https://kicad.github.io/footprints/The link in:"Users who wish to keep footprint libraries up to date can track the https://github.com/kicad/kicad-footprints GitHub repository."
is wrong. It points to: "https://kicad.github.io/footprints/kicad-footprints"
Thanks Mitjan, fixed. Should be live in a few minutes.
This is TOTALLY AWESOME! (and yes, I literally yelled that out loud to myself when I saw the pages!)
I don't know how much time you put into this, but I am certain to make use of it. I really appreciate knowing the download size before clicking.
Now linked from the kicad-website too.