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Hi Kelson, What do you thinking about of the renew the kiwix logo?, like this :). It's only a test and it can improve as much as you can recommend me.

Kiwix logo.svg

--Wilfredor 02:21, 13 August 2009 (UTC)

Hi Wilfredo, thank you very much for your propositions, I find this is a good start. I will:
  • makes detailed comments
  • organize an IRC meeting about that.
Regards Kelson 08:11, 14 August 2009 (UTC)

--Sorry to interrupt, but maybe a dedicated wiki would be better. Here:

Ark74 22:13, 15 August 2009 (UTC)

Kiwix in Wikimania 2009

Hi Kelson.

Yesterday I returned from Wikimania 2009, I held extensive meetings with Jimmy Wales and Florence Devouard. I told them about Kiwix also talk to Samuel to see if we join forces with his WikiBrowser and simple to use kiwix olpc. Hope to see you on IRC and talk about this in more detail --Wilfredor 18:45, 1 September 2009 (UTC)

Hi Wilfredo. Great, come simple on #kiwix or with Jabber kelson at_ Regards Kelson 19:04, 3 September 2009 (UTC)

Portuguese (Portugal) translation

Hi, Kelson.

I took the liberty to translate into Portuguese (Portugal) aka pt-PT at Translation/languages/pt-PT. I think I understood how it works: it looks quite basic. If I made some mistake, please let me know.

Cheers, Malafaya 21:29, 7 September 2009 (UTC)

Hi Malafaya, Thank you for your help, this looks good. I´m currently in holidays, so I´m not able to test if it work but it should.

You can add the English version of the article in your watchlist and configure your account in the preferences to get an email each time we will modify the master. I will also try to start a ZIM file in Portugese, but I can not promise anything in the next week because I´m pretty busy with other languages and the code of Kiwix itself. In any case I will to it ASAP. Regards Kelson 07:02, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

I've added the English master and subpages to my watchlist, and subscribed to email on changes. No rush. Enjoy your holidays, Malafaya 08:57, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

Kiwix logo beta 1.svg What do you think? :) --Wilfredor 16:30, 7 October 2009 (UTC)

I love it! Ijon 20:17, 25 January 2010 (UTC)
thanks ;) This is the official one now! Kelson 20:19, 25 January 2010 (UTC)

Hebrew Zim file

is it ready? Hidro 13:35, 31 October 2009 (UTC)

I have published a first version here. Feedback is welcome. Kelson 13:58, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
bug report:when switching the language to Hebrew kiwix crash. (winXP) Hidro 15:55, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
I think you use the SVN trunk version.. isn'it ? Kelson 16:58, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
it's the only one i found. Hidro 17:26, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
This is really a prototype... you have to feel you lucky if it works by you... Do you have a Windows XP? Kelson 18:43, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
i have access to a machine with XP. Hidro 19:16, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
bug: kiwix 0.8 is unable to search articles when the character " is typed. " is use in Hebrew for initials. the zim file looks nice. where do i translate the copyright disclaimer? Hidro 01:31, 1 November 2009 (UTC)
Hi, You can control many things about the ZIM generation process in Hebrew by looking at Translation/languages/he-IL, for the example please look at Translation/languages/en-US. For the bug, this looks not so easy to fix because the double quote character is a special character for the search engine. Please report the bug at and give one or two example for a search string and what you want to get as results. Thank you for testing. Kelson 10:34, 1 November 2009 (UTC)

mail disabled

My gmail account has been disabled, now I have no email. If you know an alternative, please tell me. If you know a way to talk to google also --Wilfredor 13:35, 23 April 2010 (UTC)

Why not open an email account by hotmail or anywhere else? I have no idea why your account was close, write google an email. Kelson 13:40, 23 April 2010 (UTC)
I have sent an email to google. I hope the problem can be solved, I use my account for distance learning, certification possess important documents, pictures of deceased relatives. In general, I hope this can be solved. : (. On the other hand, I have to finish the design of the new template kiwix was also in the google sites. Always up all the mail because he considered it safer, also my blogs, google sites, picassaweb were disabled. Thanks for your response my friend, this weekend I'll get to solve two tasks that I have. --Wilfredor 19:07, 23 April 2010 (UTC)


