Weblate organizes translatable content into tree like structure. The toplevel object is Project configuration, which should hold all translations which belong together (for example translation of an application in several versions and/or documentation). On the next level, there is Component configuration, which is actually the component to translate. Here you define VCS repository to use and mask of files to translate. Bellow Component configuration there are individual translations, which are handled automatically by Weblate as the translation files (matching mask defined in Component configuration) appear in VCS repository.
Administration of Weblate is done through standard Django admin interface, which is available under /admin/ URL.
Adding new components¶
All translation components need to be available as VCS repositories and are organized as project/component structure.
Weblate supports wide range of translation formats supported by translate toolkit, see Supported formats for more information.
Weblate does support both multilingual and monolingual formats. For easier translating of monolingual formats, you should provide template file, which contains mapping of message IDs to source language (usually English).
To add new component to translate, you need to create translation project first. The project is sort of shelf, in which real translations are folded. All components in same project share suggestions and dictionary, also the translations are automatically propagated through the all component in single project (unless disabled in component configuration).
The project has only few attributes giving translators information about project.
Component is real component for translating. You enter VCS repository location and file mask which files to translate and Weblate automatically fetches the VCS and finds all matching translatable files.
Should the language definition for translation be missing, empty definition is created and named as “cs_CZ (generated)”. You should adjust the definition and report this back to Weblate authors so that missing language can be included in next release.
The component contains all important parameters for working with VCS and getting translations out of it:
- Source code repository
VCS repository used to pull changes.
This can be either real VCS URL or weblate://project/component indicating that the repository should be shared with another component.
- Repository push URL
- Repository URL used for pushing, this is completely optional and push support will be disabled when this is empty.
- Repository browser
URL of repository browser to display source files (location where messages are used). When empty no such links will be generated.
For example on GitHub, you would use something like https://github.com/nijel/weblate-hello/blob/%(branch)s/%(file)s#L%(line)s.
- Exported repository URL
- URL where changes made by Weblate are exported. This is important when Continuous translation is not used or when there is need to manually merge changes.
- Repository branch
- Which branch to checkout from the VCS and where to look for translations.
- File mask
- Mask of files to translate including path. It should include one * replacing language code. In case your repository contains more than one translation files (eg. more Gettext domains), you need to create separate component for each. For example po/*.po or locale/*/LC_MESSAGES/django.po.
- Monolingual base language file
- Base file containing strings definition for Monolingual components.
- Base file for new translations
- Base file used to generate new translations, eg. .pot file with Gettext.
- File format
- Translation file format, see also Supported formats.
- Source string bug report address
- Email address used for reporting upstream bugs. This address will also receive notification about any source string comments made in Weblate.
- You can lock the translation to prevent updates by users.
- Allow translation propagation
- You can disable propagation of translations to this component from other components within same project. This really depends on what you are translating, sometimes it’s desirable to have same string used.
- Pre-commit script
- One of scripts defined in PRE_COMMIT_SCRIPTS which is executed before commit. This can be used to generate some metadata about translation or to generate binary form of a translation.
- Additional commit file
- Additional file to include in commit, usually this one is generated by pre commit script described above.
- Save translation history
- Whether to store history of translation changes in database.
- Suggestion voting
- Enable voting for suggestions, see Suggestion voting.
- Autoaccept suggestions
- Automatically accept voted suggestions, see Suggestion voting.
- Quality checks flags
- Additional flags to pass to quality checks, see Customizing checks.
- Translation license
- License of this translation.
- License URL
- URL where users can find full text of a license.
- New language
- How new language requests are handled.
- Merge style
- You can configure how the updates from upstream repository are handled. This might not be supported for some VCS. See Merge or rebase for more details.
- Commit message
- Message used when committing translation, see Commit message formatting.
- Committer name
- Name of commiter used on Weblate commits, the author will be always the real translator. On some VCS this might be not supported.
- Committer email
- Email of commiter used on Weblate commits, the author will be always the real translator. On some VCS this might be not supported.
Commit message formatting¶
The commit message on each commit Weblate does, it can use following format strings in the message:
- Language code
- Language name
- Component name
- Project name
- Total strings count
- Fuzzy strings count
- Fuzzy strings percent
- Translated strings count
- Translated strings percent
Fetching VCS repository and importing translations to Weblate can be lengthy process depending on size of your translations. Here are some tips to improve this situation:
Clone Git repository in advance¶
You can put in place Git repository which will be used by Weblate. The repositories are stored in vcs directory in path defined by DATA_DIR in settings.py in <project>/<component> directories.
This can be especially useful if you already have local clone of this repository and you can use --reference option while cloning:
git clone \ --reference /path/to/checkout \ git://github.com/nijel/weblate.git \ weblate/repos/project/component
The default configuration is useful for testing and debugging Weblate, while for production setup, you should do some adjustments. Many of them have quite big impact on performance. Please check Production setup for more details, especially:
Automatic creation of components¶
In case you have project with dozen of po files, you might want to import all at once. This can be achieved using import_project.
First you need to create project which will contain all components and then it’s just a matter of running import_project.
In case you want Weblate to access private repository it needs to get to it somehow. Most frequently used method here is based on SSH. To have access to such repository, you generate SSH key for Weblate and authorize it to access the repository.
You also need to verify SSH host keys of servers you are going to access.
You can generate or display key currently used by Weblate in the admin interface (follow SSH keys link on main admin page).
If you are trying to connect to a GitHub repository be sure to use the SSH address, not the default HTTPS address. It should start with 'firstname.lastname@example.org‘
The keys need to be without password to make it work, so be sure they are well protected against malicious usage.
If you need to access http/https VCS repositories using a proxy server, you need to configure VCS to use it.
This can be configured using the http_proxy, https_proxy, and all_proxy environment variables (check cURL documentation for more details) or by enforcing it in VCS configuration, for example:
git config --global http.proxy http://user:email@example.com:80
The proxy setting needs to be done in context which is used to execute Weblate. For the environment it should be set for both server and cron jobs. The VCS configuration has to be set for the user which is running Weblate.
Fulltext search is based on Whoosh. You can either allow Weblate to directly update index on every change to content or offload this to separate process by OFFLOAD_INDEXING.
The first approach (immediate updates) allows more up to date index, but suffers locking issues in some setup (eg. Apache’s mod_wsgi) and produces more fragmented index.
Offloaded indexing is always better choice for production setup - it only marks which items need to be reindexed and you need to schedule background process (update_index) to update index. This leads to faster response of the site and less fragmented index with cost that it might be slightly outdated.