Wikipedia is the world’s best and largest encyclopedia. It is not just free but is also offering its users to get it offline. Yes, that is right. Now, you can get complete Wikipedia’s database on your computer and search it even if you are not connected to the Internet.
Wikipedia’s databases are stored as dump files which are regularly updated. These dump files include each article on Wikipedia’s main website. Not only that databases are updated daily but they also comes in all the languages supported by main Wikipedia’s website.
You can easily download dump files and convert them to a database with the help of a free and portable software named “WikiTaxi”. WikiTaxi comes with an importer which converts a dump file to a Wikipedia Database. So, how to download and setup Wikipedia for offline use is the main question. Here is a tutorial on how to download the complete Wikipedia as per your need.
Steps to Get Wikipedia for Offline Use
Step 1: Go to WikiTaxi.org.
Step 2: Download and extract the latest zip file of “WikiTaxi”.
Step 3: Download dump file from WikiMedia Dumps Website.
(Download the dump file having a name like “simplewiki-latest-pages-articles.xml.bz2”)
Here is a List of Some Famous Wikipedia Dump Files.
- Simple English (simplewiki) (95 MB)
- English (enwiki) (3.5 GB)
- German (dewiki) (1.1 GB)
- Frensh (frwiki) (1 GB)
- Polish (plwiki) (400 MB)
- Dumps for all Wikis, in different languages and sizes.
Step 1: Open the folder where you extracted “WikiTaxi”. Now, run the file named “WikiTaxi_Importer.exe”. Step 2: Select the dump file in “WikiTaxi Importer”.Step 3: Select the path to save the database and click on the “Import” button.Step 4: A process will start which will import all the articles in the dump file to the database.
(This may take a few minutes depending upon the speed of your PC) Step 5: After the process is complete, you will get a confirmation screen like this.You have successfully converted the dump file into database.
Step 6: Open the “WikiTaxi.exe” from the extracted folder.Step 7: Click on the “Option” button and then click on “Open *Taxi Database”.Step 8: Now, select the “Database” file and click “Open” button.You have successfully loaded database into WikiTaxi.
Trick to Automatically Load Database into WikiTaxi
Step 1: Rename database file to “CompleteWiki.taxi”
Step 2: Move database file to “WikiTaxi” folder.
Step 3: Download “StartWikiTaxi.bat“ to the “WikiTaxi” folder.
Step 4: Open “StartWikiTaxi.bat”.
Now, whenever you want to start WikiTaxi, just open “StartWikiTaxi.bat”.
With this, you have got the complete Wikipedia for offline use.
I hope that I was clear with the steps. For any questions, feel free to comment below.