Chinese Support Redux

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Chinese Support Redux is an Anki 2.1-compatible rewrite of the original Chinese Support add-on. It offers a number of features that streamline the process of creating flashcards for learning Chinese. The current focus of development effort is on improving the stability of the add-on and the accuracy of its output. Once the core functionality is sufficiently robust and reliable, additional features will be considered.

Please note that the add-on is still in beta and is sometimes shipped in an unstable state. Please upgrade with each new release and report any issues on GitHub. The automated test suite is a work-in-progress, so I still rely heavily on user reports to supplement my own manual testing.

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The vast majority of features have been successfully ported, and the add-on is in a usable state, albeit with some definite rough edges.

The add-on is still in beta. By this I mean “it works, but I wouldn’t trust it with my children”. Expect occasional issues, and please make a back-up before trying it. I use it myself and haven't experienced data loss, but your mileage may vary.

Please report any issues here on GitHub. Feature requests are also welcome.

If you are new to the Chinese Support add-on, the wiki from the previous version is still relevant (here).


The core feature of the add-on is the automatic field filling. To take advantage of this, you need to have an Anki note type with the appropriate fields (e.g., Hanzi, English, Pinyin, Sound). See config.json for a list of valid field names.

If you don't already have such a note type, the easiest approach is to use one of the built-in models. Two types are installed automatically: Basic and Advanced. The only important difference is that the Advanced model shows more information.

To use the field-filling features:

  1. Add a new note to Anki (press a)
  2. Select Chinese (Basic) or Chinese (Advanced) as the note type
  3. Enable Chinese Support Redux for this note type (click 汉字)
  4. Enter a word (e.g., 電話) into the Hanzi field (sentences will also work)
  5. Press Tab
  6. The remaining fields should then be populated automatically


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If you encounter any issues, the best way to have these addressed is to raise them on GitHub. Feature requests are welcome, with the caveat that all good things take time.

I understand the documentation is sparse. Anyone who wishes to add content to the wiki is more than welcome to.


For those who wish to run the tests locally, this is fairly straightforward.

Clone the repository:

git clone
cd chinese-support-redux

Ideally, set up a virtual environment to isolate the project:

curl | bash
pyenv virtualenv 3.6.8 csr
pyenv local csr

Install dependencies and run the tests:

pip install -r requirements.txt
make test