Download entire wikipedia and access it offline- awesome trick.

            We all know about Wikipedia. Yeah, everybody does. It is the biggest free online encyclopedia. It contains millions and millions of pages containing information about all the things, which are being updated, added and edited every Second! But in order to access this information, you must have an internet connection and be online. In this post, I will tell you how to download the entire Wikipedia on your PC and then use it, of course, without any internet connection.

            Kiwix, a free open source small piece of software made this possible. Kiwix makes you to have the whole Wikipedia at hand wherever you go. You don’t need Internet; everything is stored on your computer, USB flash drive or even a DVD. Its simple, All you have to so is just follow these few guidelines and you will have all the Wikipedia stored in your PC.


STEP:1 First of all, you have to download the Wikipedia database. It is quite large, about 18 GB, so it may take hours or days depending on your internet connection. For downloading Wikipedia, Just go to click on Download Wikipedia in right top corner.

Downloading the offline version of wikipedia

STEP:2 If you want to download using a torrent client like utorrent, Bittorrent or vuze, then there is a option right below the download link.

STEP:3 When you have downloaded the above file (in .zip format), you need to download the kiwix software. It is very small piece of software and you can download it from here- Download here.

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STEP:4 It is a .zip file, so extract it and install the .exe file. After installing the kiwix software, run it.

access wikipedia offline using kiwix

STEP:5 Now extract the file you downloaded in first step (18 GB file) in a folder. After extracting, you can see the folder name ‘data’ inside which have another folder with name ‘content’. Inside this folder there will be file with extension .zimaa. You need to open this file in kiwix software, which you have downloaded.

wikipedia offline
In Kiwix select the File, and then select open and select the .zimaa file.

STEP:6 Now, Wikipedia will be opened inside the kiwix browser and you can access any information by searching it in search box. 

        kiwix is especially destined to make Wikipedia available without using Internet. It supports the text search and is pretty small and efficient. You can perfectly use it with small or old computers, even tabs. It runs on a big range of operating systems, on Android and on the three main PC operating systems: Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X and GNU/Linux distributions too.!

     It has inbuilt library where you can find some other files and download them to your PC to access with kiwix. Here is a screenshot of kiwix with Wikipedia opened in it.

Accessing whole wikipedia offline

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