.ZIM File Extension

The OpenZIM Project
File Type:
OpenZIM Wiki Archive

Having trouble opening .zim extension? Don't panic! This page explains what zim files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open zim files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is a ZIM file?

Zim file extension has OpenZIM Wiki Archive file type, developed by The OpenZIM Project, which is associated with the "data files" category.

These are information files archived in the OpenZIM format, which is a standard tool for storing Wiki content offline. With information packed in archives, it becomes possible to save all articles, links, and references from Wiki in a compact form. Reader programs like ZIMReader or Kiwix can open ZIM files.

To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

zim file icon
The OpenZIM Project
File Type:
OpenZIM Wiki Archive
Data Files

How to open ZIM file?

Double click the zim file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .zim extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the zim extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".

File Size: 3.04 MB, Download time: < 1 min. on DSL/ADSL/Cable

This Tool is Compatible With: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10

Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the zim file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open ZIM files

  • Windows Windows
    • Kiwix Kiwix
  • MacOS MacOS
    • Kiwix Kiwix
  • Linux Linux
    • Kiwix Kiwix
    • ZIMReader ZIMReader
    • ZIMLib ZIMLib
  • Android Android
    • Kiwix Kiwix

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the zim file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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