Projects / gWaei


gWaei is an easy to use and powerful dictionary program for Japanese to English translation. It organizes results by relevance and supports regex searches, tabs, spell checking, kanji handwriting recognition, and a console interface.


Last announcement

Windows Support Update 12 Mar 2012 00:09

With version 3.4.0, gWaei has been updated for the impending gtk+-3.4 release and has recieved various compatibility improvements. Windows users have gotten a new play build today. It is still buggy, but coming along. (Download the binary from the sourceforge servers and try it out if you're curious!) After a lot of consteration through the last 6 month's, I've finally come to the conclusion that I'll need to link zlib and enchant rather than just calling the commandline equivalent. It's just not portable enough as is. Otherwise, I hope everyone is enjoying the new release. There was alot of love put into it. From the mecab japanese morphology support, to the vocabuary list support, to the improved windows compatibility. Cheers! Zachary

Recent releases

  •  02 Jan 2013 07:06

    Release Notes: This is a bugfix release. There are various Windows compilation fixes. Morphology was made less obtrusive because it is a bit greedy. There are fixes for a segfault in waei if no dictionaries are installed and a search is carried out. There are fixes to localization.

    •  22 Sep 2012 23:35

      Release Notes: This is a bugfix release. The changes mostly focus on getting the menus to work correctly on the Ubuntu Unity global menu without causing crashes. Dictionary selection accelerators have been reenabled. A primary-toolbar style has been added to the main toolbar, and there are some style fixes for Unity. UI updates when dictionaries are reordered have been fixed.

      •  18 Sep 2012 20:25

        Release Notes: This version features a rewritten backend that is much much cleaner. It supports searching stroke ranges (s1-2, for example). mecab is now used to enable smart searches using morphology to find root forms of verbs and to split up words. The program has been converted to use GMenu, which should make the menus feel native on Ubuntu, Mac OS, GNOME3, Windows, etc., no matter the style. Menus can now be hidden, and the program now features a menu button a la Google Chrome. You can optionally define the tabs bar to always show. The program only uses symbolic icons if they are detected.

        •  15 Apr 2012 22:21

          Release Notes: This release fixes display of kanjipad (or at least improves it), fixes problems with searches from waei, fixes localizations of some texts, and removes/disables deprecated directives.

          •  31 Mar 2012 20:33

            Release Notes: This is a bugfix release. It installs libwaei headers, increases the libwaei version number, fixes the order in which dictionaries are installed, no longer crashes when a mecab dictionary is not installed, fixes handling of a gtk bug not showing installable dictionaries, and adds zlib to


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