Monday, June 25, 2007

GAIM (a.k.a. Pidgin) with spell-check

(July 27, 2010):  These instructions apply to Pidgin versions 2.6.6 and older.  Instructions for Pidgin 2.7 and newer can be found here.

After running GAIM (a.k.a. Pidgin) for over a year, I decided I needed to get the spell checker working. Remarkably, there is very little documentation on how to do this. Even worse, search results from google, live and ask aren't very helpful either. Maybe getting spell-check setup is painfully obvious to others, but it wasn't to me!
  • Download GAIMPortable (PidginPortable) from
  • Download the ASpell win32 installer from
  • Download the appropriate precompiled dictionary from
  • Install GaimPortable (PidginPortable)
  • Install ASpell. (It will default to c:\program files\aspell)
  • Install the precompiled ASpell dictionary.
  • Copy c:\program files\aspell to App\aspell
  • Start GAIM and keep your fingers crossed!


  1. Thank you! I've been going crazy the last two months trying to set it up again on my work computer. >.<

  2. Hey, I used to use this page as a reference whenever setting up spell check in Pidgin, so for myself and others from Pidgin 2.7 and later aspell no longer works with Pidgin.

    Instead OpenOffice dictionaries can be used. So first download the zip dictionary from:

    Then extract this into: