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Translation dictionary viewer
'tdv' aims to provide an easy way of viewing translation as well as other kinds
of StarDict dictionaries, and is inspired by the dictionary component
of PC Translator. I was unsuccessful in finding any free software of this kind,
and thus decided to write my own.
The project is covered by a permissive license, unlike vast majority of other
similar projects, and can serve as a base for implementing other dictionary
As a recent addition, the program also offers a GTK+ 3 based user interface,
whose styling will follow your theme, and may be customized from 'gtk.css'.
Regular releases are sporadic. git master should be stable enough.
You can get a package with the latest development version using Arch Linux's[AUR],
or as a[Nix derivation].
See the link:docs/tdv.1.adoc[man page] for information about usage.
The rest of this README will concern itself with externalities.
Building and Running
Build-only dependencies:
CMake, pkg-config, gettext utilities, asciidoctor or asciidoc +
Optional build-only dependencies:
librsvg (for the GUI), icoutils (for the GUI, when targetting Windows) +
Runtime dependencies:
ncursesw, zlib, ICU, termo (included), glib-2.0 >= 2.38, pango +
Optional runtime dependencies:
xcb, xcb-xfixes (the first two for the TUI), gtk+-3.0 (for the GUI)
$ git clone --recursive
$ mkdir tdv/build
$ cd tdv/build
$ make
To install the application, you can do either the usual:
# make install
Or you can try telling CMake to make a package for you. For Debian it is:
$ cpack -G DEB
# dpkg -i tdv-*.deb
Having the program installed, simply run it with a StarDict '.ifo' file as
an argument. It is, however, preferable to
link:docs/tdv.1.adoc#_configuration[configure it] to load your dictionaries
With the help of Mingw-w64 and WINE, 'tdv' will successfully cross-compile
for Windows. It isn't particularly usable on that system, if only because
selection watching is a very X11/Wayland-specific feature. Beware that build
dependencies take up almost a gigabyte of disk space.
$ sh -e cmake/
$ cmake -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=cmake/Win64CrossToolchain.cmake \
-DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -B build
$ cmake --build build -- package
This application is intended for use with specific dictionaries: each line
should contain one short word definition. Moreover, the only supported content
types are plain text, Pango markup, and XDXF (the visual format works better).
The `make dicts` command will build some examples from freely available sources:
- GNU/FDL Czech-English dictionary
1 year ago
- Czech foreign words (the site's export is broken as of 2022/08, no response)
- Czech WordNet 1.9 PDT (synonyms, hypernyms, hyponyms)
You can use the included 'tdv-transform' tool to convert already existing
StarDict dictionaries that are nearly good as they are. Remember that you can
change the `sametypesequence` of the resulting '.ifo' file to another format,
or run 'dictzip' on '.dict' files to make them compact.!axtD0QRK!sbtBgizksyfkPqKvKEgr8GQ11rsWhtqyRgUUV0B7pwg[CZ <--> EN/DE/PL/RU dictionaries]
Further Development
While I've been successfully using 'tdv' for many years now, some issues
should be addressed before including the software in regular Linux and/or
BSD distributions:
- The GUI is awkward to configure.
- Lacking configuration, standard StarDict locations should be scanned.
Given all issues with the file format, it might be better to start anew.
Contributing and Support
Use to report any bugs, request features,
6 years ago
or submit pull requests. `git send-email` is tolerated. If you want to discuss
the project, feel free to join me at ircs://, channel #dev.
6 years ago
Bitcoin donations are accepted at: 12r5uEWEgcHC46xd64tt3hHt9EUvYYDHe9
7 years ago
This software is released under the terms of the 0BSD license, the text of which
is included within the package along with the list of authors.