What is Kiwix?

Die Kurzfassung

KIWIX ist ein Offline Reader für Online-Inhalte wie Wikipedia, Project Gutenberg oder TED Talks. KIWIX macht Wissen auch Menschen zugänglich, die keinen oder nur eingeschränkten Internet-Zugang haben. Sowohl die Software als auch die Inhalte sind für jedermann kostenlos nutzbar.

Die ausführliche Erklärung

«Was ist der Sinn eines Offline Readers? Heute ist doch jeder 24/7 online!»

This is what you may think if you are earning a reasonable salary and live in a developed country with a strong democracy. But this is not reality for everyone: More than half of the world’s population -four billion people – still does not have access to the Internet.

Die Hauptgründe dafür sind:

  • Infrastructure: in many countries and in rural areas, internet access is often slow, unreliable, or not available at all. This may also happen because of natural disasters, or war.
  • Kosten: many people with low or no income simply cannot afford to pay for data.
  • Zensur: restrictions on internet access for political reasons are increasing, and it’s not only about social media. Even today, several countries are blocking Wikipedia.

The Kiwix project aims to make online content accessible for people without online access, regardless of the reason. Founded more than 10 years ago by Emmanuel Engelhart and Renaud Gaudin, this project now provides ein komplettes Software-Paket to compress whole websites like Wikipedia, Project Gutenberg, and Stack Exchange into content packages. These are then stored locally and can be read on almost any device.

Kiwix is a non-profit organisation and is based in Switzerland. Our software is open-source available for free. The work we do is partially provided by volunteers, partially funded by individual donations, and grants from foundations.