Using Apertium spellers with LibreOffice-Voikko on Debian

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How to install libreoffice-voikko on Ubuntu/Debian

Install requirements

Install requirements from apt

sudo apt-get install libreoffice python3 git make sed findutils zip unzip pkg-config gettext \
libxml++2.6-dev libarchive-dev zlib1g-dev unzip automake autoconf libtool flex bison g++ libreadline-dev hfst

Here any version of Python 3 can be used.

Install Prerequisites

1/25/2016 Note: The compiling from source method isn't working and apt is the recommeded way. In the compiling way, Kazakh module isn't detected by libreoffice , but the apt way is working.

Setup for Projectjj repo and debian repo users

If you are a Projectjj repo user then some of depedencies can be installed this way. Otherwise if things don't work for you, you can head over to next section.

Install using apt-get from the projectjj repo and debian repo

sudo apt-get install hfst-ospell hfst-ospell-dev libvoikko-dev libvoikko1v5 voikko-fi

If not using Projectjj then compile

Install hfst-ospell

tar xvf hfstospell-0.4.0.tar.gz
cd hfstospell-0.4.0
./configure --enable-zhfst
sudo make install

Install libvoikko

tar xvf libvoikko-4.0.tar.gz
cd libvoikko-4.0
./configure --prefix=~/.voikko --with-dictionary-path=~/.voikko --enable-hfst; make
sudo make install

Install voikko-fi

tar xvf voikko-fi-2.0.tar.gz
cd voikko-fi-2.0
PATH=/usr/local/voikko/bin:$PATH make vvfst
sudo make vvfst-install DESTDIR=/usr/local/voikkodict

Install language module

A language module supporting spelling may be installed, either from the projectjj repository, or by compiling it manually. Examples of both are provided that use the apertium-kaz module (Kazakh).

From Projectjj repo

  • Install the Kazakh module using apt-get from Projectjj repo.
sudo apt-get install apertium-kaz

Copy the language module to directory

cp /usr/share/apertium/apertium-kaz/kaz.zhfst ~/.voikko/3/kk.zhfst

Or compile it

  • Install Prerequisites

Please go to Minimal installation from SVN to install a language pair.

  • To install Kazakh language module, first get it
svn co
cd apertium-kaz
./ --enable-ospell && make

Copy the language module to directory

cp kaz.zhfst ~/voikko/3/kk.zhfst

Test The spelling module

echo "қазақша билмеймін" | tr ' ' '\n' | voikkospell -d kk -s

The output should be:

C: қазақша
W: билмеймін
S: билеймін
S: білмеймін
S: билемеймін
S: бөлмеймін
S: билемейміз

Install LibreOffice-Voikko

Install from Debian repo

Install using apt-get

sudo apt-get install libreoffice-voikko

Or the compiling way

Get it

git clone

Change Directory and Compile

cd libreoffice-voikko/
make oxt

Add the extension:

  • Open LibreOffice
  • Goto Tools>Extension Manager
  • Click on the Add button
  • Browse to libreoffice-voikko>build
  • Open voikko.oxt

Extension Manager.png

  • Goto Tools>Options
  • Open Language Settings>Writing Aids
  • Click on Edit at the right side of Available modules section
  • Change Language to Kazakh

Note:- Make sure no other spellers for the language are activated, such as hunspell.

  • Click Ok.
  • Close the Options dialog box.

Configuring Extension.png

Test your installation

  • Click on the fourth tab in status bar to change language
  • Click More.. and Select Kazakh


  • Goto Tools>Options>Language
  • Choose Kazakh
  • Click Ok
  • Type қазақша билмеймін
  • A red wavy line will appear on билмеймін,meaning it's misspelled
  • To get correct suggestions, Right click on the mistaken word and suggestions will appear in context menu.



If there is any other problem, you can contact me or Apertium community members.