List of Wikipedia mobile applications

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Wikipedia App
WikipediaMobileAppLogo.png
Developer(s) Wikimedia Foundation
Stable release
Varies by operating system (see below)
Repository https://github.com/wikimedia/wikipedia-ios, https://github.com/wikimedia/apps-android-wikipedia
Operating system Android, iOS, Windows Mobile
Website See below for individual operating systems.
Direct download site
Information and resources: Help:Mobile access
Wikipedia, on Android
WikipediaMobileAppLogo.png
Stable release
Varies with device / April 24, 2017; 2 months ago (2017-04-24)
Preview release
Varies with device [1] / April 21, 2017; 2 months ago (2017-04-21)
Repository https://github.com/wikimedia/wikipedia-ios, https://github.com/wikimedia/apps-android-wikipedia
Operating system Android
Size
  • Stable: 11.41MB
  • Beta: 11.47MB
Website play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.wikipedia
android-builds.wmflabs.org
Wikipedia, on iOS
Developer(s) Wikimedia Foundation
Stable release
5.4.0 / March 22, 2017; 3 months ago (2017-03-22)
Repository https://github.com/wikimedia/wikipedia-ios, https://github.com/wikimedia/apps-android-wikipedia
Operating system iOS
Size 40.1 MB
Website itunes.apple.com/app/wikipedia/id324715238
Wikipedia, on Windows 8/Server, and later
Developer(s) Wikimedia Foundation
Initial release 31 May 2012 (2012-05-31)
Stable release
10 / March 14, 2014; 3 years ago (2014-03-14)
Repository https://github.com/wikimedia/wikipedia-ios, https://github.com/wikimedia/apps-android-wikipedia
Operating system
Platform Windows Runtime
Size 766.68 KB - 808.16 KB
Website www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/apps/wikipedia/9wzdncrfhwm4

A number of organizations within the Wikimedia movement including the Wikimedia Foundation publishes official Wikipedia mobile apps for using Wikipedia on multiple mobile device operating systems. All are available for free via the appropriate app store: Android (via Google Play), iOS (via App Store), Firefox OS (via Firefox Marketplace), and Windows 8 (via 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.[2]

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 list of headings and distances to geotagged articles near the user's current location. It does not show categories or talk pages. It is also available on F-Droid.[3]
iOS
The iOS app also provides a read-only version of Wikipedia,[4] 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 show categories or talk pages.
Windows
The Metro-style app also 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.
Firefox OS
The Firefox OS app provides a read-only version of Wikipedia, similar to the mobile web version. This version has basic Wikipedia Zero detection to let users know if their operator has zero-rated the data access usage for Wikipedia.

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 Languages Other Price Open source
Kiwix Free program to download a whole Wikimedia project and read offline. yes yes 100 languages available Website Free Yes
Medical Wikipedia (Offline) Wikipedia's Offline Medical Encyclopedia. Based on Kiwix and developed in collaboration with Wiki Project Med Foundation. yes AR, DE, EN, ES, FA, FR, JA, OR, PT, ZH Website Free Yes
Wikivoyage Wikivoyage's Offline. Based on Kiwix and providing a world mobile offline travel guide. A version for Europe exists too. yes EN Website Free Yes

Unassociated apps

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

Title Description Android iOS Windows Phone Website /
Other OS
Price Open source
Aard 2 A free offline dictionary reader for Android and Desktop/Web.[5] yes Website Free Yes
Geoflow 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 yes Website
V for Wikipedia By Raureif GmbH. — Wikipedia app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. yes Website $4.99
WikiNodes By Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement (IDEA).[6][7][8] yes $1.99
Articles By Sophiestication Software. — A beautiful Wikipedia reader for your iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and iPod touch.[9] yes Website Free
Minipedia Offline Wikipedia By Minipedia. — A fast and simple way to access Wikipedia articles using your iPod, iPhone or iPad without a network connection. yes yes Website Free
Random Wiki A free and open source app to learn something new everyday with Wikipedia’s random articles. yes Free Yes
LearnDiscovery By 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. yes Website $5.99
Wikipanion By 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. yes Website Free
LoboWiki Reader for Wikipedia All 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.. yes Website Free
GeoSearch for Wikipedia By Yunhe Shi — Search and view geotagged Wikipedia articles from an visible map region. yes Website Free
Wiki Encyclopedia Gold By AppsUnlimited wiki. — A Wikipedia reader. Pro version costs $0.99 and claims to donate 30% of revenue to Wikimedia foundation. yes Free
Wikipedia Reader By ManoRey — Wikipedia Reader is a Wikipedia article and image reader for Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8. yes Free
Wikiweb Wikiweb is a Wikipedia reader for iPhone and iPad that visualizes the connections between articles.[10][11] yes Website $4.99
Wikiwand Made to allow easier navigation and search than the website or the site's own app.[12][13][14] Currently invitation only[15] yes Website Free
Zimpedia Offline reader for Wikipedia and other Wiki projects stored in a ZIM format. Sailfish OS BlackBerry 10 Free Yes
Inquire by Tamper A context-aware Wikipedia reader for iPhone yes Website $1.99
Wikipedia Nearby Articles near current location; for Pebble Watch. Pebble Free Yes
Know Everything Search by voice; for Pebble Watch. Pebble Free Yes
Wikipebble Search by voice or keyboard; for Pebble Watch. Pebble Free
Diderot Nearest unphotographed Wikipedia articles; for Pebble Watch. Pebble Free Yes
Learni Learn something new and interesting from wikipedia yes yes Website Free
Inquire by Tamper A context-aware Wikipedia reader that brings you the most interesting and relevant articles based on your location. yes
(& Apple Watch)
Website US$0.99
Clickipedia A game about getting from a random article to a specific destination article with as few clicks and as quickly as possible. yes Free

Related apps

A number of apps for Wikipedia's sister projects exist. These include the Wiki Loves Monuments app, written for a 2012 photo contest, is 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.[16]

There are also an iOS and Android app for Wikimedia Commons[17] and an Android app for Wiktionary, although it is no longer supported and hasn't been updated since August 2013.[18]

References

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

External links

On Wikipedia help pages and Wikimedia Foundation websites
  • Help:Mobile access - App information, resources and developer/source code support for the official app, on Wikipedia's help pages
  • Wikimedia mobile engineering - team page for the Wikimedia Mobile Engineering Department, on the Wikimedia Foundation's MediaWiki development website
  • Unsupported official builds of Wikimedia apps
On third party websites
  • Wikipedia's Mobile Support and Development mirrored at GitHub
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