FreeDict - free bilingual dictionaries
The FreeDict project aims at providing free (open source) dictionary databases, to be used both by humans and machines
The official home is at http://freedict.org. This page details how to get and use the dictionaries. This document lists some resources if you want to develop and build the dictionaries yourself.
This repository only contains dictionaries which are not auto-imported, so which were converted once or written by hand. If you are searching for all dictionary sources, you should instead go to https://freedict.org/downloads, where you find the latest source releases of all dictionaries. Auto-imported dictionaries can also be found at https://download.freedict.org/generated.
All dictionaries are encoded in TEI (version 5) which is a flexible XML format to encode human speech. The FreeDict project provides dictionaries but also style sheets to convert the TEI databases into human-readable formats.
The development documentation is in our wiki at https://github.com/freedict/fd-dictionaries/wiki.
You can install precompiled dictionaries on GNU/Linux distributions like Debian (and all derived distributions as Ubuntu, Mint, etc.) and Arch Linux. Please have a look at your package manager.
If you still want to build from source and you don't want to read the wiki, here's a really quick getting started guide:
- Get https://github.com/freedict/tools, clone it to a path without spaces
and set an environment variable called
- Change to your dictionary, try
make help. For building
makeshould be enough, at least if you have both tei2slob and xsltproc installed. It's also possible to disable some of the output formats, ask our friendly buildsystem for help: