Spell check is not working

Description of the issue:
Spell check isn’t functional apparently due to an inability to download a dictionary.

Steps to Reproduce (add as many as necessary): 1. 2. 3.

  1. Make a typo.
  2. No squiggles are seen,
  3. Go to Settings>Advanced>Languages>Spell Check.
  4. There is an error about not being about to download the dictionary.
  5. Click ‘Retry’ button.
  6. Get the following error message.

English (United States)

Spell check dictionary download failed.

Please check with your network administrator to make sure that the firewall is not blocking downloads from Brave servers.

Actual Result (gifs and screenshots are welcome!):

Expected result:

Dictionary should download which should enable spell check.

Reproduces how often:

100% reproducable. I have been using the browser for a few days and this problem has persisted.

Operating System and Brave Version(See the About Brave page in the main menu):

Windows 10
Version 0.63.48 Chromium: 74.0.3729.108 (Official Build) (64-bit)

Additional Information:

Windows 10 is configured to use US English.

Thanks for reaching out – also a great write up.

Is this the first time you’ve downloaded/installed Brave?

@Mattches hi,

Yes I downloaded and installed for the first time a couple of days ago,

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If you wouldn’t mind tryin a quick un/reinstall of the browser it may help. Is spell check not working on any sites at all? For example, I’m warned about typing this in here on Community:


Re-installation didn’t work. I downloaded the latest Chromium and is also couldn’t download the dictionary, so I checked my hosts file. There was just some ad blocking stuff in there, but apparently something there broke the dictionary download. After clearing the hosts file the dictionary downloaded and spell check is working.

Thanks for the help. Maybe this will help you if anyone in the future has this problem.

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Checking host file was my next suggestion – excellent sleuthing. Glad to hear you got this worked out. I’ll make sure to forward this information to the rest of the team so they can dig in and address the issue (if necessary).