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Collection of normalized and easily installable hunspell dictionaries. Useful with nodehun, nspell, and others.


See each of the below packages for install guidelines.


Note that normal, canonical, and preferred BCP-47 codes are used. To illustrate, as American English and Brazilian Portuguese are the most common types of English and Portuguese respectively, they get the codes en and pt.

Important: this project itself is MIT, but each index.dic and index.aff file still has its original license!

In total 90 dictionaries are provided.

Name Description License
dictionary-bg Bulgarian (GPL-2.0 OR LGPL-2.1 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-br Breton (GPL-2.0 OR LGPL-2.1 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-ca Catalan (GPL-2.0 OR LGPL-2.1)
dictionary-ca-valencia Catalan (Valencian) (GPL-2.0 OR LGPL-2.1)
dictionary-cs Czech GPL-2.0
dictionary-da Danish (GPL-2.0 OR LGPL-2.1 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-de German (GPL-2.0 OR GPL-3.0)
dictionary-de-at German (Austria) (GPL-2.0 OR GPL-3.0)
dictionary-de-ch German (Switzerland) (GPL-2.0 OR GPL-3.0)
dictionary-el Modern Greek (GPL-2.0 OR LGPL-2.1 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-el-polyton Modern Greek (Polytonic Greek) GPL-3.0
dictionary-en English (MIT AND BSD)
dictionary-en-au English (Australia) (MIT AND BSD)
dictionary-en-ca English (Canada) (MIT AND BSD)
dictionary-en-gb English (United Kingdom) (MIT AND BSD)
dictionary-en-za English (South Africa) LGPL-2.1
dictionary-eo Esperanto GPL-2.0
dictionary-es Spanish (or Castilian) (GPL-3.0 OR LGPL-3.0 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-es-ar Spanish (or Castilian; Argentina) (GPL-3.0 OR LGPL-3.0 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-es-bo Spanish (or Castilian; Bolivia) (GPL-3.0 OR LGPL-3.0 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-es-cl Spanish (or Castilian; Chile) (GPL-3.0 OR LGPL-3.0 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-es-co Spanish (or Castilian; Colombia) (GPL-3.0 OR LGPL-3.0 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-es-cr Spanish (or Castilian; Costa Rica) (GPL-3.0 OR LGPL-3.0 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-es-cu Spanish (or Castilian; Cuba) (GPL-3.0 OR LGPL-3.0 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-es-do Spanish (or Castilian; Dominican Republic) (GPL-3.0 OR LGPL-3.0 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-es-ec Spanish (or Castilian; Ecuador) (GPL-3.0 OR LGPL-3.0 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-es-gt Spanish (or Castilian; Guatemala) (GPL-3.0 OR LGPL-3.0 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-es-hn Spanish (or Castilian; Honduras) (GPL-3.0 OR LGPL-3.0 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-es-mx Spanish (or Castilian; Mexico) (GPL-3.0 OR LGPL-3.0 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-es-ni Spanish (or Castilian; Nicaragua) (GPL-3.0 OR LGPL-3.0 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-es-pa Spanish (or Castilian; Panama) (GPL-3.0 OR LGPL-3.0 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-es-pe Spanish (or Castilian; Peru) (GPL-3.0 OR LGPL-3.0 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-es-ph Spanish (or Castilian; Philippines) (GPL-3.0 OR LGPL-3.0 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-es-pr Spanish (or Castilian; Puerto Rico) (GPL-3.0 OR LGPL-3.0 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-es-py Spanish (or Castilian; Paraguay) (GPL-3.0 OR LGPL-3.0 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-es-sv Spanish (or Castilian; El Salvador) (GPL-3.0 OR LGPL-3.0 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-es-us Spanish (or Castilian; United States) (GPL-3.0 OR LGPL-3.0 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-es-uy Spanish (or Castilian; Uruguay) (GPL-3.0 OR LGPL-3.0 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-es-ve Spanish (or Castilian; Venezuela) (GPL-3.0 OR LGPL-3.0 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-et Estonian LGPL-2.1