It's showing me 404. Do you have the same problem? --Wilfredor 18:39, 20 May 2010 (UTC)

only the wikipedia-iphone... seems to be removed... the other exist.. maybe the urls are wrong but no 404. Kelson 19:25, 20 May 2010 (UTC)


please unblock user:Amire80. he is one of the good guys :-). Hidro 16:36, 25 March 2011 (UTC)

Thanks Hidro, it's a mistake of me. I have unblocked him. Kelson 17:32, 25 March 2011 (UTC)

wiki ar update

Sakut Kelson, J espere que tu vas bien. Je sais pas si tu te rapelle de moi Helmonny. On avait parler sur le chat. EN fait je voulais savoir ou tu en etait avec la mise a jour de wiki arabe (accessoirement si tu pouvais faire des ZIM pour les versions arabes de wikisource, wiki books, wiki quotes, wikinews,..) ca ne prend pas beaucoup de temps c est de toutes petites encyclopedies. EN fait, on veut mettre un lien directe sur la page d acceuil de wiki ar un lien indirecte vers kiwix pour downloader la BDD. Je leurs ai demand/ de stopper cette id/e le temps qu on fasse une mise a jour de wiki ar. la derniere version commence a datee maintenant, comme on l a dit l autre fois il y a eu beaucoup de changements dans la region. J attends de tes nouvelles. Comptent de faire la pub pour toi et ton projet sur wiki ar. A bientot. Tu peux me repondre ici . --Helmoony 08:08, 7 April 2012 (CEST)

Salut Helmoony

J'ai bien lu ton message sur le wiki de Kiwix. Si tu souhaites être tenu informé d'une réponse sur le wiki, je t'encourage à mettre la page en suivi et à demander un envoi d'email pour chaque modification d'une page de ta liste de suivie. Cela évite de "distribuer" la discussion.

Malheureusement, je n'ai pas avancé sur un ZIM de WPAR, par manque de temps. Mais je vois que tu es vraiment motivé et que c'est vrai que faire la publicité sur la page de garde de WPAR est motivant, cela vaut le coup de travailler sur cela, étant donné l'impact potentiel d'une telle mesure.

Je te propose le deal suivant:

En échange, je m'engage à faire le boulot d'ici le 20 avril. Dis-moi ce que tu en penses.

Si, cela marche bien, on regardera ensuite pour les autres projets.

Kelson 14:19, 7 April 2012 (CEST)


Hi, I saw you have spam here on Kiwix Wiki. Are you removing it? Kind regards, Smile4ever 20:19, 13 June 2012 (CEST)

Yes, I take care to keep the wiki clean. In fact, this is mainly empty account creation... not more. Regards Kelson 20:23, 13 June 2012 (CEST)
Okay :) That's fine. We have had spam on another wiki too, but we installed some extensions to MediaWiki and now they don't get in anymore Smile4ever 17:50, 5 July 2012 (CEST)


Please update the download template to RC1 :) Smile4ever 17:53, 5 July 2012 (CEST)

We still do not have released officialy the RC1, so the binaries available are there provided without any garanty... Official release comes soon. Kelson 00:11, 6 July 2012 (CEST)
I understand :) Good luck releasing. RC1 is working here on Ubuntu (the prebuild binaries for x86_64 Linux). Only minor issue is the lack of integration with global menu Smile4ever 09:13, 6 July 2012 (CEST)
I have already open this bug. Hope this match what you have in mind. If you have additional wishes or bug reports, please report them. Kelson 09:21, 6 July 2012 (CEST)

A couple of questions

Hi Kelson, first of all I want to appreciate your efforts to make this software which help millions of people in the world. I have some question and will thank you if could help me solve them.

1. Please show me a full instructions which explains how to make a ZIM file from different Wikis.

2. Is it possible to add the other namespaces to ZIM files? I used Wikitaxi before, it has a boring GUI with no facilities. But it has two good points. First, you can make ".taxi" file from the ".xml.bz2" files very easily. And second, it contains the "Wikipedia:" namespace. I think it's possible to do that with ZIM files, if yes, how is it?

