I'm asking this as I remember trying for more than half an hour at some point in the last year and giving up, now I need to do it more urgently. Essentially to have spell-check in a European language on Libreoffice 'writer' which is not my native.

There is already an answer here to do it on Fedora - LibreOffice install language package from official dnf-repositories ..and several on the Ubuntu sites but I can't find any solid guide to do it on Debian.

Does anyone know how?

Not sure if it can be done through the menus or through a terminal command. I'd prefer terminal but whatever works. I'm running Debian 11 Bullseye.

  • which language? Aug 14, 2023 at 20:53
  • At this point, was 'French' which I needed.
    – cardamom
    Aug 15, 2023 at 20:12

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Language support for LibreOffice in Debian is split across a variety of packages. The relevant ones for spell-checking are either hunspell-dictionary-… or myspell-dictionary-… packages; use apt search hunspell-dictionary or apt search myspell-dictionary to list them all. For example, hunspell-de-de, which “provides” hunspell-dictionary-de, allows LibreOffice to spell-check German.

Once you’ve identified the appropriate package, install it using sudo apt install.


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