Rosetta is a Django application that eases the translation process of your Django projects.
Because it doesn't export any models, Rosetta doesn't create any tables in your project's database. Rosetta can be installed and uninstalled by simply adding and removing a single entry in your project's INSTALLED_APPS and a single line in your main
- Database independent
- Reads and writes your project's gettext catalogs (po and mo files)
- Installed and uninstalled in under a minute
- Uses Django's admin interface CSS
Rosetta requires Django 1.3 or later (it should work with Django 1.1 and 1.2, but it is not supported.)
To install Rosetta:
pip install django-rosetta
'rosetta'to the INSTALLED_APPS in your project's
Add an URL entry to your project's
urls.py, for example:
from django.conf import settings if 'rosetta' in settings.INSTALLED_APPS: urlpatterns += patterns('', url(r'^rosetta/', include('rosetta.urls')), )
Note: you can use whatever you wish as the URL prefix.
To uninstall Rosetta, simply comment out or remove the
'rosetta' line in your
Rosetta can be configured via the following parameters, to be defined in your project settings file:
ROSETTA_MESSAGES_PER_PAGE: Number of messages to display per page. Defaults to
ROSETTA_ENABLE_TRANSLATION_SUGGESTIONS: Enable AJAX translation suggestions. Defaults to
BING_APP_ID: Translation suggestions used to come from the Google Translation API service, but free service has been discontinued, and the next best thing is Microsoft Bing's Translation API. To use this service you must first obtain an AppID key, then specify the key here. Defaults to
ROSETTA_MESSAGES_SOURCE_LANGUAGE_NAME: Change these if the source language in your PO files isn't English. Default to
ROSETTA_UWSGI_AUTO_RELOAD: When running WSGI daemon mode, using
mod_wsgi2.0c5 or later, this setting controls whether the contents of the gettext catalog files should be automatically reloaded by the WSGI processes each time they are modified. For performance reasons, this setting should be disabled in production environments. Default to
ROSETTA_EXCLUDED_APPLICATIONS: Exclude applications defined in this list from being translated. Defaults to
ROSETTA_EXCLUDE_LOCALE_PATHS: Exclude catalogs from
ROSETTA_REQUIRES_AUTH: Require authentication for all Rosetta views. Defaults to
ROSETTA_POFILE_WRAP_WIDTH: Sets the line-length of the edited PO file. Set this to
--no-wrapoption. Defaults to
ROSETTA_STORAGE_CLASS: See the note below on Storages. Defaults to
To prevent re-reading and parsing the PO file catalogs over and over again, Rosetta stores them in a volatile location. This can be either the HTTP session or the Django cache.
Django 1.4 has introduced a signed cookie session backend, which stores the whole content of the session in an encrypted cookie. Unfortunately this doesn't work with large PO files, as the limit of 4096 chars that can be stored in a cookie are easily exceeded.
In this case the Cache-based backend should be used (by setting
ROSETTA_STORAGE_CLASS = 'rosetta.storage.CacheRosettaStorage'). Please make sure that a proper CACHES backend is configured in your Django settings.
Alternatively you can switch back to using the Session based storage by setting
ROSETTA_STORAGE_CLASS = 'rosetta.storage.SessionRosettaStorage in your settings. This is perfectly safe on Django 1.3. On Django 1.4 or higher make sure you have DON'T use the signed_cookies
SESSION_BACKEND with this Rosetta storage backend or funky things might happen.
Because Rosetta requires write access to some of the files in your Django project, access to the application is restricted to the administrator user only (as defined in your project's Admin interface)
If you wish to grant editing access to other users:
- Create a 'translators' group in your admin interface
- Add the user you wish to grant translating rights to this group
Generate a batch of files to translate
See Django's documentation on Internationalization to setup your project to use i18n and create the
gettext catalog files.
Start your Django development server and point your browser to the URL prefix you have chosen during the installation process. You will get to the file selection window.
Select a file and translate each untranslated message. Whenever a new batch of messages is processed, Rosetta updates the corresponding django.po file and regenerates the corresponding
This means your project's labels will be translated right away, unfortunately you'll still have to restart the webserver for the changes to take effect. (NEW: if your webserver supports it, you can force auto-reloading of the translated catalog whenever a change was saved. See the note regarding the
ROSETTA_WSGI_AUTO_RELOAD variable in
If the webserver doesn't have write access on the catalog files (as shown in the screen shot below) an archive of the catalog files can be downloaded.
Translating Rosetta itself
By default Rosetta hides its own catalog files in the file selection interface (shown above.) If you would like to translate Rosetta to your own language:
- Create a subdirectory for your locale inside Rosetta's
- Instruct Django to create the initial catalog, by running
django-admin.py makemessages -l XXinside Rosetta's directory (refer to Django's documentation on i18n for details)
- Instruct Rosetta to look for its own catalogs, by appending ?rosetta to the language selection page's URL, e.g.
- Translate as usual
- Send a pull request if you feel like sharing
- Rosetta uses the excellent polib library to parse and handle gettext files.