Install StarDict and Setup Dictionaries on Ubuntu

July 5, 2013 — 1 Comment

This simple tutorial is going to show you how to install StarDict and set up dictionaries on Ubuntu System. It’s useful for students and others.

StarDict is a free dictionary lookup program. Works on Windows, Linux and Mac, off-line or international.


Install StartDict:

Search for and install stardict package in Ubuntu Software Center. Works on Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy, 13.04 Raring, 12.10 Quantal, 12.04 Precise, and 10.04 Lucid.


Download and install dictionaries:

You can download Babylon (.bgl) dictionaries from: If instead of .bgl files you are getting .exe installers, use 7Zip to extract them.

To setup dictionaries for StarDict, extract the downloaded packages and move them into /usr/share/stardict/dic/.

Press Alt+F2, type and run gksudo nautilus to open file browser as root, then do the previous copy and paste things.


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One response to Install StarDict and Setup Dictionaries on Ubuntu

  1. Thank you so much. this really helped me.

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