List of Wikipedia mobile applications

A number of organizations within the Wikimedia movement including the Wikimedia Foundation publish official mobile apps for using Wikipedia on mobile device operating systems. All are available for free via the appropriate app store (e.g. Google Play, App Store, Windows Store). 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]

Wikipedia
Developer(s)Wikimedia Foundation
Repositorygithub.com/wikimedia
Written inVarious
Websitegithub.com/wikimedia

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.

Official apps

Wikimedia Foundation

Wikipedia apps from the Wikimedia Foundation are called "Wikipedia", except for the iOS version which is called "Wikipedia Mobile".

Android
The Android app allows editing articles directly from the app, and can provide a map and list of headings and distances to geotagged articles near the user's current location. It has limited capability to show categories and talk pages. It is also available on F-Droid.[2]
iOS
The iOS app also provides a read and write version of Wikipedia,[3] 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 to see categories or talk pages, nor to see the normal desktop version.
Windows
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.

Wikimedia Switzerland

Wikimedia CH, the Swiss chapter of the Wikimedia movement, has developed a number of offline apps based on Wikipedia content.

Title Description Android iOS Windows Other OS Languages of content files by Kiwix Website Price Open source
KiwixFree program to download a whole Wikimedia project and read offline.yesyesWindows 10 UWP;
Older Windows (x86)
GNU/Linux,
F-Droid
Firefox Add-on, Chrome Extension,
S60 3rd edition, feature pack 1 or later can show ZIM files via WikiOnBoard
286
(wikipedia, wikivoyage, wiktionary, wikiversity, wikibooks, wikisource, wikiquote, wikinews, wikispecies)
WebsiteFreeYes
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, ZHENWikiMed UWP EN;
Kiwix JS + in-app download of any WikiMed language
only as content file (ZIM) in Kiwix or WikiOnBoardAR, AS, BN, BPY, DE, EN, ES, FA, FR, GU, HI, IT, JA, KN, LO, ML, MR, OR, PA, PT, TA, TE, UR, ZHWebsiteFreeYes
WikivoyageWikivoyage's Offline. Based on Kiwix and providing a world mobile offline travel guide. A version for Europe exists too.ENDEWikivoyage UWP EN;
Kiwix JS + in-app download of any Wikivoyage language
only as content file (ZIM) in Kiwix or WikiOnBoardDE, EL, EN, ES, FA, FI, FR, HE, IT, NL, PL, PT, RO, RU, SV, UK, VI, ZHWebsiteFreeYes

Unassociated apps

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.

