English dictionaries for Apache OpenOffice

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Dictionary, English, speller
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Wednesday, 5 June, 2013 - 04:29
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Compatible with OpenOffice 4: Yes
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English dictionaries for OpenOffice/LibreOffice 4.0+ in an individual extension.

These are the dictionary files bundled with the English version of Apache OpenOffice.

It includes:
- en_AU (Australian)(updated: 2016-03-14)
- en_CA (Canadian) (updated: 2016-01-19)
- en_GB (British) (updated: 2016-05-01)
- en_US (American) (updated: 2016-01-19)
- en_ZA (South African)(updated: 2012-07-10)

For help to install or extra information see: Proofing Tool GUI project
or use the mailing lists.

English dictionaries for Apache OpenOffice

Version Operating system Compatibility Release date
2016.05.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 28/04/2016 - 13:50 More information Download
2016.04.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 30/03/2016 - 03:02 More information Download
2016.03.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 27/02/2016 - 19:17 More information Download
2016.02.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 29/01/2016 - 07:51 More information Download
2016.01.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 30/12/2015 - 08:37 More information Download
2015.12.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 30/11/2015 - 03:22 More information Download
2015.10.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 29/09/2015 - 10:56 More information Download
2015.09.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 30/08/2015 - 13:04 More information Download
2015.08.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 30/07/2015 - 19:41 More information Download
2015.07.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 29/06/2015 - 14:13 More information Download
2015.06.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 30/05/2015 - 19:32 More information Download
2015.05.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 30/04/2015 - 04:43 More information Download
2015.04.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 29/03/2015 - 19:54 More information Download
2015.03.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 27/02/2015 - 12:51 More information Download
2015.02.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 31/01/2015 - 06:09 More information Download
2015.01.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 31/12/2014 - 04:32 More information Download
2014.12.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 01/12/2014 - 09:22 More information Download
2014.11.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 30/10/2014 - 20:25 More information Download
2014.10.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 29/09/2014 - 23:28 More information Download
2014.09.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 31/08/2014 - 19:19 More information Download
2014.07.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 30/06/2014 - 04:15 More information Download
2014.06.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 02/06/2014 - 05:04 More information Download
2014.02.10 System Independent 4.0 09/02/2014 - 20:08 More information Download
2014.01.01 System Independent 4.0 08/01/2014 - 09:22 More information Download
2013.07.31 System Independent 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.0 03/08/2013 - 05:06 More information Download
2010.03.16 System Independent 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 05/06/2013 - 04:39 More information Download


Thank you for all the effort to continually improve the dictionary - I have never had a problem updating

I would just like to say thank you for all the effort to update the dictionary with new words as an ongoing project -

Why is this file constantly being updated? It is not as if orthography in various English speaking countries is changing every now and then.

Moreover, there is no way to remove the update alert in the Open Office when you use it. I have installed this, and DO want to keep it, but I do NOT want to update it every couple of months and I certainly do not want the alert to flash in my programme once it is open.

Is there a way to get around to that? Have the application but not update it whenever you feel like adding something to it?

And, besides, what the hell is it that you are adding every 90-150 days? Some new click tracking thing? Kindly stop it.

I release monthly updates of the add-on because every month I add 600+ new words to British.

This is an endless process because I will never be able to add the entire vocabulary, but I always struggle hard to do my best.

I was asked if I wanted to update the dictionary on Open Office which I accepted. However, when arriving at the download page I find that my version of Open Office is not included - Open Office 4.1.2

I now realise the download is at the top right of the page.

Just get same problem with all recent updates of en lang extentions: installed is one 2015.10.01. During installation of newer ones (incl 2016.02.01) message 'an error occured during file opening' appears. Have placed file onto desktop, adminstrator rights allowed - nothing hepls. Same was with 2016.01.01 and maybe even earlier in Dec 2015.
AOO412m3(Build:9782) - Rev. 1709696
2015-10-21 09:53:29 (Mi, 21 Okt 2015).

PS a bit strange that date is indicated in probably German - I use Russian-lang localized version (menus are in Russian). And date is that of October, 2015 - same a s dict-en installed.

Have you tried unblocking the OXT with right-mouse click on it, properties and check "unblock"?

