Zanata is a web-based system for translators to translate documentation and software online using a web browser.
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IMPORTANT: Zanata's source code has moved.

To get the latest code, please visit the new repository:

Please do not fork or clone Zanata from this repository. This repository is kept for reference only.

Please submit pull requests to the zanata-platform repository.

Find out about Zanata here:


Zanata is a web-based system for translators to translate documentation and software online using a web-browser. It is written in Java and uses modern web technologies like JBoss, Seam, GWT, Hibernate, and a REST API. It currently supports translation of DocBook/Publican documentation through PO files. Projects can be uploaded to and downloaded from a Zanata server using a Maven plugin or a Python client.

For developers and writers: By using Zanata for your document translations, you can open up your project for translations without opening your entire project in version control.

For translators: No need to deal with PO files, gettext or a version control system - just log in to the website, join a language team and start translating, with translation memory (history of similar translations) and the ability to see updates from other translators in seconds.

Zanata is Free software, licensed under the LGPL.



You will need:

  • Java SDK 8 (OpenJDK recommended)
  • npm
  • Mysql or MariaDB
  • JBoss EAP 7 or WildFly 10


Quickly build a .war file

etc/scripts/ - Builds the project as quickly as possible, targeting both Firefox and Chrome when building GWT components, and skipping all checks and verifications (i.e. tests, checkstyle, etc)

If you wish to build GWT components for chrome or firefox only, you can specify the -c and -f arguments respectively.

The -h argument prints the script's help.

Build and run a server for testing

etc/scripts/ - Builds the Zanata artifact and starts a JBoss server using the cargo plugin. This script is particularly useful for starting a Zanata instance with the aim of running functional tests from an IDE.

The -h argument prints the script's help.

Development using docker (experimental)

For a quick Zanata development environment with Docker, please visit the docker README.