How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

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How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

Have you ever been so exhausted that you don’t have the energy to do your research before you literally flop down on your bed? Well, we’ve got the solution to your problem. Now you can download all the information you’ll ever need right onto your phone, Tablet or Laptop and bring Wikipedia along on bus rides and vacations without the hassle of needing an internet connection! Follow the directions closely to have a world of knowledge at the tap of a button, without the need for an internet connection.

  • 1 Steps to Downloading Wikipedia to Your Device
    • 1.1 Space Requirements

    Steps to Downloading Wikipedia to Your Device

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    Space Requirements

    You will now need to download and install software to extract the files; otherwise you won’t be able to access the files.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    Apps to Download to Read Wikipedia Files

    Free Applications

    A few FREE applications and software programs have been listed below, along with brief descriptions for your convenience.

    Applications to Buy

    Of course, if you are willing to spend a little, here are some other applications that are undoubtedly worth it!

    Other Source of Wikipedia

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    • This is a long process. Make sure your battery is fully charged AND it’s plugged into a device or directly to an outlet.

    Things You’ll Need

    • The actual files from the Wikipedia Database

    Questions and Answers

    I am looking for a database of English words.

    I am looking for a database of English words spoken by a male voice, for a new application I am testing.

    What you’re looking for is called a speech corpus. Speech corpus cannot be used for commercial purposes unless you pay for it. However, if you’re testing an application for your personal use, you can use this speech corpus from the University of Ohio’s Department of Psychology. If your application will eventually be made public for commercial purposes, you will have to purchase a commercial copy.

    If you download a speech corpus and find out it’s not exactly what you’re looking for, you can also try to search through a site like SampleSwap to find words that you can use in the development of your application.

    I want to download the Wikipedia database of English in archive form.

    I want to download the Wikipedia database of English in archive form in .zim format

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    Can I open Wikipedia offline data with mobi-reader?

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    Whether you prefer reading on your computer, eBook Reader, or on paper, sometimes it can be nice to have your research together in a book format. Here’s how to turn Wikipedia articles into a PDF for offline reading or print as a paper book.

    Turn a Wikipedia Article Into a PDF

    Would you like to save a favorite Wikipedia article as a PDF to read offline or share with your friends? Sure, you could just print an article as PDF directly from your browser, but this will not turn out very nice looking. However, we can use new tools built into Wikipedia to automatically make a PDF copy of an article that looks more like a traditional book rather than just a web printout. To do this, click the Print/export link on the left sidebar in Wikipedia when you’re on an article you want to save.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    This will show several options for ways to use this article. Click Download as PDF to have Wikipedia automatically generate a PDF copy of this article.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    After a few moments, Wikipedia will open a new page letting you know that your new document has been generated. Click the Download the file link to view the PDF directly in your browser, or right-click and select Save as to save it to your computer as normal.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    Here’s our PDF in Adobe Reader inside our browser. Wikipedia generates very nice looking PDFs that will be nice to read on your computer, eBook reader, or even to print out and share.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    Create a Wikipedia Book

    If you need several different articles from Wikipedia for offline use, it might be better to create a Wikipedia eBook. This makes it easy to get all of the article you need together, organized and formatted like a traditional book. To do this, click Create a book under Print/export on the left sidebar in Wikipedia.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    This will open the Book creator page; click Start book creator to get started.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    You’ll be returned to the Wikipedia article you were at previously, but this time, you’ll have a new Book creator bar on the top of the page. Click Add this page to your book to add the page you’re on.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    This new Book creator bar will follow you on Wikipedia now, so you can visit any page and add it to your eBook. You can quickly add related articles in articles you’re adding, as you’ll see a new Add linked wiki page to your book tooltip when you hover over links in articles. Click it, and that page will be added to your eBook without having to visit the page.

    Once you’ve added all the pages you want, click the Show book link on the top.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    This will open a page where you can rearrange, sort, or remove articles from your eBook. Simply drag-and-drop the articles to get them into the order you want.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    You can organize it even more with chapter dividers. Click Create chapter at the top of the box.

