GoldenDict is a feature-rich dictionary lookup program, supporting multiple dictionary formats (StarDict/Babylon/Lingvo/Dictd/AARD/MDict/SDict) and online dictionaries, featuring perfect article rendering with the complete markup, illustrations and other content retained, and allowing you to type in words without any accents or correct case.
This code has been run and tested on Windows XP/Vista/7, Ubuntu Linux, Mac OS X.
- Make, GCC, Git
- Qt framework. Minimum required version is 4.6. But Qt 4.7 or 4.8 is recommended.
- Qt Creator IDE is recommended for development
- Various libraries on Linux (png, zlib, etc)
- On Mac and Windows all the libraries are already included in the repository
Installing External Deps on Ubuntu Linux
sudo apt-get install git pkg-config build-essential qt4-qmake \ libvorbis-dev zlib1g-dev libhunspell-dev x11proto-record-dev \ libqt4-dev libqtwebkit-dev libxtst-dev liblzo2-dev libbz2-dev \ libao-dev libavutil-dev libavformat-dev libtiff5-dev libeb16-dev
Installing External Deps on Ubuntu Linux for Qt5
sudo apt-get install git pkg-config build-essential qt5-qmake \ libvorbis-dev zlib1g-dev libhunspell-dev x11proto-record-dev \ qtdeclarative5-dev libxtst-dev liblzo2-dev libbz2-dev \ libao-dev libavutil-dev libavformat-dev libtiff5-dev libeb16-dev \ libqt5webkit5-dev libqt5svg5-dev libqt5x11extras5-dev qttools5-dev \ qttools5-dev-tools qtmultimedia5-dev libqt5multimedia5-plugins
How to build
First, clone this repository, e.g.:
git clone git://github.com/goldendict/goldendict.git
And then invoke
cd goldendict && qmake-qt4 && make
In case when
qmake-qt4 does not exist, try using
qmake but make sure it is indeed from the Qt 4 installation.
On the other hand, if you want to use
qt5, make sure that
qmake is from Qt 5 installation. If not, you can try
finding it at a path like
Alternatively, you might want to load
goldendict.pro file from within Qt Creator, especially on Windows.
Note: To compile with
libhunspell older than 1.5 pass
Building with Chinese conversion support
To add Chinese conversion support you need at first install libopencc-dev package:
sudo apt-get install libopencc-dev
Building with Zim dictionaries support
To add Zim and Slob formats support you need at first install lzma-dev and zstd-dev packages:
sudo apt-get install liblzma-dev libzstd-dev
Building without extra tiff handler
If you have problem building with libtiff5-dev package, you can pass
qmake in order to disable extra tiff support
(without such extra support some b/w tiff images will not be displayed):
Building without Epwing format support
If you have problem building with libeb-dev package, you can pass
qmake in order to disable Epwing format support
Building without internal audio players
If you have problem building with FFmpeg/libao (for example, Ubuntu older than 12.04), you can pass
qmake in order to disable FFmpeg+libao internal audio player back end:
If you have problem building with Qt5 Multimedia or experience GStreamer run-time errors (for example, Ubuntu 14.04), you can pass
qmake in order to disable Qt Multimedia internal audio player back end:
NB: All additional settings for
qmake that you need must be combined in one
qmake launch, for example:
qmake "CONFIG+=zim_support" "CONFIG+=no_extra_tiff_handler" "CONFIG+=no_ffmpeg_player"
make clean before
make because the setting change:
make clean && make
Building under Windows with MS Visual Studio
To build GoldenDict with Visual Studio take one of next library packs and unpack it to
"winlibs/lib/msvc" folder in GoldenDict sources folder.
GoldenDict_libs_VS2013_x86_v4.7z - for MS Visual Studio 2013, 32 bit
GoldenDict_libs_VS2013_x64_v4.7z - for MS Visual Studio 2013, 64 bit
GoldenDict_libs_VS2015_x86_v4.7z - for MS Visual Studio 2015, 32 bit
GoldenDict_libs_VS2015_x64_v4.7z - for MS Visual Studio 2015, 64 bit
To create project files for Visual Studio you can pass
"-tp vc" option to
Note: In Qt 5.6.0 and later the
Webkit module was removed from official release builds. You should to build it from sources to compile GoldenDict.
Installation is an optional step since the built binary can be used as-is without installation. But you can properly install via:
NB: Don't do that on Windows!
You can uninstall via:
This project is licensed under the GNU GPLv3+ license, a copy of which can be found in the
Users looking for support should file an issue in the official GoldenDict issue tracker, or even better: submit a pull request if you have a fix available. General questions should be asked on the official GoldenDict forum.