Padma Karpo Translation Committee
Tibetan Software and Evaluation Dictionaries, Free Download
Products, prices, online purchase, and distributors:
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Index to Downloads:
TibetD Reader (Windows), Free
Evaluation Electronic Dictionaries and Reference Works
Texts and Reference Works for Tibetan Studies
Tibetan Typeface Samples
Free Tibetan Typeface: Tibetan Machine
Sanskrit Diacriticals
Images Including for Pecha-making
English translations of Tibetan Buddhist Texts, translation guides, etcetera, free
Documentation on Tibetan/Bhutanese marks and signs
Replacement Typefaces for Monier Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary under Windows Vista and later
Documentation on Tibetan Punctuation, Grammar, and Pecha Making

1. Free copy of TibetD Reader Software (Windows):
To read our free texts and databases you will need either TibetD Reader or TibetDoc.  If you have purchased any of our software packages you will have the software already.  You can read about TibetD Reader • here.  If not and you would like a free version of the Reader, you can download it here.  Please note that you will be asked to register with us in order to obtain the software:

the free version of TibetD Reader.

རིན་མེད་ཐུ་མིའི་ཡིག་ཆའི་ཀློག་ཐབས།

Note that this software is for Windows.  We have Macintosh OSX and Apple iOS versions of TibetD Reader for use with our commercial dictionaries, but they only work with those dictionaries and are not available as separate products.  The Windows Reader will work in all versions of Windows from XP up and has minimal memory and disk storage requirements.  the Windows version here is 5.41 built on January 15, 2015.  For information about bug fixes in it, • see here.

Commercial software does not fully support Tibetan text formatting and mostly does not allow for searching Tibetan text.  For example, even the very popular Adobe PDF system has trouble with these things.  For this reason, we made and use our own software for presenting Tibetan text.  One of the special features of our software is that it is the only software in the world aware of all of the details of Tibetan text formatting.  Another feature is that has exceptional search capabilities for Tibetan text.  Our TibetD Reader is like Adobe Acrobat except that it handles Tibetan text with all of its specialized requirements, perfectly.  This gives you a remarkable tool for working with Tibetan text.
2. Evaluation Electronic Dictionaries and Reference Works:
Read detailed information about our dictionaries • here.
Windows: Download a package containing samples of the following three dictionaries and one reference work.  The files in this package are short samples only of each reference work.  For example, there are about 200 entries only out of tens of thousands from each dictionary.  The entries have been carefully chosen so that you can get a good feel for the content and quality of the dictionaries.  The package also contains a quick guide to the use of the Reader with the dictionaries.  The guide will show you how to get started with the Reader and how to get the most out of the dictionaries.  It is strongly recommended that you read that guide first after download.

The Illuminator Tibetan-English Dictionary   The Illuminator
Tibetan-English Dictionary
Sarat Chandra Das's Tibetan-English Dictionary  Sarat Chandra Das’s
Tibetan-English Dictionary
Geshe Chodrak's Tibetan-Tibetan Dictionary   Geshe Chodrak’s
Tibetan-Tibetan Dictionary
Mahavyutpatti Sanskrit-Tibetan-English Glossary   Mahavyutpatti
Sanskrit-Tibetan-English Glossary

You will need either TibetDoc or TibetD Reader to read these samples.  If you have purchased any of our software previously, you have the software needed already.  If not, a copy of the free Reader mentioned (above) is included in the package and you can install and use that.

the Windows evaluation package.
Macintosh and iOS: We do have Macintosh OSX and Apple iOS versions of five of our dictionaries but we do not have evaluation versions available at the moment.  See these pages • here.
3. Texts and Reference Works for Tibetan Studies:
We have a variety of important texts from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in electronic form.  Many are free and some are available by purchase.

There is a wide range of Tibetan Buddhist texts in electronic form available for • free download here.  These texts are in TibetD format.  There are also free reference works on the other pages on this site dealing with dictionaries, texts, and reference works.  To get a full view of what we have and how it can be used, we recommend that you go to the PKTC home page and thoroughly investigate all areas of the site from there.  The • sitemap is also very useful in that regard.

To read these texts, you will need either TibetD Reader or TibetDoc.  If you do not have either one, use our free TibetD Reader available • on this page to read them.

