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Getting started with the locize-cli

Step 0: Install the cli

with npm (preferred globally)

npm install -g locize-cli

with Shell: (downloads released (linux or macos) binaries)

curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/locize/locize-cli/master/install.sh | sh

with PowerShell: (downloads released (windows) binaries)

iwr https://raw.githubusercontent.com/locize/locize-cli/master/install.ps1 -useb | iex

Adding/Updating new keys

Step 1: execute

Add your api-key and your project-id and let's go...

locize add --api-key my-api-key-d9de-4f55-9855-a9ef0ed44672 --project-id my-project-id-93e1-442a-ab35-24331fa294ba --language en namespace1 myNewKey "My new value"

Remove keys

Step 1: execute

Add your api-key and your project-id and let's go...

locize remove --api-key my-api-key-d9de-4f55-9855-a9ef0ed44672 --project-id my-project-id-93e1-442a-ab35-24331fa294ba --language en namespace1 myNewKey

or

locize remove common title

Get keys

Step 1: execute

Add your project-id and let's go...

locize get --project-id my-project-id-93e1-442a-ab35-24331fa294ba --language en namespace1 myNewKey

or

locize get common title

Download current published files

Step 1: execute

Add your project-id and let's go...

locize download --project-id my-project-id-93e1-442a-ab35-24331fa294ba --ver latest --language en --namespace namespace1 --path ./backup

or

locize download

or add a format like (json, flat, xliff2, xliff12, xlf2, xlf12, android, yaml, yaml-rails, yaml-nested, csv, xlsx, po, strings, resx, fluent, tmx, laravel, properties)

locize download --project-id my-project-id-93e1-442a-ab35-24331fa294ba --ver latest --language en --namespace namespace1 --path ./backup --format android

Synchronize locize with your repository (or any other local directory)

By using the sync command, you can keep your existing code setup and synchronize the translations with locize. An example on how this could look like can be seen in this tutorial.

⚠️ Since the remote source are the published translations, make sure the desired version is set to standard publish mode, or alternatively publish that version before you execute the cli command. ⚠️

Step 1: Go near to your translation files

cd my-awesome-project/locales

Make sure you have this type of tree structure: Each language should be a directory and each namespace should be a file

locales
├── en
│   ├── namespace1.extension
│   ├── namespace2.extension
│   ├── ...
├── de
│   ├── ...

the cli by will use the directory name as language and the filename (without extension as namespace name).

Step 3: execute

Add your api-key and your project-id and let's go...

locize sync --api-key my-api-key-d9de-4f55-9855-a9ef0ed44672 --project-id my-project-id-93e1-442a-ab35-24331fa294ba

or add a format like (json, flat, xliff2, xliff12, xlf2, xlf12, android, yaml, yaml-rails, yaml-nested, csv, xlsx, po, strings, resx, fluent, tmx, laravel, properties)

locize sync --api-key my-api-key-d9de-4f55-9855-a9ef0ed44672 --project-id my-project-id-93e1-442a-ab35-24331fa294ba --format android

‼️ By default: The reference language in your local repository is the master ‼️

  • if you have new keys in your local namespace it will add the missing one to locize
  • if you have new namespaces in your local language directory it will add the missing one to locize
  • if you have less keys (you have deleted some keys) in your local namespace it will remove them in locize too
  • all non reference languages will always be just locally replaced by what is published on locize
  • if you change the values of existing keys in the reference language, it will not change them in locize (to change the existing values you have to change it directly in locize or use the --update-values true argument)
  • if you want to take into account all languages instead of the reference language only while comparing the namespace content between local and remote, you can use the command argument --reference-language-only false
  • if you want to take into account the modification time while comparing the namespace content between local and remote, you can use the command argument --compare-modification-time true

Step 4: verify

Navigate to your locize project and check the results => www.locize.app

Push missing keys to locize from your repository (or any other local directory)

This is useful, when i.e. using i18next-scanner, like described here. The save-missing command uses the missing API and the sync command uses the update API So, if you want to save new keys (that does not exist in locize), the save-missing command is the better choice. Doing so, you can then for example make use of the “created by missing API" filter in the locize UI.

