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Installing dictionaries in GNU IceCat

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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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.

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