We also have many texts and reference works available for purchase.  A full listing of all digital products available for purchase can be seen • here and more information about our digital products is available • here.
4. Tibetan Typeface Samples
View PDF This document contains descriptions of all our Tibetan typefaces and samples of them in pecha form for viewing and printing.  • View in PDF-format or • download the file (162Kb zipped Acrobat Reader 4 PDF file).  You can read more about our Tibetan typefaces • here.
5. Free Tibetan Typeface: Tibetan Machine
We are well known for having the best Tibetan fonts in the world.  All of our Tibetan fonts are available in unicode and non-unicode formats to suit every need.  You can read more about all of our Tibetan typefaces • here.  Of them, the standard workhorse font "Tibetan Machine" has been made available for free.  You read about the typeface in the documentation included with the download file or • here.

The compressed (zip) download file includes:
1. TibetanMachineUnicode, the authentic unicode version of the font.  Use this to replace the badly damaged version called "Tibetan Machine Uni" available from University of Virginia;
2. the non-unicode version of the font called "TibetanMachine" in our TCC encoding;
3. the non-unicode version of the font called "TibetanMachineWeb" in a non-unicode special encoding which is useful in various ways.



Just download the file, uncompress it, and install the needed fonts using the usual methods (there is no need to install the ones you do not need).  The TibetanMachineUnicode font is a single font, the Tibetan Machine font set in TCC encoding has five fonts in it, and the TibetanMachineWeb font set has ten fonts in it.  Documentation for the typefaces is included in the download file.

We put this typeface into the public domain under GNU licence some years ago.  It is an excellent typeface that can be used for any purpose.  The fonts are free and can be used for any purpose without further permission.  The fonts can be freely copied and given to others.  However, we would prefer it if the fonts were not made available for download on other sites but that a link to here was provided; thank you!

The unicode typeface is a standard Opentype TTF typeface; it works on all platforms that fully support Opentype fonts such as all versions of Windows from Windows XP on, all versions of Macintosh OSX from 10.5, Linux, and so on.
6. Sanskrit Diacriticals:
This is a set of five, professional-quality typefaces containing a full set of roman letters with the diacriticals needed for IAST Sanskrit.  Keyboards for their use are also available.  The typefaces are unicoded.  For full information see here.


7. Images Including for Pecha-making
See • here for a variety of free images, some of which are particularly useful for making pecha with • TibetDoc.
8. Free books in English: translations of Tibetan Buddhist Texts, commentaries to various texts, writings, translation guides
View PDF See • here for information and free downloads of texts translated into English.  See • here for free guides and other things of interest to translators.  Please note that you will be asked to register with us in order to obtain the free books.
9. Documentation on Tibetan/Bhutanese marks and signs:
View PDF The PDF file here contains information about marks and signs being considered for inclusion into the Tibetan Unicode 3.0 standard.  It contains a wealth of information about Tibetan and Bhutanese signs not elsewhere available.  • View or download.
10. Replacement Typefaces for Monier Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary under Windows Vista and later
The electronic edition of the Monier Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary produced in Koln, Germany, in the 1990’s uses custom fonts for the input box in the main window of the search program and in the Word version of the lookup, too.  These fonts were not correctly produced.  The result is that they work in Windows versions up to and including XP but do not work in Windows Vista and later, which is has more stringent requirements for fonts.  The fonts were re-generated by us so that they would work in Windows Vista and later.  Download the file here and use the three fonts in it instead of the three that came with the dictionary and you will be able to use the dictionary in Windows Vista and later.

If you are not sure what to do, install the package into Windows Vista or later.  When you type in the lookup program, you will see that symbols instead of letters appear.  Use the fonts provided by us to replace the existing ones (just right click on a font from us, choose install, and say yes to replace when asked).  Now you should see the expected letters when you type in the lookup program.


11. Documentation on Tibetan Punctuation, Grammar, and Pecha Making:
View PDF The full manuals of the Tibetan! 5 program for Word and WordPerfect are available here.  The programs are no longer available but their manuals have excellent information on Tibetan punctuation and grammar rules as it applies to making and formatting Tibetan pecha.  To our knowledge, this information is not available anywhere else.  Anyone who is writing Tibetan text or wants to learn some of the details of Tibetan punctuation will find this information indispensable.  There is other information in the manuals about typing Tibetan and so on which also should be useful.

From diskette 1 Documentation:

main documentation for WordPerfect for Windows, zipped PDF file

main documentation for Word for Windows, zipped PDF file

From diskette 2 Pecha Templates:
Pecha templates are not the way to make pecha any longer—TibetDoc makes pecha making push-button simple.