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The second incarnation of Globalize for Rails
Latest commit d4023fb Apr 29, 2010 @hukl hukl minor rakefile change



Globalize2 is the successor of Globalize for Rails.

It is compatible with and builds on the new I18n api in Ruby on Rails. and adds model translations to ActiveRecord.

Globalize2 is much more lightweight and compatible than its predecessor was. Model translations in Globalize2 use default ActiveRecord features and do not limit any ActiveRecord functionality any more.



(or Rails > 2.2)


To install Globalize2 with its default setup just use:

script/plugin install git://

Model translations

Model translations allow you to translate your models’ attribute values. E.g.

class Post < ActiveRecord::Base
  translates :title, :text

Allows you to values for the attributes :title and :text per locale:

I18n.locale = :en
post.title # => Globalize2 rocks!

I18n.locale = :he
post.title # => גלובאלייז2 שולט!

In order to make this work, you’ll need to add the appropriate translation tables. Globalize2 comes with a handy helper method to help you do this. It’s called create_translation_table!. Here’s an example:

class CreatePosts < ActiveRecord::Migration
  def self.up
    create_table :posts do |t|
    Post.create_translation_table! :title => :string, :text => :text
  def self.down
    drop_table :posts

Note that the ActiveRecord model Post must already exist and have a translates directive listing the translated fields.

Migration from Globalize

See this script by Tomasz Stachewicz:

Changes since Globalize2 v0.1.0

  • The association globalize_translations has been renamed to translations.

Alternative Solutions

  • Veger’s fork – uses default AR schema for the default locale, delegates to the translations table for other locales only
  • TranslatableColumns – have multiple languages of the same attribute in a model (Iain Hecker)
  • localized_record – allows records to have localized attributes without any modifications to the database (Glenn Powell)
  • model_translations – Minimal implementation of Globalize2 style model translations (Jan Andersson)

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