ASpell GUI is an open source and totally free software project that provides users with a graphical user interface (GUI) for the GNU Aspell command-line application. It is a very simple program that uses GNU Aspell, which must be installed before using this software, to spell check a sentence or a single word outside of a text editor.
Features at a glance
Key features include the ability to spell check a single word or multiple ones (phrase, paragraph, sentence, etc.) with a single mouse click, the ability to check a highlighted word, support for the latest version of the GNU Aspell software, stick and un-stick functionality, as well as a very simple and easy-to-use graphical user interface.
How does it work?
When opening the application for the first time, you will immediately notice how easy to use it is. There’s no need for instructions on how to use this basic and straightforward application. Just paste the text you want to spell check and press the “Spell Check” button. That’s it! Once again, please note that you must install the GNU ASpell program for the application to work properly.
Installing ASpell GUI
In order to install the application, download the archive, extract it and run the ./configure or ./autogen.sh commands from the extracted folder. Then execute make and sudo make install to compile and install the application. If you want to install it in /usr instead of the default /usr/local location, add the --prefix=/usr option to one of the first two commands.
Under the hood, availability and supported OSes
ASpell GUI is written entirely in the C++ programming language and uses the Qt or GTK+ GUI toolkits for its graphical user interface. It is available for download as a universal tarball, which requires users to manually configure and compile the application prior to its installation. A wide range of GNU/Linux operating system are supported at the moment.