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This plugin checks the content of the current document in Geany with the spell check library Enchant. You can also select a certain text passage, then the plugin will only check the selected text. All lines with misspelled words are highlighted with a red squiggly underline and the wrong words are printed in the messages window at the bottom of Geany together with available suggestions. For the plugin to work at all, you need to have the Enchant library installed together with at least one backend (Aspell, Myspell, Hunspell, ...). The plugin's configure dialog lists all available languages/dictionaries which can be used for the spell check.



After installed successfully, load the plugin in Geany's plugin manager and a new menu item in the Tools menu will appear. Alternatively, you can assign a keyboard shortcut in Geany's preferences dialog to perform a spell check.

Configuring custom dictionaries

Especially Windows, you might need to install the dictionaries (the files containing the information for spell checking) manually. First, you need to download the dictionary files for the languages you want, e.g. from or The downloaded archives should contain one or more .dic and .aff files.


  1. Download the archive you want to use
  2. The downloaded archive with extensions like .xpi or .oxt is actually a ZIP archive, so extract it as usual (e.g. with 7-Zip or another ZIP unpacker). Extract the contents into a folder of your choice, e.g. C:\dictionaries
  3. If the extracted dictionary files contain hyphens ("-"), replace them with underscores
  4. Then open to the Spell Check plugin preferences dialog in Geany and choose the folder you just created. You may need to restart Geany and then the installed dictionaries should be available

Note: if you are using Enchant 2.0 or later (the library used by the SpellCheck plugin), you need to move the dictionaries into a subfolder called "hunspell" in the directory you created above. The directory to be configured in the plugin's configuration dialog still is the directory above that folder. To check which Enchant version you are using, check "Help->Debug Messages" in Geany and find the appropriate log message telling about the Enchant version.


├── dictionaries
│	 └── hunspell
│			 ├── ca_ES.aff
│			 ├── ca_ES.dic
│			 ├── cs.dic
│			 ├── cs.dic
│			 ├── de_DE_frami.aff
│			 ├── de_DE_frami.dic
│			 ├── en_GB.aff
│			 └── en_GB.dic
└── ...

Then in the plugin configuration dialog set the dictionary for dictionary files to: C:\dictionaries.

Known issues


Ideas, questions, patches and bug reports

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