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enchant Functions


Enchant is the PHP binding for the » Enchant library. Enchant steps in to provide uniformity and conformity on top of all spelling libraries, and implement certain features that may be lacking in any individual provider library. Everything should "just work" for any and every definition of "just working."

Enchat supports the following backends:

  • Aspell/Pspell (intends to replace Ispell)

  • Ispell (old as sin, could be interpreted as a defacto standard)

  • MySpell/Hunspell (an OOo projects, also used by Mozilla)

  • Uspell (primarily Yiddish, Hebrew, and Eastern European languages - hosted in AbiWord's CVS under the module "uspell")

  • Hspell (Hebrew)

  • AppleSpell (Mac OSX)


This version uses the functions of the » Enchant library by Dom Lachowicz. You need Enchant 1.2.4 or later.


Information for installing this PECL extension may be found in the manual chapter titled Installation of PECL extensions. Additional information such as new releases, downloads, source files, maintainer information, and a CHANGELOG, can be located here: »

Runtime Configuration

This extension has no configuration directives defined in php.ini.

Resource Types

There are two types of resources in this extension. The first one is the broker (backends manager) and the second is for the dictionary.


Example 581. Enchant Usage Example

= 'en_US';
$r = enchant_broker_init();
$bprovides = enchant_broker_describe($r);
"Current broker provides the following backend(s):\n";

$dicts = enchant_broker_list_dicts($r);
if (
enchant_broker_dict_exists($r,$tag)) {
$d = enchant_broker_request_dict($r, $tag);
$dprovides = enchant_dict_describe($d);
"dictionary $tag provides:\n";
$spellerrors = enchant_dict_check($d, "soong");
"found $spellerrors spell errors\n";
   if (
$spellerrors) {
$suggs = enchant_dict_suggest($d, "soong");
"Suggestions for 'soong':";
} else {

Table of Contents

enchant_broker_describe — Enumerates the Enchant providers
enchant_broker_dict_exists — Whether a dictionary exists or not. Using non-empty tag
enchant_broker_free_dict — Free a dictionary resource
enchant_broker_free — Free the broker resource and its dictionnaries
enchant_broker_get_error — Returns the last error of the broker
enchant_broker_init — create a new broker object capable of requesting
enchant_broker_list_dicts — Returns a list of available dictionaries
enchant_broker_request_dict — create a new dictionary using a tag
enchant_broker_request_pwl_dict — creates a dictionary using a PWL file. A PWL file is personal word file one word per line.
enchant_broker_set_ordering — Declares a preference of dictionaries to use for the language
enchant_dict_add_to_personal — add a word to personal word list
enchant_dict_add_to_session — add 'word' to this spell-checking session
enchant_dict_check — Check whether a word is correctly spelled or not.
enchant_dict_describe — Describes an individual dictionary
enchant_dict_get_error — Returns the last error of the current spelling-session
enchant_dict_is_in_session — whether or not 'word' exists in this spelling-session
enchant_dict_quick_check — Check the word is correctly spelled and provide suggestions
enchant_dict_store_replacement — add a correction for a word.
enchant_dict_suggest — Will return a list of values if any of those pre-conditions are not met.