Wikipedia has revolutionized the learning, there’s no doubt about that, but it has a single drawback – you depend on an Internet connectivity to access it. Sure, these days almost everybody is logged online, from their computer, tablets or smartphones, but if you could download Wikipedia and have it stored on your computer or an external device to freely carry it around?
The free, open-source XOWA application lets you download Wikipedia to your computer so you won’t be dependent on the internet connection anymore. It will download a complete, recent copy of English Wikipedia that contains more than 4.4 million articles in full HTML formatting and 3.7+ million images using the offline image databases.
Besides this, there are over 660+ other wikis. You can even update your wiki, and I imagine somebody pranking their friends by including themselves in history articles. Here are some more features that the XOWA app brings:
- Navigate between offline wikis
- Click on “Look up this word in Wiktionary” and instantly view the page in Wiktionary
- Edit articles to remove vandalism or errors
- Install to a flash memory card for portability to other machines
- Run on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X
- View the HTML for any wiki page
- Search for any page by title using a Wikipedia-like Search box
- Browse pages by alphabetical order using Special:AllPages
- Find a word on a page
- Access a history of viewed pages
- Bookmark your favorite pages
The downside is that you need to have 100 GB of free storage space as there are 13.9+ million pages with 20.0+ GB of text and s 3.7+ million thumbnails. You will need at least 25 GB of disk space to manage to download the entire Wikipedia, as the import itself will require 80 GB of disk space and 5 hours processing time for the text version. The full Wikipedia along with images means you will need to clear up 100 GB of disk space and it will take 30 hours of processing time.