StarDict, developed by Hu Zheng (胡正), is a free GUI released under the GPL for accessing StarDict dictionary files (a dictionary shell). It is the successor of the program StarDic, developed by Ma Su'an (馬蘇安). The version number of StarDict follows that of StarDic.

StarDict 2.4.2 was made portable and can be found here

Supported Platforms

StarDict runs under Linux, Microsoft Windows (with some bugs), FreeBSD, Internet Tablet OS and Solaris. Dictionaries of the user's choice are installed separately. Dictionary files can be created by converting DICT files.

A StarDict-compatible program, known as weDict, is available in beta form for the iPhone (beta). The program can be installed using AppTapp ( As far as mobile devices are concerned, there is also WhiteStork dictionary, an application for the Internet Tablet OS, which among other dictionary formats, supports StarDict.

Similar dictionary shells (GUIs)

other same dictionaries include:

Free software:

MDic, Babiloo, Everest

Proprietary software:

Babylon (shareware with a 30 days time trial), Lingoes (Freeware)

Other Features

While StarDict is in scan mode, results are displayed in a tooltip, allowing easy dictionary lookup. When combined with Freedict, StarDict will quickly provide rough translations of foreign language websites.

On September 25, 2006, an online version of Stardict began operation. This online version includes access to all the major dictionaries of StarDict, as well as Wikipedia in Chinese.

Previous versions of StarDict were very similar to the PowerWord dictionary program, which is developed by a Chinese company, KingSoft. Since version 2.4.2, however, StarDict has diverged from the design of PowerWord by increasing its search capabilities and adding lexicons in a variety of languages. This was assisted by the collaboration of many developers with the author. A developer named Evgeniy A. Dushistov produced the command line version of StarDict called sdcv. Today StarDict, which has a total number of more than 1000 different dictionary files, is considered to be one of the most powerful dictionary programs in the world.

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