List of Wikipedia mobile applications

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Developer(s)Wikimedia Foundation
Repositorygithub.com/wikimedia
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A number of organizations within the Wikimedia movement including the Wikimedia Foundation publish official mobile apps for using Wikipedia on mobile device operating systems. All are available for free via the appropriate app store (e.g. Google Play, App Store, Windows Store). They can also be downloaded independently of any third party store, from the Wikimedia Foundation's releases website, which also keeps old and beta versions.[1]

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 apps[edit]

Wikimedia Foundation[edit]

Wikipedia apps from the Wikimedia Foundation are called "Wikipedia".

Android
The Android app allows editing articles directly from the app. It has limited capability to show categories and talk pages. It is also available on Aptoide,[2] Cafe Bazaar,[3] F-Droid,[4] GetJar.[5]
iOS
The iOS app also provides a read and write version of Wikipedia,[6] 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 allow users to see categories or see the normal desktop version.
Windows
The Metro-style app provides a read-only version of Wikipedia, similar to the mobile web version. The app when used in Windows RT is incapable of showing moving pictures.

Kiwix[edit]

Kiwix has developed a number of offline apps based on Wikipedia content.

Title Description Android iOS Windows Other OS Languages of content files by Kiwix Website Price Open source
Kiwix Free program to download a whole Wikimedia project and read offline. yes yes Windows 10 UWP;
Older Windows (x86)
Linux,
F-Droid
Firefox Add-on, Chrome Extension,
S60 3rd edition, feature pack 1 or later can show ZIM files via WikiOnBoard
286
(wikipedia, wikivoyage, wiktionary, wikiversity, wikibooks, wikisource, wikiquote, wikinews, wikispecies)
Website Free Yes
Medical Wikipedia (Offline) Wikipedia's Offline Medical Encyclopedia. Based on Kiwix and developed in collaboration with Wiki Project Med Foundation. AR, DE, EN, ES, FA, FR, JA, OR, PT, ZH EN WikiMed UWP EN;
Kiwix JS + in-app download of any WikiMed language
only as content file (ZIM) in Kiwix or WikiOnBoard AR, AS, BN, BPY, DE, EN, ES, FA, FR, GU, HI, IT, JA, KN, LO, ML, MR, OR, PA, PT, TA, TE, UR, ZH Website Free Yes
Wikivoyage Wikivoyage's Offline. Based on Kiwix and providing a world mobile offline travel guide. A version for Europe exists too. EN DE Wikivoyage UWP EN;
Kiwix JS + in-app download of any Wikivoyage language
only as content file (ZIM) in Kiwix or WikiOnBoard DE, EL, EN, ES, FA, FI, FR, HE, IT, NL, PL, PT, RO, RU, SV, UK, VI, ZH Website Free Yes

Unassociated apps[edit]

