KTdict C-E for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch provides you a comprehensive, easy to use and fast Chinese-English dictionary. The following features make it the perfect tool for your study of the Chinese language or your visit to China.

Search: Includes the data of the renowned CC-CEDICT dictionary with over 100,000 entries - no Internet connection required. Search using English, Chinese characters and Hanyu Pinyin. Use Chinese handwriting recognition or voice input of iOS to enter Chinese easily.

Reader: Import Chinese texts and get with a single tap translations of unknown words and characters.

OCR: Take pictures of printed Chinese texts and use optical character recognition to help with translation.

Flashcards: Add words from the dictionary to vocabulary lists and share them across your iOS devices with iCloud. Import vocabulary lists per Email and through other apps like Safari or Dropbox. (*)

Trainer: Learn vocabulary from the dictionary as well as self-entered words. Build on the Leitner system, the flashcard trainer helps you maintaining steady study habits by creating daily learning sets. (*)

(*: Requires single one-time in-app purchase).

Acknowledgments: KTdict C-E includes the data of CC-CEDICT (, license at, the Unihan database (terms-of-use: and the Tesseract Open Source OCR engine (, license at

What's New

Version 3.0

- Support for iPhone X
- Dictionary updated to latest version of CC-CEDICT
- Bugfixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Nicely Organized

Big Saturday

This is a well organized dictionary and it's obvious a lot of work and thought went into it.
Lots of clear display options greatly assist learning written Chinese, which is a highly visual written language. The program readily accepts Chinese characters, pinyin, or English.
Audio pronunciation is also included and is accurate. The exceptional advantage to all these features is that they are all available within the program; no online access is required. Well done.



I found this free app really handy and used it for several years. Recently I got Pleco which has more capabilities, but KT certainly remains a highly functional and well designed app overall. I also like that it uses the Creative Commons CC-CEDICT (also used by Pleco and MDBG) which incorporates new terms from web sources, giving a sense of contemporary language. Thank you KT!



Why did you change the color of the App icon suddenly after 10 years??

Otherwise it’s the best Chinese app out there and certainly the one with the greatest value, I’ve been a loyal user since 2010!


Klaus Thul
126.6 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, German
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
© 2008-2017 Klaus Thul
In-App Purchases
  1. Upgrade to KTdict+ C-E $3.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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