How to Install Wike on Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04

Wike is a powerful and user-friendly Wikipedia reader explicitly designed for Ubuntu users seeking an alternative to more popular existing software. Wike offers a unique browsing experience that is both elegant and efficient. It’s the perfect solution for those who want to access the vast knowledge of Wikipedia in a clean and intuitive interface tailored to the Ubuntu platform.

Why Choose Wike Over Other Options?

Here are a few compelling reasons to consider Wike as your go-to Wikipedia reader on Ubuntu:

  • Lightweight and Fast: Wike is designed to be resource-friendly, ensuring quick page loads and smooth navigation.
  • Offline Reading: Unlike some popular alternatives, Wike allows you to save articles for offline reading, providing you access to information even without an internet connection.
  • Customizable Interface: Wike’s interface is highly customizable, letting you tailor the look and feel to your preferences.
  • Dark Mode: Wike includes a built-in dark mode, perfect for users who want to reduce eye strain during long reading sessions.
  • Bookmarking: Easily bookmark your favorite articles for quick access later.
  • Multi-language Support: Wike supports Wikipedia in multiple languages, catering to a global audience.

As you can see, Wike has several standout features that make it a strong contender in the realm of Wikipedia readers. By choosing Wike, you’re opting for a reliable and versatile solution designed with the Ubuntu user experience in mind.

The following guide will demonstrate how to install Wike Wikipedia Reader on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish or Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa using a LaunchPAD PPA containing the latest stable or development version. Alternatively, we will cover how to install Wike using Flatpak with the Flathub repository as a secondary method. These methods will also work for short term Ubuntu releases that are not currently end of life and supported by Canonical.

Section 1: Install Wike with APT

Step 1: Update Ubuntu

Before we begin the installation process, ensuring your Ubuntu system is up-to-date is essential. This will help avoid potential issues during the installation and ensure your system runs smoothly. To do this, open your terminal and enter the following command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Step 2: Import Wike LaunchPAD PPA

The recommended method for installing Wike is by importing the LaunchPAD PPA maintained by Archisman Panigrahi. This will provide you with the latest stable release and any new features and improvements.

First, let’s ensure that the required dependencies are installed on your system. Enter the following command in your terminal:

sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https -y

Next, you can import the stable or daily build PPAs. If you import both, the repository with the newest version will be chosen automatically, which will most likely be the development build.

Import Wike Stable PPA (Recommended):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:apandada1/wike -y

Import Wike Daily Builds PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:apandada1/wike-daily -y

Step 3: Update the Packages List

Now that you’ve imported the desired PPA, it’s time to update the packages list to reflect the new changes. Run the following command in your terminal:

sudo apt update

Step 4: Install Wike

With the packages list updated, you’re now ready to install Wike. Enter the following command in your terminal to start the installation process:

sudo apt install wike -y

Section 2: Install Wike with Flatpak and Flathub

This section will explore an alternative method to install Wike using the Flatpak package manager. Flatpak is a popular option similar to Snap and is featured across many Linux distributions as a third-party installation package manager for obtaining the latest packages.

Note: If your system does not have Flatpak installed, please refer to our own guide on How to Install Flatpak on Ubuntu for step-by-step instructions on installing the most recent supported version of Flatpak.

Step 1: Enable Flathub

Before installing Wike through Flatpak, you must enable the Flathub repository, a primary source for Flatpak applications. To enable Flathub, execute the following command in your terminal:

sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

This command adds the Flathub repository to your Flatpak configuration, ensuring you have access to a wide variety of applications, including Wike.

Step 2: Install Wike

With Flathub enabled, you can now proceed to install Wike using the flatpak install command. Run the following command in your terminal:

flatpak install flathub com.github.hugolabe.Wike -y

Section 3: Launch Wike Wikipedia Reader

Now that you have successfully installed Wike, it’s time to launch the application and start enjoying a seamless Wikipedia browsing experience. Depending on your preferences and installation method, there are several ways to open Wike.

