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sdcv – simple cross-platform text-base utility for work with dictionaries in StarDict’s format

sdcv is a simple, cross-platform text-based utility for working with dictionaries in StarDict format.

Each word from “list of words” may be a string with a leading ‘/’ for using a Fuzzy search algorithm, with a leading ‘|’ for using full-text search, and the string may contain ‘?’ and ‘*’ for regexp search.

It works in interactive and non-interactive mode. To exit from interactive mode press Ctrl+D. In interactive mode, if sdcv was compiled with readline library support, you can use the UP and DOWN keys to cycle through history.

Features include:

  • Synonyms index support (.syn files).
  • Support of JSON output.
  • Exact searches. This stops performing a fuzzy-search for similar words.
  • Option to colorize output – this feature depends on the dictionary which needs to have words or phrases marked accordingly.
  • Ordering of dictionaries.
  • Non-interactive option – useful in scripts.

Website: dushistov.github.io/sdcv
Support: GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Evgeniy Dushistov (author of sdcv), Hu Zheng (author of stardict)
License: GNU General Public License version 2 or (at your option) any later version.


sdcv is written in C++. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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