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When Wikipedia is down, you can find many articles from the following sources. Links given here are to the main page and to the Current events page, to see how up-to-date the contents are.

All language versions

English, Simple English and French version

English version

As of June 2007, the most up-to-date are:

Also fairly up-to-date (some more than a month old):

Not so up-date:

Not yet checked on being up-to-date:

The first part (ca. 230 characters, sometimes less) of basically each article, linked to the full current article, can be found on:

Deutsch (German)

Nederlandstalige versie (Dutch)

Francais (French)

日本語 (Japanese)

Traditional Chinese

Espanol (Spanish)

Euskara (Basque)

Italiano (Italian)

Portugues (Portuguese)

Polski (Polish)

Svenska (Swedish)

Dansk (Danish)

Suomi (Finnish)

עברית (Hebrew)

Русский (Russian)

Being up-to-date

A cached copy need not be the latest version, of course.

Sites that show when a page was updated:

Also the Current Events article may give an indication of how recent the cached copy is (although it is possible that this page is more frequently refreshed than other pages), see the links above.

For OneLook see


PhatNav has its own copy of all images. NationMaster and OneLook have no images, 4reference and TutorGig have some. In each case image captions are shown anyway. Onelook shows alternate text, TutorGig also "No image" with the file name. Except in the latter case the result may be somewhat confusing. Google and t-st load images from the Wikipedia server, so they are not shown when that is down. Google has a separate cache for images (small versions only), so one can do a separate search for the image.

Browse Wikipedia images with thumbnails in Google cache: png jpg gif


For TeX the code is shown, not the rendered image, except in the case of Google (see Images).


Only Google and PhatNav have pages in all namespaces, the others have pages in the main namespace only. Apparently accidentally, some pages in other namespaces are included: some Talk pages, and some User and User Talk pages in the case that there is also an article with the same name. They have titles without "Talk:", etc., and are there at the expense of the article itself; e.g., compare [18] with [19].

The image description pages in PhatNav wrongly mention "There are no pages that link to this image." and do not link to the image itself.

Phatnav includes the editable parts of categories, but even Phatnav does not show the pages a category contains, while pages do not show to which categories they belong.


Google, TutorGig, PhatNav and explanation-Guide allow full-text searching. NationMaster also, but it does not give the page with the search term itself as title!

PhatNav allows specifying the namespaces to be searched, but this and specifying the requested number of search results reset each other, therefore one can better use the URL: to search all namespaces use [20] with "xxx" in the URL replaced by the search term.

Note that finding a phrase on TheFreeDictionary with Google is affected by the pop-ups: these texts are considered to be inserted in the main text. Thus one finds a page which just links to the page one is looking for (if the search text is in the beginning of the article, hence in its pop-up text), but not an article whose own text contains the search phrase, but with e.g. the first word being a link (due the inserted pop-up text there is no match).

Internal Wikipedia links

In a page cached by Google, the link is to the original Wikipedia page and can therefore not be directly used when Wikipedia is down (to get the cached copy of the linked page, check its title and do a new search for it); OneLook has no links; for the others, the link is to the cached copy of the other page and can therefore be used directly.

External links work in all cases.


4reference and t-st do not contain redirect pages; links to redirect pages have been removed. In NationMaster redirects work; the page to which is redirected gets the title of the redirect page, and there is no message about the redirect. This may be confusing when the redirect is not to a synonym but a related term. In TutorGig and OneLook redirects work also, and the page to which is redirected shows its own title. The message "Redirected from ... " is never shown.

Page history

The caches do not contain page histories.

"What links here"

Google can give web pages (not necessarily all) linking to a given web page, hence also those linking to a Wikipedia page. These are often also Wikipedia pages, but there may also be external ones.

Copy of Wiktionary

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