English dictionaries for Apache OpenOffice

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Dictionary, English, speller
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Compatible with OpenOffice 4: Yes
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English dictionaries for Apache OpenOffice 4.x and later, in a form suitable for inclusion as an individual extension.

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

It includes:
- en_AU (Australian)
- en_CA (Canadian) (updated: 2014-05-13)
- en_GB (British) (updated: 2014-07-01)
- en_US (American) (updated: 2014-05-13)
- en_ZA (South African)

This is a locally hosted copy of the English dictionaries with fixed dash handling and new ligature and phonetic suggestion support extension.

English dictionaries for Apache OpenOffice

Version Operating system Compatibility Release date
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


I have written code to use the thesaurus files. I am getting sketchy results with the thesaurus. Sometimes I get results (both meanings and synonyms) but more often than not no results are provided even though I can see the word in the .dat file. For instance, I get results for "defended" but not for "house" or "government" or many many others. I am using NHunspell (have also tried I have tried several versions of the English OpenOffices downloads. Very bizarre! Does anyone have any idea what is happening?

I'm with Bud... I tried opening it as a zip file and was met with an array of choices that did not include opening zip files. I tried opening some of the non-Text files in the unzipped file, but that didn't work either (it either failed or opened as a readable file). What am I supposed to do with this thing?

Hi friend. If downloaded correctly, just change the extension file from .zip to .oxt and it is done. Now AOO can recognize it is an extension (double click it or in Open Office go to "File"-> "Open" and select that .oxt file. I think someone forgot to change that before uploading.


I tried to download both from the big "Download Extension" button and from the smaller one.

Both downloaded the "dict-en.oxt" file.

At least for the 2014-06-01 version.

Where is the ZIP one?

It's not hard or complicated at all. Not AOO's fault you can't follow something as easy as downloading a file and clicking on it.

The file being downloaded is an .oxt file - a file extensions of AOO that is an executable. As long as you have AOO installed, all you have to do is click the .oxt file and it will open AOO asking if you're sure you want to apply or add the extension.

You're over complicating yourself. You don't have to be a 15 year user or a tech support guru to click on a file. Next you're going to say all the bloatware/addware/spyware/toolbars on your computer is your computers fault, too. Or the company is to blame because it's hard to follow simple instructions.

I opened Openoffice on my netbook and there was a popup saying there is a dictionary update and to click to install. it takes me to a webpage to download so I do that and download to my download folder and then I didn't know what to do after that. I read that one opens the downloaded file with openoffice but it just takes me back to the update extension window with the install button. WHY can't this be simpler? how did everyone else not seem to have a problem like I'm having? Some programs just update so easily. I could figure it out of you said o drop the file in a certain folder but now this just has to loop around and bug the crap out of me. Grrrr

And it doesn't matter. Look at my comment to William below. It's incredibly simple and I think you may have done it, but you're creating the problem yourself. Go to your extensions and check the version. If the number and text match, you're fine. If not, don't get click happy or frustrated and just follow my instructions. It really couldn't be any simpler. If other programs update so easily, then go buy them...

Don't try to make it like the FREE download from a developer for FREE productivity software is so wrong. Don't like it? Go get Office 2013 for $140 for a permanent license, Too many people complain about "expensive" software as if individuals like you and me aren't working a full schedule to create this stuff. As if software, implementation and develop is automatic or free. Do YOU work for free?

I installed Apache_OpenOffice_4.0.1_Win_x86_install_en-GB on Windows 7 last autumn. Spell-check has stopped working. Thesaurus is not available. I have uninstalled and reinstalled OO to no effect.

In the 2014.01.01 version only old en_GB files have been replaced with newer ones.

Please try the following:
1) Remove the old English Dictionaries from the extension options in AOO 4.0.1
2) Exit AOO and its quickstarter
3) Double-click in dict-en-marcoagpinto-20140107.oxt and select OKAY to install it
4) Exit AOO and its quickstarter
5) Try opening AOO, select the whole text page with CTR+A and change the language to English UK at the bottom of the window

Does it work now?

downloaded upgrade as per desktop notification, attempted install as per instructions, version already appeared to be installed-? better dash handling and ligatures would be welcome. maybe yesterday's upgrade to mavericks os? ugh. ready to revert to typewriters or text writer for content, reserve form for indesign. ;) thanks for your volunteer labor contributions.

In the new 2014-01-01 version, only the en_GB dictionary has been updated.

I made it available both for Mozilla (Thunderbird, Firefox and SeaMonkey) and OpenOffice.

What's is the usual way to contribute new words to existing dictionaries?

Ideally this should be contributed upstream. But, for better tracking, open an issue in Bugzilla https://issues.apache.org/ooo/ (you will need to register) and assign it to me: pescetti AT apache.org. Anything outside Bugzilla is likely to be ignored or lost.

My comment is the same as the above. The software refuses to accept the extension.

If every word is marked as misspelled, find out how to reset your profile at http://forum.openoffice.org/ (or post there for support). This will fix the problem. You won't need to manually install this extension or any other extension. Note that OpenOffice 4.1 has not been released yet. I assume you mean 4.0.1.

HI , Win 7 64, OO 4.1. Every word in English was showing as misspelled. SO I tried this package when I install it I an error add extension(s) L:\useres\charles\appdata\roaming\openoffice\4\user\uno_packages\cache\uno_pacakages\svcdu48c.tmp_\dict-en.oxt does not exist

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?

You need to download the new version and then open the downloaded .oxt file from within OpenOffice to install it. However, the only difference in the new version is in the hyphenation: if you don't use this function, the two dictionaries are equivalent.

-as a spellchecker. I've tried to install this on one computer as the first spellchecker, but no languages get the ABC-sign on them..Maybe this is no spellchecker and only a dictionary....Then i've tired the US English and that one works, but almost the whole world need British English, so the US-version is not good enough (sorry US'ers). There is no British English in Apache Open Office?? Can i use some other plugin??

The dictionary from this package already contains both US and British English. And it is included with OpenOffice, so you shouldn't need to install it manually unless you want to update it. If you have problems with the spellchecker in general, find out how to reset your profile at http://forum.openoffice.org/ (or post there for support).