DDB Access

DDB Access offers a text reader for DDB and CJKV-E:
- Copy a full text and get all words with one click.
- User chooses to show pronunciations in Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Vietnamese.

DDB (Digital Dictionary of Buddhism) and CJKV-E (Chinese Korean Japanese Vietnamese - English dictionary for classical Chinese) are collaborative works edited by Charles Muller:

Special thanks to Michael Beddow who developed and steadfastly continues to maintain the DDB and CJKVE servers. Michael makes this application possible.

Using DDB Access requires a DDB password:

Download DDB Access 2018.05.12 DDB Access 2018.04.29

New in this version

- Word details: presentation strongly improved.
- Bibliography now shows correctly.
- Bug fixes.
- Version 2018.05 is a major update. v2018.05.12 fixes some minor errors.

Other versions (DDB Access)

Android Amazon.cn   .com   .jp


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

Desktop   Mobile
Windows 7/8/10 http://app.smarthanzi.net
Mac Amazon.cn
  .com  .jp
Windows 10S


System requirements

Windows 7/8/10.

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: 2018.05.12

Updates include software improvements and monthly DDB extracts.

Users are invited to install the latest version.
DDB extract: 29 apr 18
CJKVE extract: 29 apr18


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

Suggestions for improvement are welcome. Please report any problems.

Release history


- Minor corrections.


- Word details: presentation strongly improved.
- Bibliography now shows correctly.
- Bug fixes.


- Index updated.


- Bug fixed: no password required for institutions with paid subscription.


- Quick launch.
- Improved performance on low end PC.
- Search results are sorted.
- Text view highlights full words, underscores alternatives.


- Index updated.
- "Also contained in" first shows words with more similar words.
- Technical improvements.


- Lists: user can choose to show Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese or Korean pronunciation.
- Technical improvements.


- 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.