Linux – Possible to only have 1 English dictionary instead of 30 in Firefox


When I right click on a text field in firefox 22 and select "Language" from the pop-up menu, I have ~30 English dictionary variations.

I have not installed them since this is the default firefox (version 22) that came with my distribution (Fedora 17).


Is it possible to remove all English expect for the "English (United Kingdom)"?

Best Answer

  • Dictionaries in firefox are installed as extensions. You should be able to remove any you don't want by looking through the list of installed dictionaries in "Tools"=>"Add-ons"=>"Extensions".

    Alternatively, you may be able to delete them directly from the extensions folder. In my case, the three non-English dictionaries I have installed all have a folder called You can have a look at the ones you have installed with this command:

    find ~/.mozilla/firefox/*default/extensions/ -maxdepth 1 -name "*dictionaries*"

    Or, if they are installed system-wide:

    find /usr/lib/firefox-addons/extensions/ /opt/firefox/extensions/ \ 
     -maxdepth 1 -name "*dictionaries*"

    Once you have located them, you should be able to remove the dictionary entry by simply deleting the folders in question. For example:

    find ~/.mozilla/firefox/*default/extensions/ -maxdepth 1 \
       -name "*dictionaries*" -delete
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