goldendict(1) a feature-rich dictionary lookup program




Goldendict is a cross-platform and international dictionary written in QT.


  • Use of WebKit for an accurate articles' representation, complete with all formatting, colors, images and links.
  • Support of multiple dictionary file formats, namely:
  • Babylon .BGL files, complete with images and resources
  • StarDict .ifo/.dict./.idx/.syn dictionaries
  • Dictd .index/.dict(.dz) dictionary files
  • ABBYY Lingvo .dsl source files, together with abbreviations. The files can be optionally compressed with dictzip. Dictionary res-urces can be packed together into a .zip file.
  • ABBYY Lingvo .lsa/.dat audio archives. Those can be indexed separately, -r be referred to from .dsl files.
  • Support for Wikipedia, Wiktionary, or any other MediaWiki-based sites to perform lookups in.
  • Ability to use arbitrary websites as dictionaries via templated Url patterns.
  • Hunspell-based morphology system, used for word stemming and spelling suggestions.
  • Ability to index arbitrary directories with audio files for pronunciation lookups.
  • Full Unicode case, diacritics, punctuation and whitespace folding. This means the ability to type in words without any accents, correct case, punctuation or spaces (e.g. typing 'Grussen' would yield 'gru.╬▓en' in German dictionaries).
  • Scan popup functionality. A small window pops up with the translation of a word chosen from another application.
  • Support for global hotkeys. You can spawn the program window at any point, or directly translate a word from the clipboard.
  • Tabbed browsing in a modern Qt 4 interface.


Copyright (c) 2008-2009 Konstantin Isakov [email protected]

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.


For bugreports into upstream use forum <>.

If You use goldendict under Debian, You can submit a bugreport upto Debian-BTS. For additional information use the link: <>.

This manpage was written by Dmitry E. Oboukhov [email protected] for Debian project.