How to add online dictionaries feature (mainly google translator) for GoldenDict

Right now a discussed solution is in html with an iframe

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
      <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
      <title>Iframe test for GoldenDict</title>
    Google translate:
  <iframe src="https://translate.google.cn/#auto/zh-CN/hello"></iframe>

Is there a simple translation script/app that read a sting variable in and return it translated ?



Translate-shell use different online translation services... we could integrate the whole application or some of it's source to provide translation to goldendict.


Quick Solution Using Translate-Shell

GoldenDict have a Programs feature in the dictionary settings section so an easy way to add an online translation feature would be to use one of those two command line tools translate-shell or the python script doodle-translate

As an example of French/English translation with google under Program section we would just add

trans -e google -s en -t fr -show-original y -show-original-phonetics n -show-translation y -no-ansi -show-translation-phonetics n -show-prompt-message n -show-languages y -show-original-dictionary n -show-dictionary n -show-alternatives n "%GDWORD%"


trans -e google -s fr -t en -show-original y -show-original-phonetics n -show-translation y -no-ansi -show-translation-phonetics n -show-prompt-message n -show-languages y -show-original-dictionary n -show-dictionary n -show-alternatives n "%GDWORD%"

Microsoft Windows Alternative

For windows the same solution could be used but with python + translate or may be cygwin + translate-shell

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  • Can we make it work on Windows ? – ITFan May 23 at 7:38
  • @ITFan i updated the answer, for windows the same solution could be used but with python + translate or may be cygwin + translate-shell – intika May 23 at 7:49
  • @ intika pypi.org/project/translate uses Microsoft Translation API not Google translate. I've compared the results and found it's slower and worse comparing to Google translate. – ITFan May 23 at 13:42
  • then may be the cygwin solution (i did not test it tho) or gnuwin32.sourceforge.net – intika May 23 at 13:51
  • I followed this thread softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/11919/… but then got these errors when run "sh trans" in cmd.exe /usr/bin/trans: trans: line 5630: syntax error near unexpected token (' /usr/bin/trans: trans: line 5630: gawk -f <(echo -E "$TRANS_PROGRAM") - "$@"' Do you have any idea ? – ITFan May 23 at 14:12

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