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Download the text of the entire English Wikipedia

If you’d like to read Wikipedia in an airplane (of the offline variety) or in an area with no or limited connectivity, or install it in a university, or just to have it handy in case of a zombie apocalypse, you can now download a full text copy of the English Wikipedia (from January 2012) in the convenient OpenZIM format, which was specifically developed for sharing wiki content.

OpenZIM files can be read in multiple reader applications, the most popular of which is Kiwix, available for Mac, Windows, Linux, and Sugar.

Start your BitTorrent client and grab a copy of the 9.7GB file (.torrent link, other download options). You can also download content packages directly from within Kiwix using its library feature, including content from sister projects like Wiktionary and Wikisource, as well as non-Wikimedia content.

While the ZIM file doesn’t include images (that would blow it up to ~100GB for thumbnail-sized images), it does come with all the lists, tables, citations, and even mathematical formulas included in the online version.

Wikimedia content has always been made available under free and open licensing terms in raw copies, but ZIM content packages offer a higher level of convenience for the end user.

Please note that this OpenZIM file was prepared by Emmanuel Engelhart, the developer of Kiwix, and feedback should be directed to him (contact at kiwix dot org) or submitted through the Kiwix feedback system.

73 Responses to “Download the text of the entire English Wikipedia”

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  1. Jason says:

    Will there never be a version available wich contains all images also ? I understand it would be a very large file, but I would like it very much !

  2. Thats Awesome!!!

  3. cesar says:

    ni un brillo debería estar la versión en español también.

  4. Casas Panama says:

    Me gustaria saber si wikipedia tiene planeado hacer este archivo disponible en Español. Sería muy beneficioso para todos el mundo hispano parlante

  5. Rishabh Bilgaiyan says:

    A very good innovative approach by Wikipedia, easy to understand ,very useful for Schools and Colleges.

  6. Daniel says:

    That’s really quite fascinating. However, I don’t have 10GB free on my laptop. Still a great thing to be able to get.

  7. Villodre says:

    Great!!! I have downloaded copies of the entire Wikipedia in the past, quite handy when you have to study about something and there’s not an Internet connection available, but none of them were near this OpenZIM format in quality.

  8. Ekendra says:

    This is really a great offer for those who don’t have internet connectivity all the times. And specially good for schools in third world countries for letting children learn a lot.

  9. Daniel Moreno says:

    Muchas gracias por la iniciativa, pero les comento que el fichero torrent(http://download.kiwix.org/zim/0.9/wikipedia_en_all_nopic_01_2012.zim.torrent)
    no anda, ni la dirección: http://kiwix.org/index.php/Main_Page#Wikipedia_files,

    Favor revisar.

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  11. Oscar says:

    Donde esta la version en español para bajarlo

  12. Thanks so much for that!
    I going to have all information in my comuputer ;)

  13. johner says:

    Não consigo baixar em portugues..

  14. Kelson says:

    With Kiwix, you can already attach notes to a bookmark. This is still primitive, but it exists and works well! If you have ideas about a way to improve the current system, feels free to share your ideas with us http://requestafeature.kiwix.org

  15. David Gerard says:

    Excellent!

    Wish list: a way to note edits you’d like to make for later when you get back online.