Persian Wikipedia

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The main page of the Persian Wikipedia
Main Page of the Persian Wikipedia in June 2011
Type of site
Internet encyclopedia
Available inPersian
OwnerWikimedia Foundation (non-profit)
RegistrationOptional (required only for certain tasks such as editing protected pages, creating pages or uploading files)
Users669,086 (total registered, as of 21 August 2017)[1]
LaunchedDecember 19, 2003; 17 years ago (2003-12-19)
Content license
Creative Commons Attribution/
(most text also dual-licensed under GFDL)
Media licensing varies

The Persian Wikipedia (Persian: ویکی‌پدیای فارسی‎, Romanized as Wikipediā, Dānešnāme-ye Āzād/"Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia") is the Persian language version of Wikipedia. The Persian version of Wikipedia was started in December 2003. As of April 2021, it has 789,451 articles, 1,021,442 registered users and 73,257 files and it is the 18th largest edition of Wikipedia by article count, and ranks 14th in terms of depth among Wikipedias. It passed 1,000 articles on December 16, 2004 and 200,000 articles on July 10, 2012. Roozbeh Pournader is the project's first administrator, developer and bureaucrat.

Number of articles[edit]

In January 2013, close to 50,000 new articles were added within a month. A few days later, on 19 February 2013, the Persian Wikipedia reached 300,000 articles, ranking it 18th among all Wikipedias based on number of articles.[2]

It currently has 789,451 articles, making it the 18th largest Wikipedia by article count.

History of the number of articles:

  • 19 December 2003: started
  • 30 October 2008: reached 50,000 articles
  • 25 August 2010: reached 100,000 articles
  • 9 July 2012: reached 200,000 articles
  • 19 February 2013: reached 300,000 articles
  • 18 July 2014: reached 400,000 articles
  • 27 July 2016: reached 500,000 articles
  • 3 May 2018: reached 600,000 articles[3]

Article depth[edit]

With article depth of 177, the Persian Wikipedia is currently ranked 14th among all Wikipedias based on article depth.[4]


In a November 2013 report published by the Center for Global Communication Studies of the University of Pennsylvania, researchers Collin Anderson and Nima Nazeri scanned 800,000 Persian language Wikipedia articles and found that the Iranian government blocks 963 of these pages. According to the authors, "Censors repeatedly targeted Wikipedia pages about government rivals, minority religious beliefs, and criticisms of the state, officials, and the police. Just under half of the blocked Wiki-pages are biographies, including pages about individuals the authorities have allegedly detained or killed."[5] Anderson said that Persian Wikipedia, as a microcosm of the Iranian internet, is a "useful place to uncover the types of online content forbidden and an excellent template to identify keyword blocking themes and filtering rules that apply across the greater internet."[6]

On 2 March 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic in Iran, the Persian Wikipedia appears to be disrupted in Iran after the death of Mohammad Mirmohammadi, who is a close confidant to the country's supreme leader Ali Khamenei.[7]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ List of Wikipedias. 13 January 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  2. ^ List of Wikipedias. 19 February 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  3. ^ List of Wikipedias/Table, Statistics at 12:00, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
  4. ^ "Wikipedia article depth - Meta". Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  5. ^ Anderson, Colin; Nazeri, Nima (7 November 2013). "Citation Filtered: Iran's Censorship of Wikipedia" (PDF). Center for Global Communication Studies (University of Pennsylvania). Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 November 2018.
  6. ^ "How Iran Uses Wikipedia To Censor The Internet". BuzzFeed. 12 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Iranian Wikipedia disrupted amid coronavirus outbreak: Rights group". Al Arabiya English. 3 March 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2020.

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