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Telugu Wikipedia
Telugu Wikipedia Logo
Type of site
Internet encyclopedia project
Available in Telugu
Headquarters Miami, Florida
Owner Wikimedia Foundation
Slogan(s) స్వేచ్ఛా విజ్ఞాన సర్వస్వము (Free encyclopedia)
Commercial No
Registration Optional
Launched December 10, 2003 (2003-12-10)
Current status online
Content license

The Telugu Wikipedia was started on 10 December 2003 by Venna Nagarjuna, renowned for Padma, a system for transforming text in Indic scripts between various public and proprietary formats. As of 28 August 2016, the article count stood at 65,048 and is fifth among the Indian language Wikipedias, next to Hindi, Urdu, Tamil and Newar.[1]

Initial growth

In 2005, Hindi Wikipedia received a much-needed initial thrust when pioneers Chava Kiran, Akkineni Pradeep, Satya, Veeven and Charivari joined (Charivari later spearheaded e-Telugu campaign). Vyzas Satya planned and executed a project to have stubs for districts, mandals and Telugu movies with the help of a bot. The stubs were expanded into articles with the help of several volunteers from the Telugu online/blogging community. Charivari translated and drafted many of the initial working policies. Pradeep wrote scripts to automate many of the mundane tasks. The article count went up to 6000.


A symbiotic relationship fostered by the initial Telugu blogger-Wikipedian members with the larger Telugu online community proved to be a big boon for Telugu Wikipedia's initial growth. Having gained initial momentum, it was furthered by committed members like Kasubabu, Dr Rajasekhar, Chandrakantha Rao, Ravichandra, Veeven, Kasyap, Rahamtulla and Sujatha. Wikipedia was promoted through book fairs at Hyderabad and Vijayawada with active support from the e-Telugu organization and the local-language media. This generated a lot of interest among the general public

Telugu Wiktionary is another notable project, with a major contribution from Sujatha. Brown's English-Telugu dictionary was incorporated into Telugu Wiktionary in its entirety using a bot script written by another pioneer Telugu Wikipedian, Makineni Pradeep.

In 2010, e-zine called was started to share behind scenes stories of Telugu Wiki sites and wiki Editors.

Telugu wiki academies were initiated in 2009 to create more awareness in Engineering and MCA colleges in small towns of Andhra Pradesh.

In 2012, another effort was made to revitalize the Wikipedia. The community for the first time had organized a two-day celebration in Hyderabad during 10–11 April 2013, coinciding with the start of Telugu New year.[2]
and now all entire Telugu Wikipedia is made available in Kiwix in offline also. You can download Kiwix for Windows and Android from here for free and you can download Telugu data dump from this link.

HMTV broadcast a documentary on Wikipedia Celebrations[3] Rajasekhar, Rahimanuddin, Malladi and Vishnuvardhan participated in a phone-in program about Wikipedia.[4][5]

Page Views

Page views of Telugu Wikipedia for October 2013 are at 2.1M. The highest recorded page views of 4.5M were for Feb 2010.

Fonts and input methods

One can learn how to type in Telugu on Telugu Wikimedia projects from this video

Any one of Unicode Telugu font input systems is fine for Telugu Wikipedia. Some people use inscript. Many use either Google phonetic transliteration or input facility Universal Language Selector provided on Telugu Wikipedia. Currently, Telugu Wikipedia is supported by Universal Language Selector (ULS), that offers both phonetic keyboard and InScript keyboard.


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