Is there a way to include Mac OS X built-in dictionary/thesaurus in TeXStudio?


TeXstudio can only handle Hunspell dictionaries (as they are used in OpenOffice / LibreOffice). A converter/export from OSX dictionary to Hunspell would be the way to go. Unfortunately, I'm not aware of such a tool, but I'm not an expert there.


By default, the TeXworks resources folder should be located inside the Library folder of your Home (user) folder. This is automatically created the first time you run TeXworks, and some default resources are copied there. There should be a dictionaries subdirectory, but it is initially empty. Place the *.dic and *.aff files there, and then re-start TeXworks.

If your dictionary files are wrongly formatted I'm sure you can use some nifty grep script to fix it.

I've found LaTeX Editor hosts downloads for various different dictionaries and they seem to be quite comprehensive.

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    The question is about TeXstudio, and using the 'native' OS dictionaries rather than copying stuff from anywhere – Joseph Wright Jul 31 '14 at 15:47
  • And you couldn't copy the OS's dictionary or point TeXstudio to look at that directory to get it's dictionaries? – Stormie Jul 31 '14 at 15:50
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    Would not help: the dictionaries are not in the format used by TeXworks (I've not looked at TeXstudio, but I'm very doubtful it can read the Apple Dictionary format). – Joseph Wright Jul 31 '14 at 16:26
  • To quote my answer "If your dictionary files are wrongly formatted I'm sure you can use some nifty grep script to fix it." If not, I'm sure there's a repo out there that has downloadable dictionaries – Stormie Jul 31 '14 at 16:30
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    Quite apart from the fact that might not be easy or allowed (I've not idea what the license on the files is), my reading of the question is that it's about using the built-in OS service with TeXstudio, not simply installing a dictionary file. – Joseph Wright Jul 31 '14 at 16:35

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