What is KIWIX?
The short story
KIWIX is an offline reader for online content like Wikipedia, Project Gutenberg, or TED Talks. It makes knowledge available to people with no or limited internet access. The software as well as the content is free to use for anyone.
The long story
«What’s the point of an offline reader? Everybody is online 24/7 anyway!»
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 still does not have access to the Internet.
The main reasons for this are:
- ICT infrastructure: In developing countries and in rural areas internet access is often slow, unreliable, or not available at all. This may also be the case in periods of natural desasters, uprisings, or war.
- Affordability: Many People with low or no income simply cannot afford internet access.
- Censorship: In certain countries internet access is limited for political reasons. For example, there are several countries 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, this project now provides a complete suite of software components to convert websites like Wikipedia, Wiktionary, WikiVoyage, Project Gutenberg, and Stack Exchange into content packages and to read them on almost any device.
KIWIX is a non-profit organisation and has the legal status of an association («Verein») in Switzerland. Our software is available for free. The work we do is partially provided by volunteers, partially funded by grants from several foundations like Wikimedia, Orange Foundation, and others.