Offline dictionary for ubuntu 10.04

Why offline dictionary ..?
Anyway ubuntu 10.04 have dictionary by default. You can find the dictionary from Application → office → Dictionary. You can find the meaning of a english word using this. When you search for meaning of a word its communicate with online dictionary server for ex. then get the result. If you not having the Net connection / poor connection its useless. In this situation offline dictionary will helpful to you. For this you need to install dictionary server in your local ubuntu machine. here is how to do this.
How to install dictionary server in local ..?
Goto terminal and run the following commands
sudo apt-get install dictd
sudo apt-get install dict-gcide
sudo apt-get install dict-moby-thesaurus

dictd – This is the Dictionary server which supports DICT protocol.
dict-gcide – English Dictionary
dict-moby-thesaurus – thesaurus data source in English. This is an optional one

Yes now you are successfully installed a dictionary server. Now you need to add this server with your dictionary client.

How to add local dictionary to dictionary client ..?
Goto Dictionary then Edit → Preference

Click the “Add” button to add a new dictionary

Enter your local dictionary details.
Dictionary name : Default
Transport : Dictionary Server
Hostname :
Port : 2628

Thats all. Now you can search locally.

Update on 6th June 2011:
Now I found an application for offline Dictionary from ubuntu software center you can install it from here. Name is Artha .

Update on 20th November 2011:

Here I have given steps for installing dictionary server for a dictionary client such as “Gnome Dictionary”. Before Installing dictionary server make sure do have any dictionary client.

sudo apt-get install gnome-dictionary

this is the command for installing Gnome Dictionary.

  • en

    Do anyone know offline dic with voice which works well with ubuntu 10.4?
    something like collins for windows.

  • Davlat

    Hi all

    I’ve a question. I installed dictionary as the instruction listed above but I’m using the version of 12.04 how can i create a shortcut pls help

  • Kevin

    Want to make it really easy to install an online dictionary? Go to Terminal and type:sudo apt-get install artha

    Thats it!!

  • pinki

    i am getting error : Unable to locate package mysql-server
    and also getting error
    Could not get lock /var/lib/apt/lists/lock – open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable)
    E: Unable to lock directory /var/lib/apt/lists/
    while stalling mysql

    i try all solutions that you previously but it is not allowing me to do install any software please help me.


    • Vibhav SInha

      Hi pinki,
      The error you are getting is because of some installation going on or because synaptic is running as root. Try closing synaptic and software-center and also update-manager. This should solve the problem.

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  • munipratap

    Thanks you, great one

  • sean

    Since my LAN has Windows and macs runing along with ubuntu 10, how would I access the dictionary from those other machines? Are there client apps that can run on Windows or Mac, or is it possible to hook up the dictionary server to the Apache HTTP to get lookup request from the web browser?

  • adil

    :razz: thankyou

  • Partha

    thank you very much

  • jayanta

    :grin: i have done this .This is very nice and affective too!

  • Ezhil

    Thanks .. it works !!! :razz:

  • shreyas

    How to install in ubuntu 11.10?

    I have installed it using those commands but could not find where it is installed?

    • Arul

      you can find this in Application –> Office –> Dictionary. If its not there try to install “sudo apt-get install gnome-dictionary”. Please see my update at the End.

  • Shashank

    thanx a ton for your post……
    i helped me a lot
    can u also guide us on 1 thing
    :how to get the specified names of the applications “sudo apt-get install dict-gcide” how to came to know about “dict-gcide”??

    • Arul

      You can find those info from ubuntu software center..

  • Ela

    It works wonderfully. Thank you for sharing.

  • Ravi

    nice work…one stop install :)

  • Aravind


  • Karen

    Thank you very much! This is very helpful and worked great.

  • sibaram

    i installed the dictionary by above command,
    but there is a problem that i am unable to find that dictionary on application->office directory
    i am using ubuntu 10.04 operating system.
    plz kindly help me.

    • Gopi

      I am also getting the same prob

      plz help me…..

      • Arul

        For creating shortcut in Application

        Goto Main menu
        Create New item for dictionary in office
        command is ‘gnome-dictionary’

        before that make sure u have installed Gnome dictionary in ur machine. To install dictionary

        sudo apt-get install gnome-dictionary

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  • abdullah

    thanks a lot

  • jake

    E: Could not open lock file /var/lib/dpkg/lock – open (13: Permission denied)
    E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), are you root?

    for me it didn’t work the message that shown was i gave above .

    • Arul

      add sudo before the command… For ex

      sudo apt-get install dictd
      sudo apt-get install dict-gcide
      sudo apt-get install dict-moby-thesaurus

  • beekey

    thanks a lot. very helpful esp. when we are leaving the monopoly of windows.

  • sharifthesmart

    your the best dude…
    tnx a lot…

  • cpsingh

    thanks a lot sir.
    it is very helpful for every one.

  • wordman

    Nice work!

  • elanchezhiyank

    thanks man.
    it worked.

  • vivek

    thank you very much sir…
    that was really helpful….

    • admin

      ok vivek.. thanks for your comment..