Weblate Client

New in version 2.7: There has been full wlc utility support ever since Weblate 2.7. If you are using an older version some incompatibilities with the API might occur.


The Weblate Client is shipped separately and includes the Python module. To use the commands below, you need to install wlc:

pip3 install wlc

Docker usage

The Weblate Client is also available as a Docker image.

The image is published on Docker Hub: https://hub.docker.com/r/weblate/wlc


docker pull weblate/wlc

The Docker container uses Weblate’s default settings and connects to the API deployed in localhost. The API URL and API_KEY can be configured through the arguments accepted by Weblate.

The command to launch the container uses the following syntax:

docker run --rm weblate/wlc [WLC_ARGS]


docker run --rm weblate/wlc --url https://hosted.weblate.org/api/ list-projects

You might want to pass your Configuration files to the Docker container, the easiest approach is to add your current directory as /home/weblate volume:

docker run --volume $PWD:/home/weblate --rm weblate/wlc show

Getting started

The wlc configuration is stored in ~/.config/weblate (see Configuration files for other locations), please create it to match your environment:

url = https://hosted.weblate.org/api/

https://hosted.weblate.org/api/ = APIKEY

You can then invoke commands on the default server:

wlc ls
wlc commit sandbox/hello-world


wlc [arguments] <command> [options]

Commands actually indicate which operation should be performed.


Weblate Client is a Python library and command-line utility to manage Weblate remotely using Weblate’s REST API. The command-line utility can be invoked as wlc and is built-in on wlc.


The program accepts the following arguments which define output format or which Weblate instance to use. These must be entered before any command.

--format {csv,json,text,html}

Specify the output format.

--url URL

Specify the API URL. Overrides any value found in the configuration file, see Configuration files. The URL should end with /api/, for example https://hosted.weblate.org/api/.

--key KEY

Specify the API user key to use. Overrides any value found in the configuration file, see Configuration files. You can find your key in your profile on Weblate.

--config PATH

Overrides the configuration file path, see Configuration files.

--config-section SECTION

Overrides configuration file section in use, see Configuration files.


The following commands are available:


Prints the current version.


Lists used languages in Weblate.


Lists projects in Weblate.


Lists components in Weblate.


Lists translations in Weblate.


Shows Weblate object (translation, component or project).


Lists Weblate object (translation, component or project).


Commits changes made in a Weblate object (translation, component or project).


Pulls remote repository changes into Weblate object (translation, component or project).


Pushes Weblate object changes into remote repository (translation, component or project).


New in version 0.7: Supported since wlc 0.7.

Resets changes in Weblate object to match remote repository (translation, component or project).


New in version 0.9: Supported since wlc 0.9.

Removes any untracked changes in a Weblate object to match the remote repository (translation, component or project).


Displays repository status for a given Weblate object (translation, component or project).


Displays detailed statistics for a given Weblate object (translation, component or project).


New in version 0.5: Supported since wlc 0.5.

Displays lock status.


New in version 0.5: Supported since wlc 0.5.

Locks component from further translation in Weblate.


New in version 0.5: Supported since wlc 0.5.

Unlocks translation of Weblate component.


New in version 0.7: Supported since wlc 0.7 and Weblate 2.10.

Displays changes for a given object.


New in version 0.7: Supported since wlc 0.7.

Downloads a translation file.


Converts file format, if unspecified no conversion happens on the server and the file is downloaded as is to the repository.


Specifies file to save output in, if left unspecified it is printed to stdout.


New in version 0.9: Supported since wlc 0.9.

Uploads a translation file.


Overwrite existing translations upon uploading.


File from which content is read, if left unspecified it is read from stdin.


You can get more detailed information on invoking individual commands by passing --help, for example: wlc ls --help.

Configuration files

.weblate, .weblate.ini, weblate.ini

Changed in version 1.6: The files with .ini extension are accepted as well.

Per project configuration file


New in version 1.6.

User configuration file on Windows.


User configuration file


System wide configuration file

The program follows the XDG specification, so you can adjust placement of config files by environment variables XDG_CONFIG_HOME or XDG_CONFIG_DIRS. On Windows APPDATA directory is preferred location for the configuration file.

Following settings can be configured in the [weblate] section (you can customize this by --config-section):


API KEY to access Weblate.


API server URL, defaults to


Path to the default translation - component or project.

The configuration file is an INI file, for example:

url = https://hosted.weblate.org/api/
key = APIKEY
translation = weblate/application

Additionally API keys can be stored in the [keys] section:

https://hosted.weblate.org/api/ = APIKEY

This allows you to store keys in your personal settings, while using the .weblate configuration in the VCS repository so that wlc knows which server it should talk to.


Print current program version:

$ wlc version
version: 0.1

List all projects:

$ wlc list-projects
name: Hello
slug: hello
url: http://example.com/api/projects/hello/
web: https://weblate.org/
web_url: http://example.com/projects/hello/

You can also designate what project wlc should work on:

$ cat .weblate
url = https://hosted.weblate.org/api/
translation = weblate/application

$ wlc show
branch: main
file_format: po
source_language: en
filemask: weblate/locale/*/LC_MESSAGES/django.po
git_export: https://hosted.weblate.org/git/weblate/application/
license: GPL-3.0+
license_url: https://spdx.org/licenses/GPL-3.0+
name: Application
new_base: weblate/locale/django.pot
project: weblate
repo: git://github.com/WeblateOrg/weblate.git
slug: application
url: https://hosted.weblate.org/api/components/weblate/application/
vcs: git
web_url: https://hosted.weblate.org/projects/weblate/application/

With this setup it is easy to commit pending changes in the current project:

$ wlc commit