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XLIFF exchange for django-modeltranslation

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XLIFF Exchange is an extension for django-modeltranslation package that allows to export translatable content in OASIS XLIFF 1.2 format supported by most translation tools and import content in target languages from translated XLIFF files.

XLIFF Exchange screenshot

Export action and Import form in Django admin


Django has good support for translating UI elements but lacks support for translating dynamic content stored in a database. There are a number of third-party packages for that purpose, including django-modeltranslation that uses registration approach for adding translations to Django model fields. It also provides admin classes that allow to enter translations for model fields directly in Django admin interface. However, with large volumes of content and many translation languages such direct content manipulation can be quite cumbersome. XLIFF Exchange for django-modeltranslation simplifies translation management by providing an admin action for bulk exporting translatable content to XLIFF 1.2 format and a form for uploading translated XLIFF files.

XLIFF 1.2 files are supported bu most (if not all) offline and online translation tools, including SDL Trados, Deja Vu, memoQ, Transifex, SmartCAT and many others. You can simply export your content to XLIFF files, give them to your in-house or external translators to translate, and then import translated contend back to your Django project. Translatable fields in respective languages will be updated automatically.


  • Python: 3.4-3.7
  • Django: 1.11-2.1
  • django-modeltranslation: 0.13-beta1 and above

Note: some Python/Django combinations may not work. You can find compatible combinations in tox.ini file.


  • Install XLIFF Exchange with pip:

    pip install django-modeltranslation-xliff
  • Add 'modeltranslation_xliff' to INSTALLED_APPS in your project’s



XLIFF Exchange for django-modeltranslation provides XliffExchangeMixin class for modeltranslation.admin.TranslationAdmin that adds XLIFF export/import functionality.

Minimal example:

from django.contrib import admin
from modeltranslation.admin import TranslationAdmin
from modeltranslation_xliff import XliffExchangeMixin
from .models import MyModel

class MyModelAdmin(XliffExchangeMixin, TranslationAdmin):

XliffExchangeMixin class is compatible with TranslationAdmin and its child classes, e.g. TabbedTranslationAdmin.


See XLIFF Exchange documentation for more info.



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