Title Description Android iOS Windows 10 / Windows Phone Website /
Other OS
Price (in US$) Open source
WikiCompass WikiCompass gets nearby Wikipedia articles and lets you view them in augmented reality. yes Website$0.99
Aard 2A free offline dictionary reader for Android and Desktop/Web.[4]yesWebsiteFreeYes
Fixscreenrepair A free mobile app that uses your phone's location to find nearby Wikipedia articles. Users can move around in a map view to search for articles in different locations. By Patrick DeVivo. yes WebsiteFree
WikiLens By Arash Pessian. — An augmented reality app that instantly links things around you to their Wikipedia article. yes WebsiteFree
V for WikipediaBy Raureif GmbH. — Wikipedia app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.yesWebsite$4.99
WikiNodesBy Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement (IDEA).[5][6][7]yes$1.99
ArticlesBy Sophiestication Software. — Wikipedia reader for iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and iPod touch.[8]yesWebsiteFree
Minipedia Offline WikipediaBy Minipedia. — Access Wikipedia articles using iPod, iPhone or iPad without a network connection.yesyesWebsiteFree
LearnDiscoveryBy XDiscovery. — Displays and saves mindmaps of Wikipedia. Correlations between topics are organized to make sense of new information by visualizing the context about a topic. Bookmarks mindmaps instead of articles, and shares them as visual references.yesWebsite$5.99
WikipanionBy Robert Chin — Easy, search, navigation and display of Wikipedia entries. Streamline your browsing with history grouped by visit date, and bookmarking for individual entries and sections within an entry.yesWebsiteFree
LoboWiki Reader for WikipediaAll the links clicked are added to the reading queue, instead of being immediately opened to allow users to read articles in a distraction-free manner..yesWebsiteFree
GeoSearch for WikipediaBy Yunhe Shi — Search and view geotagged Wikipedia articles from an visible map region.yesWebsiteFree
Wiki Encyclopedia GoldBy AppsUnlimited wiki. — A Wikipedia reader. Pro version costs $0.99 and claims to donate 30% of revenue to Wikimedia foundation.yesFree
Wikipedia ReaderBy ManoRey — Wikipedia Reader is a Wikipedia article and image reader for Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8.yesFree
WikiwebWikiweb is a Wikipedia reader for iPhone and iPad that visualizes the connections between articles.[9][10]yesWebsite$4.99
WikiwandMade to allow easier navigation and search than the website or the site's own app.[11][12][13]Currently invitation only[14]yesWebsiteFree
ZimpediaOffline reader for Wikipedia and other Wiki projects stored in a ZIM format.Sailfish OS BlackBerry 10 FreeYes
Wikipedia NearbyArticles near current location; for Pebble Watch.PebbleFreeYes
Know EverythingSearch by voice; for Pebble Watch.PebbleFreeYes
WikipebbleSearch by voice or keyboard; for Pebble Watch.PebbleFree
DiderotNearest unphotographed Wikipedia articles; for Pebble Watch.PebbleFreeYes
LearniLearn something new and interesting from wikipediayesyesWebsiteFree
Inquire by TamperA context-aware Wikipedia reader that brings you the most interesting and relevant articles based on your location.yes
(& Apple Watch)
Website$0.99
ClickipediaA game about getting from a random article to a specific destination article with as few clicks and as quickly as possible.yesFree
WikiMasterA game app that has over 330000 multiple choice questions on top of Wikipedia articles.yesyesWebsiteFree
WikiFlipAn app that turns Wikipedia images into a quiz game. Flip a picture and take a trivia quiz question from World of Knowledge, the ecosystem of multiple choice questions.yesyesWebsiteFree
Quiz KingA quiz app for playing quiz battles ! Challenge your friends and other WOKers in trivia build on questions from Wikipedia articles.yesyesWebsiteFree
Bing Wikipedia BrowserBing Wikipedia Browser by Microsoft combines the content from Wikipedia with enhanced search, browse, and content recommendations based on the Bing Knowledge repository.yesWebsiteFree
WikiBOTContinuous learning chatbot capable to provide answers to a wide range of questions as world capitals, real time weather info and more.WebsiteFree
Wikio for WikipediaA Wikipedia viewer built for Windows 10. Works on Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, and the Surface Hub.yesFree
Wikini for WikipediaA Wikipedia viewer with a reading list for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile.yesFree
Wikipedia ViewerA web app of m.wikipedia.org. Works on Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, HoloLens, and the Surface Hub.yes$0.99
EdgeWikiA web app of wikipedia.org with a screen reader. Works on Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, and the Surface Hub.yes$0.99
Wiki hereShows nearby places from Wikipedia coordinate data on Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, and the Surface Hub.yesFree
onePediaA Wikipedia client which allows the viewing and editing of articles on Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, and the Surface Hub.yesFree
Mnemo's Library An app that allows users to create, share, and review Wikipedia information and associated mnemonics/memory aids. yes yes yes WebsiteFreeYes
motî Offline & multi-lingual dictionary app for language learners, taking data from the English Wiktionary. yes WebsiteFree

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.[15]

There is an Android app for Wikimedia Commons[16] which is community maintained. There is also an Android app for Wiktionary, although it is no longer supported and has not been updated since August 2013.[17]

References

  1. "Index of /mobile". releases.wikimedia.org. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  2. package in F-Droid
  3. "iPhone App of the Week: Wikipedia Mobile". Smartcompany.com.au. 2011-06-17. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  4. "Desktop — Aard Dictionary". Aarddict.org. 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  5. "WikiNodes Brings A New Perspective To Knowledge » 148Apps » iPhone and iPod Touch Application Reviews and News". 148Apps. 2011-05-10. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  6. "WikiNodes for iPad – Making Wikipedia Fun to Explore — iPad Insight". Ipadinsight.com. 2011-05-12. Archived from the original on 2012-10-13. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  7. "WikiNodes for iPad". iPad App Finders. 2011-05-23. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  8. Mike Schramm (2010-06-09). "Apple Design Awards go to popular iPhone and iPad apps". TUAW. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  9. 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.
  10. Rubio, Justin (18 July 2012). "Wikiweb app makes wasting time on Wikipedia even easier". The Verge. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  11. Bell, Karissa (8 March 2015). "5 can't-miss apps: 'Zenith Space Adventure,' StubHub Music and more". Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  12. Sawers, Paul (19 August 2014). "WikiWand makes Wikipedia beautiful". The Next Web.
  13. Sawers, Paul (5 March 2015). "Wikiwand arrives on iPhone to help make Wikipedia beautiful". VentureBeat. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  14. "The Best Tools to Improve Your Wikipedia Experience". PCMAG. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  15. Google Play Wiki Loves Monuments, Wikimedia Foundation
  16. "Upload To Commons - Android Apps on Google Play". Play.google.com. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  17. "Wiktionary - Android Apps on Google Play". Play.google.com. Retrieved 2017-07-15.
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