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Anki is a program which makes remembering things easy. Because it is a lot more efficient than traditional study methods, you can either greatly decrease your time spent studying, or greatly increase the amount you learn.

Anyone who needs to remember things in their daily life can benefit from Anki. Since it is content-agnostic and supports images, audio, videos and scientific markup (via LaTeX), the possibilities are endless. For example:

  • learning a language
  • studying for medical and law exams
  • memorizing people's names and faces
  • brushing up on geography
  • mastering long more...

What's New

Version 2.0.26:
  • Fix more crashes on Macs.
  • Fix pasting from office applications on Macs.
  • Fix recorded audio playing back at wrong speed on Mac computers that couldn't record at CD quality.
  • Fix cloze markers appearing on cards when multiple cloze fields were listed in the template on a single line.
  • Fixes to source code tests, thanks to ispedals and more...


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Low Flyer Member IconComment+52
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Version 2.0.8 is available on the developer's site.
Why does MU still sticks to v1.2.8 ?

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Version 1.2.8
Negritude Member IconComment+1082

FYI, for PPC or Tiger, download the older machine build from the developer web site:


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Version 1.2.8
xati-ba Member IconReview+237

Excellent overall. It has helped me a lot for Kanji practice, which according to the name and image featured on this page, seems to be what it was designed for.

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Version 1.2.7
PorkPieHat Member IconComment+0

Can anyone offer some insight on why Anki weighs in at 64.1 MB, yet most other flashcard apps are less than 1 MB? Out of the 863 apps I have used and archived over the years, only 11 are that large or larger, which makes me think this very kind and generous developer is nevertheless a novice, though I could be wrong.

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Version 1.2.6

Definitely, Anki's developer is not a novice. :)

Anki is a very powerful, cross-platform application and therefore bundles various heavy (in size) frameworks and libraries. If you take a look at Anki.app you see the following:

- Python 102 MB
- MPlayer 20MB
- Qt 63 MB

Approximately, this leaves 7 MB for Anki "itself". If these libraries were not used, there would be a less powerful and less cross-platform Anki or probably no Anki at all.

If a native OS X application had to bundle all of its frameworks and libraries (which are already contained in your OS X installation), I expect it to be quite large also. And still, it would not be cross-platform...

ehd Member IconReview+86

Excellent software at an incredible price. Teachers! This software would be very useful to get your students to remember facts/low-level knowledge. It is cross-platform so your linux, windows students can use it too. Extremely useful and well-done. This can help relieve some teaching time for teaching facts so that you can devote to higher level teaching (e.g. analysis and critical thinking).

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Version 1.0
Talazem Member IconReview+16

This is deep learning software, for people who are serious about memorization and learning. Over the years, I have used a number of scheduled learning programs, also knows as "spaced repetition" software, from SuperMemo (back on Windows and Windows-based Pocket PC's) to Genius to Mnemosyne. In my experience, Anki surpasses them all as total experience.

If you want a light "flash-card" type program for occasional fun, or one-off study, then many of the others (many of which are also free or shareware) will suffice. But if you are looking for long-term learning and memory retention, look no further. Such programs are often used to study languages, but surprisingly some pieces of software can't correctly handle full unicode, or Right-to-Left languages (like Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Urdu, etc.). Anki can handle all such "difficulties" easily.

I have been using this software for nearly a year on my Mac and my iPhone (through Cydia). The syncing is perfect, and the ability to enter my cards and set my own custom parameters for daily study on the computer, and then to study wherever I am using my iPhone, has been indispensable in my learning/review process.

The developer's support is legendary, and the forums have many, many dedicated and helpful people willing to lend a hand. Plugins have been developed that allow ever further customization. As I mentioned at the beginning of the review, the software is "deep" -- the ability to customize, of course, means there is a bit of a learning curve if you want full control. That being said, you can use it "straight out of the box" quite easily, especially for mere vocabulary memorization.

The software is released kindly by the developer as open source (though donations are accepted, and which he deserves). At the time of this review, he apparently is planning a native iPhone version which will be charged for (which, after the thousands of hours of his freely giving of his time, he also well deserves). If you are in the market for spaced repetition software--to learn languages, memorize long passages, or remember facts--you owe it to yourself to try Anki. There is definitely "shinier" flash card programs out there, that use all the bells and whistles of the Mac Cocoa visual experience. That being said, this is both functionally and aesthetically well-designed software, but most importantly the learning it facilitates is unsurpassed.

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Version 1.2.8
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Version 1.2.7
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Downloads 10,377
Version Downloads 466
License Free
Date 10 May 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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