Have you followed all the steps?:

Yes, did all necessary things. Even opened Writer. Same error message appears. Should I delete previuos version (2015.10.01) first?
Additionally, tried to switch off (unsuccessfull) and delete (again - error message - 'error diruing opening file') installed version 2015.10.01. This is very strange.
Seems next step should be reinstallation of the entire package. Frankly - don't want to go though all this stuff.
Well seems error message during installation is related to deletion of 2015.10.01 - as attempt of initial deletion of this extention gives the same message.

Sorry but I don't have a clue :(

Here it works okay.

Anyway, AOO 4.2 is supposed to be released in February, which means it will bring the most recent dictionaries and maybe it will fix things.

Hi Im having difficulties uploading the dictionary. I download, go to extension manager, click on the file i have just downloaded then get an error message telling me that the dictionary does not exist. Any idea what I am doing wrong

Not 100% sure about this, but have you tried moving the OXT to the Desktop and only then going to Extension Manager and do the procedure?

Also, right-click on the OXT and there should be an checkbox to unblock the file (it was downloaded from the Internet).

Please tell me if this worked.


Hi Im having difficulties uploading the dictionary. I download, go to extension manager, click on the file i have just downloaded then get an error message telling me that the dictionary does not exist. Any idea what I am doing wrong

Upon reading this update's details, it appears that the U.S. content will not change. In fact, the last time the U.S. dictionary changed was with this version: 2015.09.01

Would like to know if anyone sees it differently.

Well, I update GB every month.

US + CA are updated by Kevin Atkinson and he doesn't release very often, although he updated both this month and will be available on the next OXT update which I will do on Friday.

Wait for Friday and GB + US + CA will have new versions.

Whenever I try to download it it just redirects itself to a new blank page which says about:blank. It does this every time and I am terribly confused as to how I'm supposed to download this when this is all it does? A note to add is that this is the only download that does this. I downloaded the Norwegian dictionary before this without fail. Went smoothly. But this one right here refuses to download with me.

I have just pressed the "Download" button and it worked.

Have you pressed the big "Download" button as explained here:

Where can I get ONLY the plug-ins without FileOpenerPro and the other added-in garbage?

There is no garbage in the English Extension.

The Extension is stored in SourceForge so make sure you DON'T click in anything there, or use the add-on ADBLOCK PLUS for Firefox that will hide all adverts there, making it safer to download stuff.

To Install the Update:

1. Download the update using the Download button at the top of the page, put it on your desktop or somewhere easy to find.

2. Inside OpenOffice Writer, go to Tools > Extension Manager

3. Click Add, find the dict-en.zip file (from desktop or where you put it)

4. Then it will ask if you want to install the update "Only for me", or "For all users". If you're not sure what that means, I'd recommend For all users.

Voila! That's it.

It's a shame that the download page doesn't give you the hint that you need to go to Tools > Extension Manager. It says to use File Open, but that doesn't work (anymore) with Open Office 4.1.1.

Hope this helps people!


For those who haven't noticed it, I created a page explaining it:

Thank you for explaining how to install the latest update. I was at a loss for what to do until I saw your comment.
You Rock!!!

Hi.What's the next step after choosing "Only for me" on step4 (as i am the only one using it).

The window was asking me if i want to Disable or Remove the included dictionaries/thesaurus on the English dictionaries for OpenOffice/LibreOffice 4.x and later (where it includes en_AU, en_CA, en_GB, en_US, en_ZA)

Please advise. I'm a little iffy what to select.


Thank you James

Hello James,

In the description of the extension, at the bottom, I have the text:
"For help installing or extra information, please visit: Proofing Tool GUI project"

It has a link to the Project where I also have a page with screenshots explaining step by step how to install.

Kind regards,
>Marco A.G.Pinto

Am receiving constant, multiple invitations to download the Subject: extension.
How do I turn off that intrusiveness?
Thanks for your reply.

In version 3 of Open Office I had no problem downloading Office Extensions: specifically English Dictionary.
In version 4 of Open Office, what worked in Office 3 was removed and replaced by a confusing array of
windows, an extension manager which does not download extensions (no matter what you do)---and
an "information overload" I would have to go to computer school to understand.
I have a limited computer background. My experience with other software is that you download it, update it
and it works without sending you to "Documents" wondering why the extension has not been integrated into the Open Office Program.
Essentially, something that worked flawlessly in Office 3 has been destroyed in Office 4, I always thought
technology was supposed to become better, not poorer. In Office 4 this is what has happened: it has become worse and poorer!!! Please let me know when your software returns to "normal working order".

Hey, reading this is nearly free.

The number of letters in a misspelled word seem to me to need to be increased.

