Goldendict: A Feature-rich Dictionary Lookup Linux Program

last updated in Categories Open Source, Reviews

Goldendict is a cross-platform (Linux/Unix/MS-Windows/Apple OS X) and dictionary lookup app written in QT. This application support of multiple dictionary file formats. The program can search Wikipedia, Wiktionary, or any other MediaWiki based sites to perform lookups. You can listen to pronunciations for any word or setup text to speech to read out pronunciations. The dictionary also provides word stemming and spelling suggestions. You can also use this program to find out translations of words and phrases for different languages. A commercial mobile version is also available for Android based devices.

You need to install the following two packages:


[a] goldendict - a feature-rich dictionary lookup program.

[b] goldendict-wordnet – electronic lexical database of English language for dict.


Type the following command under Ubuntu / Debian Linux:
$ sudo apt-get install goldendict goldendict-wordnet
Sample outputs:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  goldendict goldendict-wordnet
0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 7 not upgraded.
Need to get 18.1 MB of archives.
After this operation, 19.8 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 squeeze/main goldendict amd64 0.9.1~git20100719-2 [1,063 kB]
Get:2 squeeze/main goldendict-wordnet all 1:3.0-24 [17.0 MB]
Fetched 17.2 MB in 52s (330 kB/s)                                         
Selecting previously deselected package goldendict.
(Reading database ... 327779 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking goldendict (from .../goldendict_0.9.1~git20100719-2_amd64.deb) ...
Selecting previously deselected package goldendict-wordnet.
Unpacking goldendict-wordnet (from .../goldendict-wordnet_1%3a3.0-24_all.deb) ...
Processing triggers for man-db ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus ...
Processing triggers for menu ...
Setting up goldendict (0.9.1~git20100719-2) ...
Setting up goldendict-wordnet (1:3.0-24) ...
Processing triggers for menu ...

How do I use goldendict?

Type the following command:
$ goldendict
Or visit the menu option:
Applications > Education > GoldenDict
Sample outputs:

Fig.01: GoldenDict in action
Fig.01: GoldenDict in action

Lookup a word called ‘panoply’:

Fig.02: GoldenDict lookup in action
Fig.02: GoldenDict lookup in action

You can also select any word and the app will match current selection as follows (know as popup scan) to display more information about selected word:

Fig.03: Look up pacha word using popup scan
Fig.03: Look up pacha word using popup scan

To setup dictionary and other options, Click on Edit > Preferences or Edit > Dictionary to setup options:

Download Goldendict

You can grab this tool from the following url:

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.


2 comment

Leave a Comment