Hindi Wikipedia

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हिन्दी विकिपीडिया
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Type of site
Internet encyclopedia project
Available inHindi
Launched11 July 2003; 19 years ago (2003-07-11)

The Hindi Wikipedia (Hindi: हिन्दी विकिपीडिया) is the Hindi language edition of Wikipedia. It was launched in July 2003. As of February 2023, it has 154,998 articles. In October 2021, there were 72 million page views.[1] On August 30, 2011, it became the first Indic language to surpass 100,000 articles. Hindi, using the Devanagari script, requires complex transliteration aids to be typed on devices. Thus, a Phonetic Roman Alphabet converter is also available on the Hindi Wikipedia, so the Roman keyboard can be used to contribute in Hindi, without having to use any special Hindi-typing software.

Hindi Wikipedia is the second most popular Wikipedia in India after the English version. However, more than 85% of Wikipedia pageviews from India are to English Wikipedia. Between January 2016 and January 2021 the share of Hindi Wikipedia increased from 2% to 8%.[2] Most pageviews come from India.

Hindi fell from 15.2 thousand active users in 2020 to 12.2 thousand in 2021.[3][4] In 2022 the decrease in the number of users with at least one edit in this year continued, although at a much reduced pace. In the last four months of 2022 the number of active users in Hindi began to grow again.[5]

On average, Hindi Wikipedia receives 50 to 70 million monthly pageviews as of December 2022, mostly from India.[6]


Despite the fact that Hindi has 440 to 620 million speakers, based on the 2011 Census of India (the number depends on which definition we take), Hindi Wikipedia has a very low ratio of articles to its number of speakers. Poverty, lack of awareness and lack of internet access are among the reasons for this. Based on research published by the Wikimedia Foundation in 2018, only 32% of internet users in Madhya Pradesh have heard of Wikipedia.[7]

Given the great geographic spread of the Hindi language, the contributors to the Hindi project live in various areas around the country. There are also prolific users whose native language is not Hindi, as Hindi is a government language in India alongside English. A distinct trend that is observed in Hindi is that for many years, apart from a few dedicated contributors, the composition of the editors in Hindi Wikipedia changes often. Despite this, Hindi has more active users than any other Indic language. Hindi Wikipedians have organised the WikiSammelan conference, with assistance from the Wikimedia Foundation, in order to bring the Hindi Wikipedians together.[8]

Attempted state support[edit]

In September 2019, the Ministry of Science and Technology of India announced a plan to translate articles about science from English to Hindi and other Indian languages. However, the plan was not proceeded with.[9]

Google Translator Toolkit usage[edit]

The Hindi Wikipedia was launched on 11 July 2003. In July 2008, Google announced that they had been working with Hindi Wikipedians to translate English language articles into Hindi and had since 2008 translated 600,000 words in Hindi using a combination of Google Translate and manual checking.[10] This coordinated translation contributed to growth for the site.[11]

Users and editors[edit]

Hindi Wikipedia statistics
Number of user accounts Number of articles Number of files Number of administrators
740,028 154,998 3,737 6


  1. ^ Total page views - hi.wikipedia.org, Wikimedia Statistics, November 21st 2021
  2. ^ Total pageviews for Hindi Wikipedia, Wikimedia Statistics, 4 February 2021
  3. ^ "User statistics for 2020 - Wikiscan". hi.wikiscan.org. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  4. ^ "User statistics for 2020 - Wikiscan". hi.wikiscan.org. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  5. ^ "User statistics - Wikiscan". hi.wikiscan.org. Retrieved 17 December 2022.
  6. ^ "Wikistats - Statistics For Wikimedia Projects". stats.wikimedia.org. Retrieved 17 December 2022.
  7. ^ "How we're building awareness of Wikipedia in India". wikimediafoundation.org. Retrieved 16 June 2022.
  8. ^ Muzammiluddin, Syed (3 March 2015). "Hindi Wiki Sammelan: Bringing together dispersed Wikipedians". Diff. Retrieved 5 November 2022.
  9. ^ Koshy, Jacob (12 September 2019). "Science Ministry to go on a Hindi Wikipedia blitz". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 15 October 2022.
  10. ^ Translating wikipedia. Retrieved on 27 October 2010.
  11. ^ Wikipedia statistics. Retrieved on 29 October 2013.

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