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Kiwix-serve, embedded in Kiwix, on a Microsoft Windows computer
With Kiwix-plug, kiwix-serve runs on pretty small hardwares

Kiwix-serve is a ZIM compatible Web server. With its help you can deliver ZIM file content over your network.

Based on the well known HTTP protocol, kiwix-serve allows you to share the ZIM files available on your computer easily with others connected to your network. You simply need to start kiwix-serve and your content will be available for anybody through their own Web browser.

Kiwix-serve is a good solution if you have a LAN network and don't want to install Kiwix on all computers. It's a good alternative if you don't have a shared network disk from which everybody can start Kiwix.

Features

Kiwix-serve has not so many features like Kiwix, but provides the most important ones:

  • Full text search engine
  • Search suggestions
  • Really small and efficient
  • Compatible with almost all browsers
  • Available on all platforms
  • Available as command line executable
  • Embedded in Kiwix UI
  • Able to deal with one ZIM file or XML library files

Get it

On Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X and GNU/Linux, kiwix-serve is packaged and distributed with Kiwix. You simply need to download the Kiwix installer corresponding to your Operating System.

We newly provide kiwix-serve as part of the Kiwix tools and pre-compiled binaries for many systems are available.

For other systems, you will have to download and compile kiwix-serve source code on your own.

Use it

Kiwix-serve is directly available in the Kiwix menu "Tools > server", but for people wanting to use it from the command line, here is how it works.

Prerequisites:

  • kiwix-serve binary, available in the Kiwix application directory
  • A ZIM file or a library file (you can use the library.xml file available in your Kiwix data directory).

Unix command line (just use kiwix-serve.exe on Microsoft Windows) example to start kiwix-serve with an XML library file:

kiwix-serve --library ~/.www.kiwix.org/kiwix/efrnsupg.default/data/library/library.xml

Unix command line example to start kiwix-serve with a ZIM file:

kiwix-serve --port=8080 wikipedia.zim

Once kiwix-serve is started, anyone with access to this computer over the network, will be able to connect to it. You need to retrieve the IP (xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx) of your computer and remember the port (per default 80) you have used and then people will only have to type in their browser address bar:

http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:80/

Options

Kiwix-serve provides a few options:

  • --port=PORT to specify the port you want to open for listening (per default 80)
  • --index=foobar.idx to specify a fulltext index directory
  • --daemon to execute the software in background
  • --attachToProcess=PID to attach kiwix-serve process to other process
  • --verbose to get a few logs

You can also run kiwix-serve without index, but in this case you won't have access to the fulltext search engine.

See also