June 18, 2021

Offline Wikipedia — World’s Knowledge In 82 GB

Have you ever wondered what’s the total count of articles on Wikipedia ? Well, as per research, there are over 6.3 million articles written by 41.6 million users and total 893 thousand files uploaded along with it. And these all are managed by over 1096 admins from all over the world. What if we could download this entire amount of knowledge on our laptops and computers ? This article is going to help you understand that how can we make this possible and what can you gain by that.

An incomplete sphere made of large, white, jigsaw puzzle pieces. Each puzzle piece contains one glyph from a different writing system, with each glyph written in black.
Wikipedia Logo. Source

What is Offline Wikipedia?

Wikipedia offers free copies of all available content to interested users. These databases can be used for mirroring, personal use, informal backups, offline use or database queries. Yes, you can use Wikipedia as database and can perform queries.

Wikimedia foundation dumps all their database daily in order to have backup and make it available for educational and research purpose.

You can view all the dumps at https://dumps.wikimedia.org/.

Also, you can view the stats of all Wikimedia projects at https://stats.wikimedia.org/#/all-projects


How to download Offline Wikipedia?

Offline English Wikipedia is around 80+ GB in size. You might need 2 hours to download it using 100 mbps fast connection or around a day if you are having 10 mbps connection. Wikipedia dumps are available in various formats. Here, we will choose ZIM format to read it, using the software Kiwix.

Kiwix is by far the best & largest offline distribution of Wikipedia till date. As an offline reader, Kiwix works with the library of contents that are zim files: you can either pick or choose whichever Wikimedia project (Wikipedia in any language, Wiktionary, Wikisource, etc.) you want, as well as TED Talks, PhET Interactive Maths & Physics simulationsGutenberg Project, etc.

Steps:

  • Install Kiwix
  • Download Wikipedia zim file from here. It will show you something like this
Download one that you want, mini version, max (complete) version, nopic – without photos
  • Once downloaded, open the file in Kiwix.
You should be able to see screen like this.
  • Visit the topics that you wish to know about.

Why Offline Wikipedia?

  • A school or college can install their own Offline Wikipedia server which can be accessed from any device in their respective campus.
  • This application can be more useful for those institutes consisting digital libraries.
  • Enormously beneficial for rural and remote areas with slow or no internet connection.
  • Minimizes Internet Bandwidth costs.
  • Quickly accessible.
  • Countries with censored Wikipedia, like China, France, Germany, Iran, Pakistan, etc. this is their best chance to have community hosted servers.

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You can use Offline Wikipedia for projects too. You can download and import XML dump of Wikipedia into MySQL and run queries.

Imagine yourself, designing a virtual assistant that knows nearly about everything in the complete universe. Don’t you think that would be awesome!?


There are limitless possibilities with this sort of technology, what is your plan?

This article was written by Ishwar Sarade, Founder of ZeroGravity and edited by Nia Gajbhiye of SKNCOE, Editor of ZeroGravity. Flyer is designed by Navin Bhagat of SKNCOE, for ZeroGravity.