Content everywhere, even without internet access.
All you need is a Raspberry Pi and a Kiwix-made image.
Pick from thousands of websites in hundreds of languages. Select, download, and browse offline!
1. Choose among thousands of copies of websites : Wikipedia, Wiktionary, StackExchange forums, TED conferences and tons more!
2. Let the Kiwix servers do the heavy lifting for you. When everything is ready, you will receive a link to download your custom, Raspberry Pi-compatible image.
3. Connect to your hotspot’s network and browse its content at leisure.
Frequently asked questions
How do I use the image I just downloaded?
- Flash your .img file onto a microSD card (we recommend Etcher, but there are many ways).
- Insert your card into the Raspberry and power it up.
- After 20-30 seconds a “kiwix” or “wikipedia” network (or whatever name you chose on the dashboard) will appear. Connect to it.
- Follow the instructions from the captive portal that appears after a few seconds, or if it is too slow to show up simply type “http://goto.kiwix.hotspot” (or http://network_name.hotspot) in your favourite browser. Beware to type the full address with http://, and not https!
- That’s it. Browse, and enjoy!
Which Raspberry Pi model does this work with?
All of them – from 1A all the way to 4B, and even the W (zero). All it needs is to handle wi-fi (meaning an extra antenna for the older versions up to 3A).
We haven’t tried with the brand new 400, but if you do and it works, let us know.
Can I plug my Raspberry to a screen?
No, the configuration only works as a wi-fi hotspot. If you were to plug it to a screen you would probably see a command line screen (and no content).
The only way at this stage to access your content is to connect to the wi-fi network created by the Raspberry.
Can I add other zim files to an existing image?
Drag-and-drop does not work on these Raspbian configurations. You will need to create a new card from the dashboard.
I get an error message or warning when trying to connect to the hotspot
Check that you have entered http:// instead of https:// as the URL. Some extensions (such as DuckDuckGo privacy or https everywhere) will also force encrypted connections and may need to be disabled.
I created a configuration and launched a card creation, which fails no matter the content I put in.
Make sure that you did not add a special character in your hotspot’s name (e.g. “Matt’s hotspot” or “Hello!”). The installer really is not happy with those.
Can I simply order a preloaded device?
We are working on finding local distributors. Until then, if you are in Europe or the US/Canada, contact us and we’ll see what we can do.