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A simple module providing facilities to localize small programs via textual files.

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klocmod -- Kozalo's Localization Module

Screw you, gettext! I don't wanna bother of compiling strings into binary files!

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This module provides a very simple, suboptimal way for localizing your scripts, bots or applications. The advantage is its simplicity: to supply some sets of different string literals for different languages, you just need a simple JSON, YAML or INI file (or even a dict) fed to the library. After that, the only thing you should take care of is to get an instance of the dictionary for a specific language and extract messages from it by key values.

All you mostly want is the LocalizationsContainer class. In particular, its static method LocalizationsContainer.from_file() that reads a localization file and returns an instance of the factory. The factory is supposed to produce instances of the LanguageDictionary class. Most likely, you will encounter instances of its subclass -- the SpecificLanguageDictionary class (the base class is only used as a fallback that returns passed key values back).


# basic installation
pip install klocmod
# or with YAML files support enabled
pip install klocmod[YAML]

Examples of localization files

JSON (language first)

  "en": {
    "yes": "yes",
    "no": "no"
  "ru-RU": {
    "yes": "да",
    "no": "нет"

JSON (phrase first)

  "yes": {
    "en": "yes",
    "ru-RU": "да"
  "no": {
    "en": "no",
    "ru-RU": "нет"


yes = yes
no = no

yes = да
no = нет


Requires an extra dependency: PyYAML.

# language first
  yes: yes
  no: no
  yes: да
  no: нет
# phrase first
  en: yes
  ru-RU: да
  en: no
  ru-RU: нет

Code example

from klocmod import LocalizationsContainer

localizations = LocalizationsContainer.from_file("localization.json")
ru = localizations.get_lang("ru")
# or
en = localizations.get_lang()    # get default language
# then
print(ru['yes'])    # output: да
# alternative ways to get a specific phrase:
localizations.get_phrase("ru-RU", "no")

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