Mobile/PhoneGap/iOS build instructions


Wikipedia's new official mobile application is designed to run cross-platform using the PhoneGap framework. Initial steps to make it work on iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) are underway.


  • Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
  • XCode 4.3
  • PhoneGap 1.4.1 for iPhone (We are incompatible with v1.5 for now)
    • after installing XCode, install the PhoneGap iPhone frameworks

Get source[edit]

$ git clone git://

You'll need to pull some submodules also:

$ git submodule init
$ git submodule update


  1. Open 'Wikipedia-iOS.xcodeproj' in XCode
  2. Select an appropriate simulator
    • or ... a real device. Getting that set up is an exercise for the reader.
  3. Hit 'Run'


See Wikimedia_Apps/Pre_launch_checklist


You can't distribute applications you've compiled yourself very easily due to Apple's distribution system, which is designed to give Apple a stranglehold (and slice of gross sales) for all software on the iOS platform.

Unsupported features at this time:

  • "Share page"

The iOS version currently uses a toolbar similar to the web app version; this is different from Android where there's a popup menu for the special Android menu key.