Continuous localization

There is infrastructure in place so that your translation closely follows development. This way translators can work on translations the entire time, instead of working through huge amount of new text just prior to release.

See also

Integrating with Weblate describes basic ways to integrate your development with Weblate.

This is the process:

  1. Developers make changes and push them to the VCS repository.

  2. Optionally the translation files are updated (this depends on the file format, see Why does Weblate still show old translation strings when I’ve updated the template?).

  3. Weblate pulls changes from the VCS repository, see Updating repositories.

  4. Once Weblate detects changes in translations, translators are notified based on their subscription settings.

  5. Translators submit translations using the Weblate web interface, or upload offline changes.

  6. Once the translators are finished, Weblate commits the changes to the local repository (see Lazy commits) and pushes them back if it has permissions to do so (see Pushing changes from Weblate).

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Updating repositories

You should set up some way of updating backend repositories from their source.

Whenever Weblate updates the repository, the post-update addons will be triggered, see Add-ons.

Avoiding merge conflicts

The merge conflicts from Weblate arise when same file was changed both in Weblate and outside it. There are two approaches to deal with that - avoid edits outside Weblate or integrate Weblate into your updating process, so that it flushes changes prior to updating the files outside Weblate.

The first approach is easy with monolingual files - you can add new strings within Weblate and leave whole editing of the files there. For bilingual files, there is usually some kind of message extraction process to generate translatable files from the source code. In some cases this can be split into two parts - one for the extraction generates template (for example gettext POT is generated using xgettext) and then further process merges it into actual translations (the gettext PO files are updated using msgmerge). You can perform the second step within Weblate and it will make sure that all pending changes are included prior to this operation.

The second approach can be achieved by using Weblate’s REST API to force Weblate to push all pending changes and lock the translation while you are doing changes on your side.

The script for doing updates can look like this:

# Lock Weblate translation
wlc lock
# Push changes from Weblate to upstream repository
wlc push
# Pull changes from upstream repository to your local copy
git pull
# Update translation files, this example is for Django
./ makemessages --keep-pot -a
git commit -m 'Locale updates' -- locale
# Push changes to upstream repository
git push
# Tell Weblate to pull changes (not needed if Weblate follows your repo
# automatically)
wlc pull
# Unlock translations
wlc unlock

If you have multiple components sharing same repository, you need to lock them all separately:

wlc lock foo/bar
wlc lock foo/baz
wlc lock foo/baj


The example uses Weblate Client, which needs configuration (API keys) to be able to control Weblate remotely. You can also achieve this using any HTTP client instead of wlc, e.g. curl, see Weblate’s REST API.

See also

Weblate Client

Automatically receiving changes from GitHub

Weblate comes with native support for GitHub.

If you are using Hosted Weblate, the recommended approach is to install the Weblate app, that way you will get the correct setup without having to set much up. It can also be used for pushing changes back.

To receive notifications on every push to a GitHub repository, add the Weblate Webhook in the repository settings (Webhooks) as shown on the image below:


For the payload URL, append /hooks/github/ to your Weblate URL, for example for the Hosted Weblate service, this is

You can leave other values at default settings (Weblate can handle both content types and consumes just the push event).

Automatically receiving changes from Bitbucket

Weblate has support for Bitbucket webhooks, add a webhook which triggers upon repository push, with destination to /hooks/bitbucket/ URL on your Weblate installation (for example


Automatically receiving changes from GitLab

Weblate has support for GitLab hooks, add a project webhook with destination to /hooks/gitlab/ URL on your Weblate installation (for example

Automatically receiving changes from Pagure

New in version 3.3.

Weblate has support for Pagure hooks, add a webhook with destination to /hooks/pagure/ URL on your Weblate installation (for example This can be done in Activate Web-hooks under Project options:


Automatically receiving changes from Azure Repos

New in version 3.8.

Weblate has support for Azure Repos web hooks, add a webhook for Code pushed event with destination to /hooks/azure/ URL on your Weblate installation (for example This can be done in Service hooks under Project settings.

Automatically receiving changes from Gitea Repos

New in version 3.9.

Weblate has support for Gitea webhooks, add a Gitea Webhook for Push events event with destination to /hooks/gitea/ URL on your Weblate installation (for example This can be done in Webhooks under repository Settings.

