Multi-language reference program that includes a complete dictionary, text translation tools, and a unit converter

  • Category:

    Language & Translation

  • Version:

  • Works under:

    Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows 10 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 2000 / Windows Vista / Windows 10

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free
  • Vote:
    6.7 (371)

If you regularly work with different languages, or you find yourself routinely looking up foreign words, Babylon may just be the program for you. With more than 300,000 downloads, this software has a lot to offer. It can be an essential tool for anyone who is writing, doing business, or otherwise conversing in a different language.

What Is Babylon?

Babylon has several functions. At its most basic level, it is a translation program. It allows you to translate large chunks of text, or look up words one at a time. And Babylon can conveniently function inside your web browser. By simply hitting the control key and right clicking, you can get an instant translation of the text over which your mouse is hovering.


Babylon comes with a number of different dictionaries. But one of its best features is the ability to access and import other dictionaries of your choosing. This is a handy option for people who need to access obscure languages. In addition to the basic text and document translation feature, there is also a web search feature as well as a unit converter.


Though Babylon is a free tool, there is also an upgrade option for professional use. With the paid service, you can access professional translation services. Babylon's translations in the free version are competent, but they are still machine translations. Upgrading to the professional version provides access to a high-quality and accurate translation service.

In deciding whether to upgrade, remember that machine translation has limitations; this can be a severe impediment to an accurate understanding of text, especially for those with no knowledge of the translated language. And errors that may go undetected in machine translations will be virtually eliminated in a professional translation.

Who Benefits from Babylon?

While the free version of this program does not take the place of a professional translation service, it nonetheless is a good option for getting quick and immediate translations. It can be a great tool for those who occasionally need to understand odd bits of foreign text. It can also be an invaluable asset for those learning a new language who may need a bit of extra help.


  • Easy to use
  • Easy to add other dictionaries
  • Good web search function


  • Regularly reminds you of upgrade options
  • Can be intrusive if not adjusted for your use

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