dictionary-eu Basque GPL-2.0
dictionary-fa Persian Apache-2.0
dictionary-fo Faroese (GPL-2.0 OR LGPL-2.1 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-fr French MPL-2.0
dictionary-fur Friulian GPL-2.0
dictionary-fy Western Frisian GPL-3.0
dictionary-ga Irish GPL-2.0
dictionary-gd Scottish Gaelic (or Gaelic) GPL-3.0
dictionary-gl Galician GPL-3.0
dictionary-he Hebrew AGPL-3.0
dictionary-hr Croatian (LGPL-2.1 OR SISSL)
dictionary-hu Hungarian (GPL-2.0 OR LGPL-2.1 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-hy Armenian (GPL-2.0 OR LGPL-2.1 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-hyw Western Armenian (GPL-2.0 OR LGPL-2.1 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-ia Interlingua GPL-3.0
dictionary-ie Interlingue (or Occidental) Apache-2.0
dictionary-is Icelandic CC-BY-SA-3.0
dictionary-it Italian GPL-3.0
dictionary-ka Georgian MIT
dictionary-ko Korean (GPL-2.0 OR LGPL-2.1 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-la Latin GPL-2.0
dictionary-lb Luxembourgish (or Letzeburgesch) EUPL-1.1
dictionary-lt Lithuanian BSD-3-Clause
dictionary-ltg Latgalian LGPL-2.1
dictionary-lv Latvian LGPL-2.1
dictionary-mk Macedonian GPL-3.0
dictionary-mn Mongolian GPL-2.0
dictionary-nb Norwegian Bokmål GPL-2.0
dictionary-nds Low German (or Low Saxon) GPL-3.0
dictionary-ne Nepali LGPL-2.1
dictionary-nl Dutch (or Flemish) (BSD-3-Clause OR CC-BY-3.0)
dictionary-nn Norwegian Nynorsk GPL-2.0
dictionary-pl Polish (GPL-3.0 OR LGPL-3.0 OR MPL-2.0)
dictionary-pt Portuguese (LGPL-3.0 OR MPL-2.0)
dictionary-pt-pt Portuguese (Portugal) (GPL-2.0 OR LGPL-2.1 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-ro Romanian (or Moldavian; or Moldovan) (GPL-2.0 OR LGPL-2.1 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-ru Russian LGPL-3.0
dictionary-rw Kinyarwanda GPL-3.0
dictionary-sk Slovak (GPL-2.0 OR LGPL-2.1 OR MPL-1.1)
dictionary-sl Slovenian (GPL-3.0 OR LGPL-2.1)
dictionary-sr Serbian (GPL-2.0 OR LGPL-2.1 OR MPL-1.1 OR CC-BY-SA-3.0)
dictionary-sr-latn Serbian (Latin script) (GPL-2.0 OR LGPL-2.1 OR MPL-1.1 OR CC-BY-SA-3.0)
dictionary-sv Swedish LGPL-3.0
dictionary-sv-fi Swedish (Finland) LGPL-3.0
dictionary-tk Turkmen Apache-2.0
dictionary-tlh Klingon (or tlhIngan Hol) Apache-2.0
dictionary-tlh-latn Klingon (or tlhIngan Hol; Latin script) Apache-2.0
dictionary-tr Turkish MIT
dictionary-uk Ukrainian GPL-3.0
dictionary-vi Vietnamese GPL-2.0


Each dictionary can be installed on OS X by following this StackExchange answer.


I’ve only tested this on macOS, but there you at least need to install:

  • wget: brew install wget (crawling)
  • hunspell: brew install hunspell (many dictionaries)
  • coreutils: brew install coreutils (many dictionaries)
  • ispell: brew install ispell (German)

Note that the GNU replacements should be setup in PATH to overwrite macOS defaults.


Dictionaries can be added if they:

  • have a significant affix file (not just a .dic file)
  • have an open source license
  • are convertible to UTF-8 with iconv(1)

The crawling and building is done in script/ Add code there, similar to the existing ones, to include new dictionaries.


MIT © Titus Wormer

See license files in each dictionary for the licensing of index.dic and index.aff files.

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