eSpeak for iPhone

iOS & iPadOS

Does someone know if there is an app that provides eSpeak for iPhone? It would be super duper nice to find one. thanks!



Submitted by Jake on Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Considering that 3rd-party tts isn't an option on iOS, I don't see how this could work at present unless offered by its own app, in which case functionality would be limited. Though why anyone would actually want espeak given an alternative...

Submitted by Toonhead on Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Apple has an ongoing contract with Nuance, the makers of Vocalizer voices. So the chances of seeing Espeak on the iPhone is probably nill. If you really want that, you'd have a much better shot of getting that sort of thing on an Android device, since it's more open.

Submitted by Igna Triay on Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Talking about e speak, is there e speak for mac?

Submitted by techluver on Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Thanks for your help. I just need it because there is no vocalizer Afrikaans, and espeak is the only synth supported.

Submitted by Jake on Thursday, August 25, 2016

In reply to by Igna Triay

Espeak technically will run on a Mac, in that you can feed it text and it will speak it. As of yet however, no one's developed a version that interfaces with the Macintosh's TTS manager API, so it can't interface to VoiceOver. Unlike on iOS, this could be done fairly easily on a Mac, however I'm guessing there's not much demand for it else it would have been done.

Submitted by Nathan Stocking on Thursday, August 25, 2016

Unfortunately, apple is unlikely to open the tts infrastructure. However, we might be able to convince, for example, the developer of voice dream to use espeak if we can port it. This would at least allow you to listen to text. However, there might be some difficulties in getting all the sound output systems working. One perhaps easier way to get this working in the shortterm is to set up a server that can convert text using espeak, a normal Linux program, and send back audio. This could be accomplished quite easily.

Submitted by Tanvir-Nayem on Sunday, June 24, 2018

Hello Everyone. Is there any update of this topic. I would like to add different language support for iOS voice over service in iPhone. Is it possible to add language support besides apple provided language.

If yes, then what should be the approach to do that ? Please help.

Submitted by Justin on Sunday, June 24, 2018

no update for this. Basically, apple provided languages are what you get. I don't think you can put other stuff on this like what you're wanting unless you jailbreak your device.

Submitted by Tanvir-Nayem on Monday, June 25, 2018

Thank to inform.
Could anyone tell me what approach they took to implement these scenario. Or anything, what steps they took or process they follow to implement eSpeak in iOS.
This will be really helpful.

Submitted by Brooke on Monday, June 25, 2018

There are no steps, because eSpeak doesn't work on iOS.

Submitted by Justin on Monday, June 25, 2018

Nor will it.
If the speech is not licensed by apple, or nuance, or whatever they use it won't work in iOS. As Brook said, there are no steps for this, it's just how apple does it. Would it be nice if there were more speech options, sure but I'm not complaining. It's perfect the way it is.

Submitted by techluver on Tuesday, June 26, 2018

You could always port eSpeak to work for IOS, then implement it into your app. There is an app that did exactly this with a greenlandic voice, since there is no greenlandic for IOS. But it would only function within your app.