XOWA is an application for reading and editing wikis offline. It aims to provide full offline access to all content in every Wikimedia Foundation wiki.
XOWA has several features:
- Displays all articles from a Wikimedia data dump.
- Works with English Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikisource, Wikiquote, as well as the non-English language counterparts (for example, French Wikipedia).
- Renders articles with full HTML formatting.
- Downloads images and other files on demand.
- Edits articles.
- Runs on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Raspberry PI, and Android.
- Installs to a flash memory card for portability to other machines.
- Is customizable and extendable at many levels: from keyboard shortcuts to HTML layouts to internal options.
- Is open-source under the AGPLv3 license.
XOWA should work with any dump that has been generated by MediaWiki software. It has been personally tested for over 200 wikis, including:
- English Wikipedia
- The English sister projects: Wiktionary, Wikisource, Wikivoyage, Wikiquote, Wikibooks, Wikiversity and Wikinews
- Non-English Wikipedias including German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Swedish, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Latin, and many more.
- Unique wikis including Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata, Wikispecies, MediaWiki, Meta-wiki, Incubator, WikimediaFoundation
XOWA is free software. The code is open source under the AGPLv3 license, and available to anyone for review or modification. See Help/License/Code for more information as well as https://github.com/gnosygnu/xowa.
XOWA advocates free content. All documentation and project artifacts are provided under the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA license. See Help/License/Docs for more information.
XOWA values user privacy. It will never collect and upload personal information. It is designed to be run in a standalone environment, without any connection to the internet. See Help/Privacy/Desktop for more information.