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I added a lot of words to the standard Mac OS X system-wide dictionary on a given machine, and would like to transfer that specific list of words to another machine. Where / in what file(s) is that list of words stored?

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Are you certain you really mean system-wide? If I add a custom spelling, in Snow, it seems to end up here:

~/Library/Spelling/LocalDictionary

The System-wide equivalent, which is empty on my Mac, would be here:

/Library/Spelling/

Aside from this, you will find packaged dictionaries here:

/Library/Dictionaries/
~/Library/Dictionaries/
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    My computer shows a variant of this -- I have ~/Library/Spelling/en. This suggests that OS X will save dictionaries by ISO code for each language. – Doug Harris Apr 30 '10 at 14:01
  • Seems to work for me. I copied everything under ~/Library/Spelling/. I had to logout/login again for the changes to be visible. – ebruchez Nov 6 '13 at 23:04
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    This answer no longer appears to be correct as os Mac OS Mojave 10.14 if not earlier. The local dictionary is in the same place, but /Library/Spelling and /Library/Dictionaries are gone AFAICT. – Carl Mar 29 '19 at 13:32
  • On Catalina+, this seems to contain the user's custom dictionary (i.e. the words that the user has added to the dictionary rather than a list of already-existing words). The other answer worked for me. – Daniel Kats Mar 24 at 15:37
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For those attempting to find the Unix standard words file, it's at /usr/share/dict/words.

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    What's that list used for? Are those words already in the standard OSX dictionary? – incandescentman Dec 6 '15 at 7:33
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    Lots of Unix utilities use it, since it's plain-text and easy to parse. – saagarjha Mar 15 '17 at 4:56
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    This also work on mac! – Filype Mar 31 '17 at 0:02

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