DDB Access

DDB Access provides the DDB content for words found in a Chinese text.

DDB Access relies for parsing on monthly DDB and CJKVE extracts provided by Charles Muller, and for content on XML pages from the DDB and CJKVE websites.

Using DDB Access requires a DDB password.

Download DDB Access 2017.09 Download DDB Access 2017.07

New in this version

- CJKVE: index 100% revised (C. Muller).
- User interface simplified.
- Restored: similar words in DDB.
- Added: similar words in CJKVE.

DDB Access shares a common look and feel with SmartHanzi Chinese dictionaries:

Desktop:Windows 7/8/10Mac App Store
Mobile:Google Play StoreApp StoreWindows Store
Web:www.smarthanzi.netwww.smartkanji.net (Japanese)


System requirements: Microsoft Windows 7 or newer.

Security settings

DDB Access is signed with an official Comodo certificate.

Since it is not massively downloaded, there may be security warnings. Please check options in small characters and accept installation.

Windows 7

Users may be required to install Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5


Current version: 2017.09

Updates include software improvements and monthly DDB extracts.

Users are invited to install the latest version.
DDB extract: 3 Sep 17
CJKVE extract: 3 Sep 17


Contact: jean.soulat [at] orange.fr (replace [at] with @)

Suggestions for improvement are welcome. Please report any problems.

Release history


- CJKVE: index 100% revised (C. Muller).
- User interface simplified.
- Restored: similar words in DDB.
- Added: similar words in CJKVE.


Index updated.


- Index updated.
- Bug fixes.


- Presentation improved.
- Index updated.
- Bug fixes.


- Index updated.
- Bug fixes.


- New feature: words can be flagged as review/check/known.
- Index updated.
- Bug fixes.


- Index updated.
- Bug fixes.


- Index updated.
- Technical improvements. Previous version should be formally uninstalled before installing this one.

2014.10, 2015.01

Index updated.


- Just one tab for text and list (use the mini-toolbar to switch).
- Links to Wieger etymological lessons.
- Parsed texts can be saved with links to original documents.
- Traditional/simplified conversion (both ways).


Index updated.

Version 2013.08

Performance improvements and bug fixes

Version 2.03

- Software now signed with an official Comodo certificate.
- Added: links to contained characters and words.
- Added: history of looked up words.
- Similar words in DDB is more tolerant.
- Use right click to copy from lists.
- Improved performance.

Version 2.02

- Added: toolbar.
- More reactive: when a list is shown, the first word is shown together.
- Search also works for simplified variants.
- Also contained in shown through the Search tab when there are many results.