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 websites : Wikipedia, the 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.
1. Select your hotspot’s network name (SSID) and use it as default URL
2. Add your homepage logo if you want
3. Pick from thousands of websites and browse Wikipedia or watch cool videos even without internet access
4. Create and download as many configurations as you need with up to 200 Gb of data on each
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).
Update: if your Pi4B has been built in late 2020 there might be some compatibility issues (we are working on a fix).
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 card or 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.