elixir phoenix plug that can extract locale from browser headers or paths for redirection and setting of get text locales
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SetLocale

This phoenix plug will help you with I18n url paths. It can extract the preffered locale from the browsers accept-language header and redirect if an url without locale has been given. It will extract the locale from the url and check if that is valid and supported. If so it will assign it to conn.assigns.locale and set Gettext to that locale as well. If it is not supported it will redirect to the default locale.

You might also be interested in ecto_translate which can help you with returning translated values of your Ecto data attributes.

Examples

Given that you define your default language to be "en" :

When someone uses the url : http://www.example.org they will be redirected to http://www.example.org/en/

When someone uses the url : http://www.example.org/foo/bar/baz they will be redirected to http://www.example.org/en/foo/bar/baz

When someone uses the url : http://www.example.org/en-gb/foo/bar/baz they will be redirected to http://www.example.org/en/foo/bar/baz

When someone uses an unsupported locale in the url they will be redirected to the default one: http://www.example.org/de-de/foo/bar/baz they will be redirected to http://www.example.org/en/foo/bar/baz

When someone uses a url with no locale prefix, and their browser contains an accept-language string that contains a supported locale : http://www.example.org/foo/bar/baz they will be redirected to http://www.example.org/nl-nl/foo/bar/baz

Fallback chain and precedence

The current precedence and fallback chain is now :

  • locale in url (i.e. /nl-nl/)
  • cookie
  • request headers accept-language
  • default locale from config

Setup

Update your router.ex to include the plug and scope your routes with /:locale

defmodule MyApp.Router do
  use MyApp.Web, :router

  pipeline :browser do
    plug :accepts, ["html"]
    ...
    plug SetLocale, gettext: MyApp.Gettext, default_locale: "en", cookie_key: "project_locale" #cookie_key is optional
  end

  ...

  scope "/", MyApp do
    pipe_through :browser
    get "/", PageController, :dummy #you need this entry to support the default root without a locale, it will never be called
  end

  scope "/:locale", MyApp do
    pipe_through :browser
    get "/", PageController, :index
    ...
  end
end

Installation

If available in Hex, the package can be installed as:

  1. Add set_locale to your list of dependencies in mix.exs:
```elixir
def deps do
  [{:set_locale, "~> 0.2.1"}]
end
```
  1. Ensure set_locale is started before your application:
```elixir
def application do
  [applications: [:set_locale]]
end
```