Kiwix WiFi Hotspot - Access Knowledge Offline Anywhere- Kiwix

Content everywhere, even without internet access.

Content everywhere, even without internet access.

In a world where digital connection is paramount, we often face the challenge of limited internet access. Kiwix Empower Seamless Connectivity and Unleash Content Everywhere, Anytime, Regardless of Internet Access. You can explore a world of information and knowledge at your fingertips, wherever you go, even offline

Your own private Wikipedia copy

If you own a Raspberry Pi you can use it to power a local wi-fi network that can broadcast content to up to 24 devices at the same time. You can literally serve an entire classroom with it.

Access the imager service and select up to 1TB of content to put on your configuration. Let our servers prepare the image for you, and when it is ready you will receive a download link so you can flash it on a microSD card.

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Kiwix is a fully open-source software: you can review the code here.

Creating your hotspot on the imager

Projets en course

Creating your hotspot on the imager

  1. Pick your hotspot’s network name (SSID) and use it as default URL (e.g. http://yourname.hotspot)
  2. Add your homepage logo if you want
  3. Pick from thousands of websites, and browse Wikipedia, read ebooks or watch cool videos even without internet access
  4. Create and download as many configurations as you need with up to 1 Tb of data on each

Frequently asked questions

  • Which Raspberry Pi models does this work with?

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    Raspberry Pi 3B, 3B+, 4B, 400, and 5. The hotspot does NOT work on the Raspberry Pi zero 2W as the device is too limited in memory.

  • How do I use the image I just downloaded?

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    1. Flash your .img file onto a microSD card (Raspberry’s Pi imager). Do not edit parameters at it locks the boot system.
    2. Insert your card into the Raspberry and power it up.
    3. First run: after 4-5 minutes a “kiwix” network (or whatever name you chose on the dashboard) will appear. Connect to it. A captive portal will appear after another few minutes (that delay is only during the intial run)
    4. Follow the instructions from the captive portal that appears, or if it is too slow to show up simply type “http://goto.kiwix.hotspot” (or http://network_name.hotspot) in your favourite browser. Beware to type the full address with http://, and not https!
    5. That’s it. Browse, and enjoy!
  • Can I plug my Raspberry to a screen?

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    No, it’s not a desktop computer but a wi-fi hotspot. If you were to plug it to a screen you would probably see a command line screen (and no content).

    The only way at this stage to access your content is to connect to the wi-fi network created by the Raspberry.

  • I created my image: can I add other zim files or remove those I do not like?

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    Yes! goto http://zim-manager.networkname.hotspot to access the file manager. The login and password are those you set up on the dashboard when creating the image.

  • I get an error message or warning when trying to connect to the hotspot

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    Check that you have entered http:// instead of https:// as the URL. Some extensions (such as DuckDuckGo privacy or https everywhere) will also force encrypted connections and may need to be disabled.

  • Can I simply order a preloaded card or device?

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    We are working on finding local distributors. Until then, if you are in Europe or the US/Canada, contact us and we’ll see what we can do.