Support for Hunspell dictionaries in InDesign, which verify spelling and hyphenate words, extends the number of languages included with the product. Dictionaries for over 90 languages are available for integration at the Open Office website. Apart from Open Office, there are other sites that provide Hunspell dictionaries. You can download language dictionaries of your choice and add them to your product.

You can download Hunspell dictionaries from one of the following websites:

Note:

Adobe recommends that you do not replace existing hyphenation/spelling dictionaries. If you replace existing hyphenation dictionaries, line breaks in the existing documents can change according to the new hyphenation dictionaries when you re-edit the document. Similarly, replacing existing spelling dictionaries with new ones and spell checking existing documents could show different results and suggestions.

If you must replace existing dictionaries, make a backup of the existing files so that you can revert to the original dictionaries, if necessary.

Add a Hunspell dictionary

  1. Download the required Spelling or Hyphenation dictionary. The downloaded file has an oxt extension (when downloaded from OpenOffice site). If you download it from a site other than OpenOffice, the extension can be different.

  2. Change the filename extension to zip. For example, rename xyz.ext to anyname.zip.

  3. Extract the contents of the zip archive to a folder and locate an affix (.aff) file, a spelling dictionary (.dic) file or a hyphenation dictionary (.dic) file. Rename these files using the language ISO codes as given in the table below.

    Language ISO codes are of the form: <ISO 639-1 language codes in lower case>_<CountryCode in upper case>. For example, English (United States) is en_US.

    File type
    Rename to
    Example
    aff file
    <language ISO Code>.aff
     en_US.aff
    Spelling dictionary
    <language ISO Code>.dic
     en_US.dic
    Hyphenation dictionary hyph_<language ISO Code>.dic  hyph_en_US.dic

    For a list of ISO 639-1 language codes, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ISO_639-1_codes

    For a list of Country codes, see http://www.iso.org/iso/country_names_and_code_elements

  4. Create a folder named <language ISO Code> in the Dictionaries folder, and copy these renamed files in it. Depending on the operating system, you can find the directory "Dictionaries" at the locations listed below.

    InDesign version Platform Location of Dictionaries folder
    CC (32 bit) Windows (32 bit) %ProgramFiles%\Adobe\Adobe InDesign CC\Plug-Ins\Dictionaries\LILO\Linguistics\Providers\Plugins2\AdobeHunspellPlugin\Dictionaries
    Windows (64 bit) %ProgramFiles%\Adobe\Adobe InDesign CC (64 bit)\Plug-Ins\Dictionaries\LILO\Linguistics\Providers\Plugins2\AdobeHunspellPlugin\Dictionaries
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CC (64 bit) Windows (64 bit) %ProgramFiles%\Adobe\Adobe InDesign CC (64 bit)\Plug-Ins\Dictionaries\LILO\Linguistics\Providers\Plugins2\AdobeHunspellPlugin\Dictionaries
    Mac OS /Applications/Adobe InDesign CC/Plug-Ins/Dictionaries/LILO/Linguistics/Providers/Plugins2/AdobeHunspellPlugin.bundle/Contents/SharedSupport/Dictionaries
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CS6 Windows (32 bit)  %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Adobe\Linguistics\6.0\Providers\Plugins2\AdobeHunspellPlugin\Dictionaries 
    Windows (64 bit)  Program Files(x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Linguistics\6.0\Providers\Plugins2\AdobeHunspellPlugin\Dictionaries 
    Mac OS /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Linguistics/6.0/Providers/Plugins2/AdobeHunspellPlugin.bundle/Contents/SharedSupport/Dictionaries
  5. Add a string element with value <language ISO Code> in Info.plist to the Spelling Service and UserDictionaryService Element or HyphenationService element. Depending on the operating system and InDesign version, you can find the file Info.plist at the locations listed below.

