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Adding custom dictionaries to ColorDict, a StarDict app on Android

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Adding custom dictionaries to ColorDict, a StarDict app on Android

ColorDict is a great free dictionary app on the Android Marketplace which I stumbled across by accident. You can get it on the marketplace via this link or search for colordict.

While it has a couple of dictionaries available separately via the marketplace, the cool thing about this app is that it supports any dictionaries in the open source StarDict format which means you can install any of the dictionaries in this list.

The problem is the installation of the custom dictionaries isn’t very clear so heres how I did it.

Apart from just downloading the Stardict and copying it to the dictdata folder in the sd card, you need to extract all the files from the Stardict file which usually comes in a gzipped tarball.

The bit that tripped me is within the tarball, there is also a .dz file which contains the .dict file that also needs to be extracted. Default File extractor in Ubuntu can’t open it, while some people say that you can extract it via 7-zip and I managed to extract it with the dictzip package.

In short, the dictdata folder should contain the .idx, .ifo and .dict files from the stardict

Once all the files are extracted, it just works. You can extract as many dictionaries as you want into that folder and it’ll show up in ColorDict.

8 comments

Comment from: Rob Siska [Visitor]  
Rob Siska

.dict.dz files from distro packs are simply gzipped! use gunzip -S .dz “file”

16/10/10 @ 01:16
Comment from: Rob Siska [Visitor]  
Rob Siska

it’s shame that it doesn’t support any decompression on-the-fly. those dict files get BIG after unpacking…

15/12/10 @ 01:08
Comment from: VECTOR [Visitor]  
VECTOR

WHERE ARE THE DICTIONARYS?
ARE THEY REMOVED?
PLEASE MAIL ME SOME ENGLISH-ENGLISH DICTIONARY IF YOU HAVE IF YOU HAVE THEM.

THANKS A LOT

12/07/11 @ 11:15
Comment from: VECTOR [Visitor]  
VECTOR

WHERE ARE THE DICTIONARYS?
ARE THEY REMOVED?
PLEASE MAIL ME SOME ENGLISH-ENGLISH DICTIONARY IF YOU HAVE IF YOU HAVE THEM.

my email id : abphkk@gmail.com

THANKS A LOT

14/07/11 @ 16:54
Comment from: [Member]  
brinley

Try these, i believe they are compatible with stardict. http://sourceforge.net/projects/freedict/files/

14/07/11 @ 17:17
Comment from: Daniel Arseneault [Visitor]
Daniel Arseneault

In Ubuntu, rename the .dz files to .gz. For some reason, file-roller needs the .gz extension.

08/01/12 @ 03:17
Comment from: mousa986 [Visitor]
mousa986

thanks your efforts

19/05/12 @ 10:28
Comment from: andy [Visitor]
andy

colordict does not support a to z browsing?

Do you have oxford advanced learners 8th for android by oxford univesiity press

18/06/12 @ 04:13

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