Since I’m bearded and moderately overweight let me be the one to bring the first present
for the holiday season and introduce Zimit, a pretty cool new tool that allows people to
produce their own Zim files. Yes, you read that correctly.
* If you are the type that cannot wait to unwrap presents, you will find it at
* For everyone else:
The interface is pretty minimalist, and that’s part of the message:
1. Insert target URL
2. Insert email address so we can tell you when your zim is ready
3. Download zim file
There is a limit at 1,000 items for each zim because (a) we don’t want to DDoS
unsuspecting websites with requests; and (ii) also would not be able to afford the bill If
it becomes as popular as we think it will be (we need to find an acceptable business model
and pricing structure: any advice welcome). But since this is free software, you can
obviously cut the middleman by copying, studying, modifying and redistributing the code
that can be found here: https://github.com/openzim/zimit
Because this relies on newly-implemented service workers, these new zim files will only
work on Kiwix-android and Kiwix-serve at the moment, but this will obviously expand to
other platforms in 2021.
This project was entirely funded by a Mozilla Open Source Support Award, thanks to them!