JEDict 4.7.1
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Japanese-English dictionary.   Shareware ($25.00)
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JEDict is a multilingual dictionary viewer capable to search all EDICT-formatted dictionaries from Monash University FTP Archive, WadokuJT, XDXF, BEDIC and EIJIRO dictionaries.
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Version 4.7.1: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Bueller_007 reviewed on 10 May 2012
A few comments.

First, this software should be (more) free. It's for the most part merely an interface for the EDICT/KanjiDic volunteer projects. You have to pay more to access other volunteer projects such as the example sentences, and specialty dictionaries such as the one on Buddhism. I can understand that Sergey might want to charge for access to pay dictionaries such as Eijiro. But he should not charge for access to dictionaries that are compiled by volunteer effort.

Second, JEDict is updated so rarely (it's been more than a year since the last update), that it desperately needs a dictionary-update feature. New versions of EDICT, the main dictionary that JEDict uses, are made available nightly--often with hundreds of improvements made in a single day. The version of EDICT currently available in JEDict 4.7 is now woefully out-of-date. For instance, it was compiled before the Japanese tsunami on Mar. 11, 2011, after which HUGE efforts were made to improve EDICT's coverage of disaster terminology for tsunamis, nuclear reactors, etc. There needs to be a way to auto-update the dictionaries.

Kotoba! for iOS is now a far better (and completely free) alternative than JEDICT.
[Version 4.7]


Stormchild commented on 09 Aug 2011
Still the best Japanese-English dictionary for the Mac…but I'm sad to say this is mostly due to the lack of any viable alternative. While JEDict is packed with useful functionality, the user interface is quite a mess, and it's really starting to look old and broken compared to all the other apps I use on a regular basis.

Lately I've taken to simply using the built-in Dictionary app in OS X, which actually has very good Japanese-English dictionary (and an excellent Japanese-only dictionary, if you can read enough Japanese to use it), and I only turn to JEDict when I need some feature other than looking up words (like looking up individual characters, or compiling a list of words via the userdict).

I understand this is the work of a single developer who most likely has a day job or some other full-time occupation, and I think he's done us all a great service by at least maintaining it in a mostly-working state through all these years and major OS upgrades. But this app needs a complete teardown and redesign of the entire user interface, and I think it's going to take at least one professional UI/UX designer to pull it off. And unfortunately I also think this is such a niche product that Mr. Kurkin can't really be expected to hire a pro to sort this out properly.

What I'd really like to see is a Mac version of the excellent "Japanese" iPhone app (by "codefromtokyo"), which comes awfully close to matching most of JEDict's functionality, and does so with a fantastic, modern UI that is a pleasure to use (something I really can't say about JEDict).

For the time being, I'll be sticking with JEDict, since it's still the best tool (despite its many shortcomings). But I really hope to see a better alternative, someday.
[Version 4.7]



Beige reviewed on 13 Mar 2011
Great app and makes searches and cross-references easy. Was a huge aid when doing Japanese in university and it's even better now.
[Version 4.7]


Stormchild commented on 31 Jan 2008
Any Mac user who knows anything about Japanese knows that this is the best Japanese-English dictionary for the Mac, period. I've been using it since 2004; I've tried every other one that has been released since then, and none of them come anywhere close to JEDict.

Apple's Dictionary in OS X 10.5 actually has several Japanese-related dictionaries that are also quite excellent, and I recommend using those as well, but anyone who is at all serious about studying the language should really have JEDict too. I use both (and a handheld electronic one too), and they complement each other pretty well.

By the way, the browser feature is actually extremely useful if you take the time to learn why it was included in a dictionary. Try loading up any Japanese web page, select some text on the page, and the sidebar pops out with translations and definitions. And it's hardly "bloat"; WebKit views (i.e. the Safari engine) are provided by the OS, and very easily added to any Mac OS X application.
[Version 4.5.1]


mkllow commented on 24 Feb 2007
Edict, EIJIRO and EPWING support makes this the best and most useful japanese dictionary around. Sincere thanks to the author. (and registration when I gather some coins!)
[Version 4.4]

2 Replies

dziewuliz replied on 27 Mar 2008
I personally have Eijiro dictionary files but I couldn't launch them on JEdict, because of the limitations.. Too bad I can't try it out before actually buying :/
Yurx replied on 26 Oct 2009
How's the EPWING lookup? Does it work well... before I fork out $25 for the SECOND time? I already register my version 3 of JEDICT, but I'd have to register again for the new version.


