Install StarDict and Setup Dictionaries on Ubuntu

Last updated: April 21, 2024

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.

NOTE: StarDict does NOT launch in current Ubuntu 22.04 due to this bug. So this tutorial does no longer work until the bug is fixed!

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


Install StarDict in Ubuntu:

StarDict is available in system repositories for all current Ubuntu versions. Simply launch Ubuntu Software or App Center, then just search and install the ‘stardict’ package:

For choice, you can press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal, then run the command below instead to install it:

sudo apt install stardict

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.