I'm looking for a offline translator for Ubuntu 12.04.

I like GoldenDict, but I can't find dictionaries. I have looked for them on Google a lot but I can't find anything. I know about babylon dictionaries (.bgl); I've downloaded some of them from babylon website but it's a .exe file. I've tried every app to extract it (7zip, rar, ark, etc.) and finally I succeeded but there were no .bgl files in the archive.

I've also downloaded free dict from repository but they are not good for what I'm looking for (italian-english, english-italian).

Do you advice another app?

Or, if you think that GoldenDict is the best, do you know any sites to download dictionaries for GoldenDict (also ita-eng, eng-ita)?

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Designed as a StarDict successor, it supports its format, lots of other formats (Lingvo, Babylon etc), features tabbed browsing, morphology, live pronunciations, Wikipedia and so on. As a free software, it is constantly being improved and worked on.



The most common dictionaries are Babylon (.bgl) but their problems is that are no longer officially supported.
So my recommendation is use the StarDict dictionaries. In this website you will find a library with hundreds of dictionaries. How to install them: Open GoldenDict and select Edit -> Dictionaries -> Add then select the extracted folder and click Apply.

Donwload and Install

  1. Download the source code
  2. Uncompress it (with second click you'll see the option)
  3. Open a terminal Ctrl+Alt+T
  4. Enter cd uncompressed_folder
  5. Enter the following commands in order:
    sudo make install
  • ok thanks a lot, so I made a good choice with goldendict. But about the dictionaries I can't download them, it says that the dictionary doesn't exit and it sends me to sourceforge.net/projects/stardict/files – Frank Sep 11 '12 at 19:40
  • On Lubuntu when try qmake i get qmake: could not find a Qt installation of '' – Vitaly Zdanevich Jan 14 '14 at 11:53
  • Golden dict is now in ubuntu repository and looks that version 1.5 is managing BLG file without issues – Postadelmaga Feb 26 '16 at 6:16

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