    Now just enter a name for the chapter in the popup, and click Ok to add it to your book.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    Drag and drop the chapter markers as you want to organize your book. Don’t forget to add a Title and Subtitle as well.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    Once you’re finished, you can select to download your eBook as a PDF or ODT formatted document, or order a printed copy of your Wikipedia eBook from PediaPress.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    If you choose to download a PDF, you’ll have to wait a few moments while the entire book is rendered and combined.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    Once it’s finished, you can preview it in your browser or download it to read on your computer as before. Notice our nice table of contents that was automatically generated; it looks very nice, but unfortunately is not hyper-linked to the chapter sections themselves in the eBook.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    The Wikipedia eBooks turn out quite nicely, and include tables, many images, and links from the original article, all laid out in a nice, book-style format. You can now read and share your eBook from your computer, print it out, or transfer it to an eReader to read your Wikipedia book on the go.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    Alternately, as mentioned above, you can choose to purchase your printed Wikipedia book from PediaPress. If you choose this, you’ll be redirected to the PediaPress site where you can select a cover color and image from the included articles.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    You can also preview how your book would look as a printed book. The book previews look very nice, so if you need a printed book copy, this looks like a very good option.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    No matter how you need to use Wikipedia, the new PDF and eBook features make it easy to remix and take Wikipedia with you. We found the eBook creator very easy to use, and were pleased at how nice the finished PDFs turned out. Give it a try and make personalized eBooks with the info you need, for fun or study!

    Would you like to download the entire Wikipedia on your computer or mobile phone for offline reading? Well, here are some good options to consider.

    Download Wikipedia Articles for Offline Reading

    Wikipedia, the world’s largest encyclopedia, provides database dumps of all their wikis that one can download for free and thus access the entire Wikipedia content on computers that are not connected to the Internet.

    The database dumps are frequently updated and include every single article that’s available on the main Wikipedia website. The dumps are available as .xml.bz2 files that you can easily open on your computer using the free and portable WikiTaxi software.

    WikiTaxi ships with an importer that will first un-compress the Wikipedia database files (.bz2) and then converts them into a .taxi file format. Now you open these .taxi files inside WikiTaxi just like the way you open .doc files inside Microsoft Word. If you are running low on space, the original Wikipedia dumps can be safely discarded.

    A good alternative to WikiTaxi is Kiwix – this is also free software and available for Mac, Windows and Linux systems. You need to install the Kiwix software on your computer and then download one of the Wikipedia editions – the articles are packaged as .zim files that will open directly inside Kiwix without requiring any conversion.

    The latest .zim package for various editions of Wikipedia can be downloaded from kiwix.org using any download manager or you can use this .torrent file to download using any BitTorrent client. This is 9.7 GB file and includes all the text of Wikipedia pages but no images.

    Kiwix is definitely easier to use than WikiTaxi and the packaged .zim files can read across all popular platforms but the downside is that, unlike the database dumps used by WikiTaxi, the .zim files aren’t very frequently updated. Also, the zim package for English Wikipedia doesn’t include every article though the packages for other languages are complete*.

    If you have an iOS device – like the iPhone, iPad or iPad Touch – you may grab the excellent Wiki Offline app and carry all the Wikipedia articles in your pocket. The app renders Wikipedia articles in a beautiful interface and supports tabbed browsing so you can open multiple articles side by side. Wiki Offline is also available in the Mac App Store for your Mac OS X.

    The other option for using Wikipedia offline is WikiReader – this is a 3.5” monochrome device with a capacitive touch screen and contains over 3 million Wikipedia articles. The updates to Wikipedia articles are released every quarter – you can update the device by connecting it to your computer – or you opt to receive updates on SD cards.

    The WikiReader device costsВ $99 and though I haven’t tried it myself, it did get a huge thumbs-up from Ars Technica. You definitely don’t need this if you carry a smart phone that is always connected to the Internet but could be a good reference tool for the rest of us with an impressive battery life – much like the Kindle.

    Finally, if all you want to do is download a handful of Wikipedia articles for offline reading, use the built-in book creator that turns multiple pages from Wikipedia into a PDF book.

    [*Update April 9, 2012] The Wikipedia blog just noted that these ZIM packaged files have been recently updated and they now include the text of all articles that were part of Wikipedia till January 2012.

