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Translate URL patterns and prefix URLs with language-code.

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This Django app makes it possible to prefix URL patterns with the active language and to make URL patterns translatable by using gettext. As well this package contains a middleware which is able to activate the right language (based on the language-prefix in the requested URL).


During the DjangoCon EU 2011 sprints, I wrote a patch for including this functionality into the Django core. This patch was accepted and will be included in Django 1.4 (thanks to Jannis Leidel and Russell Keith-Magee for their feedback and reviewing the patch).

Django documentation: Internationalization: in URL patterns.

Translating URL patterns

After installing this package, URL patterns can also be marked translatable using the ugettext_lazy() function. Example:

from django.conf.urls.defaults import patterns, include, url
from django.utils.translation import ugettext_lazy as _
from i18nurls.i18n import i18n_patterns

urlpatterns = patterns(''
    url(r'^sitemap\.xml$', 'sitemap.view', name='sitemap_xml'),

news_patterns = patterns(''
    url(r'^$', 'news.views.index', name='index'),
    url(_(r'^category/(?P<slug>[\w-]+)/$'), 'news.views.category', name='category'),
    url(r'^(?P<slug>[\w-]+)/$', 'news.views.details', name='detail'),

urlpatterns += i18n_patterns('',
    url(_(r'^about/$'), 'about.view', name='about'),
    url(_(r'^news/$'), include(news_patterns, namespace='news')),

After you’ve created the translations, the reverse() function will return the URL in the active language. Example:

from django.core.urlresolvers import reverse
from django.utils.translation import activate

>>> activate('en')
>>> reverse('news:category', kwargs={'slug': 'recent'})

>>> activate('nl')
>>> reverse('news:category', kwargs={'slug': 'recent'})

Reversing in templates

If localized URLs get reversed in templates they always use the current language. To link to a URL in another language use the language template tag. It enables the given language in the enclosed template section:

{% load i18nurls i18n %}

{% get_available_languages as languages %}

{% trans "View this category in:" %}
    {% for lang_code, lang_name in languages %}
        {% language lang_code %}
            <a href="{% url category slug=category.slug %}">{{ lang_name }}</a>
        {% endlanguage %}
{% endfor %}

See also: Reversing in templates.


  • Install the django-i18nurls package (eg: pip install django-i18nurls).
  • Add i18nurls to your settings.INSTALLED_APPS.
  • Add i18nurls.middleware.LocaleMiddleware to your settings.MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES (make sure it comes before the CommonMiddleware).



  • {% language %} template-tag implemented (thanks to Harro van der Klauw).
  • LocaleMiddleware class is not patched anymore (Issue #3).
  • i18n_patterns is not patched anymore.
  • Trailing slash is now optional in LocaleMiddleware regex.


  • templates and locale folder added to script (Issue #1).


  • API changed so it will match with i18n_patterns in upcoming Django 1.4 release.


  • Some README errors corrected.


  • Some code cleanup.


  • Initial release.

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