Using the EDICT Files


This page provides a brief overview of how to use the EDICT project files (EDICT, ENAMDICT, KANJIDIC, etc.) on various platforms to obtain a dictionary service.


Sadly, a really good dictionary client is not available. While I do not have a lot of direct experience (I don't use Windows much), the following appear to be the options:

All of the above work with just "English" versions of Windows.

Unix (X-Windows)

My own xjdic (V2.3) is available from the Monash ftp site. It needs to run in a kterm window, and has been used successfully on virtually every type of Unix & Linux system.


Mac users have two options if they have Japanese support with their OS:

The Japanese WordMage package, which does not need Japanese OS support, seems to provide access to the files, but I cannot confirm this.


There are two main WWW options: There are some others, but these are the most functional.


The very original JDIC program was the first to use these files. It can also be obtained from the Monash ftp site.


There are also programs for Amiga, BeoS, Palm Pilots, etc. Most can be obtained from the Monash ftp site.

I hope this helps.

Jim Breen
June 2000