Also if a letter repeats in a word and in different places then that letter may need to be removed from consideration in a separate rule for dictionary suggestions.

Also maybe also give suggestions on words that are tested against the dictionary from last letter first, a type of reverse search.

Here's my example.

This is the word I typed "througt"

The listed corrections are "through", "thorough"

Sad thing is the word I actually meant to type is "thought"

Say if there was a simple rule that checked from the end of a word as in checks T then G then U then O in "througt" to the beginning and matches that with words that have the same letter at the end then I bet the spellchecker would have offered "thought" as a choice as long as there is a wildcard included, just as in the two examples the present spellchecker gave me.

It's not a super big deal and I'm not complaining. It's a suggestion for anyone who contributes, or is thinking of contributing code to maybe try and code, test, and see if it truly helps. (I would if I already knew how to code past rudimentary C.)

Thanks for the app.

I understand what you mean, but the root of the problem is that Spelling Checkers are not enough by themselves. They can only suggest words they have in them, so even the best will give you the wrong words in some situations. For example, I constantly see "where" & "were", "then" & "than" and several other non-homonym words used incorrectly. The basic problem there is that all four words are spelled correctly, but used improperly. Spelling Checkers ONLY check spelling! A Grammar Checker ― if used properly ― will catch such mistakes and ― IF it has the words you want ― suggest the proper replacement. I'm seeing fewer grammar checkers ― probably because people don't like getting told they are wrong that often ― and a wide split between really good and really bad Spell Checkers, with almost none in between.

I haven't tried this Spell Checker, so I can't say, yet, if it is good or bad, but I hope it is good. Now, if we could get a good grammar checker to go with it and the thesaurus, we would be set! =^_^=

For a grammar checker use: https://languagetool.org/


All spellers use the Hunspell "engine" created my Németh László.

Only he can change the way it works.

The only thing I can do is add/remove words.

This whole idea of various versions of English seems simple enough to overcome. I have said for many years: "Americans speak "American", Australians speak "Ausie" and so on. ONLY THE BRITS SPEAK ENGLISH! So, why not just re-name those versions of "English" to be compatible with the country they represent?

hard to see the text on this extension site so I used my desktop and found that the link for the lastest extension tries to get a file that has been removed. I found other oxt files and saved to them to SD card and will install them to my tiny netbook. Now it's chimp simple to me.
I luv U2 Collette the Cat and U2 Snide Clyde.


After re-uploading and now tried again and it works!

Please try again and write here the results.

I have mailed the mailing list, since I too tried to download and it says the file is not found.

I tried to re-upload without success.

this is a great add on but it seems the it is missing a English GB Thesaurus


The other day I was checking the Thesaurus and it seems to have words both for GB and US and that is probably one of the reasons why it is 18 MB big.

Not sure if there is a more recent version of it... I must ask someone about it.

I checked my extensions and it listed version 2010.03.16, so I tried updating again even though it said it was already installed. Still, the extension says the 2010.03.16 version. I even tried restarting OpenOffice. Shouldn't the 2013 version be listed? - See more at: http://extensions.openoffice.org/en/project/english-dictionaries-apache-openoffice#comment-form


You are probably using an old version of OpenOffice, since the most recent brings 2014 English Dictionaries.

And, if you click on the big green button "Download Extension" here above it would download the latest.

I try to update the dictionaries monthly.

If your extension manager is unresponsive (as mine), here is the work around.

1) Open Open Office and click on New Text Document
2) Click on the pull-down-menu titled Tools
3) Click on Extension Manager
4) At the centre-bottom position, Click on "Add"
5) Click on "Downloads" (default download location for most web browsers)
6) Click on dict-en.oxt (or any relevant .oxt version) and click open
7) Complete.

1) Open Open Office and click on New Text Document
2) Click on the pull-down-menu titled Tools
3) Click on Extension Manager
5) At the centre-bottom position, Click on "Add"
6) Click on "Downloads" (default download location for most web browsers)
7) Click on dict-en.oxt (or any relevant .oxt version) and click open
8) Complete by clicking "For all users" and "Close".

Hope this helps.

The word 'meerkat' appears to be missing from the en-GB and en-US dictionaries. How can missing words be added?


I have just added it to en_GB, along with similar kinds:
4658) meerkat (+plural)
4659) tamarin (+plural)
4660) mara (+plural)
4661) suricate (+plural)

It will be available in the monthly update.