3. When will you update the enwiki ZIM files? The last one has 45.000 articles (with image), but it's for 2010. Are you going to update that? What about the "All (no pictures)"?

Thanks ●Mehran Debate● 10:11, 14 September 2012 (CEST)

Hi Mehran. I will try to answer your questions. (1) They are for now no full instructions. The best we have is the articles abouts Tools. The processus is still not realy easy. We focus to improve the tools. (2) It depends, I'm OK do add any "encyclopedic" namespace but I do not want to add the "Wikipedia" namespace - although this is perfectly technicaly feasible. (3) During the winter, we will updates the ZIM files in English. regards Kelson 23:43, 15 September 2012 (CEST)
It seems that creating a ZIM file is a complicated process and is not as easy as I thought! I'll set apart my time for this later, and will ask you if I had any problems with it. Thanks again :) ●Mehran Debate● 07:19, 16 September 2012 (CEST)


Hi Kelson, is it possible for you to update Farsi ZIM file? It belongs to almost two years ago. If it's not difficult, please refresh that. Thanks :) ●Mehran Debate● 14:12, 26 September 2012 (CEST)

I have done it, everyhting is on the Kiwix Homepage. Kelson 13:24, 15 November 2012 (CET)
Very well, you're very industrious. Call me if you need any help with Persian-related issues in the future. Best wishes for you ●Mehran Debate● 07:42, 19 November 2012 (CET)
Hi Mehran, would be great if you could create pages on fawiki similar to the both ones: and . Would that be possible for you ? Regards Kelson 10:13, 19 November 2012 (CET)
Sure, I'll do ASAP. ;) ●Mehran Debate● 12:49, 19 November 2012 (CET)
Oh, it seems someone has read our discussion and has created it earlier than me! I just made some clean up. ●Mehran Debate● 14:59, 19 November 2012 (CET)
Great, thank you very much. Kelson 15:02, 19 November 2012 (CET)

Hi again, I downloaded the ZIM file of fawiki and then open it in Kiwix for indexing. It was indexed correctly, but I can't see it in the "My Library" section. If I open the ZIM file, it shows the homepage and the other pages without any problems, but it doesn't exist in the Library list and I couldn't load it. Where the problem could be? And I also have a suggestion for Kiwix. Please add an option for changing the font. The Persian ordinary font (which used in almost every Farsi website) is "Tahoma". But I think the font used in Kiwix is "Times New Roman" (or maybe "Arial"). It will be useful it we could choose another font. :) ●Mehran Debate● 08:30, 22 November 2012 (CET)

In the library top left, you have two buttons to switch between local and remote library. I think you have to switch to local, the fawiki must be in one of them. For now Kiwix itself (not for the content) uses the standard operating system font and does not specify anything, so if you want to use tahoma, change it in the OS itself. Kelson 10:24, 22 November 2012 (CET)
I don't like to disturb your with my trivial question. But I know there are two tabs in Library section, "My Library" and "Get new files". I switched to "My Library" which contains the installed ZIM files. All of the ZIM files which I installed before (like enwiki) are existed, but there is no Fawiki. :( I can open the ZIM file manually, it doesn't ask me for indexing, but I can't open it from Library. Did you try it yourself? Does it related to previous Persian ZIM file? ●Mehran Debate● 14:55, 24 November 2012 (CET)
You do not bother me of course, but I have no clue what is your isse. For me, everything works fine. Could you send please per email a copy of your library.xml file (in your kiwix profile directory)? Kelson 21:28, 24 November 2012 (CET)
I didn't find any "Library.xml" file in the Kiwix directory. I searched "Library.xml", but there is just one result, "preferences.js". Is it the one you want? ●Mehran Debate● 05:19, 25 November 2012 (CET)
library.xml on Windows should be on our user account "Application data/" directory. Kelson 09:59, 25 November 2012 (CET)
Thank you, I sent you. ●Mehran Debate● 11:39, 25 November 2012 (CET)
Answered per email, thx for your bug report. Kelson 11:25, 26 November 2012 (CET)


