You may sometimes be in a position where you need to look up information but do not have Internet available at the moment. This can be during your daily commute or in a situation where an Internet connection is not available or working. We have reviewed several options in the past to get the majority of Wikipedia contents on your system locally to access the information without the need for an Internet connection. Check out WikiTaxi, OkaWix or Wikipedia School DVDs if you are interested in those methods.
The latest option has been exclusively designed for the Google Chrome web browser and therefor also Google's Chromebook. The web application allows you to download nearly all textual contents from Wikipedia to make them available directly in the Chrome browser.
You are asked to either pick a 13 Megabyte dump of the most popular Wikipedia articles or the big database which weights in at about 1 Gigabyte. You can also select one of four available parsers which turn the Wikipedia information into HTML contents that are readable in the web browser.
Especially the large download make take a while, and you also need to make sure that you have enough disk space available for it.
Once installed you can use the following page to access your Wikipedia information offline in the Chrome browser. The developer suggests to bookmark the page for fast access.
It offers a search option, access to the program settings, access to the article index and an option to load a random article from the repository.
The search supports suggestions which are displayed automatically once you start typing in the first letter of your search term.
The articles are complete with the exception of media and the footnotes which are not displayed at all.
Search results are displayed almost instantly on modern computer systems.
Chrome users who would like their own personal Wikipedia copy on their computer can download and install the web app from the official Chrome web store.
Update: The Google Chrome extension has been pulled from the Chrome Store. There is unfortunately no related extension available that is free of charge at the moment. I suggest you use the options above to get access to an offline copy of Wikipedia.
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