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=== MediaWiki Collection Extension ===
=== MediaWiki Collection Extension ===

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Revision as of 13:40, 8 May 2015

The Wikipedia Book Creator is the easiest way to create custom ZIM files from Wikipedia

A few tools allow people to create ZIM files.


MediaWiki Collection Extension

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You can create on Wikipedia and all other Wikimedia projects, ZIM files of article selections. For example on http://en.wikipedia.org. This is based on the MediaWiki Collection Extension. The Collection extension for MediaWiki provides the ability to select articles and export them in different formats, such as PDF, ODF and ZIM. The main purpose of Collection extension is to create printed books - instead of export you can also choose to have the selected articles printed on demand as a real book.

The Collection extension can be easily added to any MediaWiki installation:

Ask for a custom ZIM file

If you have a deployment project (so, this file is not only for you own personal purpose), you may ask the Kiwix team to create a ZIM file for you. To do that you need to prepare the following information:

  • Text file with the list of article titles (one title per line, with underscores, UTF8)
  • The URL of the wiki you want to snapshot
  • Prepare a welcome page for the ZIM file (on the wiki, and share with us the title of that page)
  • ZIM file metadata:
    • Title
    • Description (only a few words)
    • 48x48 PNG logo


An example approach to create a ZIM file


MWoffliner is a tool which allows to "dump" a Wikimedia project (Wikipedia, Wiktionary, ...) to a local storage. It should also work for any Mediawiki instance having parsoid installed. It goes through all articles (or a selection if specified) of the project and write HTML/pictures to your local filesystem. More information are available here.


zimwriterfs is a console tool to create ZIM files from a localy stored directory containing a "self-sufficient" HTML content (with pictures, javascript, stylesheets). The result will contain all the files of the local directory compressed and merged in the ZIM file. Nothing more, nothing less. zimwriterfs works, for now only, on POSIX compatible systems. You simply need to compile it and run it. The software does not need a lot of resources, but if you create a pretty big ZIM files, then it could take a wile to complete. Go to zimwriterfs source code repository.


zimwriterdb is part of the openZIM project. This binary uses a pre-filled Postgres Database and create the corresponding ZIM file; the schema for the database is linked on the main zimwriterdb page.


Wiki2html can be used to prepare static HTML files from a running Mediawiki instance.

See also