    Aug 14, 2013
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    Wikipedia is the world’s most popular and up to date encyclopedia. It is like an external brain of sorts that we can access anytime to gain knowledge about hundreds of thousands of topics, but only as long as we have internet access. That really doesn’t have to be the case though, since you can use Kiwix to download and read the entirety of Wikipedia completely offline. Check it out after the jump.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    Kiwix is a surprisingly powerful offline Wiki reader; we were surprised we hadn’t already come across it before since it has been available for a good amount of time now.

    The program is available as a portable application, but can also be installed the traditional way. When you launch it for the first time, it asks you to download the catalogue of available wikis, which you definitely must download. I didn’t understand it at first, so I pressed no; ‘Do not ask anymore’ was enabled by default so I had to reinstall the program to be able to one-click download the catalog.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    Press ‘Yes’ when you get this option on startup.

    Once the catalog is ready, you can click on File > Browse library to see the list of available wikis you can download for reading offline (seen in title image).

    For purposes of testing, we downloaded Wikipedia in Simple English (730MB). If you want the more popular version – Wikipedia in English – you can download the sum total of it as updated till March 23rd, 2012 in the form of a 9.3GB download. You won’t find much information on latest topics like the Xbox One or the Royal Baby, obviously, but that won’t be an issue for most people.

    So what separates Kiwix from the previously covered offline Wikipedia reader BzReader? Well, it looks and works much, much better. You can quickly search for new wikis to download from the Library view, download and ‘install’ in one click, add notes, bookmark pages, export pages in PDF or HTML, and read multiple Wikipedia pages with tabination. For advanced users, it can also be set up as a web server allowing people on your network to access Kiwix from the local server without downloading huge files.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    I’m a big fan of Kiwix. It works really well, and is completely free. We only tested the Windows version of it, but there are variants of it on OS X, Linux and Android that you can download from the link below.

    You can also download the Kiwix source code and compile the application for your own operating system.

    Wikipedia is the world’s most popular and up to date encyclopedia. It is like an external brain of sorts that we can access anytime to gain knowledge about hundreds of thousands of topics, but only as long as we have internet access. That really doesn’t have to be the case though, since you can use Kiwix to download and read the entirety of Wikipedia completely offline.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    The program is available as a portable application, but can also be installed the traditional way. When you launch it for the first time, it asks you to download the catalogue of available wikis, which you definitely must download. Once the catalog is ready, you can click on File > Browse library to see the list of available wikis you can download for reading offline. For purposes of testing, we downloaded Wikipedia in Simple English (730MB). If you want the more popular version – Wikipedia in English – you can download the sum total of it as updated till March 23rd, 2012 in the form of a 9.3GB download. You won’t find much information on latest topics like the Xbox One or the Royal Baby, obviously, but that won’t be an issue for most people.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    You can quickly search for new wikis to download from the Library view, download and ‘install’ in one click, add notes, bookmark pages, export pages in PDF or HTML, and read multiple Wikipedia pages with tabination. For advanced users, it can also be set up as a web server allowing people on your network to access Kiwix from the local server without downloading huge files. It works really well, and is completely free.

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    * If you use iOS 8 or 9, please get Wiki Offline 2, not this version *

    Wiki Offline delivers flexibility and joy for the Wikipedia™ experience. The full text of all Wikipedia articles are stored to your iPhone/iPad/iPod. You will literally hold the world’s knowledge in the palm of your hands. No more worrying about slow internet connections, overage bandwidth charges, or traveling to areas without internet, because with Wiki Offline, Wikipedia will be there for you when you need it.
    Join the myriad of scientists, teachers, frequent flyers, vacationers, parents, and knowledge lovers whose lives have been improved by Wiki Offline.

    Wiki Offline brings joy to the reading experience. No more squinting at tiny text, no more eye strain from staring into a bright screen — the entire display is customizable. Personalize your Wikipedia experience by organizing your favorite articles into folders for later enjoyment. Mark articles to be “read later” and build up a queue. Automatically import the latest text and images (internet required) and enjoy a beautifully formatted take on the legendary encyclopedia.

