List of Wikipedia mobile applications

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Wikipedia (Android)
Wikipedia app displaying an article
Developer(s) Wikimedia Foundation
Stable release 2.0-r-2015-03-23 / March 30, 2015; 57 days ago (2015-03-30)
Preview release 2.0-beta-2015-03-23[1] / March 23, 2015; 2 months ago (2015-03-23)
Operating system Android

3.14MB (Stable)

3.14MB (Beta version)
Wikipedia Mobile (iOS)
Wikipedia app iOS.jpg
Developer(s) Wikimedia Foundation
Stable release 4.1.0 / April 15, 2015; 41 days ago (2015-04-15)
Operating system iOS
Size 7.2MB
Website Wikipedia Mobile on iTunes
Wikipedia (Firefox OS)
Developer(s) Wikimedia Foundation
Operating system Firefox OS
Wikipedia (Windows)
Developer(s) Wikimedia Foundation
Initial release May 31, 2012 (2012-05-31Tno)
Operating system Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows RT

The Wikimedia Foundation publishes official Wikipedia mobile apps for using Wikipedia on multiple mobile device operating systems. All are available for free via the appropriate app store: Android (via Google Play), BlackBerry (via BlackBerry World), iOS (via App Store), Firefox OS (via Firefox Marketplace), and Windows 8 (via Windows Store). Independent developers have also released many unofficial apps for reading Wikipedia articles. Some apps load content from the Wikipedia site and process it; other apps use the MediaWiki API. Some only display Wikipedia content, usually omitting some features such as categories and talk pages. Some allow editing.

Official applications[edit]

Official Wikipedia applications are called "Wikipedia", except for the iOS version which is called "Wikipedia Mobile".

  • The official Android app allows editing articles directly from the app, and can provide a list of headings and distances to geotagged articles near the user's current location. It does not show categories or talk pages.
  • The official Firefox OS app provides a read-only version of Wikipedia, similar to the mobile web version. This version has basic Wikipedia Zero detection to let users know if their operator has zero-rated the data access usage for Wikipedia.
  • The official iOS app also provides a read-only version of Wikipedia,[2] similar to the mobile web version. It allows users to "share" an article via Facebook and other social websites. It also allows users to find geotagged articles near their current location. It does not show categories or talk pages.
  • The official Windows app also provides a read-only version of Wikipedia, similar to the mobile web version. Due to software limitations, the app when used in Windows RT is incapable of showing moving pictures.

Unofficial applications[edit]

These apps were mainly developed to display articles and are often used on platforms for which an official Wikipedia app is not available, such as Windows Phone. Typical features include searching for articles, bookmarks, sharing, or enlarging images.

  • Aard Dictionary, a free cross-platform (Android, Linux, Mac, Windows) offline dictionary reader[3]
  • All Of Wikipedia - Offline, by Brilliant(ish) Software[4]
  • Discover — Wikipedia in a Magazine, by Cooliris, Inc.[5][6]
  • WikiNodes by Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement (IDEA)[7][8][9]
  • Articles, by Sophiestication Software[10]
  • Minipedia - Offline Encyclopedia, by Minipedia[11]
  • Kiwix, a free program to read Wikipedia offline
  • Random Wiki a free opensource app to read random articles of Wikipedia - link
  • Yearly, a free app that displays a randomly selected event from Wikipedia page about the year visible on a 24-hour digital watch (just forget about the colon). - link

This app was mainly developed to display the mindmap of Wikipedia: correlations between topics are organized. It is used to make sense of new information by visualizing the context about a topic. It allows to bookmark mindmaps instead of articles, and to share mindmaps as visual references.

  • LearnDiscovery an app to display the mindmap of Wikipedia and save mindmaps for above 4 million topics. - link

Related applications[edit]

A number of apps for Wikipedia's sister projects exist. These include the Wiki Loves Monuments app, written for a 2012 photo contest, is an aid for Wikiphotographers. It shows a map of nearby national heritage register items, indicating whether Wikipedia had a photo for the site, and enabling quick and easy photo uploads for camera phones. It is not integrated with the official article display app.[12]

Until mid-2014, there was also an iOS and Android app for Wikimedia Commons[13] and Wiktionary,[14] the former of which was discontinued due to a lack of available resources from the Wikimedia Foundation.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wikipedia Beta on Google Play
  2. ^ "iPhone App of the Week: Wikipedia Mobile". 2011-06-17. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  3. ^ "Desktop — Aard Dictionary". 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  4. ^ BrothaTech (2011-06-16). "All of Wikipedia - On or Offline Wiki Reading For your iPhone or iPad". Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  5. ^ "DISCOVER A New Wikipedia". Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  6. ^ Monday, February 14th, 2011 (2011-02-14). "Cooliris Gets $9.6 Million From Kleiner Perkins And Others, Releases New Version Of LiveShare Photo Sharing App". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  7. ^ "WikiNodes Brings A New Perspective To Knowledge » 148Apps » iPhone and iPod Touch Application Reviews and News". 148Apps. 2011-05-10. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  8. ^ "WikiNodes for iPad – Making Wikipedia Fun to Explore — iPad Insight". 2011-05-12. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  9. ^ "WikiNodes for iPad". iPad App Finders. 2011-05-23. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  10. ^ Mike Schramm (2010-06-09). "Apple Design Awards go to popular iPhone and iPad apps". TUAW. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  11. ^ "Minipedia - Offline Encyclopedia (Wikipedia Reader)". Apple Inc. 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  12. ^ Google Play Wiki Loves Monuments, Wikimedia Foundation
  13. ^ "Wikimedia Commons - Android Apps on Google Play". Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  14. ^ "Wiktionary - Android Apps on Google Play". Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  15. ^ Hartman, Derk-Jan. "[WikimediaMobile] Pulling the Commons app". Retrieved 27 November 2014. 

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