Install GoldenDict

GoldenDict is a computer shell which can read and organize dictionaries of different formats.

The original GoldenDict was in a dormant state for a long period, though it still can be used. All new features are implemented in a fork supported by a user @xiaoyifang. New versions of this edition are regularly released on GitHub. However, be aware that some dictionaries from our collection, especially “html dictionaries”, are not yet compatible with xiaoyifang’s version. Files in Slob format should work fine though.

Add dictionaries to GoldenDict

In order to use dictionaries from this website you should make few simple steps:

  1. Take the most recent version of a dictionary from the Release section. Choose files with “zip” extension and ignore “Source code”.
  2. Downloaded file is an archive which should be extracted. For example, dictionary Dumesnil1819 v1.1.3 contains folder “Dumesnil1819”. Save this folder with files on your computer.
  3. In GoldenDict, open menu Edit > Dictionaries.
  4. Switch to the tabs Sources > Files (it should be shown by default; see image below).
  5. Press button “Add…” and open the folder of the dictionary. Press “OK” to confirm, and you will see how the dictionary is being indexed.
  6. Everything is ready and you could start looking for words, e.g. “amor”.

Note: if you organized dictionaries into groups (menu Edit > Dictionaries, tab Groups), then the new dictionary will not be added automatically. In such a case, on the step 4 in place of “OK” press “Apply”, then on the tab Groups add new dictionary into the desired group.

HTML dictionaries

This type of dictionaries works similar to websites:

  1. Download the most recent version of the dictionary.
  2. Extract files from the archive.
  3. In GoldenDict, open menu Edit > Dictionaries.
  4. Switch to the tab Websites.
  5. Press button “Add…” and fill new item:
    • enabled: ☑ (on);
    • as link: ☑ (on);
    • name: on your choice (does not matter);
    • address: file:///C:/Users/user/Documents/Eulexis-html/index.html (adapt it to the real path to “index.html”; it should start with ‘file:///’; use “forward” slashs instead of backslash).

Updating dictionary

If you are updating an old dictionary, simply replace it with files from new release. Then open menu File > Rescan Files.