I am using GNU Emacs 26.1 on macOS Catalina.

When I try to enable ispell or flycheck-mode I am getting following error:

No word lists can be found for the language "en_US".

=> How could I fix this error?

4 Answers 4


Package aspell comes with Debian 11, but evidently lacks dictionaries.

sudo apt-get install aspell-en           

Installs the English spelling dictionary for aspell.


Installing aspell fixed my problem.

brew install aspell

I faced the same problem on Fedora 34.

sudo dnf install aspell-en

fixed my problem.


Manjaro 21 also lacks dictionaries.

sudo pacman -S aspell-en

fix the problem.

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