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Web Translate It

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web_translate_it is a rubygem providing tools to sync your language files with Web Translate It, a web-based translation software.

Web Translate It

This gem provides:

  • a command-line executable wti, to sync your files between your computer/server and,
  • a synchronisation server to help your translation team update your language files from a web interface,
  • a rack middleware you can use within your Rails app to automatically fetch new translations from Web Translate It.


You will need ruby to run wti. On Linux or a Mac, it’s already installed. Install RubyInstaller if you’re using Windows.

gem install web_translate_it

At this point you should have the wti executable working.


Now that the tool is installed, you’ll have to configure your project:

wti init

The tool will prompt for:

  • your Web Translate It API key. You can find it in your project settings (where are the project settings?),
  • where to save the configuration file (by default in config/translations.yml).


Execute wti --help to see the usage:

Usage: wti <command> [options]+

The most commonly used wti commands are:

  pull        Pull target language file(s)
  push        Push master language file(s)
  match       Display matching of local files with File Manager
  add         Create and push a new master language file
  addlocale   Add a new locale to the project
  server      Start a synchronisation server
  status      Fetch and display project statistics
  init        Configure your project to sync      

See `wti <command> --help` for more information on a specific command.

[options] are:
  --config, -c <s>:   Path to a translation.yml file (default: .wti)
     --version, -v:   Print version and exit
        --help, -h:   Show this message

Append --help for each command for more information. For instance:

$ wti push --help
Push master language file(s)
[options] are:
      --locale, -l <s>:   ISO code of locale(s) to push
             --all, -a:   Upload all files
    --low-priority, -o:   WTI will process this file with a low priority
           --merge, -m:   Force WTI to merge this file
  --ignore-missing, -i:   Force WTI to not obsolete missing strings
       --label, -b <s>:   Apply a label to the changes
            --help, -h:   Show this message

Sample Commands

Command Action
wti add path/to/master/file.po Upload a new master language file
wti add file1.po file2.po file3.xml Create several master language files at once, by specifying each file
wti add *.po Create several master language files at once, by specifying an extension
wti push Update a master language file
wti push -l fr Update a target (French) language file
wti push -l "fr en da sv" Update several target language files at once (French, English, Danish, Swedish)
wti push --all Update all language files at once
wti pull Download target language files
wti pull -l fr Download a specific language file (French)
wti pull --all Download all language files, including source
wti pull --force Force pull (to bypass Web Translate It’s HTTP caching)
wti addlocale fr Add a new locale to the project
wti addlocale fr da sv Add several locales at once
wti status View project statistics
wti match Show matching between files on local computer and the ones in Web Translate It’s File Manager


It is sometimes useful to hook a command or a script before or after a push or a pull. One use-case would be to launch a build after pulling language files. You can do that by implementing hooks in your .wti file.

There are 4 hooks:

  • before_pull
  • after_pull
  • before_push
  • after_push

Check the sample .wti file for implementation.

Web Translate It Synchronisation Console

This feature was extracted out to a separate gem. See web_translate_it_server.


Copyright (c) 2009-2011 Atelier Convivialité, released under the MIT License.