Spell Checking Dictionaries

There are two built-in spell checker engines available in Oxygen (Hunspell and Java spell checker). The two formats of spell dictionaries are different so you need different dictionary files for each spell checker.

The Hunspell Spell Checker

This spell checker used in OpenOffice, Mozilla, and Chrome is also available in Oxygen and it includes the following built-in dictionaries: English (generic, United States, United Kingdom, Canada), French, German (generic, Germany), Spanish (generic, Spain).

To add a new spelling dictionary to Oxygen, or to replace an existing one, follow these steps:

  1. Download a spelling dictionary package that is compatible with the Hunspell checker (for example, from the OpenOffice.org website).
  2. Unzip the dictionary package on the local computer. The package is a zip archive even if the file extension of the package is not .zip.
  3. If it is a new dictionary (not available as built-in dictionary in Oxygen), copy the .aff and .dic files to the spell subfolder (.spell subfolder on Linux and Mac) of the Oxygen preferences folder. The preferences folder is found in [APPLICATION-DATA-FOLDER]/com.oxygenxml, where APPLICATION-DATA-FOLDER is:
    • C:\Users\[LOGIN-USER-NAME]\AppData\Roaming on Windows Vista and Windows 7
    • [USER-HOME-FOLDER]/Library/Preferences on Mac OS X
    • [USER-HOME-FOLDER] on Linux
  4. If it is an existing dictionary, copy the .aff and .dic files into the following folder: [OXYGEN-INSTALL-FOLDER]/dicts.
  5. Restart the application after copying the dictionary files.

If you cannot find a dictionary for your language, you can build a dictionary that is compatible with Hunspell. Suppose you have a specific list of words that you want to check in your documents when you run the Hunspell checker. You can build a dictionary by following these instructions.

You can download one of the most commonly used dictionaries from the following list. Make sure you read the README file that is included with each dictionary. If you do not accept the license terms for a dictionary, please do not use it.

The Java Spell Checker (deprecated)

Oxygen provides built-in dictionaries for the following languages: English (United States, Great Britain, Canada), French (France, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland) and German in the form of .dar files located in the following directory: [Oxygen-install-dir]/dicts.

Other dictionaries can be added by copying the corresponding dictionary to the directory [Oxygen-install-dir]/dicts and restarting Oxygen. A Java spell checker dictionary is a binary file with the .dar extension and is obtained by compiling a list of the correct words of a language using the Dictionary Builder tool. The user documentation is available with the tool. If you compile a .dar file with this tool and you want to test it in Oxygen, just copy the .dar file to the folder [Oxygen-install-dir]/dicts, restart Oxygen, and make sure the Java spell checker is selected in Options -> Preferences -> Editor -> Spell Check -- Spell Checking engine.

The following dictionaries are available free of charge and can be installed in Oxygen for working with the Java spell checker: