The Kiwix Desktop is a viewer/manager of ZIM files for GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows OSes.
This document assumes you have a little knowledge about software compilation. If you experience difficulties with the dependencies or with the Kiwix libary compilation itself, we recommend to have a look to kiwix-build.
The Kiwix Desktop application relies on many third parts software libraries. Following libraries need to be available:
These dependencies may or may not be packaged by your operating system. They may also be packaged but only in an older version. The compilation script will tell you if one of them is missing or too old. In the worse case, you will have to download and compile bleeding edge version by hand.
kiwix-lib has to be compiled dynamically, the best way to have it is to use kiwix-build.
Install needed packages (on Ubuntu 18.04+):
sudo apt-get install libqt5gui5 qtbase5-dev qtwebengine5-dev \ libqt5svg5-dev qt5-image-formats-plugins qt5-default aria2 \ qttools5-dev-tools
Once all dependencies are installed, you can compile Kiwix Desktop:
qmake . make
qmake will use pkg-config to locate libraries. Depending of where
you've installed kiwix-lib (and other libraries) you may have to
update the env variable
PKG_CONFIG_PATH. It can be set as follows,
for example, for x86-64 native systems:
You may want to simply open the kiwix-desktop project in QtCreator and
then compile the project from there (don't forget to update
PKG_CONFIG_PATH if necessary).
To install Kiwix Desktop on the system:
sudo make install
To run Kiwix Desktop
You might have to refresh the
ld database before:
If you face problems such as
library not found..., add the following