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cli tool to generate translation files for joomla

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The needed directory structure has changed in version 0.7.2

Used search filters in php and xml files:


  • JText::script(“COM_COMPONENTNAME”)


  • description=”COM_COMPONENTNAME”



  • <name>COM_COMPONENTNAME</name>

  • <description>COM_COMPONENTNAME</description>


This is just a little helper so you don`t have to copy and paste all your translation strings by hand.

Your ini files need the following syntax

TRANSLATION_STRING = 'translation'
do not use a syntax like

and only use ' not "

Or you start without any ini files and let jootranslate create it for you.

Your component needs the following directory structure

    - controllers
    - language
    - etc ...
    - controllers
    - language
    - etc...


use pip

pip install --user jootranslate


python install


jootranslate --source /path/to/component/root --com your_component

to see a full list of all options

jootranslate -h

usage: jootranslate [-h] -s PATH -c COM [-l LANG] [-t]

A translation ini file generator for joomla developers

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -s PATH, --source PATH
                        directory to search in
  -c COM, --com COM     the name of the component
  -l LANG, --lang LANG  language localisation. default is en-GB
  -t, --translate       If you want to translate the strings on console

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