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The best app for the Hans Wehr Arabic dictionary

A new Hans Wehr app makes full-text search in Arabic (and English) possible.

Last updated: 1 year ago

The Hans Wehr is still the best reference work if you want to translate a word quickly from Standard Arabic – especially because it is organized by roots and indicates vowels and prepositions.

In German, the 6th edition was published just a few weeks ago, which includes new terms from technology and from dialects. The 5th edition was published in 1985 and was partly completely outdated. I have no information when the new edition will also be published in English.

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The German publisher of the (Harrassowitz Verlag) does not offer a digital version, let alone an app for cell phones which is very disappointing and questionable.

Digital Hans Wehr

Gibreel Abdullah is a developer from India. He created a new app for the Hans Wehr dictionary because all other available Hans Wehr dictionary apps used scanned pages which made it difficult to navigate. I guess that the 4th edition was used as a , but I am not sure.


  • Free and Open Source (FOSS). No Ads
  • No internet connection needed
  • Search in Arabic or English
  • Search for words or search in the definition
  • It shows how often and where the word in question occurs in the Qur'an
  • Dark or light theme
  • Browse the entire dictionary without searching

Disclaimer: I have no idea if there are any copyright issues.

You can download the Hans Wehr app in the Google App Store!

Google Play Store

Apple users

So far, there is no version for Apple users, but there is another app that works quite well.

Apple Store

Web application

If you are looking for a web application: On ejtaal.net/aa/ you find the most important dictionaries: Hans Wehr (4th edition), Lane's Lexicon, al-Mawrid, and the Egyptian of Hinds/Badawi. Furthermore, you will get the Classics and many Qur'an dictionaries.

Lane's Lexicon

The developer of the Hans Wehr app has also launched a similar app for the famous Lane's Lexicon which is a great tool if you read older texts.

Google Play Store

Apple users

Apple users can try another app:

Apple Store

Web application

For offline usage, there is Lane's Lexicon by Graeme Andrews which is a great tool. It is fully searchable and you can adjust almost anything in the settings. It is available for almost any platform (Windows, Apple, ). Just download the appropriate installer.

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Gibreel Abdullah
Gibreel Abdullah
2 years ago

I’m the developer of these apps. They are available only on Android, but the apps have been written in Flutter language so should work on iOS as well.

I don’t own a MacBook so I cannot publish the app on Apple appstore.

If you could use your platform to find some iOS developer who could publish the app to the AppStore it would be great.

The app can be published with minimal code change in the existing code base.

The code can be found here – https://github.com/MuslimTechNet/HansWehrDictionary

My email address for queries- gibreel.khan@gmail.com

Ingrid Baltzersen
Ingrid Baltzersen
2 years ago

I think this webpage, that also has an app, is based on a database from wehr, but I’m not sure. But it’s anyways a helpful dictionary since it gives conjugations and tashkil http://aratools.com/

2 years ago

I tried it. It’s not accurate I put بين in and keeps going to ثقل

James Van Norman
James Van Norman
3 years ago

I’ve found ARABIC Dict Box in the Apple App Store very helpful. Certainly I’m at a much lower proficiency level, but gives prepositions, example uses, etc

Gibreel Abdullah
Gibreel Abdullah
3 years ago

Wow. Got featured in Arabic For Nerds. That explains the spike in downloads.

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