Multilingual Plugin for Xamarin and Windows
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Multilingual Plugin for Xamarin Forms, Xamarin iOS , Xamarin Android, Xamarin Mac, tvOS, watchOS and Windows

Simple cross platform plugin for handling language localization.


  • Get and set current culture
  • Get device culture
  • Get culture list
  • Get specific culture by name

Platform Support

Platform Version
Xamarin.iOS iOS 7+
Xamarin.Android API 10+
Windows 10 UWP 10+
Xamarin.Mac All
watchOS All
tvOS All


Getting Started

  1. Add your Resx files

Add one resx file per each language you want to support. "It must follow a specific naming convention: use the same filename as the base resources file (eg. AppResources) followed by a period (.) and then the language code".

  1. Set the culture of your resource class file when initializing your application.

For example:

  AppResources.Culture = CrossMultilingual.Current.DeviceCultureInfo;

If you are using Xamarin Forms it would be in your App.cs

Xamarin Forms Specifics

When installing the plugin it will create a TranslateExtension.txt file in folder Helpers, rename the extension for this file to TranslateExtension.cs.

In TranslateExtension.cs file in the constant ResourceId by default it will assume your resource file is added in the root of the project and the resx file is named as AppResources. If you added it to a folder or named the resx file differently you can change it there.

XAML sample usage:

iOS Considerations

In the Info.plist file add the keys Localizations & Localization native development region to change the user interface OS elements. It will take the device language.

API Usage

Call CrossMultilingual.Current from any project or PCL to gain access to APIs.


Gets and set the current culture. By default will be set to the device culture.

Usage sample:

  CrossMultilingual.Current.CurrentCultureInfo = new CultureInfo("en");

Note: After changing the current culture is important to update your resx class culture. As follows:

AppResources.Culture = CrossMultilingual.Current.CurrentCultureInfo;


Gets the device culture

Usage sample:



Gets all cultures supported in .NET Framework (neutral & specific cultures)

Usage sample:



Gets all cultures associated with a language (not specific to a country/region).

Usage sample:



Gets a specific culture by language code.

Usage sample:


In case you want to know more about localization: