EDICT's format is that of the original file used by MOKE. It uses EUC (Extended Unix Code) coding for the kanji and kana (hiragana & katakana) Japanese characters. It is a text file with one entry per line. The format of entries is:

KANJI [KANA] /english_1/english_2/.../

For example:

or, if the head-word is only in kana:

KANA /english_1/.../

For example:

The English translations are deliberately brief, as the application of the dictionary is expected to be primarily on-line look-ups, etc.