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Poedit: cross-platform translation editor



This program is a simple translation editor for PO and XLIFF files. It also serves as a GUI frontend to more GNU gettext utilities (win32 version is part of the distribution) and catalogs editor/source code parser. It helps with translating applications into another language. For details on principles of the solution used, see GNU gettext documentation.


Easily-installable prebuilt binaries for Windows and macOS are available from

Official binaries for Linux are available as a Snap at Most Linux distributions also include native Poedit packages.

Installing from sources


  • Boost
  • Unicode build of wxWidgets library, version >= 3.0.4
  • ICU
  • LucenePlusPlus
  • If on Unix, GtkSpell for spell checking support

Optional dependencies:

  • cld2 (better language autodetection and non-English source languages)
  • C++REST SDK >= 2.5 (Crowdin integration)


Do the usual thing:

make install

You must have the dependencies installed in a location where configure will find them, e.g. by setting CPPFLAGS and LDFLAGS appropriately.


You need a full git checkout to build on macOS; see below for details.

After checkout, use the Poedit.xcworkspace workspace and the latest version of Xcode to build Poedit.

There are some additional dependencies on tools not included with macOS. They can be installed with Homebrew and macos/Brewfile:

brew bundle --file=macos/Brewfile

Windows using Visual Studio

You need a full git checkout to build on Windows; see below for details. Note that the repository uses symlinks and so you'll need to enabled Developer Mode and configure git to allow symlinks:

git config --global core.symlinks true

After checkout, use the Poedit.sln solution to build everything. To build the installer, open win32/poedit.iss in Inno Setup and compile the project.

Installing from Git repository

Get the sources from GitHub (

git clone

If you are on Windows or OSX, you'll need all the dependencies too. After cloning the repository, run the following command:

git submodule update --init --recursive

On Linux and other Unices, only a subset of submodules is necessary, so you can save some time and disk space by checking out only them:

git submodule update --init deps/json deps/pugixml

When building for Unix/Linux, if you get the sources directly from the Git repository, some generated files are not present. You have to run the ./bootstrap script to create them. After that, continue according to the instructions above.

The ./bootstrap script requires some additional tools to be installed:

  • AsciiDoc, xsltproc and xmlto to generate the manual page
  • gettext tools to create .mo files

On macOS and Windows, bootstrapping is not needed.


Poedit is released under the MIT license and you're free to do whatever you want with it and its source code (well, almost :-) -- see the license text).

See the COPYING file for details on the program's licensing and the icons/README file for details on the icons.

Windows and macOS versions contain GNU gettext binaries. They are distributed under the GNU General Public License and their source code is available from If you have difficulties getting them from there, email me for a copy of the sources.


  1. Poedit's website
  2. GNU gettext