Model translations made easy.
This project adds support for model translations in Django. It is designed to be unobtrusive, efficient and reliable. On the technical side, it uses an automatically created Translations Model to store translatable fields in arbitrary languages with a foreign key to the main model, enabling fast queries.
Started in 2011, hvad has grown mature and is now used on large scale applications.
- Simple - only 3 new queryset methods.
- Natural - use Django ORM as usual, it just became language aware.
- Fast - no additional queries for reads, just an inner join to an indexed key.
- Complete - relationships, custom managers and querysets, proxy models, and abstract models.
- Batteries included - translation-enabled forms and admin are provided.
- Reliable - more than 300 test cases and counting.
- Compatible with Django 1.4 to 1.8, running Python 2.7, 3.3 or 3.4.
Django-hvad also features support for Django REST framework 3.1 or newer, including translation-aware serializers.
Declaring a translatable
class Book(TranslatableModel): author = models.ForeignKey(Author) release = models.Date() translations = TranslatedFields( title = models.CharField(max_length=250) )
Thus, only the title will vary based on the language. Release date and
author are shared among all languages. Let's now create a
# The recommended way: book = Book.objects.language('en').create( author = Author.objects.get(name='Antoine de Saint Exupéry'), release = datetime.date(1943, 4, 6), title = "The Little Prince", ) # Also works book = Book(language_code='en') book.author = Author.objects.get(name='Antoine de Saint Exupéry') book.release = datetime.date(1943, 4, 6) book.title = "The Little Prince" book.save()
Providing some translations:
book.translate('fr') book.title = "Le Petit Prince" book.save() book.translate('de') book.title = "Der kleine Prinz" book.save()
Every call to
translate() creates a new translation from scratch and switches
to that translation;
save() only saves the latest translation. Let's now perform
some language-aware queries:
Compatible by default: returns all objects, without any translated fields attached. Starting from v1.0, default behavior can be overriden to work like next query:
Returns all objects as translated instances, but only the ones that are translated into the currect language. You can also specify which language to get, using e.g.:
Usual queryset methods work like they always did: let's get all books as translated instances,
filtering on the
title attribute, returning those that have
Petit Prince in their French title, ordered by publication date (in their
Other random examples:
# last German book published in year 1948 Book.objects.language("de").filter(release__year=1948).latest() # other books from the same author as mybook. Cache author as well. Book.objects.language().select_related('author').filter(author__books=mybook) # books that have "Django" in their title, regardless of the language Book.objects.language('all').filter(title__icontains='Django')
More examples in the quickstart guide.
Django-hvad uses the same release pattern as Django. The following versions are thus available:
- Stable branch 1.0, available through PyPI and git branch
- Stable branch 1.1, available through PyPI and git branch
- Stable branch 1.2, available through PyPI and git branch
- Development branch 1.3, available through git branch
Jonas Obrist (https://github.com/ojii) for making django-nani and for helping me with this project.