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Zimpedia is a ZIM archive offline reader.

The ZIM is an open file format that stores content coming from the Web for offline use. Its primary focus is on the contents of Wikipedia but also other Wiki projects like Wikivoyage are supported.

The collection of various ZIM archives can be found on Kiwix library website.

If you have already downloaded ZIM files, put them to any folder you like under SD card, Download or Documents directory


SailJail is explicitly enabled from version 3.0.0.

Due to sandboxing app no longer can read user main directory. Please make sure your ZIM files are in any folder under Downloads or Documents or on SD card.


All translations are very welcome. There are three ways to contribute:

Source code

Bugs reporting, Feature requests

Any comments, issue reports are highly appreciated.

Application versions: 
File harbour-zimpedia-2.2.8-2.i486.rpm9.82 MB16/05/2021 - 21:48
File harbour-zimpedia-2.2.8-2.armv7hl.rpm9.16 MB16/05/2021 - 21:48
File harbour-zimpedia-2.2.8-2.aarch64.rpm9.37 MB16/05/2021 - 21:48
File harbour-zimpedia-3.0.2-1.armv7hl.rpm9.34 MB21/04/2022 - 17:37
File harbour-zimpedia-3.0.2-1.aarch64.rpm9.57 MB21/04/2022 - 17:37
File harbour-zimpedia-3.0.2-1.i486.rpm10.05 MB21/04/2022 - 17:37
File harbour-zimpedia-3.0.3-1.armv7hl.rpm9.34 MB08/05/2022 - 22:12
File harbour-zimpedia-3.0.3-1.aarch64.rpm9.57 MB08/05/2022 - 22:12
File harbour-zimpedia-3.0.3-1.i486.rpm10.05 MB08/05/2022 - 22:12
File harbour-zimpedia-3.0.4-1.armv7hl.rpm9.35 MB14/05/2022 - 20:30
File harbour-zimpedia-3.0.4-1.i486.rpm10.06 MB14/05/2022 - 20:30
File harbour-zimpedia-3.0.4-1.aarch64.rpm9.58 MB14/05/2022 - 20:30
File harbour-zimpedia-3.1.0-1.aarch64.rpm9.67 MB15/08/2023 - 11:21
File harbour-zimpedia-3.1.0-1.armv7hl.rpm9.44 MB15/08/2023 - 11:21
File harbour-zimpedia-3.1.0-1.i486.rpm10.17 MB15/08/2023 - 11:21


  • Italian translation (Many thanks to Albano Battistella)
  • Fixes for bugs in a WebView
  • LibZIM update to version 8.2.1


  • Fix: library.kiwix.org web page did not work correctly in SF browser

3.0.3 (beta)

  • Dutch translation (thank you Heimen)
  • Minor bug fixes

3.0.2 (beta)

  • Spanish translation (thank you Carmen)
  • Improved web viewer (instead of WebKit, Gecko is used)
  • Fixes and UI improvements

3.0.1 (beta)

  • Swedish translation (thank you Åke)
  • Fixes and UI improvements

3.0.0 (beta)

  • You can select multiple ZIM archives and search all of them at once
  • LibZIM update to version 7.2.0
  • Explicit sandboxing enabled


TMavica's picture

Can u build a aarch64 package? For xperia 10 ii later?

mkiol's picture

Just uploaded but I did not test it (don't have xperia 10 II). Would be grateful for a feedback if it works. Thanks.

TMavica's picture

Thx. It works

carlosgonz's picture

I really enjoy this app. Thanks v2.2.7

geher's picture

SFOS 3 mount sdcard to /run/media/nemo/xxx and make link to /run/media/nemo in /media/sdcard
Zim files exists in Wiki folder on sdcard

geher's picture

Don't work with zim files on SD card in SFOS 3

mkiol's picture

Zimpedia tries to find ZIM files in the following dirs (and sub-dirs):
- /home/nemo
- /media/sdcard
- /run/media/nemo (only if /media/sdcard doesn't exist)

Is your ZIM file located under any of above directories? If yes, maybe something is wrong with the file? Maybe is corrupted? Do you see anything suspicious in the log (std output)?

crakby's picture

It does not find my *.zim file on sd-card on xperiax.
Where does it look for the sd-card? Maybe I can make a symlink.

mkiol's picture

Zimpedia searches for any *.zim files in any directories under: /home/nemo and /media/sdcard. Symlinks are skipped from search acctually.

