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What are the steps to install the Spelling Check and other language supports for LibreOffice. For example spanish, french, italian, etc..

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This is apparently managed at the system level. Go to the Language Support menu in the System menu and add the languages you want to support. After that restart LibreOffice and you will see that the spellchecker for example will give you the option of using the newly installed languages.

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Ok I was into old school way of looking for the language support packages. This saves me a lot of hazzle. Thanks. – Luis Alvarado Oct 25 '11 at 23:37
Worked for me, but is it possible from the command line? Other command line solutions proposed failed for me. – Ciro Santilli 巴拿馬文件 六四事件 法轮功 Aug 12 '13 at 9:58
@cirosantilli, did you try the other "command-line" answers below?, for example: sudo apt-get install myspell-es or aspell-es or hunspell-es – alfC Aug 12 '13 at 22:15
does not work that way for most languages in Ubuntu 14.04 with LO 4.2 – cipricus Dec 12 '14 at 9:59
Comment from Andre Blecha: a note of caution: the system will download language dependent files such a help and documentation for ALL your applications installed. This may be disc-space and time consuming. – Fabby Jan 4 '15 at 12:53

The command: sudo apt-get install aspell-<language pack> will do the trick

For example, the spanish dictionary is:

sudo apt-get install aspell-es

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That's specifically for the spell-checker though, right? That doesn't actually give you the thesaurus or other features in the language, does it? – Eliah Kagan May 30 '12 at 16:24
you are right Eliah its just the spell-checker – German Attanasio Jun 5 '12 at 21:23
recently I had a similar problem with Evolution email, in that case the solution was to do a similar thing but with hunspell instead, sudo apt-get install hunspell-es – alfC Sep 4 '12 at 23:42
To list all available dictionaries sudo apt-cache search aspell – Philippe Gachoud May 26 '14 at 9:56

If you can't install system packages, you can install a spell checking dictionary extension manually. You'll need to restart LibreOffice.

US Dictionary available here:

Instructions for installing extensions:

  1. Download an extension and save it anywhere on your computer.
  2. In LibreOffice, select Tools → Extension Manager from the menu bar.
    Tools > Extension Manager...
  3. In the Extension Manager dialog (Figure 2), click Add. Using the Extension Manager
  4. A file browser window opens. In Add Extension(s) dialog, you can find the extension's files in your system folders. The extension's files have OXT file extension. Add Extension(s) dialog
  5. Find and select the extension you want to install and click Open.
  6. If this extension it is already installed, you'll be prompted to press OK to confirm whether to overwrite the current version by the new one, or press Cancel to stop the installation. Replacing an extension
  7. After, you are asked whether to install the extension only for your user or for all users.
    • If you choose Only for me option, the extension is installed only for your user (the extension will be stored in your user profile and other users will not have access to it).
    • If you choose For all users, you must have system administrator rights. In this case, the extension is installed in LibreOffice system folder and will be available for all users.
    • In general, choose Only to me, that doesn't require administration rights on the operating system.
      Installation options: Only for me or For all users
  8. After, you may be asked to accept a license agreement. Use Scroll Down button to verify the license
  9. Use Scroll Down button to read the license agreement. At the end of license text, the Accept button will be enabled.
  10. Click Accept to proceed the installation.
  11. When the installation is complete, the extension is listed in the Extension Manager dialog. Extension Manager dialog (again), now contained the installed extension

Instructions stolen from

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worked like a charm. the only thing that i had to do was to add the oxt extension to the file because the extension manager not seeing the extension file. sorry for the bad english. – Engels Peralta Aug 5 '14 at 21:35

To install Spanish spellchecker on Libre-Office, You need the next package:

sudo apt-get install myspell-es
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+1. For me aspell-nl was not working, but myspell-nl was working – Jasper de Vries Nov 7 '13 at 8:44
For German, unlike expected from the above example, the package name is myspell-de-de. – orschiro Feb 2 at 12:32

For Ubuntu 12.04 and German (Austria), installing the hunspell package solved my problem:

sudo apt-get install hunspell-de-at

Remember to restart LibreOffice Writer after installing the package!

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You need to apply changes system wide in-order to reflect it in LibreOffice, Go to System Settings, Select your language preferences to get the language pack not just for LibreOffice but for your system.

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No, you don't need to. See other answers. – berbt Nov 23 '15 at 9:53

There is also a very popular extension supporting up to 20 languages which may also detect not only typos but some grammar mistakes and "false-friends". The extension is called LanguageTool.

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Best answer in my opinion. LO specific, many languages included (as originally asked), updated extension, not system-wide, doesn't require root, not an "apt-get install" guessing game. – berbt Nov 23 '15 at 9:56

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