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[[File:Wikipedia-logo-v2-en.svg|right|thumb|''Wikipedia, the The Free Encyclopedia'']]
[[File:bittorrent.jpg|right|thumb|Kiwix recommends using [// Bittorrent]]]
# Optionally, the index allowing fulltext searches.
== Download ==<!--T:2-->
To obtain Wikipedia offline on your computer, you can download the components separately or download a package including all of them:
* '''Non-indexed ZIM''' files contain only a ZIM file you may want to [[Special:MyLanguage/ZIM Indexing|index]] later if you need to do fulltext searches.
* '''Portable pre-indexed ZIM''' files contain the Kiwix software with a pre-indexed ZIM file. Everything is compressed in a ZIP file. For now, these packages work only with Microsoft Windows and GNU/Linux. In these packages, the ZIM files may be split into several two gigabytes parts to be compatible with FAT32 file-systems.
The '''Portable pre-indexed ZIM''' is always a little bit bigger than the '''Non-indexed ZIM''' file, but if you have enough bandwidth, we recommend to download it. It's the easiest way to have a directly usable Wikipedia offline and this package will be really easy to copy to many different places.
There are two ways to download each file:
* '''Bittorent''' (recommended) which downloads the file with a [ torrent software]. Using Bittorrent you save our bandwidth and you get the certainty that your file won't get corrupted during the download process.
* '''Direct download''' which downloads the file directly with your browser. If you already have Kiwix installed on your computer, we recommend to download this ZIM file from the internal Kiwix library.
== Usage ==<!--T:7-->
[[File:Kiwix_0.9_alpha1_screenshot_en.png|right|thumb|Kiwix displaying an article of Wikipedia]]
If you have downloaded a '''Non-indexed ZIM''' file, then you only need to open it with Kiwix (you have downloaded seperatly) and if you need it, index it in addition.
If you have downloaded the '''Portable pre-indexed ZIM''', you will need to unzip it before using it. One time it's unzipped you can find the Kiwix executable in the "kiwix" directory if you use Microsoft Windows or in "kiwix-linux" directory if you use GNU/Linux.
== See also ==<!--T:9-->
* [[Special:MyLanguage/Help|Help]]
* [[Special:MyLanguage/Software|Software]]

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