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Developer(s) Dmitry N. Shilnikov
Initial release January 31, 2002 (2002-01-31)
Stable release
1.9.3 / 6 April 2010; 7 years ago (2010-04-06)[1]
Written in PHP, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in Multilingual (3)
Type Dictionary Writing Software
License GNU General Public License

Glossword is an open source tool written in PHP intended to create and publish an online multilingual dictionary, glossary, or reference.


Glossword was started by Dmitry N. Shilnikov as simple web-based dictionary management system for his own needs when he has studied in Moscow University for the Humanities in 2001.

Several times the development of the software has been closed and reopened again because of several reasons, including the lack of time.

Source code hosting history:


Features provided by the program include:

  1. Web interface;
  2. Import data from TSV, CSV, XML, Plain text, Glossword XML;
  3. Export data to various formats: CSV, TSV, XML, Glossword XML;
  4. Indexing and searching through millions of definitions;
  5. Automatically generated alphabetical index for dictionary;
  6. Multilevel cache engine improves productivity for an HTML-output;
  7. UTF-8 encoding. Multiple languages can be used in a one dictionary at the same time;


There are two different versions of Glossword:

  • 1.9.x - component for a CMS.
  • 1.8.x and below - stand-alone web-application.

Milestone releases[edit]

Glossword 1.9.x versions
Release Date Notable changes[2]
1.9.3 April 6, 2010 This release features a customizable alphabetic order, configurable placement for an alphabetic toolbar, and the ability to import data from a remote source via HTTP.
1.9.2 March 25, 2010 This release features a real-time Localization Manager to produce language translations.
1.9.1 March 15, 2010 A custom XML files can be imported, including RSS/Atom.
1.9.0 March 1, 2010 This version starts a new branch of development. It is now a component for the Joomla! CMS, which can be installed in the usual way.
Glossword 1.8.x and below
Release Date Notable changes
1.8.12 September 30, 2012 Virtual keyboard can be shown on the front page and on the search results page. Other minor fixes.
1.8.10 July 13, 2008 This release features a new installation procedure, a new design for the administrative interface, major usability improvements.
1.8.8 April 29, 2008 A new option was added to enable simultaneous access for users with the same login names.
1.8.7 April 9, 2008 This release adds new features like a menu manager, permissions manager, and virtual keyboards manager. Several built-in alphabetic orders were added, including Azerbaijani, Kurmanji, Pushto, and Turkish. The compatibility with PHP 5.3.0 was greatly improved.
1.8.6 December 2, 2007 This version implements the history of changes for terms, a custom alphabetic order for dictionaries.
1.8.5 September 21, 2007 This release adds the ability to locate any term or dictionary under a custom URL.
1.8.4 August 23, 2007 This version introduces extended search engine optimization support. URL rewriting is no longer required. Editors receives the ability to delay a term being published. New features include an improved CAPTCHA algorithm, OpenSearch support.
1.8.3 June 21, 2007 This version introduces a feature for protecting the feedback form against spam messages. A new "backup" option was provided in the maintenance section along with the ability to select extra time ranges for pages with exportable data and the ability to search in incomplete terms only.
1.8.0 October 7, 2006 This version has major improvements in the user interface, administrative functions, and visual design. Features like multilingual topic names, the ability to import and export topic trees, contents from custom pages, and visual themes make the software more practical to use.
1.7.0 June 9, 2005 A user may now create custom, nested, and multilingual pages with embedded PHP-code. Glossword may be installed as a multidomain/multiuser platform where there is one source directory but several installations.
1.6.4 November 9, 2004 This version features compatibility with PHP 5, the ability to be integrated with Mambo CMS and Google Ads.
1.6.3 July 9, 2004 A new installation wizard, customizable post-processing functions, support for Unicode Normalization.
1.5.1 May 7, 2003 Major improvements for import and term editing procedures.
1.4.2 December 20, 2002 Features compatibility with Left-To-Right text directions. Valid XHTML 1.1 code. Any national alphabetic characters allowed for login and password.
1.4.1 November 15, 2002 Features compatibility with HTTPS, disabled Cookies. Video Guide was added. Completely new search engine with the ability to search cross any characters, including Chinese. Search engine supports stopwords, also features additional search abilities, such as simple query language. Built-in support for URL rewriting with Apache (via mod_rewrite). Automatically built alphabetical index for non-Latin characters. All scripts and database have been switched to use UTF-8 encoding. Valid XHTML 1.0 code.
1.3.1 June 23, 2002 Valid HTML 4.01 code for HTML-templates.
1.2-alpha January 31, 2002 The first public version.


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