Please, add QuestyCaptcha in Extension:ConfirmEdit for register new users, thanks --Wilfredor 05:06, 24 October 2012 (CEST)

I have already tried, QuestyCaptcha is not more efficient than Assira. Kelson 10:35, 24 October 2012 (CEST)

Indexing problem

Hi, please help me. I did download the "wikipedia_en_all_nopic_01_2012.zim" (which is not Pre-indexed), it asked me for indexing before, so I chose YES. At first it took a time about 15 minutes for indexing each percent, but now after 30 hours, it just progressed 69% and make a percent in about one hour (or event more). I think it won't complete indexing with this speed! Are there anyways to index this ZIM file without the Kiwix directly? Thanks Mariusz 12:32, 4 November 2012 (CET)

Hi Mariusz. Yes, the indexing is really slow, but we can quickly index something like 5 millions of HTML documents. There is also a command tool called kiwix-index to do the job on the command line, but this will be exactly as slow and you will have to modify afterwards things manually (in library.xml) that Kiwix understands where is the new idx path... So, if that too long, I propose you simply to work without the fulltext index. What I can say in addition is: (1) we have fixed the problem that ZIP files do not have the index (like announced) (2) We will allow soon on Kiwix do load a idx file/directory from a custom path. Thank your for your feedback, feel free to report again any problem/whish. Regards Kelson 12:43, 4 November 2012 (CET)
So if it really is a time-consuming process, I think I should wait till the completion. It's now in 71% and just progressed two percents since I left you the message. Kiwix is a very very useful project, one of the most valuable programs I've ever seen. I wish that we could have any [free license] references in the ZIM files. Best wishes. Mariusz 14:10, 4 November 2012 (CET)
Yes, I agree: we should fix that too (add the free license in the footer). Will be done in the next months. Thank you for your encouragements... Kelson 14:43, 4 November 2012 (CET)

--- Hi again, at last indexing was finished right now! But there is a problem, it doesn't show some of the entries. E.g. in an article, there is a link for "Bill Goldberg", but when I type it in the box, nothing is displayed! Is it normal or not? Mariusz 20:41, 5 November 2012 (CET)

Hi Mariusz. I do not now exactly what you do, but there is a "Bill Goldberg" article in the file. What do you type exactly in the search box? What do you get? What do you want to get? Kelson 21:41, 5 November 2012 (CET)
Oh right, forgive my mistake! I typed it again and it showed the entry "Bill Goldberg". I didn't know that Kiwix is case-sensitive, so I typed "bill goldberg" and no results was displayed! It will be good if Kiwix could be work with both upper-case and lower-case letters in the next version to prevent such problems for dummies like me! sincerely yours Mariusz 08:47, 6 November 2012 (CET)
The fulltext search engine is case insensitive (based on xapian), but the suggestion system (based on the zimlib, works natively) is. We have also to improve that ;) Kelson 18:38, 6 November 2012 (CET)

template black list

Hi, I saw you create regularly some pages which contain several templates in a specific Wikipedia. Is it easy for you to do that or it's a time-consuming task? I can help you to do it very quickly if you want. There is a gadget in Wikipedia which translate the links (here Template links) to every language you want. It could be very useful for this process. Tell me if you want, please. ●Mehran Debate● 10:14, 27 November 2012 (CET)

Hi Mehran, thank you for your offer. You are right, is should optimize this process. What is the name of this gadget? I guess this is based on the interwiki links? I should build a script to do something similar. The reason I still do not have doing it is that I fear that if the interwiki links are wrong, we will remove essential templates. Kelson 10:23, 27 November 2012 (CET)
In fact it's not a gadget, here is the script. You should just add the above page in your common.js. (Like this) I've used it on many occasions, it works without any problems. It based on the interwiki links, but in the case of your anxiety (wrong links), I think the templates which you use are generally identical and correct, anyway you can check the links quickly to verify if they're wrong or not, it's faster than run each page separately. BTW it leaves the red links alone. Try it maybe it could help the project. :) ●Mehran Debate● 12:46, 27 November 2012 (CET)