Aikousha reviewed on 02 Oct 2006
Though I'll hardly ever use the browser aspect, This is one of the most used apps on my Mac. When working with and translating minor things, it is totally indispensible
The only reason I'm only giving 4 stars in ease of use, is, that with the major upgrade, a few things have become more difficult to use, with the change in interface. I already miss, just from testing out this version, the old 3 interface with regards to Kanji lookup.
A nice addition is the switching of kana and romanized output from the dictionary lookup results. I still have problems remembering some of the kana, and this keeps me from having to pull up my kana chart and squinting at it.
Though I'm not sure such a system exists, yet, a small step further with this would be cool... The ability to have the Macintalk system read this when double-clicked. (I want to see (hear?) a Japanese version of Macintalk, not just English and Spanish). ^_^
[Version 4.2.3]



Leoofborg reviewed on 05 Apr 2006
Some of the readers here really don't do translation work or deep study, do they?

The browser feature is GREAT. Open a page from your toolbar bookmarks that you JUST had open in Safari in a WebKit browser, click on a word and the drawer comes out with all dict definitions. [set this in prefs].

Then copy, paste and print up what I call 'cluster word lists' and memorize the new term.

As the other user said, use the mouse to draw kanji like Windows or a VERY EXPENSIVE pocket dictionary, or third party Mac/Win IME. All that and there's no stylus to lose.

Grumbling about such an app that costs the price of dinner in Japan? Hah.

If you're a student and this is too expensive for you, then you can always just go out to and use that -other- tool for free. But you'll get the same or more info with JEDict.
[Version 4.0.4]

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MacD replied on 17 Apr 2006
The old version was just fine. And I actually bought it.

Now, about the support stuff - I haven't received a single bloody word from the author regarding the new version being out, even though as I have mentioned earlier, I have bought the license! WTF???

And yes, I don't really see ANY bloody reason for the upgrade. The thing is not even Universal binary!!! And I don't need a browser.

And what the f*** is wrong with the application not trying to tell me my old serial is wrong and just silently entering the "Unregistered" mode. I don't get it...

And yes, $25 is a price of dinner here in Japan and is not a problem at all to pay for a software which I use every single day. But I'd better take my wife and have a nice dinner here in Japan instead of upgrading to 4.0 for now reason at all.

MacD commented on 04 Apr 2006
Oh my god, why include a browser?? To justify the upgrade fee or what? This is a dictionary. You know.. dictionaries look up words. And things which browse the web are called anything by dictionaries. Talk about absolutely unnecessary bloat :/
[Version 4.0.2]


Albright reviewed on 01 Mar 2006
Wow, JEDict's 3.x's interface sure wasn't gonna win any beauty pageants, but this "new Cocoa interface" (which doesn't seem to really be Cocoa) could win an ugly dog contest; definitely a turn for the worse. And the integrated web browser is completely unnecessary feature bloat. That being said, the new JLPT feature (which seems to only work after you've copied the app from the disk image to your HD, by the way) is cool, and it's still a great product, and a great value when compared to the cost of full-fledged electronic dictionaries.
[Version 4.0]


Anonymous reviewed on 11 Nov 2005
People complain about, "why do i have to pay 25 dollars for a reader of someone else's free dictionary?'
well.. i can understand you on that one, but most of the other edict readers on this site aren't free either.
I think JEDict is definitely the best. Why? you don't have to copy and paste and switch to the dictionary to program to look up a word. Just select the word you're trying to look up, and hit command+' and boom, starts JEDict (if necessary) and looks up the word like that. also, if you come accross a kanji you can't read in print (so you can't copy and paste) then you can use the draw tool just like the IME tool in windows. just write the kanji and it will look it up like that. very cool.. I'll pay 25$ for a reader and then some instead of 10$ for just a reader any day.
[Version 3.8.1]

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Type:Education : Language
Date:05 Jun 2012
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $25.00
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