    BENEFITS:
    – Enjoy the full text of all Wikipedia articles
    – Use it in bed, 30,000 feet in the air, or 20,000 leagues under the sea
    – Amazingly fast — faster than an internet connection
    – Embed images in articles (internet required) for the most beautiful experience
    – Find terms within the page
    – Full screen viewing for best reading experience
    – Organize your searches into bookmarks and folders
    – Full page history, reading queue, and table of contents help you navigate
    – Personalize your reading experience by customizing the font, brightness, and color
    – Available in English, Chinese, Italian, Arabic, Czech, Spanish, Russian, Dutch, Portuguese, Norwegian, Turkish, Thai, Polish, French, Hungarian, Farsi, Japanese, Hebrew, Korean, Swedish, Danish, and Slovak!

    NOTES:
    Upon launching the app, you will be prompted to download Wikipedia onto your device. It has been meticulously compressed (English is 4.0GB) while maintaining all of the data in every single article. (Note that pictures and tables are not included, but can be downloaded from within the app). This download is fully resumable and hosted on high speed servers located around the world.

    The initial download requires WiFi. If you don’t have WiFi, you can email support for instructions on how to download the files and transfer them through your computer.

    After the initial download, you will be able to browse all Wikipedia articles without internet access.

    You can download the latest version of the database in the app, or you can download additional languages. Please note that there is a nominal $0.99 fee to partially offset our costs to deliver such large files.

    TIPS:
    – Instantly scroll to the beginning of an article by tapping the status bar (the very top of the screen)
    – Double tap in an article to switch to full screen mode
    – Pull down on the top of an article to lock the screen orientation
    – Pinch an article to change the font quickly
    – Pull down on the language list in the settings to check for updates

    SUPPORT:
    Don’t be afraid to get in touch with us. User input is greatly appreciated — in fact, most new features are suggested by users like yourself!

    WIKIPEDIA is a trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation. We are not endorsed by or affiliated with the Wikimedia Foundation.

    1% of net profits derived from the sale of this app will be donated to the Wikimedia Foundation.

    Download Wikipedia offline on your computer to read full Wikipedia articles offline for free wherever you are in the world. Wikipedia officially makes available free database dumps for personal use and you can easily download Wikipedia dumps. Thus, it easy for interested readers to download the full Wikipedia database and browse it offline.

    I am sure that many of us love to read the comprehensive information provided by Wikipedia, an authoritative resource on every topic compiled by voluntary editors and contributors. But downloading Wikipedia database dumps and processing them for reading is not as simple as it sounds, and specialized Wikipedia readers make the task easier. Simply download complete Wikipedia on your computer and its easy to spend reading time on your next long flight.

    Download Kiwix Wikipedia reader

    To get started, download the most popular Wikipedia reader Kiwix, open-source free software for reading web content offline and is especially recommended for reading Wikipedia content offline. First, you can start by downloading the version of Kwix for your operating system like Mac, Windows, Linux and more. I chose to download the Windows version on my computer.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    and here is what the start-up screen looks like.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    Download Wikipedia ZIM Files

    Then you need to download the full Wikipedia.ZIM file which contains all the articles of Wikipedia to the particular date mentioned on the download files. ZIM files are a standardised open format to store wiki content for offline use.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    These files are frequently updated and right now I can see to English versions on the website. You can download an older version since 2010 which has 45,000 articles with pictures (3.7GB), or download the latest full version which contains all Wikipedia articles, but contains no pictures to reduce the download size. I decided to download the January 2012 version, but it was a huge 9.7 GB download file! Pre-indexed ZIM files and the Kiwix Wikipedia reader are also available for combined download (9.2GB). You can download the bittorrent versions of these files also.

    If those huge downloads seem too time-consuming for your broadband Internet connection, you can choose to download smaller versions of the Wikipedia which might be more useful to your needs like the simple English Wikipedia (730MB), 6000 child-friendly Wikipedia articles (2.6GB), or the 30,000 best Wikipedia articles (2.3GB). They are available in the other section below the links.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    After you install the ZIM file, you can get started with the Kiwix Wikipedia reader. I installed the simple English Wikipedia, a 730 MB download which came in under half an hour on an 8 MBps broadband connection.

    Read Wikipedia Offline

    In Kiwix, Click Open File, load the ZIM file and the entire Wikipedia content loads instantly. The software will ask you to index all content for faster searching, and you should enable that option.

    How to download wikipedia for offline at-your-fingertips reading

    Their screencast video shows you how you can use the Kiwix reader to browse Wikipedia articles offline, search for content and find your needed information quickly and easily.

