Install GoldenDict in Ubuntu - An Excellent Offline Dictionary for GNU/Linux!

Both Gnome and KDE desktops come with dictionaries of their own. But the problem with those applications is that, they require you to have an internet connection. But if you don't have an internet connection all the time and would like to have an offline dictionary that can be used on anywhere (even in hell, where no Wi-Fi is present :) ) then GoldenDict is one of the best without a doubt!.

Although I said for GNU/Linux in the title, but this can be used on MS Windows as well. The interface is written using Qt 4 and I gotta say, it looks really good. With GoldenDict you can use Wikipedia (known for painfully long, boring articles :P) or any other online websites that supports the MediaWiki framework for online lookups if you like. It supports various languages + translations as well. A pretty powerful app.

But if you prefer it to behave as an offline dictionary, then you'll have to manually download a dictionary for that (there are both paid and completely free dictionaries... both are excellent according to users). If you use Ubuntu 11.04/10.10/10.04, etc then you can install GoldenDict by entering the below command in your Terminal.
sudo apt-get install goldendict

Then, as said before you have to install a dictionary afterward. You can find all the proper instructions on this GoldenDict dictionary page concerning that.


Anonymous said...

Need help. I am not able to use the dictionary without net connection.

Gayan said...


No worries mate. You can easily (somewhat) setup GoldenDict as an offline dictionary as well.

Since the procedure needs little explanation, please use the below link (an article that I wrote in my new website) which explains the procedure (scroll to the middle section, if you're impatient :D).

Good luck.

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