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 OpenOffice/LibreOffice 4.0+.

It includes:
- en_AU (Australian) (updated: 2017-08-24)
- en_CA (Canadian) (updated: 2017-08-24)
- en_GB (British) (updated: 2018-05-01)
- en_US (American) (updated: 2017-08-24)
- en_ZA (South African) (updated: 2012-07-10)

For help to install or extra information see: Proofing Tool GUI project
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English dictionaries for Apache OpenOffice

Version Operating system Compatibility Release date
2018.05.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 26/04/2018 - 06:05 More information Download
2018.05.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 26/04/2018 - 01:47 More information Download
2018.03.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 26/02/2018 - 07:05 More information Download
2017.11.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 26/10/2017 - 06:04 More information Download
2017.09.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 26/08/2017 - 08:25 More information Download
2017.07.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 27/06/2017 - 07:00 More information Download
2017.05.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 28/04/2017 - 07:33 More information Download
2017.03.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 01/03/2017 - 06:04 More information Download
2017.01.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 30/12/2016 - 05:14 More information Download
2016.11.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 25/10/2016 - 03:01 More information Download
2016.09.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 27/08/2016 - 10:13 More information Download
2016.07.01 System Independent 4.0, 4.1 24/06/2016 - 15:18 More information Download
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




I noticed that the package contains a file called, "license.txt", which bears the text of the GNU General Public License, Version 2. Does that mean that this entire extension is licensed under GPL V2? Or does the GPL only apply to part(s) of the extension, and if so, what part(s)?

Several of the contained README_en_*.txt files refer to licenses other than GPL, so I'm trying to understand how GPL fits into the picture.

Thank you!

Tools -> Language -> For All Text -> More
And select the speller.

Hope this helps.

Hi, thanks for all your help. It is appreciated.

Looked where you suggested, all Language options set to English(USA). Writing Aids, the new extensions don't show. Tried New, looks like it only allows one to name a new/empty dictionary. Also looked under all the selections on the tools/languages bar and all text, paragraph, and section) are also all set to English(USA).

One forum talked about moving around directories, renaming them, etc. But under the directory below I did find a "dictionaries" file containing html code (but prefer not to start experimenting here). C:\Users\David\AppData\Roaming\OpenOffice\4\user\uno_packages\cache\registry\com.sun.star.comp.deployment.configuration.PackageRegistryBackend\sv1nn5sy.tmp

Thanks, this confirms where I thought the entry should be. Currently all the options are checked. For dictionaries, there's Standard (all), business (all), soffice (all) and IgnoreAllList (all) . Nothing appears to reference the new dictionary extension. Editing the IgnoreAllList shows the language as All, and not sure how to use the entries on the New button. Do I need to add an entry or change something? Help much appreciated.

"Default Language for documents"

Perhaps it's right in front of me, but I loaded it, it shows up in the Extension Manager, but I can't find a button or toolbar entry, even under tools/language. Any help much appreciated. Thanks, David


After trying to Install Extension Updates I get an Error that states Could Not Start Java Implementation Loader.
Any know what's going on here?
Thanks You!

why is it difficult to get connect on the iternet

I cannot install the latest english spelling dictionary. I get this error message every time for the last year or so, any ideas please?
"Failed to read key element in backenddb.xml"
I also get a path to find the file but not proficient to do anything with it once found!!
I am on Windows 10 and Open office is otherwise up to date.

I have checked other comments but none seemed to address this particular problem.

Many thanks for any forthcoming help.

I have been using Oppen Office for a long time, and I am very grateful to all who designate their time and talent to make it possible!
I couldn't afford anything but this free program, and I couldn't even image what I would do without it. It is one of the best generous gifts one can give. Thank you! Wish you all long life with happiness and joy!

Spellcheck has never worked for me. I have set it for English-New Zealand. Whenever I make a mistake the error is not underlined, and when I try to perform a spellcheck across the document, it tells me the check is complete and no errors were found. What am I doing wrong, and what do I need to do to put things right?

I had the same problem with the "C:\long file path\blah blah\ does not exist" error message, basically had to create the last couple of folders in the path, paste the downloaded file into place and also change the name of the file to just "dict-en" to get the Extension Manager to work. Refer to the comment on page 2 below from "Anonymous" on 10 Sep 2014 for step-by step instructions, but now also add the bit about changing the filename.

I had no choice but to find a way to do this, because my AOO had suddenly "lost" the spellcheck dictionary so that every single word was failing the spellcheck. But obviously lots and lots of people must be simply giving up the task because of this "does not exist" issue. Does anyone know whether it's a problem with Extension Manager, with this specific extension, or with the horrendous Windows 10?

I'm really grateful for this open-source software and all the effort people put into it, it's amazing, but please please, on behalf of all the ordinary people out there just like me who have been driving themselves crazy trying to install this extension and hitting the same problem SINCE 2014 at least!, couldn't one of you clever software types fix this?

Thanks in anticipation!

I've found the best way to do this, is to DL the one you want; then, with Openoffice _closed_ double click on the extension. That will ask you what you want to open the software with. Select Open Office.

Thank you! I just sent you a donation. I am an older person with 37 years experience with computers, and I cannot afford Microsoft products - but I also refuse to feed into that empire anyhow. Thank you for all you do and all the hours and years of work involved. Hard to tell you how much I appreciate having this great piece of software. Bravo and thank you all.

I think you are doing a terrific job, and as a poor widow, I am most grateful for your efforts. My biggest asset is this computer and it means the world to me. Thank you so much. I think you are wonderful. Sarah Mages

OK, sorry, I'm an idiot, got overwhelmed by the comment stream and didn't read all the way to the one telling me exactly how to fix my problem; Aspie-brain moment. Cancel previous comment

I have tried to install this extension repeatedly using several methods: opening directly with the extension manager, saving it on hard drive and thumb drives, saving it to the desktop...and each time I get the same error message: "Add extension(s): C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\OpenOffice\4\user\uno_packages\cache\uno_packages\svvnm4.tmp_\dict-en.oxt does not exist." and it refuses to install the extension. Dell Studio laptop with Windows 10, OO 4.1.2. Now, not being particularly tech-savvy I have no idea what this gobbledigook actually means, but my first reaction is, "Of course it doesn't EXIST, I'm trying to CREATE it, that's the whole @&%$)(!$!@%+)%))(* POINT!!!!!!!!" Very frustrated, especially as it seems to be the only English language dictionary or thesaurus without, "This extension has not been updated for a long time, may not work with current versions of OpenOffice" plastered all over its Extensions webpage. Any help would be deeply appreciated...I'm a creative writer and poet, love my OO, but I kinda NEED an extended multidialect dictionary like this and I kinda NEED a thesaurus, which so far I haven't found any at all that "has not been updated in a long time", etc.

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?