    InDesign version Platform   Location of Info.plist
    CC (32 bit) Windows (32 bit) %ProgramFiles%\Adobe\Adobe InDesign CC\Plug-Ins\Dictionaries\LILO\Linguistics\Providers\Plugins2\AdobeHunspellPlugin
    Windows (64 bit) %ProgramFiles%\Adobe\Adobe InDesign CC (64 bit)\Plug-Ins\Dictionaries\LILO\Linguistics\Providers\Plugins2\AdobeHunspellPlugin
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CC (64 bit) Windows (64 bit) %ProgramFiles%\Adobe\Adobe InDesign CC (64 bit)\Plug-Ins\Dictionaries\LILO\Linguistics\Providers\Plugins2\AdobeHunspellPlugin
    Mac OS /Applications/Adobe InDesign CC/Plug-Ins/Dictionaries/LILO/Linguistics/Providers/Plugins2/AdobeHunspellPlugin.bundle/Contents/
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CS6 Windows (32 bit) %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Adobe\Linguistics\6.0\Providers\Plugins2\AdobeHunspellPlugin
    Windows (64 bit) Program Files(x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Linguistics\6.0\Providers\Plugins2\AdobeHunspellPlugin\
    Mac OS /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Linguistics/6.0/Providers/Plugins2/AdobeHunspellPlugin.bundle/Contents
  6. Restart InDesign.

Remove a Hunspell dictionary

  1. For removing a Hunspell dictionary from InDesign, go to the folder with name <language ISO Code> in the Dictionaries Folder. Delete the .aff file, spelling dictionary and hyphenation dictionary. The names of these files are listed below.

    File type
     Name format Example
    aff file
    <language ISO Code>.aff
    en_US.aff
    Spelling Dictionary
    <language ISO Code>.dic
    en_US.dic
    Hyphenation Dictionary  hyph_<language ISO Code>.dic hyph_en_US.dic

    Depending on the operating system, you can find the directory "Dictionaries" at the locations listed below.

     

    InDesign version Platform Location of Dictionaries folder
    CC (32 bit) Windows (32 bit) %ProgramFiles%\Adobe\Adobe InDesign CC\Plug-Ins\Dictionaries\LILO\Linguistics\Providers\Plugins2\AdobeHunspellPlugin\Dictionaries
    Windows (64 bit) %ProgramFiles%\Adobe\Adobe InDesign CC (64 bit)\Plug-Ins\Dictionaries\LILO\Linguistics\Providers\Plugins2\AdobeHunspellPlugin\Dictionaries
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CC (64 bit) Windows (64 bit) %ProgramFiles%\Adobe\Adobe InDesign CC (64 bit)\Plug-Ins\Dictionaries\LILO\Linguistics\Providers\Plugins2\AdobeHunspellPlugin\Dictionaries
    Mac OS /Applications/Adobe InDesign CC/Plug-Ins/Dictionaries/LILO/Linguistics/Providers/Plugins2/AdobeHunspellPlugin.bundle/Contents/SharedSupport/Dictionaries
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    CS6
    Windows (32 bit)  %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Adobe\Linguistics\6.0\Providers\Plugins2\AdobeHunspellPlugin\Dictionaries 
    Windows (64 bit)  Program Files(x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Linguistics\6.0\Providers\Plugins2\AdobeHunspellPlugin\Dictionaries 
     Mac OS /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Linguistics/6.0/Providers/Plugins2/AdobeHunspellPlugin.bundle/Contents/SharedSupport/Dictionaries
  2. From the Info.plist file remove the string element from the Spelling Service and UserDictionaryService Element and HyphenationService element. Depending on the operating system, Info.plist can be found at the mentioned below locations.

    InDesign version Platform   Location of Info.plist
    CC (32 bit) Windows (32 bit) %ProgramFiles%\Adobe\Adobe InDesign CC\Plug-Ins\Dictionaries\LILO\Linguistics\Providers\Plugins2\AdobeHunspellPlugin
    Windows (64 bit) %ProgramFiles%\Adobe\Adobe InDesign CC (64 bit)\Plug-Ins\Dictionaries\LILO\Linguistics\Providers\Plugins2\AdobeHunspellPlugin
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CC (64 bit) Windows (64 bit) %ProgramFiles%\Adobe\Adobe InDesign CC (64 bit)\Plug-Ins\Dictionaries\LILO\Linguistics\Providers\Plugins2\AdobeHunspellPlugin
    Mac OS /Applications/Adobe InDesign CC/Plug-Ins/Dictionaries/LILO/Linguistics/Providers/Plugins2/AdobeHunspellPlugin.bundle/Contents/
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

       CS6
    Windows (32 bit) %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Adobe\Linguistics\6.0\Providers\Plugins2\AdobeHunspellPlugin
    Windows (64 bit) Program Files(x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Linguistics\6.0\Providers\Plugins2\AdobeHunspellPlugin\
    Mac OS /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Linguistics/6.0/Providers/Plugins2/AdobeHunspellPlugin.bundle/Contents
  3. Relaunch InDesign.

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