List of Wikipedia mobile applications

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A number of organizations within the Wikimedia movement including the Wikimedia Foundation publish official mobile apps for mobile access to Wikipedia. All are available via the appropriate app store (e.g. Google Play, App Store, Microsoft Store, F-Droid). They can also be downloaded independently of any third-party store, from the Wikimedia Foundation's releases website, which also keeps old and beta versions.[1]

Independent developers have also released many unofficial apps for reading Wikipedia articles. Some apps load content from the Wikipedia site and process it; other apps use the MediaWiki API. Some only display Wikipedia content, usually omitting some features such as categories and talk pages. Some allow editing.[citation needed]

Official apps[edit]

Wikimedia Foundation[edit]

Wikipedia apps from the Wikimedia Foundation are called "Wikipedia".

Android[edit]

The Android app allows editing articles directly from the app. It is available on Play Store, Galaxy Store,[2] Aptoide,[3] Cafe Bazaar,[4] F-Droid,[5] and GetJar.[6]

iOS [edit]

The iOS app also provides a read and write version of Wikipedia,[7] similar to the mobile web version. It allows users to share an article via Facebook and other social websites. It also allows users to find geotagged articles near their current location. It does not allow users to see categories or see the normal desktop version.[citation needed]

Windows[edit]

The Metro-style app provides a read-only version of Wikipedia, similar to the mobile web version. The app when used in Windows RT is incapable of showing moving pictures.[citation needed]

Kiwix[edit]

Kiwix has developed a number of offline apps based on Wikipedia content.

Title Description Android iOS Windows Other OS Open source
Kiwix Free program to download a whole Wikimedia project and read offline. Yes Yes Windows 10 UWP;
Older Windows (x86)
Linux,
F-Droid
Firefox Add-on, Chrome Extension,
S60 3rd edition, feature pack 1 or later can show ZIM files via WikiOnBoard
Yes
Medical Wikipedia (Offline) Wikipedia's Offline Medical Encyclopedia. Based on Kiwix and developed in collaboration with Wiki Project Med Foundation. AR, DE, EN, ES, FA, FR, JA, OR, PT, ZH EN WikiMed UWP EN;
Kiwix JS + in-app download of any WikiMed language
only as content file (ZIM) in Kiwix or WikiOnBoard Yes

Unassociated apps[edit]

These apps were mainly developed to display articles and are often used on platforms for which an official Wikipedia app was not formerly available, such as Windows Phone. Typical features include searching for articles, bookmarks, sharing, or enlarging images.[citation needed]

Title Description Android iOS Open source
WikiNodes By Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement (IDEA).[8][9][10] yes
Wikiwand Made to allow easier navigation and search than the website or the site's own app.[11][12][13] Currently invitation only[14] yes
Wikiweb Wikiweb is a Wikipedia reader for iPhone and iPad that visualizes the connections between articles.[15][16] yes

Related apps[edit]

A number of apps for Wikipedia's sister projects exist. These include the Wiki Loves Monuments app, written for a 2012 photo contest, as an aid for Wikiphotographers. It shows a map of nearby national heritage register items, indicating whether Wikipedia had a photo for the site, and enabling quick and easy photo uploads for camera phones. It is not integrated with the official article display app. A Wikivoyage app serves as a pocket travel guide.[citation needed]

There is an Android app for Wikimedia Commons which is community maintained, and described on the Commons mobile app page. There is also an Android app for Wiktionary, although it is no longer supported and has not been updated since August 2013.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Index of /mobile". releases.wikimedia.org. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Wikipedia - Apps on Galaxy Store". galaxystore.samsung.com. Retrieved 4 October 2023.
  3. ^ package in Aptoide
  4. ^ package in Cafe Bazaar
  5. ^ package in F-Droid
  6. ^ package in Getjar
  7. ^ "iPhone App of the Week: Wikipedia Mobile". Smartcompany.com.au. 17 June 2011. Archived from the original on 26 December 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  8. ^ "WikiNodes Brings A New Perspective To Knowledge » 148Apps » iPhone and iPod Touch Application Reviews and News". 148Apps. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  9. ^ "WikiNodes for iPad – Making Wikipedia Fun to Explore — iPad Insight". Ipadinsight.com. 12 May 2011. Archived from the original on 13 October 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  10. ^ "WikiNodes for iPad". iPad App Finders. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  11. ^ Bell, Karissa (8 March 2015). "5 can't-miss apps: 'Zenith Space Adventure,' StubHub Music and more". Mashable. Archived from the original on 21 June 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  12. ^ Sawers, Paul (19 August 2014). "WikiWand makes Wikipedia beautiful". The Next Web. Archived from the original on 27 November 2023.
  13. ^ Sawers, Paul (5 March 2015). "Wikiwand arrives on iPhone to help make Wikipedia beautiful". VentureBeat. Archived from the original on 21 June 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  14. ^ Griffith, Eric (22 February 2017). "The Best Tools to Improve Your Wikipedia Experience". PC Magazine. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  15. ^ Sawers, Paul (14 July 2012). "Wikiweb: A beautiful iOS Wikipedia app that lets you visualize connections between articles". The Next Web. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  16. ^ Rubio, Justin (18 July 2012). "Wikiweb app makes wasting time on Wikipedia even easier". The Verge. Retrieved 20 June 2015.

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