But if you need to update existing keys, the sync command is the correct choice.

Step 1: Go near to your translation files

cd my-awesome-project/locales

Make sure you have this type of tree structure: Each language should be a directory and each namespace should be a file

locales
├── en
│   ├── namespace1.extension
│   ├── namespace2.extension
│   ├── ...
├── de
│   ├── ...

the cli by will use the directory name as language and the filename (without extension as namespace name).

Step 3: execute

Add your api-key and your project-id and let's go...

locize save-missing --api-key my-api-key-d9de-4f55-9855-a9ef0ed44672 --project-id my-project-id-93e1-442a-ab35-24331fa294ba

or add a format like (json, flat, xliff2, xliff12, xlf2, xlf12, android, yaml, yaml-rails, yaml-nested, csv, xlsx, po, strings, resx, fluent, tmx, laravel, properties)

locize save-missing --api-key my-api-key-d9de-4f55-9855-a9ef0ed44672 --project-id my-project-id-93e1-442a-ab35-24331fa294ba --format android

Step 4: verify

Navigate to your locize project and check the results => www.locize.app

Copy version

Step 1: execute

Add your api-key (of target version) and your project-id and let's go...

# this will copy version latest to production
locize copy-version latest --api-key my-api-key-d9de-4f55-9855-a9ef0ed44672 --project-id my-project-id-93e1-442a-ab35-24331fa294ba --ver production

Publish version

Step 1: execute

Add your api-key and your project-id and let's go...

locize publish-version --api-key my-api-key-d9de-4f55-9855-a9ef0ed44672 --project-id my-project-id-93e1-442a-ab35-24331fa294ba --ver production

Delete namespace

Step 1: execute

Add your api-key and your project-id and let's go...

locize delete-namespace common --api-key my-api-key-d9de-4f55-9855-a9ef0ed44672 --project-id my-project-id-93e1-442a-ab35-24331fa294ba --ver latest

Migration of existing i18next files

We suggest to use the sync command instead of the migrate command. The migrate command is older and only works with json files.

Step 1: Go near to your translation files

At the moment only i18next translation files (json) are supported

cd my-awesome-project/locales

Step 2: Decide if you want to migrate all languages or only one

If you have a directory structure like this:

locales
├── en
│   ├── namespace1
│   ├── namespace2
│   ├── ...
├── de
│   ├── ...

the cli by default will try to use the directory name as language.

If you have a directory structure like this:

locales
├── namespace1
├── namespace2
├── ...

you can use the --language option to define the language.

Step 3: execute

Add your api-key and your project-id and let's go...

locize migrate --api-key my-api-key-d9de-4f55-9855-a9ef0ed44672 --project-id my-project-id-93e1-442a-ab35-24331fa294ba --path ./en --language en

Passing the argument --replace will empty the optionally existing namespace before saving the new translations. (default: false)

Step 4: verify

Navigate to your locize project and check the results => www.locize.app

Format local files (i.e. in combination with download command)

Step 1: execute

Add your api-key and your project-id and let's go...

locize format path/to/dictionary --format android

Other information

You can define a config file in your home directory (or wherever you want (by specifying it in the command)) that contains defaults for your commands. i.e.

cat /Users/user/.locize

apiKey = my-api-key-d9de-4f55-9855-a9ef0ed44672
projectId = my-project-id-93e1-442a-ab35-24331fa294ba
language = en
version = latest

like this you can just work like this:

locize sync

or

locize add common title "the title of my cool app"

Additionally if these environment variables are set:

  • LOCIZE_PROJECTID or LOCIZE_PID
  • LOCIZE_API_KEY or LOCIZE_KEY
  • LOCIZE_VERSION or LOCIZE_VER
  • LOCIZE_LANGUAGE or LOCIZE_LANG or LOCIZE_LNG

they will also be considered with this priority:

  1. argument as part of command (i.e. locize sync --project-id ...)
  2. config value in .locize file (i.e. projectId = ...)
  3. env variable (i.e. LOCIZE_PROJECTID)