The easiest way to translate your NextJs apps.
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The easiest way to translate your NextJs apps.

What is this?

next-i18next is a plugin for Next.js projects that allows you to get translations up and running quickly and easily, while fully supporting SSR, multiple namespaces with codesplitting, etc.

While next-i18next uses i18next and react-i18next under the hood, users of next-i18next simply need to include their translation content as JSON files and don't have to worry about much else.


1. Installation

yarn add next-i18next

2. Translation content

By default, next-i18next expects your translations to be organised as such:

└── static
    └── locales
        ├── en
        |   └── common.json
        └── de
            └── common.json

This structure can also be seen in the example directory.

If you want to structure your translations/namespaces in a custom way, you will need to pass modified localePath and localeStructure values into the initialisation config.

3. Project setup

The default export of next-i18next is a class constructor, into which you pass your config options. The resulting class has all the methods you will need to translate your app:

import NextI18Next from 'next-i18next'

const options = {}
export default new NextI18Next(options)

A full list of options can be seen here.

It's recommended to export this NextI18Next instance from a single file in your project, where you can continually import it from to use the class methods as needed. You can see this approach in the example/i18n.js file.

After creating and exporting your NextI18Next instance, you need to take the following steps to get things working:

  1. Create an _app.js file inside your pages directory, and wrap it with the NextI18Next.appWithTranslation higher order component (HOC). You can see this approach in the example/pages/_app.js.
  2. Create a server.js file inside your root directory, initialise an express server, and pass (a) your NextI18Next instance, (b) express server and (c) NextJs app into NextI18Next.nextI18NextMiddleware. You can see this approach in the example/server.js. For more info, see the NextJs section on custom servers.

That's it! Your app is ready to go. You can now use the NextI18Next.withNamespaces HOC to make your components or pages translatable, based on namespaces:

import React from 'react'

// This is our initialised `NextI18Next` instance
import { withNamespaces } from '../i18n'

class Footer extends React.Component {
  render() {
    return (

export default withNamespaces('footer')(Footer)

4. Declaring namespace dependencies

By default, next-i18next will send all your namespaces down to the client on each initial request. This can be an appropriate approach for smaller apps with less content, but a lot of apps will benefit from splitting namespaces based on route.

To do that, you need to return a namespacesRequired array via getInitialProps on your page-level component. You can see this approach in example/pages/index.js.

5. Locale subpaths

One of the main features of this package, besides translation itself, are locale subpaths. It's easiest to explain by example:         ---> Homepage in default lang     ---> Homepage in German

This functionality is not enabled by default, and must be passed as an option into the NextI18Next constructor:

new NextI18Next({ localeSubpaths: true })

Now, all your page routes will be duplicated across all your non-default language subpaths. If our static/locales folder included fr, de, and es translation directories, we will automatically get:

The main "gotcha" with locale subpaths is routing. We want to be able to route to "naked" routes, and not have to worry about the locale subpath part of the route:

<Link href='/some-page'>

With this link, we would expect someone whose language is set to French to automatically be directed to /fr/some-page.

To do that, we must import Link from your NextI18Next, not next/router:

import React from 'react'

// This is our initialised `NextI18Next` instance
import { Link } from '../i18n'

class SomeLink extends React.Component {
  render() {
    return (
      <Link href='/some-page'>
        This will magically prepend locale subpaths


Key Default value
browserLanguageDetection true
defaultNS 'common'
defaultLanguage 'en'
otherLanguages []
localePath 'static/locales'
localeStructure '{{lng}}/{{ns}}'
localeSubpaths false
use (for plugins) []

This table contains options which are specific to next-i18next. All other i18next options can be passed in as well.



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