About turkish translation

Hi Kelson, I added the Turkish translation of the main page. But I don't know how to link it to the main page navigation bar. Regards, Khadkhall 12:14, 11 January 2013 (CET)

Hi Khadkhall. This is great! I have added Turkish on the translation Banner. Hope you enjoy Kiwix and Wikipedia offline. If you are still volunteer ;) there are still a few strings to translate in Turkish for the Kiwix UI. Kind regards Kelson 12:19, 11 January 2013 (CET)


It was my pleasure. :) VikipediBilgini (talk) 11:46, 10 March 2013 (CET)

I want to contribute to Wiki and Zim files

Hi Kelson,

I want to contribute to Kiwix. At the present, I am interested in these:

  1. Editing and improving the Kiwix wiki
  2. Creating and uploading zim files.

I am using Kiwix for more than a year now. But I am not happy with my Wikipedia version of 2012. I require the latest version but found no zim files from Kiwix. But I found bzip2 database from Wikipedia. I am thinking to convert it to zim file for me and other people.

Kindly guide me on these:

  1. How can I upload converted zim files to Kiwix site for others to download?
  2. Will that zim file will be able to download for others?

If you have any more suggestions then I'd be glad to hear them.

Waiting for your response.


--Ashutosh Kumar Singh (talk) 16:38, 1 July 2013 (CEST)

Dear Akapribot. Thank you for your proposition. Do you have skills in coding? Kelson (talk) 16:40, 1 July 2013 (CEST)
I am a beginner in coding. I have some knowledge of HTML, CSS, C++, and Java. Actually, I tried to find some development section on wiki, but unable to get one. I can try to help if you tell from where and how to start? Please help. --Ashutosh Kumar Singh (talk) 17:07, 1 July 2013 (CEST)
I'm currently working to build a new Wikipedia dumper in nodejs. You could maybe have a look ? Kelson (talk) 17:39, 1 July 2013 (CEST)
I read it. Till this time, code is written to download content from Wikipedia and create HTML files. Right? Though I am new to nodejs, I think I might help if you can guide me what to do and also provide some details and documentation that how are we creating the dump? --Ashutosh Kumar Singh (talk) 01:29, 2 July 2013 (CEST)
Yes, this script is a prototype to download articles from Wikipedia. The old way we were using doesn't work anymore this is why I work on that new script now. The approach is to create a directory on the hard-disk with all the pictures and html pages and then transform this directory to a ZIM file (I have a script to do that). One of the things to do with this script is to better retrieve js/css, if you have a look in details, you will see all the necessary css/js code is not downloaded from the wikipedia. So it would be great if you could fix that? 10:14, 2 July 2013 (CEST)
Sorry for taking so much time. I was busy setting up Ubuntu and node.js to test your code. I tested it but can't find the problem. JS and CSS are dumped as properly as possible. For this, I quick scanned the original CSS/JS with dumped ones. I think they are nicely minimized in head and body (.js and .css) files.
Yes, I got some errors while script was downloading images (errors occurred sometimes while everything worked well rest of the times). If you still think JS/CSS is not loaded properly, please send me some details or example tests or something similar. If I can help in any other way too then I'd love to. Thanks! --Ashutosh Kumar Singh (talk) 16:33, 3 July 2013 (CEST)
Nice, you have achieved to run it. One think which does not work is the hide/show javascript links in the boxes at the bottom of the page. This is one of the things which worry me... Feel free to join us on irc Freenode #kiwix chat channel. Regards Kelson (talk) 16:39, 3 July 2013 (CEST)
Oh yes, it took me sometime to figure out the dependencies (nodejs modules) though. Which page are we talking about here? The html file dumped using script? I will be on #kiwix in a day or two. Thanks! --Ashutosh Kumar Singh (talk) 22:54, 3 July 2013 (CEST)
Yes, the article ablout "Mayotte", but this is just an example to show you that js doesn't work properly on the dumped article. Kelson (talk) 00:13, 4 July 2013 (CEST)