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PyGtkSpellcheck is a simple but quite powerful Python spell checking library for GtkTextViews which supports PyGtk and PyGObject as well as Python 2 and 3. The spellchecking is based on Enchant.
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A simple but quite powerful spellchecking library written in pure Python for Gtk based on Enchant. It supports PyGObject as well as PyGtk for Python 2 and 3 with automatic switching and binding detection. For automatic translation of the user interface it can use Gedit’s translation files.


  • localized names of the available languages
  • supports word, line and multiple line ignore regular expressions
  • supports ignore custom tags on GtkTextBuffer
  • enable and disable of spellchecking with preferences memory
  • supports hotswap of GtkTextBuffers
  • PyGObject and PyGtk compatible with automatic detection
  • Python 2 and 3 supportas Enchant, support for Hunspell (LibreOffice) and Aspell (GNU) dictionaries
  • extract dictionaries out of LibreOffice extension files
  • legacy API for Python GtkSpell


The documentation is available at Read the Docs.


Checkout the official project website.


This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

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