Full format name of files that use ZIM extension is OpenZIM Wiki Archive. OpenZIM Wiki Archive specification was created by The OpenZIM Project. ZIM files are supported by software applications available for devices running Linux, Mac OS, Windows. ZIM file format, along with 1326 other file formats, belongs to the Data Files category. The most popular program for handling ZIM files is Kiwix, but users can choose among 2 different programs that support this file format.
Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open ZIM files divided into 3 categories according to system platform supported. Files with ZIM suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.
Problems with accessing ZIM may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with ZIM files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with ZIM files.
Problems with opening and working with ZIM files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with ZIM files being present on your machine. The solution to this problem is very simple. Download Kiwix and install it on your device. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. The safest method of downloading Kiwix installed is by going to developer’s website () and downloading the software using provided links.
If the problems with opening ZIM files still occur even after installing Kiwix, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Kiwix is available. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. This can be one of the causes why ZIM files are not compatible with Kiwix. The most recent version of Kiwix is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.
If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate ZIM files with latest version of Kiwix you have installed on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.
Selecting the first-choice application in Windows
Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS
You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper ZIM file. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.
If the ZIM is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the ZIM file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.
If you obtained the problematic ZIM file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. When downloading the file with ZIM extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.
Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.
The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support ZIM files. Close all running programs and try opening the ZIM file.
Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with OpenZIM Wiki Archive files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the ZIM files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.
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