Installing dictionaries in GNU IceCat
Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
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.
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.
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
wgetto be able to download the file.
Unpack the archive using
unzip(or any other archiving tool of choice):
$ unzip <file>.xpi
unzipwill 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.
Copy the two files
<lang>.dicto the folder
dictionariesthat’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
You then have to restart GNU IceCat for it to notice the new dictionary.
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