Where do you put you zim file?


crakby's picture

Yes, a new zim file format. Don't work anymore with older clients:

kiwix forum

kiwix forum

crakby's picture

ok, thanks. I found out, that the wikivoyage.zim ist working, the wikipedia_2018_06.zim not. The checksum is ok, I downloaded it twice. I thnk it has something to do with this post:

kiwix forum

seems, they have a newer zim format now. I first try now to download the 2018_05 version and give them a try.

mkiol's picture

Ooo! Thanks for the info. I will try to update ZIM library in my code. New release will be soon.

crakby's picture

Here is a temporary solution:

edit zim file with hex editor

geher's picture

Desktop the version can use images that split to 2 Gbytes volumes.
Zimpedia can't.
It would be convenient for the SD card with FAT

mkiol's picture

You right. I will try to implement (maybe next release) splited files as well. In the meantime, the workaroud is to format SD card with ext4 file system.

DameCENO's picture

Finally a built-in web viewer!!! Thanks a million man.

Can you send me the french translation file? I can contribute in my own way from that perspective. I am still not conversant on how to use transifex plus it is easier on me and can do it at any leasure time without connecting to the net.

Does this new version require Sailfish OS 2.1? Tried installing it but nothing provides QT5 was the error i got

mkiol's picture

> Can you send me the french translation file

Sure. You can download it from https://github.com/mkiol/Zimpedia/tree/master/sailfish/translations

> Does this new version require Sailfish OS 2.1

I tested it only on SOS 2.1, but I should be working on any 2.x. "Nothing provides QT5.." - that sounds pretty weird.

Pelzlurch's picture

Great new version, thanx a lot!


One question, is it possible to search case unsensitiv? That would make it easier to find things.

mkiol's picture

I will research it but it seams that there is no easy way to implement case-insensitive search. Here is link to github issue: https://github.com/mkiol/Zimpedia/issues/16

Pelzlurch's picture

Thanx for looking into it. If i can support zimpedia in any way, except programming (unfortunatly no skills on my side) let me know.

Ygorr's picture

A lot of time dreamed about this app. Thank you very much. But now is needed another feature.

As far as project data changes and extends  аsynchronously for different languages;  and ecspecially I used 4+ languages to get what I need:
Please  implement function to read wikipage online with saving them to read offline later(page changes view also preferable).

mkiol's picture

Thank you for your suggestion and for finding Zimpedia useful!

> function to read wikipage online with saving them to read offline

Sorry, but it goes much beyond the scope of what Zimpedia should be. Zimpedia serves data that are stored inside local ZIM repositories. I don't want to change this approach.

> I used 4+ languages to get what I need

I'm planning to add feature that allows to simultaneous search multiple ZIM files. Maybe it is a solution for your use case.

rolfa's picture

Finally with 1.1-0 large zim files work on the tablet. Thanks a lot!

Maybe the file browser could be improved to show the path and file sizes.

And once a zim is open, I would like to see the startpage of that zim or at least the name of the currently opened zim (like in Kiwix).


mkiol's picture

Thanks for ideas. All will be in next release.

hoodlum's picture

how can I help with translation?

https://www.transifex.com/ ?

mkiol's picture

If you are familir with QT translation tool, please make Github's pull-request with new ts file - https://github.com/mkiol/Zimpedia/tree/master/sailfish/translations.

TMavica's picture

Chinese (ZH) wikipedia not working, after seaching, it come out with a link ......??????.html

so nil found

ferlanero's picture

Great job!

An accesible offline Wikipedia is perfect in a mobile phone :)

But I have an issue. I have dowloaded the full Spanish Wikipedia non-indexed zim file (http://download.kiwix.org/zim/wikipedia_es_all.zim). Everything works fine, but when I open an article, the images don't show, only a question mark inside a blue square. Is posible to fix that problem?

Thanks again mkiol for your effort bringing us the knowledge!

mkiol's picture

Unfortunately your ZIM file is too large for me to do test. Anyway, please check latest version (1.0-5). I've fixed few bugs and maybe one of them was causing the problem.

ferlanero's picture

Hi mkiol!

First of all, thank you very much for your efforts! Your new version of Zimpedia works flawlessly now. At last, files till 12Gb works perfect with Zimpedia 1.0-5 on Sailfish in a SDCard of 32Gb with BTRFS file system.

If you need testers I can test very large files without problem, so ask me if you need.

Thank you very much again for your work!