KIWIX Annual Report 2016

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1 Million Downloads

For the first time, we beat the one million downloads mark. Actually, that number is only for direct downloads to our servers. If you include shares and institutional use, that’s probably a lot more.

10 New Apps

Or 11. It always changes. Following Wikimed (the medical content from Wikipedia in one simple, offline app) in English, we released versions in French, Arabic, Farsi, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, German and Orya. And our own version of PhET, as well as Wikivoyage.

Better Kiwix

Version 2.0 for Android came out in September, and the iOS app got better. Zimlib and zimwriterfs, the tools needed to generate content, were also improved. Last but not least, we moved our plugs to the beautiful Raspberry Pi.

«I live in a small and remote village where information is not available. With this software I help hundreds of kids with their schoolwork.»

Pablo G., Cuba

Up up up, we go up. Be it the desktop versions, the increase in downloads reflects both an increased visibility on our side, as well as a sustained demand when it comes to accessing offline contents.

Another interesting takeaway is that from what we could see, different countries use different platforms, with mobile being particularly strong in India and Asia, generally speaking. Kiwix was downloaded more than a million times from 241 countries and territories in 2016 (including the Vatican and Antarctica, apparently), with 80% of volumes in the Global South.

Overall, Mobile Kiwix really has taken off – with our new custom apps like Wikimed being having quickly found their audience, particularly on the Indian subcontinent. The portable medical encyclopedia ended 2016 with almost 100,000 downloads.

We offer more than 800 content files free for download.


4 out of 5 downloads come from the Global South.

We offer content in 100 languages.

Our plans for 2017

Besides improvements to the engine and design, we also plan to add new content:

  • Wiktionary App
  • Khan Academy videos
  • StackExchange
  • WikiHow

If you can code, draw, speak in tongues and want to volunteer a bit of your time, do reach out. We are a nice bunch, but it would be even nicer with you.