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SmartHanzi is a free yet professional tool for students and anyone wishing to read real Chinese texts (web, PDF) even with a limited level in Chinese.

SmartHanzi is available for PC, Mac and mobile (iPone, iPad, Android).

Text reader: SmartHanzi includes Chinese dictionaries for English, French and German. Besides searching individual words, the application accepts full texts and shows word translations with various views. Links to related words and characters help getting familiar with new characters.

Etymology: SmartHanzi shows etymology of Chinese characters from the Etymological Dictionary of Han/Chinese Characters (EDHCC) by Lawrence J. Howell. Etymology is not only for scholars or experts. Getting familiar with basic components and their explanation brings helpful milestones for students at all levels. Students feel less disoriented when facing unknown characters.

HSK training: levels 1 to 6, monthly progress is shown. The basic option is with short tests, mistaken results are retried first. Users can prefer longer tests, review unsure words or check known words. In all cases, results are saved and user's progress is shown over the last 12 months.

For Windows 7/8/10: Download SmartHanzi 2018.07.03 v2018.10
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New in this version

(Major upgrade)

- Dictionaries updated.
- Test results and user flags share one common list.
- Technical upgrades.

Download SmartHanzi
Windows 7/8/10 (see above)
Windows 10 S
iPhone, iPad
Android (China): Amazon.cn


System requirements: Microsoft Windows 7 or newer.

Security settings

SmartHanzi is signed with an official Comodo certificate.

Since it is not yet frequently downloaded, there may be security warnings:
- Please check options in small characters and accept installation.
- One may also prefer to use Firefox in case of difficulties with Internet Explorer.

Windows 7

With Windows 7, the user may be required to install Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5

(Windows 8/10: the installation should be straightforward)


This website and the downloadable software may be changed at any time without prior notice. The data are provided "as is" from miscellaneous sources (see credits). No claims are made as to fitness for any particular purpose. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. The recipient agrees to determine applicability of information provided.


Contact: info [at] smarthanzi.net (replace [at] with @)

Suggestions for improvement welcome. Please report any problem.

Version history

Release 2019.07

- Dictionaries updated.
- Test results and user flags share one common list.
- Technical upgrades.

Release 2018.10

- Presentation clarified.
- Word lookup: several dictionaries possible.
- Tests also with traditional characters.

Release 2018.03

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

Release 0.90

- Improved user interface.

Release 0.89

- Etymological data by Lawrence J. Howell.

Release 0.88

- User interface improved: all features in just one skin.

Release 0.87

- HSK tests improved.

Release 0.86

- Bug fixes.

Release 0.85

- New HSK skin with tests and progress report.

Release 0.84

- User can flag words: green, yellow, red.
- Lists : words shown from keyboard interface as well as with mouse.