GREtools — Vocabulary Builder for GNOME

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Software last updated some time in 2004. This page last updated March 2011.


GREtools is a vocabulary building tool for GNOME. It is a fun and efficient way to learn words. It uses a modified version of Sungwoo Park's wordlist and has about 4000 words. GREtools is open source (GPL) software.


GREtools consists of a synonym quiz, a word guessing game and a word browser. It automatically remembers the words you had difficulty with and lets you revise them. You can set a filter to restrict the space of words to practice on.


Gnome2 and the various python-gnome libraries are required. It has been tested on Redhat 9 and Fedora Core 1, and more recently on Ubuntu Karmic (9.10).

Download and installation

The latest version is 1.2.4 (tarball, rpm, srpm, deb, ChangeLog)

You can install the .rpm on a Redhat-based system, including Fedora, and the .deb on a Debian-based system, including Ubuntu, by clicking on it.

If you know what you're doing, you can install the tarball using

./configure; make; make install

You can also download extra wordlists.



I consider gretools to be complete. No new features will be added. Of course, bugs will be found and fixed.

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Many thanks to James Cape for extensive UI help and patient handholding in complying with the GNOME HIG standard.