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I want to download the complete English Wikipedia (not just the 45,000 article version floating around) for viewing offline on my Mac.

I have downloaded Okawix, and downloaded a torrent with Wikipedia (en.wikipedia.okawix, available on the okawix site) to view within Okawix. However, I can't figure out how to view this downloaded torrent within Okawix, so I'm not sure what I can do.

What is the best way to do this? Is there software to download and view Wikipedia?

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You would be better off buying the Encylopedia Britannica it comes as several CD's and the advantage is that you can use it as a reference, as Wikipedia is not considered to be a reputable source of information, as it can be edited by anyone. –  Graeme Hutchison Dec 18 '11 at 9:02
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This has nothing to do with Apple. –  Graeme Hutchison Dec 18 '11 at 9:04
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It might be, because an offline mac client, would do the job.. –  nuc Dec 18 '11 at 14:53
    
Are you looking for help using Okawix to actually read the dump it provides or would you be open to using the wiki provided dumps of data and setting up your own wiki to serve up the content using http? –  bmike Dec 18 '11 at 17:43
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It's not clear how you want to use the data once it's on your mac.

To narrow this down a bit, you can refer to the page that wikipedia has made to guide people like you that want to get a local copy of content and actually use it.

Pay particular attention to the sections:

The first option has you loading the dumps into your own database and is the most powerful, but means you will be running your own web server / database - your own little copy of wikipedia on your mac. The second two are guides to simply opening the dumped files in a web browser or other program that can render HTML and follow the links to files that rest on your mac's file system.

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