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

Title Description Android iOS Microsoft Store Website /
Other OS
Price (in US$) Open source
Aard 2 A free offline dictionary and offline Wikipedia reader for Android and Desktop/Web.[7] yes Website Free Yes
Articles By Sophiestication Software. — Wikipedia reader for iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and iPod touch.[8] yes Website Free
Bing Wikipedia Browser Bing Wikipedia Browser by Microsoft combines the content from Wikipedia with enhanced search, browse, and content recommendations based on the Bing Knowledge repository. yes Website Free
Duovocal An app that applies Wikipedia and Wiktionary resources to language learning. yes yes Website Free
EdgeWiki A web app of wikipedia.org with a screen reader. Works on Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, and the Surface Hub. yes $0.99
GeoSearch for Wikipedia By Yunhe Shi — Search and view geotagged Wikipedia articles from an visible map region. yes Website Free
Inquire by Tamper A context-aware Wikipedia reader that brings you the most interesting and relevant articles based on your location. yes
(& Apple Watch)
Website $0.99
Know Everything Search by voice; for Pebble Watch. Pebble Free Yes
LearnDiscovery By XDiscovery. — Displays and saves mindmaps of Wikipedia. Correlations between topics are organized to make sense of new information by visualizing the context about a topic. Bookmarks mindmaps instead of articles, and shares them as visual references. yes Website $5.99
LoboWiki Reader for Wikipedia All the links clicked are added to the reading queue, instead of being immediately opened to allow users to read articles in a distraction-free manner. yes Website Free
Minipedia Offline Wikipedia By Minipedia. — Access Wikipedia articles using iPod, iPhone or iPad without a network connection. yes yes Website Free
MiniWiki Browse Wikipedia on an Apple Watch, see articles for nearby locations, and download articles for offline reading. yes Free
Mnemo's Library An app that allows users to create, share, and review Wikipedia information and associated mnemonics/memory aids. yes yes yes Website Free Yes
motî Offline & multi-lingual dictionary app for language learners, taking data from the English Wiktionary. yes Website Free
onePedia A Wikipedia client which allows the viewing and editing of articles on Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, and the Surface Hub. yes Free
V for Wikipedia By Raureif GmbH. — Wikipedia app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. yes Website $4.99
WikiBOT Continuous learning chatbot capable to provide answers to a wide range of questions as world capitals, real time weather info and more. Website Free
WikiCompass WikiCompass gets nearby Wikipedia articles and lets you view them in augmented reality. yes $0.99
WikiFlip An app that turns Wikipedia images into a quiz game. Flip a picture and take a trivia quiz question from World of Knowledge, the ecosystem of multiple choice questions. yes yes Website Free
Wiki here Shows nearby places from Wikipedia coordinate data on Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, and the Surface Hub. yes Free
WikiMaster A game app that has over 330000 multiple choice questions on top of Wikipedia articles. yes yes Website Free
WikiNodes By Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement (IDEA).[9][10][11] yes $1.99
Wikipanion By Robert Chin — Easy, search, navigation and display of Wikipedia entries. Streamline your browsing with history grouped by visit date, and bookmarking for individual entries and sections within an entry. yes Website Free
Wikipedia Nearby Articles near current location; for Pebble Watch. Pebble Free Yes
Wikipebble Search by voice or keyboard; for Pebble Watch. Pebble Free
Wikiwand Made to allow easier navigation and search than the website or the site's own app.[12][13][14] Currently invitation only[15] yes Website Free
Wikiweb Wikiweb is a Wikipedia reader for iPhone and iPad that visualizes the connections between articles.[16][17] yes Website $4.99
Wikiyarn Wikiyarn is a Wikipedia explorer and reader with distinguishing features like related article recommendations, article comparison, category based search etc. [18] yes Website Free
Zimpedia Offline reader for Wikipedia and other Wiki projects stored in a ZIM format. Sailfish OS BlackBerry 10 Free Yes

Related apps[edit]

A number of apps for Wikipedia's sister projects exist. These include the Wiki Loves Monuments app, written for a 2012 photo contest, as 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.[19]

There is an Android app for Wikimedia Commons[20] which is community maintained. There is also an Android app for Wiktionary, although it is no longer supported and has not been updated since August 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Index of /mobile". releases.wikimedia.org. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  2. ^ package in Aptoide
  3. ^ package in Cafe Bazaar
  4. ^ package in F-Droid
  5. ^ package in Getjar
  6. ^ "iPhone App of the Week: Wikipedia Mobile". Smartcompany.com.au. 2011-06-17. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  7. ^ "Desktop — Aard Dictionary". Aarddict.org. 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  8. ^ Mike Schramm (2010-06-09). "Apple Design Awards go to popular iPhone and iPad apps". TUAW. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  9. ^ "WikiNodes Brings A New Perspective To Knowledge » 148Apps » iPhone and iPod Touch Application Reviews and News". 148Apps. 2011-05-10. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  10. ^ "WikiNodes for iPad – Making Wikipedia Fun to Explore — iPad Insight". Ipadinsight.com. 2011-05-12. Archived from the original on 2012-10-13. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  11. ^ "WikiNodes for iPad". iPad App Finders. 2011-05-23. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  12. ^ Bell, Karissa (8 March 2015). "5 can't-miss apps: 'Zenith Space Adventure,' StubHub Music and more". Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  13. ^ Sawers, Paul (19 August 2014). "WikiWand makes Wikipedia beautiful". The Next Web.
  14. ^ Sawers, Paul (5 March 2015). "Wikiwand arrives on iPhone to help make Wikipedia beautiful". VentureBeat. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  15. ^ "The Best Tools to Improve Your Wikipedia Experience". PCMAG. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  16. ^ Sawers, Paul (14 July 2012). "Wikiweb: A beautiful iOS Wikipedia app that lets you visualize connections between articles". The Next Web. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  17. ^ Rubio, Justin (18 July 2012). "Wikiweb app makes wasting time on Wikipedia even easier". The Verge. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  18. ^ "WikiYarn – Knowledge at your fingertip - DBpedia Organization".
  19. ^ Google Play Wiki Loves Monuments, Wikimedia Foundation
  20. ^ "Upload To Commons - Android Apps on Google Play". Retrieved 2016-03-03.

External links[edit]

On Wikipedia help pages and Wikimedia Foundation websites
On third party websites
  1. ^ "Wikipedia for KaiOS - MediaWiki". www.mediawiki.org. Retrieved 2020-06-29.