Kiwix returns in Debian BullseyeBy Kunal Mehta
(This is my belated #newindebianbullseye post.)
The latest version of the Debian distro, 11.0 aka Bullseye, was released last week and after a long absence, includes Kiwix! Previously in Debian 10/Buster, we only had the underlying C/C++ libraries available.
If you're not familiar with it, Kiwix is an offline content reader, providing Wikipedia, Gutenberg, TED talks, and more in ZIM (
.zim) files that can be downloaded and viewed entirely offline. You can get the entire text of the English Wikipedia in less than 100GB.
apt install kiwix will get you a graphical desktop application that allows you to download and read ZIMs.
apt install kiwix-tools installs
kiwix-serve (among others), which serves ZIM files over an HTTP server.
Additionally, there are now tools in Debian that allow you to create your own ZIM files:
zimwriterfs and the
All of this would not have been possible without the support of the Kiwix developers, who made it a priority to properly support Debian. All of the Kiwix and repositories have a CI process that builds Debian packages for each pull request and needs to pass before it'll be accepted.
Ubuntu users can take advantage of our primary PPA or the bleeding-edge PPA. For Debian users, my goal is that unstable/sid will have the latest verison within a few days of a release, and once it moves into testing, it'll be available in Debian Backports.
It is always a pleasure working with the Kiwix team, who make a point to send stickers and chocolate every year :)