Wiki setup/English wikis

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This page describes how to set up English wikis on your machine. The following two options are available:

Download pre-built wikis from

  • Faster: The build process is skipped completely. All you have to do is download the wikis
  • Simpler: The wikis are pre-compiled HTML, so you don't have to set-up Wikidata or other pre-requisites. Since the wiki is just being downloaded, not built, there are less things that can go wrong
  • Less recent: The wikis need to be manually generated and uploaded by me. If you find that the wikis below are out of date, you can create an issue at or try building them yourself.

Build wikis using the database dumps at

  • Slower: It takes an extra few hours to build the wiki
  • Slightly harder: These wikis work best with Wikidata on your machine. See App/Wiki types/Wikidata. In additon, the build process may not work on certain low-end machines like Raspberry Pi
  • Always recent: The wikis will be built using the latest dump from Wikimedia at

In addition, both options have an automatic and a manual route. More detail is provided below.

Download pre-built wikis from


English Wikipedia - Articles (2019-05) [66.82 GB]
English Wikipedia - Wikitext (2019-05) [24.20 GB]
English Wikipedia - Images (2019-05) [121.28 GB]
English Wiktionary - Articles (2017-04) [6.70 GB]
English Wiktionary - Wikitext (2017-04) [1.40 GB]
English Wiktionary - Images (2017-04) [694.14 MB]
English Wikisource - Articles (2017-04) [6.85 GB]
English Wikisource - Wikitext (2017-04) [3.46 GB]
English Wikisource - Images (2017-04) [10.17 GB]
English Wikivoyage - Articles (2017-04) [221.53 MB]
English Wikivoyage - Wikitext (2017-04) [127.66 MB]
English Wikivoyage - Images (2017-04) [10.14 GB]
English Wikiquote - Articles (2017-04) [235.24 MB]
English Wikiquote - Wikitext (2017-04) [153.85 MB]
English Wikiquote - Images (2017-04) [687.58 MB]
English Wikibooks - Articles (2017-04) [413.24 MB]
English Wikibooks - Wikitext (2017-04) [219.88 MB]
English Wikibooks - Images (2017-04) [2.0 GB]
English Wikiversity - Articles (2017-04) [209.86 MB]
English Wikiversity - Wikitext (2017-04) [116.28 MB]
English Wikiversity - Images (2017-04) [985.70 MB]
English Wikinews - Articles (2017-04) [249.40 MB]
English Wikinews - Wikitext (2017-04) [79.89 MB]
English Wikinews - Images (2017-04) [437.38 MB]
  • In the Queue table, click the Play button
  • Wait for the Queue to process. When it is done, enter the wiki URL in the bar. For example,


  • Download the urls below. Note that they are listed in two formats:
    • Urls by wiki / type: In case you want only one wiki (wiktionary) or one type (articles)
    • All urls (for copying into a download manager)
  • Unzip them and move the .xowa file to the proper wiki directory. For example, for, move the files to C:\xowa\wiki\
  • Start XOWA and enter the wiki URL in the bar. For example,

Build wikis using the database dumps at


  • Go to Dashboard/Import/Online
  • Find your wiki in the list
  • Click the download link.
  • Wait for the wiki to build. When it is done, it will automatically load the Main Page


URLS Articles (2019-05) Source (2019-05) Images (2019-05) Articles (2017-04) Source (2017-04) Images (2017-04) Articles (2017-04) Source (2017-04) Images (2017-04) Articles (2017-04) Source (2017-04) Images (2017-04) Articles (2017-04) Source (2017-04) Images (2017-04) Articles (2017-04) Source (2017-04) Images (2017-04) Articles (2017-04) Source (2017-04) Images (2017-04) Articles (2017-04) Source (2017-04) Images (2017-04)

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