Lyon 2015

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This page summarizes the action plan for the Kiwix mobile hackathon 2015, a WikimediaCH effort to improve Kiwix mobile related solution.


Release a solution to allow to create quickly a bundle Kiwix4Android+ZIM
  • App should allow to quickly/easily get the content (the content should be available in the app or as a companion file)
  • App appearance/branding should be customizable
  • App description and publication process in the Google Play should be able to run from the command line
  • Solution should allow to automatically update bundles if Kiwix app or/and new version of the content is available
  • Solution should be able to deal with hundreds of app
Fix bugs on Kiwix for Android
FFOS hackathing

Play around with FFOS hack to read ZIM file. Try to setup a roadmap to publish Kiwix for FFOS.

One topic left for an additional developer

Output forecast

  • New version of Android with many bug fixes.
  • Three automated generated apps:
    • Medical encyclopedia (English)
    • Encyclopedia of Venezuela (Spanish)
    • Wikivoyage (English)


  • Install Mobile frontend extension on openZIM and Kiwix web sites
  • Optimize the TED talks template for mobile phones
  • Optimize the Youtube scraper template for mobile phones
  • Speed up mwoffliner by introducing --skipCacheCleaning option
  • Make new version of the "Ray Charles" demo ZIM file for Android
  • Make the Android app support epub and pdf reading
  • Fix search box in landscape mode


Kiwix for Android is now well installed in the Android landscape, global rating is really good (4.33/5) and the most successful offline reader for Wikimedia projects. But, although this good performance, we only have 25.000 users having it installed. We think that the app under-performs in term of audience. To our opinion, one of the main reason is that it is too complicated for end users to deal with individual ZIM downloads. An other reason is that people are interested in content and not in the app, and they search that way and don't find Kiwix. Having one dedicated app per content should help us to reach a broader audience and increase the number of Kiwix users by many factors.


Let 3-4 Kiwix developers meet during a week to make this step.


Lyon, France


1st -> 8 June 2015


  • Emmanuel
  • Renaud
  • Rashiq
  • Nicolas (remote)
  • One place left


Around CHF 3.000.