Adding a dictionary to Dictionary app

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Sarsay, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. Sarsay macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2011
    Hello there,

    Since English is not my mother tongue I often find myself in need of a non-English dictionary on my Mac. After all these years I just find it stupid that Apple never provided other languages' dictionaries on MacOSX. :eek:

    Do you know a way to add a new language to the Dictionary app, maybe an Italian dictionary for example?

    Thanks very much :)
  2. MareoRaft macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2005
    italian dictionary

    I found a very good Italian Dictionary. Mind you, it is NOT an Italian-English dictionary. It gives Italian definitions to Italian words. It is here:


    It appears the same people have made an english-italian dictionary "inglese-italiano" dictionary. This one translates FROM english TO italian. one way. it is here:
  3. cool11 macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2006
    After upgrading to sierra, it seems that I have lost all my installed dictionaries I had through the years, for use with Dictionary.
    How can I add/download additional dictionaries for offline use with Dictionary?
  4. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    You should be storing them in ~/Library/Dictionaries/ (The Dictionary app menu has a button that takes you there under File)

    Here are some from Github I came across the other day:
  5. iDemiurge macrumors 6502


    Feb 7, 2011
    Sierra no longer comes with all the languages pre-installed. Other dictionaries are downloaded as needed and are stored in ~/System/Library/Assets/

    Adding extra dictionaries to ~/Library/Dictionaries/ however continues to work
  6. cool11 macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2006
    Thanks for your posts.

    How downloading from github should be done?
    I mean, I expected to download something like a zip file, but in the last links in these paths, I see just some files.
    Should I download each file separately?
    And they also have the same names, so I can't tell how all these multiple dictionaries could be organized.
    For example see just 2 of them:

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