Urdu Wikipedia

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اردو ویکیپیڈیا
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Main Page of Wikipedia Urdu in April 2015
Type of site
Internet encyclopedia project
Available inUrdu
HeadquartersMiami, Florida
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
Created byWikimedia Foundation and the Urdu Wiki community
Launched27 January 2004; 16 years ago (2004-01-27)

Urdu Wikipedia (Urdu: اردو ویکیپیڈیا‎), started in January 2004, is the Urdu language edition of Wikipedia, a free, open-content encyclopedia.[1][2] As of October 2020, it has 157,647 articles, 120,840 registered users, 10,684 files, and ranks 21st in terms of depth among Wikipedias. It is also the 50th largest edition of Wikipedia by article count.


Wikipedia started being multilingual in May 2001. As of December 2007, Wikipedia had approximately 9.25 million articles in 253 languages. The Urdu Wikipedia was created on January 27, 2004. At first, Urdu Wikipedia faced technical problems with the Urdu script font, but now this matter is mostly settled; some unsolved areas remain. Urdu is written in Perso-Arabic script, a right-to-left writing system. As a result, users sometimes need to configure their operating systems and web browsers accordingly.

Currently Urdu Wikipedia uses "Urdu Naskh Asiatype" font, which was introduced and is freely distributed by BBC at BBC Urdu Service website.[3] The font is primarily used for article bodies and headings. Urdu variation of Times New Roman is used for navigation links. Both of these fonts are variations of Naskh style.

Some Pakistani variations of complex Nasta'liq script are also supported only as a secondary choice in class definitions of CSS, i.e. if default font is not found on client system, then Nasta'liq script is used.

The translation of the Wikipedia interface and project information pages into Urdu is still in progress. Some pages about how to edit have been translated.


Date Milestone
2007 5,000
2009 10,000
2013 20,000
2014 40,000
24 April 2014 50,000
12 August 2015 75,000
29 December 2015 100,000
December 2017 125,000
September 2019 130,000


  1. ^ "کراچی میں وکی پیڈیا صارفین کا تاریخی اجلاس" (in Urdu). Karachi: Karachi Updates. October 19, 2009. Archived from the original on April 30, 2014. Retrieved 2009-10-23.
  2. ^ "Wikipedians meetup in Pakistan" (in Urdu). Karachi: News Urdu. October 19, 2009. Archived from the original on October 23, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-23.
  3. ^ "BBC Urdu - صفحۂ اول". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-09-28.

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