Kiwix is an application for Android, a tool for downloading various websites to local storage. Initially, it was designed to create an offline copy of Wikipedia in the memory of a mobile device. Now the developers added the ability to upload other third-party Internet resources.
One of the main features of Kiwix is its user-friendly interface, which allows you to download the necessary websites to your smartphone’s internal memory or SD card. After that, the entire registry of files is packed into a special ZIM container. It keeps corresponding indexes of the requested pages and returns them.
When creating a container, intelligent compression is used, which allows you to reduce the space taken up by more than 5 times. However, despite the presence of an archiving algorithm, modern websites can require huge amounts of memory. For example, to download an offline copy of Wikipedia without images, you need 16 GB, while the version with pictures requires more than 50 GB.
Please note that to create copies of websites in the smartphone’s memory, a stable network connection is required. It is advisable to use Wi-Fi to avoid high consumption of mobile data. However, you can pause the download task and then resume it.
- allows you to create offline copies of websites and download them to your device;
- page indexing is provided;
- all contents are packed in a ZIM container, unlike WinZip;
- allows you to keep Wikipedia on your smartphone;
- huge amounts of memory are required;
- the app is free to download and use;
- compatible with current Android versions.