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Sharing Personal Dictionaries

To share a personal dictionary, export the desired dictionary, then send the generated file by email, for example. The recipient will then be able to either import the content into an existing dictionary or simply add it as a new dictionary by selecting it.


Importing lets you automatically add a personal dictionary. To import, first select the dictionary in question from the left-hand panel (create one if necessary). Then, on Windows, select File from the menu bar, then Import. On a Mac, click Import in the menu to the right of the resource name. Antidote will then ask for the location of the dictionary to import.

  • Imported personal dictionaries are in TEXT format and encoded in UTF-8.
  • The command Show in Finder in the menu (Mac) or Show in Explorer in the File menu (Windows) will indicate the location of the file containing the dictionary.

A window will display information on the import result. This will include the number of words added, modified or rejected.

  • If any words are rejected while importing a personal dictionary, you can save a list of these words in order to modify them later, then import them again.
  • Antidote may detect missing information upon import and may correct this automatically. If this happens, a warning triangle () will appear. Check the accuracy of the information inferred by Antidote, then click Accept inflection.

Thanks to the import process, you can also import a document that Antidote had previously exported, allowing you to easily merge two personal dictionaries, for example.

For more details on importing from a TEXT format file, see the documentation on import formats. Here are some example files:


In Windows, select File in the menu bar, then Export dictionary…. On a Mac, click on Export… in the menu to the right of the personal dictionary’s name. Antidote produces a document with all the information you provided for each of the entries in the personal dictionary.

  • This document, in TEXT format and encoded in UTF-8, uses tabs to separate each attribute of the entry: inflected forms, definition, syntactic category, etc. The exported document can be opened in your writing software, your spreadsheet or any other software that reads this format.