Step 1: Launch Wike via Terminal

If you have an open command terminal and would like to launch Wike immediately, you can enter the following command:


For users who installed Wike using Flatpak, you’ll need to run this command instead:

flatpak run com.github.hugolabe.Wike

Step 2: Launch Wike via Desktop

Most desktop users may prefer to launch Wike using the application icon. To do this, navigate through the following path on your desktop:

Activities > Show Applications > Wike

Example of Wike application icon on Ubuntu Linux:

Section 4: Getting Started with Wike on Ubuntu Linux

Now that you have successfully installed and launched Wike, it’s time to explore some tips and tricks to help you make the most of your new Wikipedia reader on Ubuntu Linux. In this section, we will cover general tips, customization options, and other useful information to enhance your Wike experience.

General Tips

  • Search: To start searching for Wikipedia articles, simply enter your query in the search bar at the top of the Wike interface. Wike will display relevant results as you type, making it easy to find the content you’re looking for.
  • Navigation: Use the back and forward buttons at the top-left corner of the interface to navigate through your browsing history. This allows you to quickly return to previous articles or move forward to the ones you’ve already visited.
  • Dark Mode: Wike offers a dark mode to reduce eye strain and improve readability in low-light environments. To enable dark mode, click on the three-dot menu in the top-right corner, then select “Preferences” and toggle the “Dark mode” switch.

Customization Options

Wike provides several customization options to tailor the reading experience to your personal preferences. Here are a few settings you can adjust:

  • Font Size: To change the font size of the articles, go to “Preferences” and adjust the “Font size” slider. This allows you to increase or decrease the text size for better readability.
  • Text Width: You can also modify the text width to create a more comfortable reading experience. In the “Preferences” menu, use the “Text width” slider to adjust the width of the article content.
  • Language: Wike allows you to select your preferred language for the interface and search results. To change the language, go to “Preferences” and choose your desired language from the dropdown menu.

Other Tips

  • Bookmarks: Wike lets you bookmark your favorite articles for easy access later. To bookmark an article, click on the star icon in the top-right corner of the article. To view your bookmarks, click on the bookmark icon in the left sidebar.
  • Offline Reading: Wike caches the articles you’ve visited, allowing you to read them even when you’re offline. To access cached articles, use the search bar or navigate through your browsing history.

Example of Wike on Ubuntu Linux UI:

Section 5: Additional Wike Commands with Ubuntu Linux

This section will discuss managing Wike on your Ubuntu Linux system, including updating and removing the application.

How to Update Wike

For APT installations:

Update package list: Open your terminal and run the following command to update your package list.

sudo apt upgrade

Upgrade packages: Now, upgrade your packages, including Wike, with the following command:

sudo apt upgrade

For Flatpak installations:

Update Flatpak packages: To update all Flatpak packages, including Wike, run the following command in your terminal:

flatpak update

How to Remove Wike

If you decide to remove Wike from your system, follow these steps based on your installation method:

For APT installations:

Remove Wike: Run the following command to remove Wike from your system.

sudo apt remove wike 

Remove Wike PPA: If you have no intention of re-installing Wike, you should remove the PPAs.

Remove Wike Stable PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:apandada1/wike -y

Remove Wike Daily PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:apandada1/wike-daily -y

For Flatpak installations:

Remove Wike: To remove Wike installed via Flatpak, execute the following command in your terminal:

flatpak uninstall com.github.jakubsteplowski.wike

Conclusion: Installing Wike on Ubuntu Linux

This guide has covered various methods to install Wike, a powerful Wikipedia reader, on Ubuntu Linux. Using either the APT package manager or Flatpak, you can easily add Wike to your system and enjoy a seamless Wikipedia browsing experience. We have also discussed how to update, remove, and launch Wike and provided some tips for getting started and managing the application.

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