    I hope you download Wikipedia easily after using this tutorial and like me get ready to read Wikipedia offline on your laptop during the next long air travel, and make good use of your time and expand your knowledge.

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    The below are answers to the most commonly asked questions. Feel free to reach out if you need to know more.

    What is Kiwix?

    Kiwix is an offline reader – meaning that it allows you to browse text or video that is normally only available on the internet. We turn various online contents (such as Wikipedia, for example) into ZIM files, and these can be opened by Kiwix even if you have no connectivity.

    Our technology’s main advantage is its high compression rate. For instance, the entirety of Wikipedia (more than 6 million articles, with images) can fit in 80Gb. The Gutenberg Library’s 60,000 books will fit on 60 Gb of storage space.

    What is your business model?

    Kiwix is a registered not-for-profit entity. We do not collect user data, nor do we put ads anywhere. Kiwix is entirely free and open-source, meaning that you can share and distribute it without having to ask for our permission (do drop us a note as a courtesy so we know where our users are; pictures are awesome too).

    Our funding comes from users who enjoy Kiwix and people who support our mission to bring educational content to those who need it. Every help counts, so please consider making a donation.

    We also get grants from Foundations to help us give access to specific content (the Wikimedia Foundation being one of them, for instance).

    Where do I find zim files?

    Kiwix comes without content files. You need to download them from the app’s library, download from our repository, or generate your own via Zimit.

    Zim files are too big and I cannot store them!

    In some languages, Wikipedia in particular can be particularly large (it has more than 6 millions articles, after all). If you are on a phone, consider hosting your ZIM files onto an external microSD card, or download a version without images (nopic, 60% smaller) or limited to the introduction and infobox of each article (mini, 95% smaller).

    We also release thematic contents (e.g. Maths, History, etc.) so that you can pick and chose only the parts that what you want.

    I can not copy Zim files on my hard drive or SD card.

    We recommend to use exFAT or NTFS which can deal with large files and are broadly supported.

    Can I only download parts that have changed since I last downloaded Wikipedia?
    What do mini, nopic and maxi mean in the Wikipedia zim files?

    File size is always an issue when downloading such big content, so we always produce each Wikipedia file in three flavours:

    • Mini: only the introduction of each article, plus the infobox. Saves about 95% of space vs. the full version.
    • nopic: full articles, but no images. About 75% smaller than the full version
    • Maxi: the default full version.
    I have a 32-bit computer (Windows XP or Vista) and can’t run Kiwix 2.0 nor read the newer zim files. What can I do?

    We recently released Kiwix-JS for 32-bit Windows. Try it!

    Where can I buy your hotspot?

    Physical hotspots are not for sale yet, but you can purchase a Raspberry Pi from your local reseller and create your bespoke image here.

    Wikipedia, for most of us, needs no introduction. We use it perhaps almost as frequently as we use Google for our information needs. All of us might then wonder about the need to download and use a free information resource which is available only a click away online.

    But what if you fall in a situation where you don’t have access to the Internet and you want to access Wikipedia to reference one of your projects or assignments? Ironically, some universities have blocked Wikipedia in their servers or WIFI areas due to many reasons, one of them being misuse during examination times. There is no access for many students to Wikipedia site although they have the internet access. For them, the offline version of Wikipedia would be an awesome help. But did you know that it is possible and an offline version of Wikipedia is available for download?

    Please note that the ‘Wikipedia for Schools‘ version is only recommended for use by students of age 8-18 as it only consists of topics relevant to their education! Wikipedia for Schools is as big as 3GB in size (if Wikipedia only for a certain age group comes in 3 GB size, then one can assume how big the entire Wikipedia is) and can be downloaded via BitTorrent or Limewire. This file can be downloaded to your computer and you can use it during your offline time too. The entire file contains around 5500 articles that are related to educational topics of students.

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    This is great news…. it good for people that don’t have internet access! I can’t imagine how big the world famous encyclopedia will be!
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    Absolutely. I wonder if there was a way to get an offline copy of “Full Wikipedia” though and wonder how many DVDs would it take! Wow.

    I’ve never heard of this but not until I came across this post. It seems useful for grade schoolers. Does the 3GB download include the language sets?
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    I’m halfway through downloading this but I would imagine it comes in English (3 GB is too less to accommodate all Languages I guess). 🙂