Lexique Pro

An interactive lexicon viewer/editor that displays data in a user-friendly format for easy distribution.


You’ve spent years working on your dictionary, but how easy is it for others to make the most of it? Are the speakers of the language getting any benefit from it? Is it user-friendly enough for a non-linguist to look at? Are translators making the best use of it? Are partner organisations using it? Do university professors have it on their computers? Is it in local schools, government offices and cyber-cafés? Can people download it from your website? Or is it just lying on your hard disk or hidden away gathering dust in the corner of a library somewhere?

Lexique Pro is all about making your data usable, accessible and easy to share with others. And not only that… you may find you use it more yourself!

Online lexicon presentation

Printable dictionary format

Semantic domain categories

How much does it cost?

Nothing! Lexique Pro is freeware. One of its aims is to encourage linguists to share their data freely with others.

What kind of data can it display?

Lexique Pro can read and display a lexicon database if it is either:

  1. A text file with recognised standard format markers (the kind of data produced by Toolbox), or
  2. An XML file in LIFT format (produced by Fieldworks or WeSay).

For more details, see the FAQ.

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Where does Lexique Pro come from?

Lexique Pro is developed by SIL in Mali, West Africa.

By facilitating language-based development, SIL International serves the peoples of the world through research, translation, and literacy.

Other frequently asked questions

Q1. What format lexicon data can Lexique Pro display? answer »
Q2. How can I import my lexicon into Lexique Pro? answer »
Q3. Where does Lexique Pro get the words from to build the English index? answer »
Q4. What are paradigm fields? answer »
Q5. What are lexical function fields? answer »
Q6. I have homonyms in my database. When Lexique Pro creates hyperlinks from other entries, how does it decide which of the homonyms to link to? answer »
Q7. I have a couple of words which are homonyms. How can I put a link in each of these entries to go to the other homonym? answer »
Q8. The setup program I generate for my lexicon with the Distribution wizard: can I give this freely to anyone? answer »
Q9. Can I put the distributable setup program on my website for people to download? answer »
Q10. How can I get Lexique Pro to play my sound files? answer »
Q11. How can I get Lexique Pro to show pictures? answer »
Q12. My .pcx images are not displayed. Why is this? answer »
Q13. How can I include movie or video files in a lexical entry? answer »
Q14. How can I include links to Word or PDF documents in a lexical entry? answer »
Q15. Are there Linux or Mac versions of Lexique Pro? answer »