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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


Pelzlurch's picture

I have found a further quite strange issue. I don't know if Zimpedia or the ZIM file itself is responsible for this bahaviour:

There are some articles which opens the wrong thing. For Example if you seach the German wikipdia for Fuß (which means foot) the article Fuad is opened (which is an arabian first name)

Edit: I've checked it now with kiwix. Here the correct article gets opened.

mkiol's picture


Thank you for finding this bug. There was an issue in parsing non-latin characters. It will be fixed in next release.

rolfa's picture

Thanks a lot, works fine from SD card.

Does it also support pre-indexed ZIMs?


mkiol's picture

@rolfa Additional index (pre-indexed ZIM = ZIM file + index) is needed to search by any word in text. Unfortunately this is not supported. Only searching by Title is possible.

Marius's picture

Fantastic, I was waiting for that for long long time! thanks! BTW are there ZIM files with page formatting which fits better to small phone screen?

mkiol's picture


Unfortunately all ZIM files I found are packed for desktop. As a workaround, in latest version, I've added option to increase the font size of the web page. It is not perfect solution, but reading experience is a little bit better.

Pelzlurch's picture

Thanks a lot! Now the German Wiki works and even from the SD-Card. Great!

One small issue: Everytime when you want to open a new entry you have to close the browser, otherwise the the prvious opened entry is shown and nothing else happens.

Is there a possibility to donate you some beers?

mkiol's picture


> One small issue:

Are you sure? I was testng it all day and never anything like you described happen to me. Maybe there is some issue inside Sailfish Browser.

> Is there a possibility to donate you some beers?

No, but if you like, please donate OpenZIM project. Zimpedia wouldn't be possible without their work.

Pelzlurch's picture

Yes I'm sure. It's an absolutely reproducable beahviour:
Search for an article. Click it. The browser opens and the article is shown. Now swipe from the side to minimize the browser. Open the Zimpedia window and search fo a new item and click it. Browser window gets focus, but with the old article searched before.

Your wish is my command: I will donate some quids to the OpenZIM project. 

DameCENO's picture

Thanks for the port man, but i agree, there is not enough room on the home directory for all one can do with zim files, path to the sd card would be totaly awesome

mkiol's picture

SD card loaction for ZIM files is added in 1.0-2 release. Tested with ext4 fs and works as expected.

alina's picture

How about symlinks? Does it work with a symlink to SD card on home?

Pelzlurch's picture

I would second that. ZIM files on SD-Card make sense.

For me by the way the german wikipedia ZIM doesn't work. Dowloaded it two times and testet it with kiwix. Here it works. But not with Zimpedia. The german wiktionary works well. Any Ideas?

mkiol's picture

Fix for German Wikipedia (and other large ZIM files) is in 1.0-2 release.

eson's picture

Nice app! :)

Could you make it possible to read zim file from SD media? Wikipedia files are quite large.