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Ubuntu PPA

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The Kiwix Personal Package Archive (PPA) allows you to get the latest version of Kiwix and openZIM software on your Ubuntu system. Currently the following packages are available:

  • kiwix (desktop client)
  • kiwix-tools (includes kiwix-serve, kiwix-manage, kiwix-read, kiwix-search)
  • zim-tools (includes zimwriterfs)
  • libzim-dev(libzim development files)
  • libkiwix-dev(libkiwix development files)

It builds packages for Ubuntu bionic, focal, groovy and hirsute on the amd64, arm64, and armhf architectures.

First, add the PPA to your system:

user@server:/# sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kiwixteam/release
 Kiwix lets you access free knowledge – even offline. Store Wikipedia or any website on your mobile phone or computer, easily. See https://www.kiwix.org/

This PPA contains stable releases  of Kiwix and openZIM software.
 More info: https://launchpad.net/~kiwixteam/+archive/ubuntu/release
Press [ENTER] to continue or Ctrl-c to cancel adding it.

If the add-apt-repository command isn't found (it should be installed by default on most Ubuntu systems), you need to install it with sudo apt install software-properties-common.

Then, install whatever package you want in the standard apt way: sudo apt install <package>.

Browse the list of available packages and their versions.

Development PPA

A second PPA contains bleeding-edge packages built from the master development branch of each repository is also available. The usage instructions are mostly the same, just enable the repository with: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kiwixteam/dev.

It may take up to an hour for packages to be built and published in the dev PPA. Browse the list of available packages and their versions.

For pull requests not yet merged into master, packages can be downloaded as artifacts from CI.

Debian users

A Debian PPA is planned, but does not exist yet. In the meantime, you can get the latest releases of Kiwix software from the official Debian repositories (though it may take 5-7 days after a release). You will need to enable the Debian backports repository, and then you should be able to sudo apt install <package> (the names are the same as Ubuntu).

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