About Laravel Translation
Laravel Translation is a package for Laravel 5 which allows you full control over your translations when using Laravel's localization functionality.
The package allows you to manage your translations using either the native file based translations, but also provides a database driver which is useful in multi-server setups.
It exposes a user interface allowing you to update existing and add new translations to your application.
Below are a full list of features:
- File and database drivers
- Database translation loader (automatically load translations from the database when Laravel's translation retrieval methods and the database driver)
- User interface to add new languages and add and update translations
- Artisan commands to manage your translations
- Scan your application for missing translations
Install the package via Composer
composer require joedixon/laravel-translation
Publish configuration and assets
php artisan vendor:publish --provider="JoeDixon\Translation\TranslationServiceProvider"
The service provider is loaded automatically using package discovery.
The package ships with a configuration file called
translation.php which is published to the
config directory during installation. Below is an outline of the settings.
database. File translations utilise Laravel's native
file based translations and includes support for both
array based and
Apply middleware to the routes which ship with the package. For example, you may
which to use the
auth middleware to ensure package user interface is only
accessible to logged in users.
Choose which of Laravel's translation methods to use when searching for missing translation keys.
Choose which paths to use when searching for missing translations. Narrowing the search to specific directories will result in a performance increase when scanning for missing translations.
Choose the root URL where the package user interface can be accessed. All routes will be prefixed by this value.
e.g. setting this value to
languages will result in URLs such as
Choose the name of the languages table when using the database driver.
Choose the name of the translations table when using the database driver.
Utitlises Laravel's native php array and JSON based language files and exposes a user interface to manage the enclosed translations. Add and update languages and translations using either the user interface or the built-in Artisan commands.
The database driver takes all of the functionality of Laravel's file based language files, but moves the storage to the database, utilising the connection configured for your Laravel application.
It also replaces the translation loader in the container so all of Laravel's
translation retrieval methods (
@lang(), etc) will load the
relevant strings from the database rather than the files without the need to
change any code in your application. It's a like for like swap.
To utilise the database driver, make sure to update the database table names in the configuration file and run the migrations.
Navigate to http://your-project.test/languages (update
languages to match the
translation.ui_url configuration setting) and use the interface to manage
First, click on the language you wish to edit. On the subsequent page, find the translation you want to edit and click on the pencil icon or on the text and make your edits. As soon as you remove focus from the input, your translation will be saved, indicated by the green check icon.
The package ships with a series of Artisan commands which assist with translation management.
Add a new language to the application.
Add a new language key for the application.
List all of the available languages in the application.
List all of the translation keys in the app which don't have a corresponding translation.
Synchronise translations between drivers. This is useful if you have an exisitng application using the native file based language files and wish to move to the database driver. Running this command will take all of the translations from the language files and insert them in to the database.
This command will scan your project (using the paths supplied in the configuration file) and create all of the missing translation keys. This can be run for all languages or a single language.