Automatically receiving changes from Gitee Repos

New in version 3.9.

Weblate has support for Gitee webhooks, add a WebHook for Push event with destination to /hooks/gitee/ URL on your Weblate installation (for example This can be done in WebHooks under repository Management.

Automatically updating repositories nightly

Weblate automatically fetches remote repositories nightly to improve performance when merging changes later. You can optionally turn this into doing nightly merges as well, by enabling AUTO_UPDATE.

Pushing changes from Weblate

Each translation component can have a push URL set up (see Repository push URL), and in that case Weblate will be able to push change to the remote repository. Weblate can be also be configured to automatically push changes on every commit (this is default, see Push on commit). If you do not want changes to be pushed automatically, you can do that manually under Repository maintenance or using API via wlc push.

The push options differ based on the Version control integration used, more details are found in that chapter.

In case you do not want direct pushes by Weblate, there is support for GitHub pull requests, GitLab merge requests, Gitea pull requests, Pagure merge requests pull requests or Gerrit reviews, you can activate these by choosing GitHub, GitLab, Gitea, Gerrit or Pagure as Version control system in Component configuration.

Overall, following options are available with Git, GitHub and GitLab:

Desired setup

Version control system

Repository push URL

Push branch

No push




Push directly




Push to separate branch



Branch name

GitHub pull request from fork

GitHub pull requests



GitHub pull request from branch

GitHub pull requests


Branch name

GitLab merge request from fork

GitLab merge requests



GitLab merge request from branch

GitLab merge requests


Branch name

Gitea merge request from fork

Gitea pull requests



Gitea merge request from branch

Gitea pull requests


Branch name

Pagure merge request from fork

Pagure merge requests



Pagure merge request from branch

Pagure merge requests


Branch name


Can be empty in case Source code repository supports pushing.


You can also enable automatic pushing of changes after Weblate commits, this can be done in Push on commit.

See also

See Accessing repositories for setting up SSH keys, and Lazy commits for info about when Weblate decides to commit changes.

Protected branches

If you are using Weblate on protected branch, you can configure it to use pull requests and perform actual review on the translations (what might be problematic for languages you do not know). An alternative approach is to waive this limitation for the Weblate push user.

For example on GitHub this can be done in the repository configuration:


Interacting with others

Weblate makes it easy to interact with others using its API.

Lazy commits

The behaviour of Weblate is to group commits from the same author into one commit if possible. This greatly reduces the number of commits, however you might need to explicitly tell it to do the commits in case you want to get the VCS repository in sync, e.g. for merge (this is by default allowed for the Managers group, see List of privileges and built-in roles).

The changes in this mode are committed once any of the following conditions are fulfilled:

  • Somebody else changes an already changed string.

  • A merge from upstream occurs.

  • An explicit commit is requested.

  • A file download is requested.

  • Change is older than period defined as Age of changes to commit on Component configuration.


Commits are created for every component. So in case you have many components you will still see lot of commits. You might utilize Squash Git commits add-on in that case.

If you want to commit changes more frequently and without checking of age, you can schedule a regular task to perform a commit:

    # Unconditionally commit all changes every 2 minutes
    "commit": {
        "task": "weblate.trans.tasks.commit_pending",
        # Omitting hours will honor per component settings,
        # otherwise components with no changes older than this
        # won't be committed
        "kwargs": {"hours": 0},
        # How frequently to execute the job in seconds
        "schedule": 120,

Processing repository with scripts

The way to customize how Weblate interacts with the repository is Add-ons. Consult Executing scripts from add-on for info on how to execute external scripts through add-ons.

Keeping translations same across components

Once you have multiple translation components, you might want to ensure that the same strings have same translation. This can be achieved at several levels.

Translation propagation

With Allow translation propagation enabled (what is the default, see Component configuration), all new translations are automatically done in all components with matching strings. Such translations are properly credited to currently translating user in all components.


The translation propagation requires the key to be match for monolingual translation formats, so keep that in mind when creating translation keys.

Consistency check

The Inconsistent check fires whenever the strings are different. You can utilize this to review such differences manually and choose the right translation.

Automatic translation

Automatic translation based on different components can be way to synchronize the translations across components. You can either trigger it manually (see Automatic translation) or make it run automatically on repository update using add-on (see Automatic translation).