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Kiwix

Offline Wikipedia reader

Kiwix lets you read Wikipedia and other websites without an Internet connection. It uses the highly compressed ZIM format to store webpages for quick and easy reading.

The app is a lightweight piece of software reading bigger files stored on your device or SD card: once it is installed, you can select which additional content you would like to download (Wikipedia, Wiktionary, TED talks, etc.) and be ready for when your internet connection is bad (or need to be in airplane mode)!

Note: Kiwix is also available on regular computers (Windows, Mac, Linux).

Packages

Although APK downloads are available below to give you the choice, you should be aware that by installing that way you will not receive update notifications and it's a less secure way to download. We recommend that you install the F-Droid client and use that.

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  • Version 3.2.1 (230201) suggested Added on 2020-04-30

    This version requires Android 4.0.3 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • access approximate location (network-based) only in the foreground
      This app can get your location based on network sources such as cell towers and Wi-Fi networks, but only when the app is in the foreground. These location services must be turned on and available on your phone for the app to be able to use them.
    • connect and disconnect from Wi-Fi
      Allows the app to connect to and disconnect from Wi-Fi access points and to make changes to device configuration for Wi-Fi networks.
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.
    • modify or delete the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    • view Wi-Fi connections
      Allows the app to view information about Wi-Fi networking, such as whether Wi-Fi is enabled and name of connected Wi-Fi devices.
    • run foreground service
      Allows the app to make use of foreground services.

    Download APK 49 MiB PGP Signature

  • Version 3.1.3 (230103) - Added on 2020-02-01

    This version requires Android 4.0.3 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • access approximate location (network-based) only in the foreground
      This app can get your location based on network sources such as cell towers and Wi-Fi networks, but only when the app is in the foreground. These location services must be turned on and available on your phone for the app to be able to use them.
    • connect and disconnect from Wi-Fi
      Allows the app to connect to and disconnect from Wi-Fi access points and to make changes to device configuration for Wi-Fi networks.
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.
    • modify or delete the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    • view Wi-Fi connections
      Allows the app to view information about Wi-Fi networking, such as whether Wi-Fi is enabled and name of connected Wi-Fi devices.
    • run foreground service
      Allows the app to make use of foreground services.

    Download APK 49 MiB PGP Signature

  • Version 2.5.3 (220503) - Added on 2019-09-09

    This version requires Android 4.0.3 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.
    • modify or delete the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.

    Download APK 46 MiB PGP Signature