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.

DDB Access shares a common look and feel with the SmartHanzi.net and SmartKanji.net websites. While SmartHanzi.net and SmartKanji.net are general parse and lookup tools for Chinese and Japanese, DDB Access includes DDB content not available in the websites.

Download DDB Access 2015.01 Download DDB Access 2014.10

System requirements: Microsoft Windows Vista, 7 or 8

Firefox is recommended for download:
- DDB Access software is signed with an official Comodo certificate which proves software origin.
- However, Internet Explorer may prevent downloading due to alleged security risks.


In most cases, installation should be immediate.

If the application does not launch, download and install the missing Windows component (Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile).

DDB Access usually launches immediately after install. This additional step is rarely necessary.


Current version: 2015.01.00

Updates include software improvements and monthly DDB extracts.

Users are invited to install the latest version.
DDB extract: 7 Jan 15
CJKVE extract: 31 Dec 14


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

Suggestions for improvement are welcome. Please report any problems.


Version 2014.10    2015.01

Index updated

Version 2014.07

- 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).

Version 2014.01

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.

About security risks

In line with increasing security risks - e.g. phishing - the security controls for downloaded software become more and more strict.

From version 2.03 on, DDB Access is now signed with an official Comodo certificate. This is one step to guarantee the software origin (publisher). However, since this software is not frequently downloaded, there is still a risk that it can be considered unknown - and therefore dangerous - by a few security filters!