How we organize the translations

All translations are added to django_cradmin/locale/. We do not add translation per app for the following reasons:

  • There are lots of overlapping translation strings.
  • Easier to upload and maintain a single translation catalog on Transifex.

Configure Transifex

Before you can start pushing and pulling translation files to/from Transifex, you will need to create a ~/.transifexrc. It should look like this:

hostname = https://www.transifex.com
username = myuser
password = supersecret
token =

More information here: http://docs.transifex.com/developer/client/config.

Translation process

We translate using Transifex. This means that the workflow is:

  1. Mark new translations or change existing translations.
  2. Build the translation files (.po files).
  3. Push translation files (.po files) to Transifex.
  4. Wait for translators to translate using Transifex.
  5. Pull translation files (.po files) from Transifex.
  6. Compile translations and commit the .mo files.

Below we go in detail for each of these steps. All commands assume the following:

$ cd /path/to/reporoot
$ workon django_cradmin

Mark new translations or change existing translations

Read the Django internationalization docs.

Build the translation files

First, make sure you have the latest po-files from transifex:

$ tx pull

We have a fabric task for that:

$ inv makemessages

Commit the changes to the .po-files in django_cradmin/locale/.

Push translation files to Transifex


$ tx push -s -t

to push the .po files to transifex.

Compile translations and commit the .mo files

We have a fabric task for compiling the translations:

$ cd /path/to/reporoot
$ workon django_cradmin
$ inv compilemessages

This should change some .mo-files in django_cradmin/locale/. Commit those files.