When I right click on a text field in firefox 22 and select "Language" from the pop-up menu, I have ~30 English dictionary variations.

I have not installed them since this is the default firefox (version 22) that came with my distribution (Fedora 17).


Is it possible to remove all English expect for the "English (United Kingdom)"?

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    Which Firefox is this? Which distribution? Where do you see these dictionaries? Why do you want to remove them? – terdon Jul 2 '13 at 1:53
  • Using Firefox 22, Fedora Linux 17 (soon 19), when I right click and select Languages, because I only know two languages. – Sandra Jul 2 '13 at 1:57

Dictionaries in firefox are installed as extensions. You should be able to remove any you don't want by looking through the list of installed dictionaries in "Tools"=>"Add-ons"=>"Extensions".

Alternatively, you may be able to delete them directly from the extensions folder. In my case, the three non-English dictionaries I have installed all have a folder called language@dictionaries.addons.mozilla.org. You can have a look at the ones you have installed with this command:

find ~/.mozilla/firefox/*default/extensions/ -maxdepth 1 -name "*dictionaries*"

Or, if they are installed system-wide:

find /usr/lib/firefox-addons/extensions/ /opt/firefox/extensions/ \ 
 -maxdepth 1 -name "*dictionaries*"

Once you have located them, you should be able to remove the dictionary entry by simply deleting the folders in question. For example:

find ~/.mozilla/firefox/*default/extensions/ -maxdepth 1 \
   -name "*dictionaries*" -delete
  • Incredible! It worked! My system is 64bit, so I had to find /usr/ -name "*dictionaries*" where the dictionaries turned out to be in /usr/lib64/xulrunner/dictionaries. It was interesting to learn that they are installed from rpm -q --whatprovides /usr/lib64/xulrunner/dictionaries/en_DK.aff gives hunspell-en-0.20110318-9.fc17.noarch – Sandra Jul 2 '13 at 7:09
  • To add insult to injury, all those annoyingly useless variations are just symlinks to en_GB-large file! What the hell firefox?! And on my distro, dir was /usr/lib/firefox/dictionaries – gcb Jun 1 '17 at 20:36

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