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Developer(s)László Németh
Stable release
1.7.2[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 29 December 2022; 16 months ago (29 December 2022)
Written inC++
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeSpell checker
LicenseGNU Lesser General Public License and Mozilla Public License

Hunspell is a spell checker and morphological analyser designed for languages with rich morphology and complex word compounding and character encoding, originally designed for the Hungarian language.

Hunspell is based on MySpell and is backward-compatible with MySpell dictionaries. While MySpell uses a single-byte character encoding, Hunspell can use Unicode UTF-8-encoded dictionaries.


Software with Hunspell support:

Name Type Group Method Notes
Chrome Web browser Google ? [2]
Chromium Web browser Google ? [2]
Empathy Instant messaging Dynamically-linked libenchant Issue selecting dictionaries Enchant[3]
Firefox Web browser Mozilla ?
Illustrator Vector graphics Adobe Statically-linked libhunspell
InDesign Desktop publishing Adobe Statically-linked libhunspell Since CS5.5[4]
gedit Text editor GNOME Dynamically-linked libenchant via GtkSpell[5]
GroupWise Starting in version 2012[6]
.NET [7]
Origyn Web Browser Web browser Dynamically-linked spellchecker.library Since 3.12
Perl [8]
QuarkXPress Desktop publishing Quark Software Inc. Statically-linked libhunspell Since QuarkXPress 2017[9]
Scribus Desktop publishing Dynamically-linked libenchant Since 1.4.2[10]
Name Type Group Method Notes


Hunspell is free software, distributed under the terms of a GPL, LGPL and MPL tri-license.

About the author[edit]

Hunspell was developed by the Hungarian biologist and free software developer László Németh. His recent job as a lead programmer is related to also free software, especially to LibreOffice. He contributes for, as a code contributor since 2002 (spell checking, hyphenation etc.). He also contributes and makes patches for Hunspell spell checker with Unicode, compound word and agglutinative language support; Unicode and non-standard hyphenation; thesaurus component with stemming and suffixation; Lightproof grammar checker; Graphite versions of Linux Libertine and Biolinum fonts with extended typographical capabilities.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Release v1.7.2". 29 December 2022. Retrieved 2 January 2023.
  2. ^ a b Shankland, Stephen. "Google augments open-source spell-check". CNET. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  3. ^ Sumner, Kevin (7 October 2009). "Spell checking doesn't allow US English words when using "English" language". Ubuntu—empathy package. Retrieved 5 May 2020.
  4. ^ Sousa, Miguel (5 November 2011). "How to enable more languages in InDesign CS5.5".
  5. ^ "GtkSpell". SourceForge. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  6. ^ "GroupWise 2012". Novell. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  7. ^ "NHunspell - Free Spell-Checker, Hyphenation and Thesaurus for .NET". Crawler-Lib. Archived from the original on 22 August 2017. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Text-Hunspell-2.16 - Perl interface to the Hunspell library". MetaCPAN. Retrieved 15 July 2022.
  9. ^ Lamy, Arnaud (14 August 2018). "Professional Spell Checker XTension for QuarkXPress".
  10. ^ "1.4.2 Release". Scribus Wiki. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  11. ^ "Laszlo Nemeth — English". Retrieved 12 June 2020. Text was copied from this source, which is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) license.

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