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MDBG Chinese-English Dictionary for Mac OS X

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Offline dictionary

Looking for an easy to use offline Chinese-English dictionary for Mac OS X? Look no further! With the MDBG Chinese-English Dictionary for Mac OS X you can quickly look up Chinese words using Chinese characters, Mandarin pinyin or the English definition. An internet connection is not required for using the dictionary, so you can use it anywhere, any time!

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Try it FREE

A free trial version of the MDBG Chinese-English Dictionary for Mac OS X is available for download:

The trial version does not have a time limit but it's content is limited to HSK level 1-4 words (Elementary & Intermediate, approximately 1500 entries). The full version features approximately 100.000 entries.

Please follow the instructions below if you see the following error during installation: “MDBG Simplified Chinese-English Dictionary Trial.pkg” can’t be opened because it was not downloaded from the Mac App Store.


You can purchase the full version of the MDBG Chinese-English Dictionary for Mac OS X in our webshop:

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Please try the free trial version before purchasing this product to ensure compatibility with your system.

System requirements

Supported operating systems:


Mouse over hover translation (as featured in MDBG Chinese Reader) is not officially supported by the MDBG Chinese-English Dictionary for Mac OS X. It is possible to get mouse over hover translation in some programs such as Safari but it does not always work correctly due to limitations in Mac OS X. To use the mouse over hover translations, install the full version of MDBG Chinese-English Dictionary for Mac OS X and follow the instructions in the User Guide to set it up correctly. While using a program such as Safari, hover your mouse cursor over a Chinese word, press CMD-CTRL-D and keep it pressed. A popup with the translation should appear. Move your mouse cursor while keeping CMD-CTRL-D pressed to see translations for other words. Sometimes OS X refuses to show translations for certain words / characters, it might help to select the character manually and press CMD-CTRL-D again.

In Mac OS X 10.7 and higher, keeping CMD-CTRL-D pressed doesn't seem to work, you will need to press CMD-CTRL-D for each word you want to translate. Alternatively you can use a 3 finger tap.

Did you know that Chinese text input is bundled with Mac OS X? This page explains how to enable it.

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Tip: The Chinese character flashcards can help you learn new Chinese characters.
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