Free Google Translate API PHP Package. Translates totally free of charge.
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Google Translate PHP

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Free Google Translate API PHP Package. Translates totally free of charge.


Install this package via Composer.

composer require stichoza/google-translate-php

Or edit your project's composer.json to require stichoza/google-translate-php and then run composer update.

"require": {
    "stichoza/google-translate-php": "~3.2"


Basic Usage

Note: You should have composer's autoloader included require 'vendor/autoload.php' (that's obvious.)

Instantiate TranslateClient object

use Stichoza\GoogleTranslate\TranslateClient;

$tr = new TranslateClient('en', 'ka');

Or set/change languages later

$tr = new TranslateClient(); // Default is from 'auto' to 'en'
$tr->setSource('en'); // Translate from English
$tr->setTarget('ka'); // Translate to Georgian
$tr->setUrlBase(''); // Set Google Translate URL base (This is not necessary, only for some countries)

Translate sentences

echo $tr->translate('Hello World!');

Also, you can also use method chaining

echo $tr->setSource('en')->setTarget('ka')->translate('Goodbye');

Or call a static method

echo TranslateClient::translate('en', 'ka', 'Hello again');

As of v3.2 multiple sentence/array translation is available.

echo $tr->translate(['I can dance', 'I like trains', 'Double rainbow']);

As of v3.2.3 you can call getResponse() method to get raw response from Google Translate. Note that this method is not available for static calls.

$tr->getResponse($word); // Returns raw array of translated data.

Advanced Configuration

This package uses Guzzle for HTTP requests. You can pass an associative array of guzzle client configuration options as a third parameter to TranslateClient constructor.

You can configure proxy, user-agent, default headers, connection timeout and so on using this options.

$tr = new TranslateClient(null, 'en', [
    'timeout' => 10,
    'proxy' => [
        'http'  => 'tcp://localhost:8125',
        'https' => 'tcp://localhost:9124'
    'headers' => [
        'User-Agent' => 'Foo/5.0 Lorem Ipsum Browser'

You can use setHttpOption method configure guzzle client configuration options.

// set proxy to tcp://localhost:8090
$tr->setHttpOption(['proxy' => 'tcp://localhost:8090'])->translate('Hello');

// set proxy to socks5://localhost:1080
$tr->setHttpOption(['proxy' => 'socks5://localhost:1080'])->translate('World');

For more information, see Creating a Client section in Guzzle docs (6.x version).

Language Detection

To detect language automatically, just set the source language to null

$tr = new TranslateClient(null, 'es'); // Detect language and translate to Spanish
$tr->setSource(null); // Another way

Get Detected Language

You can also use getLastDetectedSource() method both statically and non-statically to get detected language.

$tr = new TranslateClient(null, 'fr');

$text = $tr->translate('Hello World!');

echo $tr->getLastDetectedSource();             // Output: en
echo TranslateClient::getLastDetectedSource(); // Output: en

Note: Value of last detected source is same for both static and non-static method calls.

Return value may be boolean FALSE if there is no detected language.

Available languages

Supported languages are listed in Google API docs.

Errors and Exception Handling

Both static and non-static translate() methods will throw following Exceptions:

  • InvalidArgumentException If parameters are passed incorrectly.
  • ErrorException If the HTTP request fails for some reason.
  • UnexpectedValueException If data received from Google cannot be decoded.
  • BadMethodCallException If you call something wrong. Call translate(), not Ghost Busters

In addition translate() method will return boolean FALSE if there is no translation available.

Known limitations

  • 503 Service Unavailable response:
    If you are getting this error, it is most likely that Google has banned your external IP address and/or requires you to solve a CAPTCHA. This is not a bug in this package. Google has become stricter, and it seems like they keep lowering the number of allowed requests per IP per a certain amount of time. Try sending less requests to stay under the radar, or change your IP frequently (for example using proxies). Please note that once an IP is banned, even if it's only temporary, the ban can last from a few minutes to more than 12-24 hours, as each case is different.
  • 413 Request Entity Too Large response:
    This error means that your input string is too long. Google only allows a maximum of 5000 characters to be translated at once. If you want to translate a longer text, you can split it to shorter parts, and translate them one-by-one.


This package is developed for educational purposes only. Do not depend on this package as it may break anytime as it is based on crawling the Google Translate website. Consider buying Official Google Translate API for other types of usage.