Parijat Bansal edited this page Sep 2, 2015 · 4 revisions

About is a lightweight jQuery plugin for providing internationalization to javascript from ‘.properties’ files, just like in Java Resource Bundles. It loads and parses resource bundles (.properties) based on provided language and country codes (ISO-639 and ISO-3166) or language reported by browser.

Resource bundles are ‘.properties‘ files containing locale specific key-value pairs. The use of ‘.properties‘ files for translation is specially useful when sharing i18n files between Java and Javascript projects. This plugin loads the default file (eg, first and then locale specific files (, then, so that a default value is always available when there is no translation provided. Translation keys will be available to developer as javascript variables/functions (functions, if translated value contains substitutions (eg, {0}) or as a map.

This plugin was inspired on the Localisation assistance for jQuery from Keith Wood, and is made available under a dual license (GPL and MIT).


  • Use Java standard ‘.properties‘ files for translations* Use standard ISO-639 for language code and ISO-3166 for country code* Sequential loading of resource bundles from base language to user-specified/browser-specified so there is always a default value for an untranslated string (eg:,,* Use browser reported language if no language was specified* Placeholder substitution in resource bundle strings (eg, msg_hello = Hello {0}!!)* Suport for namespaces in keys (eg, = Hello!)* Support for multi-line property values* Resource bundle keys available as Javascript vars/functions or as a map


Take as an example the following, and

# This line is ignored by the plugin
msg_hello = Hello
msg_world = World
msg_complex = Good morning {0}!

# We only provide a translation for the 'msg_hello' key
msg_hello = Bom dia

# We only provide a translation for the 'msg_hello' key
msg_hello = Olá


"languages": ["", "pt", "pt_PT"]

Now, suppose these files are located on the ‘bundle/‘ folder. One can invoke the plugin like below:

// This will initialize the plugin 
// and show two dialog boxes: one with the text "Olá World"
// and other with the text "Good morning John!"{
    callback: function() {
        // We specified mode: 'both' so translated values will be
        // available as JS vars/functions and as a map

        // Accessing a simple value through the map
        // Accessing a value with placeholders through the map
        jQuery.i18n.prop('msg_complex', 'John');

        // Accessing a simple value through a JS variable
        alert(msg_hello +' '+ msg_world);
        // Accessing a value with placeholders through a JS function

This will initialize the plugin (loading bundle files and parsing them) and show a dialog box with the text “Olá World” and other with “Good morning John!”. The english word “World” is shown because we didn’t provide a translation for the msg_world key. Also notice that keys are available as a map and also as javascript variables (for simple strings) and javascript functions (for strings with placeholders for substitution).



**Option** **Description** **Notes**
name Partial name (or names) of files representing resource bundles (eg, ‘Messages’ or ['Msg1','Msg2']). Defaults to 'Messages' **Optional** String or String[]()
language ISO-639 Language code and, optionally, ISO-3166 country code (eg, ‘en’, ‘en_US’, ‘pt_PT’). If not specified, language reported by the browser will be used instead. **Optional** String
path Path to directory that contains ‘.properties‘ files to load. **Optional** String
mode Option to have resource bundle keys available as Javascript vars/functions OR as a map. The ‘map’ option is mandatory if your bundle keys contain [Javascript Reserved Words]( Possible options: ‘vars’ (default), ‘map’ or ‘both’ **Optional** String
cache Whether bundles should be cached by the browser, or forcibly reloaded on each page load. Defaults to false (i.e. forcibly reloaded). **Optional** boolean
encoding The encoding to request for bundles. Property file resource bundles are specified to be in ISO-8859-1 format. Defaults to UTF-8 for backward compatibility. **Optional** string
callback Callback function to be called uppon script execution completion. **Optional** function()

Including and invoking the plugin

  1. Load the script:
<script type="text/javascript" language="JavaScript"
  1. Initialize the plugin (minimal usage, will use language reported by browser), and access a translated value (assuming a key named ‘org.somekey‘ exists):{
  name: 'Messages', 
  callback: function(){ alert( org.somekey ); }


See a small demonstration.

Known issues

  • Cross-site requests not allowed (see Same Origin policy)* Local file requests (file://) may fail in some browsers (Chrome Issue 40787)* Having HTML elements with IDs equal to key values in .properties files will fail on some browsers (IE, Chrome) when values are not accessed through jQuery.i18n.prop() method.


<!-- on HTML file: -->
<div id="test123">ola</div>

# on .properties file:
test123 = qwerty

Executing alert(test123); will output the div object with id “ola” and not the “qwerty” string!

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