Please contact Kevin Atkinson for him to add to en_US and en_CA (there are two links here with his contacts):

Kind regards,

I have never come across such a strange updating operation. One is never quite sure if it has updated or not? I am redirected to another page, which thanks me for updating... then asks me to download?!? There is not any clear direction. Open office assume that I know what they know, which is confusing and unfair to assume. I am still informed that there is an update for spelling and hyphen etc., which I thought I had just updated? I go round and round in circles, simply because I have no clear information on what has/or has not been updated. Why do open office do this?
Please simply offer information as to the extension having been updated on a different webpage PLEASE.
This is the difference between open office and MW. They are so professional. With simple instructions and clarity. I accidentally wiped my MW from my PC, otherwise I would not be using this micky mouse operation.
I have asked for English spelling - what do I receive when writing my academic essays? American language spelling. Lovely stuff - well done open office.

I love it when people complain about FREE stuff that OTHER PEOPLE spend their own time creating and updating. Perhaps you should specify "British" since it clearly specifies that in the download info. The UK does not own a patent on the English language; there are Canadian, Australian, U.S. and other dialects. When you say "English," you have to specify which dialect. Also, please do post here when you come up with your own BETTER version of a FREEWARE office suite. I'd love to check it out. And if you accidentally wiped your MW from your drive, may I suggest the problem here may lie with your own less-than-perfected technical know-how? Of curse, if you despise OO so much, you could also pony up the money and replace MW. Oh, and it's "Mickey Mouse," no matter which "English" you speak.

@Collette the Cat:
I don't know David Neame. I don't know his technical know-how. I don't even know if English is his native language.
Therefore, when I read his complaint, I can only assume that he
- needs to get his job done
- is an end-user who knows the basics to accomplish just that
- needs to keep the focus on his job
- has a less-than-perfected knowledge to deal with OO's update-methods and doesn't have the time to learn or spend on that
- is feeling frustrated
- is currently using OO because he made the mistake of wiping MW from his PC
That's about it. I would never assume more than that.
Now, I am not trying to stand up for David (I assume he could do it if he considers that your comments deserve an answer).
On the other hand, I certainly do appreciate and enjoy the hard and selfless work of the hundreds, if not thousands, of professionals who managed to provide an alternative to MS's office-suite.
Nevertheless, I feel as frustrated as David might have felt, and I perceive that your comments are unnecessarily harsh and derogatory against one of the millions of end-users out there, end-users like myself, end-users that should not be expected to learn and deal with more than what is strictly needed to get our job done.

It's been several months that this little "problem" has appeared.

Around the end of every month, OpenOffice displays its "green arrow" telling us that an update to this extension is available, but when we download or when we visit the webpage, no update is there. I think it's because the update is already uploaded to the server but it's not shown as available in the "front-end". It's not a big deal, but it's quite confusing for people.

I am trying sooo hard to figure out what everyone is saying and how to install or download this or that and I can't get it. I am using Chrome and for school purposes I really need to have the spell check. Can anyone PATIENTLY walk me through step by step to get this working.

This is how it worked for me:
- Click on the green "Download extension" button at the top of this page.
- This will start the download process for the file "dict-en.zip".
- You will be taken to another page.
- Wait until you are prompted to "Open", "Save" or "Save As".
- Click on "Save As".
- You will see a "Save As" window.
- Select your computer's "Desktop" as the target for the file
- Close your browser when the download completes
- Open OpenOffice and click to start a new document (Text Document, Spreadsheet, any will do)
- Click on the menu, on "Tools" > "Extension Manager"
- If you see an extension "English spelling and hyphenation dictionaries and thesaurus", click on "Remove", and on "Ok" to confirm
- Now, click on "Add"
- On the "Add extension(s)" window, navigate to your computer's desktop and "Open" the file you just saved ("dict-en.zip")
- This starts the installation process for the new/updated extension
- Click on "Close"
- That's it.

I have Win7 and have been running OO for two years without a spellcheck. I tried loading it again today.
Instead of "dict-en.zip" the file "dict-en.oxt appears on my desktop. Any attempts to load dict-en.oct fail unless you load it administrator. Problem. As you start OO NOT as administrator, the dict-en.oxt appears as locked even though you selected for all users.

Running as ADMIN did change things. It will now install without the error message. I have set the options to English (USA) but anything I type ("The " for example) is not in the dictionary. More trial and error continues. I also loaded en-us.oxt but that changes nothing.