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Dict OS X

Dict OS X is native application of Mac OS X. It's written in Objective-C with Cocoa API. It's aim is to be comfortable browser for dictionary data format used by project (There are dozens of available dictionaries in this format and lots of new ones are arising).
Other more detailed description, FAQ & TODO is distributed inside installation package (file Popis.rtfd - now only czech).

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This program is not anymore supported. Under Mac OS X Leopard you can use the native dictionary client with your own database of words. This is a recomended workflow replacing Dict OS X:

Custom off-line dictionary in Mac

Convert Stardict to Apple Mac OS X built-in Dictionary client

You can convert any stardict dictionary into the format supported by native Apple Then the stardict dictionary appear in the Mac OS X 10.5+ in Services menu, in a Dashboard as well as in the standard /Applications/ client.
Such dictionary you can also use when you are not connected to the Internet.

There is a mac application DictUnifier and sdconv command line utility doing this conversion.

A huge collection of dictionaries is available here, so download and run the DictUnifier is usually enough.

Available dictionaries

Today in the installation package (.dmg) are these dictionaries: But you could use a lot of dictionaries right now, simply by downloading data prepared for dictd server (eg. files .dict[.dz], and .index) from web sites -- for example from or from and other sites.
Good source of prepared dictionaries are also some debian packages, which you may extract by Fink project under Mac OS X.


This project was created for czech competition named
"Programujte pro jablko a jedno vyhrajte!".

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Web page was created by Klokan Petr Pridal (founder of the project).