Build a DVD

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This page is a documentation to help to easily build a DVD, or any portable version, with Kiwix and content on it.

File structure

Path OS Comment
/autorun.inf Win Necessary to give an icon and start automaticaly the DVD launcher
/autorun/ Win Necessary to store the DVD lauchner and autorun.inf dependences (ICO for example)
/install/ all Files necessary to install Kiwix on the HD
/data/content/ all Directory to store the ZIM files
/data/index/ all Directory to store the search index
/data/library/ all Directory to store XML library files
/kiwix/ all Directory to store the chrome, the components and binaries for all OS
/bonus/ all Directory to store additional stuff to stuff the DVD


The library directory should contain the library files (library.xml for example). The library files are a set of XML file in this format which describes which content are available, where are the index, etc...

To created this library file, use kiwix-manage or edit it manually (be careful, paths must be relative).

DVD launcher

You can build a DVD launcher (autorun.exe) for Windows users. Read this README. You can also download a pre-compiled version here.

Windows installer

You can easily build an installer. Please read this README. If you want an already compiled installer, you may download a portable version kiwix (only the software) which is always provided with an installer here. This installer is able to install Kiwix and will dynamically copied the files in /data.


mkisofs -r -J -o ./dvd.iso ./dvd

To download

We already prepare portable version of Kiwix with content. Files are downloadable at

You merely have to unzip the file. Beware, it's a flat directory structure, if you're used to Linux you want to mkdir KIWIX; unzip ../, with which you'll end up with the following files and directories in KIWIX (as of November 2014).

   autorun      data  install  kiwix-0.9-src.tar.xz  kiwix.exe
   autorun.inf  dvd   kiwix             kiwix-linux.tar.bz2

Creating a Kiwix USB stick

You can copy the files contained in the .zip onto a FAT32 formatted USB stick to get a device that can be used easily on Windows and OS X (as per November 2014) machines, there are also the necessary files for Linux, but these will not work out of the box.

To add more than one Kiwix image you can add more files to data/.