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Babeleo translator


Plasmoid Binary

Score 79%
Babeleo translator

Babeleo translator

Babeleo translator

Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  1084
Submitted:  Aug 18 2009
Updated:  May 7 2013


A fast translator and web query plasmoid for KDE


- translates the clipboard contents or submits it to a search engine of your choice simply by clicking on the icon or pressing the keyboard shortcut. The corresponding page gets opened in the standard web-browser. The query can also be entered manually in a text field instead of using the clipboard.

- many search engines preconfigured: leo.org, pons.de, google, wikipedia, duden.de, open dictionary, etc... The plasmoid can be used for many other things than just translations.

- new search engines can easily be added.

- fast switching between different translation languages or search engines.


KDE4 >= 4.2

installation from source

You will need the utility cmake and some development packages. To install them:

Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install cmake kdebase-workspace-dev kdelibs5-dev

SUSE: sudo zypper install cmake libkde4-devel kdebase4-workspace-devel

To install the plasmoid, unpack the archive, go to it's main directory and execute this commands:

mkdir build
cd build
cmake ../ -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=`kde4-config --prefix`
sudo make install

After that, the plasmoid should show up in the add widgets dialog.

If not, you can try to execute:

killall plasma-desktop && plasma-desktop

optional: import GPG-Key:

for those who download Babeleo through the Ubuntu PPA (see download links below), the GPG key of the PPA can be imported this way:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 7AB1A390


The fish icons are modified versions of an icon in the Crystal Clear icon set by Everaldo Coelho. File Crystal_Clear_app_babelfish_vector.svg (LGPL)

Comments are always appreciated, positive or negative!

If you don't like the app, feel free to tell me why, so that I can maybe improve it.

Thanks for voting! :)


- more sorting possibilities for the search engines.
- easy-to-use install script.
- more default search engines.
- add offline dictionaries, for example integration of ding (http://www-user.tu-chemnitz.de/~fri/ding/)


if you update Babeleo from a version older than 0.4, please remove the plasmoid from the panel and add it again before use.

update 06.05.2013: New packages for Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) and 13.04 (Raring Ringtail)
update 01.05.2013: New package for Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)

0.5.2 (13.10.2011)
- new AUTHORS file and updated credits
- new packages for SUSE and Ubuntu

0.5.1 (30.09.2009)
- global shortcut for triggering a query works again
- added a possibility for a global shortcut to open the manual query dialog
- added some more search engines to the default list

0.5 (10.09.2009)
- automatic download of icons for the search engines. Babeleo fetches the favicon from the web page of the engine.

0.4.2 (31.08.2009)
- fixed bug which caused plasma to crash

0.4.1 (31.08.2009)
- alphabetical sorting of search engines in the menus.
- added a few more search engines to the default list.
- some of the search engines are now hidden by default.
- source code cosmetics.

0.4 (30.08.2009)
- added a cool new configuration interface fo search engines:
- possibility to add, remove and edit search engines.
- possibility to hide some of the configured search engines.
- possibility to define for each search engine if it should appear in the main context menu or in the "other engines" menu.
- changed plasmoid name as displayed in the "add widgets..." dialog to "Babeleo translator" for easier finding after installation.

0.3.2 (25.08.2009)
- Babeleo now doesn't use the global clipboard content anymore, but the
currently highlighted text. There is no need to type Ctrl+C anymore,
regardless of the klipper-settings.

0.3.1 (24.08.2009)
- removed a bug which could cause plasma to crash directly after a fresh install or an update from an older version of Babeleo.

0.3 (22.08.2009):
- code restructured to easily add more search engines.
- added a few engines to show what's possible. I will add a configuration window to manage the engines in a later version. For now, new engines can be added easily by those who want by editing the sources (babeleo.cpp, after line 137).
- Tooltip shows the current engine.

0.2.1 (20.08.2009):
- improved the behaviour of the text field for manual entry of the query when it gets opened and when it loses focus.
- cleaned up the code.

0.2 (20.08.2009):
- added the possibility to enter a query manually in a small textfield, instead of taking it from the clipboard.

0.1 (18.08.2009):
- initial release.

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 by soee on: Oct 14 2011
Score 50%

no Oneiric in ppa?

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 Re: Oneiric

 by bongoMan on: Oct 14 2011
Score 63%

Here you go! it's in the ppa now...

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 Good work

 by snock on: May 1 2013
Score 50%

Would be better, instead of opening the web browser. Out a window with the translation.

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 Re: Good work

 by bongoMan on: May 3 2013
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Yes it would be cool, but it's almost impossible. It would imply to write a parser for the html-pages of every single search engine available in babeleo, to extract the informations we want to display from the web-page. Definitely not feasible... And how could manually added search engines be handled?

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 Re: Good work

 by bongoMan on: May 3 2013
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Hey, you are the first fan of babeleo! Cool :)

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 by snock on: Jul 13 2013
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One could add key combination for each type of search engine?

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