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April 24, 2019

Installing dictionaries in GNU IceCat

If you’re using the web browser GNU IceCat you might have noticed that you can’t just click on any dictionary to install it.

The message you're greeted with when trying to one-click install a dictionary in GNU IceCat
The message you're greeted with when trying to one-click install a dictionary in GNU IceCat

It took me a while to figure it out, but thankfully the solution is fairly easy. All I had to was to manually download the dictionary, extract it and then copy two files to the correct folder.

Instructions

  1. Start by downloading the dictionary from the website http://dictionaries.mozdev.org/installation.html or whichever source you may use.

    I had issues with just right-clicking and saving. I had to copy the link and then use wget to be able to download the file.

  2. Unpack the archive using unzip (or any other archiving tool of choice):

     $ unzip <file>.xpi
    

    unzip will unpack the files from the archive all over the folder that you’re currently standing in. I highly suggest you putting the archive in a temorary folder for easier management.

  3. Copy the two files <lang>.aff and <lang>.dic to the folder dictionaries that’s located in your IceCat folder.

    Where that folder is located might depend on how you installed GNU IceCat. I manually installed it at ~/.local/bin/icecat, so I moved the files to ~/.local/bin/icecat/dictionaries/.

  4. You then have to restart GNU IceCat for it to notice the new dictionary.

Tags: GNU_IceCat

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