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I am looking for an easy way to install spell-check dictionaries for languages that are not supported by default on OS X (one example Romanian).

By easy way, I mean a solution that does not require command line usage. While this is ok for me, for average OS X user this could be too complex.

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In which format your would-be dictionary is? (I'm asking because I installed Finnish dictionary by just double-clicking a .pkg file, which I found from the internet — I presume this wouldn't help you.) – koiyu Apr 12 '11 at 9:33
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Mac OS X is compatible with the aff/dic open format dictionaries.

All you need to do is to get one dictionary, and place it inside ~/Library/Spelling (you may have to create the directory).

  • Get the Romanian dictionary from OpenOffice (or search for another language)
  • Extract the file using The Unarchiver or rename the extension to .zip and extract it
  • Move the files with the .aff and .dicc extensions (ro_RO.aff and ro_RO.dic for Romanian) in ~/Library/Spelling.
  • Go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Text > Spelling and choose the language of your choice
  • ...boom! you have system-wide spell checking :)
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I'm little confused. Are you sure that it is dicc with double c? – Mikhail Kashkin Apr 21 '15 at 13:09

Are you talking about in e.g. Word or Pages - or are you talking about in Browsers like Safari, FireFox etc. - or just a system wide configuration ??

One solution for a system wide configuration could be to install the cocoAspell dictionaries:

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I already installed cocoAspell but I encountered some issues. I had to do some ugly symlinks from /usr to /opt in order to make it use the dictionaries installed by macports. Personally I would like a better solution, one that could be used by common users (as opposed to power users). – sorin Apr 12 '11 at 11:57

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