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Faster port of Language detection built by Shuyo in Python

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Description: # langua
A faster port of in Python


$ pip install langua

Supported Python versions 2.7, 3.4+.


``langua`` supports 55 languages out of the box ([ISO 639-1 codes](

af, ar, bg, bn, ca, cs, cy, da, de, el, en, es, et, fa, fi, fr, gu, he,
hi, hr, hu, id, it, ja, kn, ko, lt, lv, mk, ml, mr, ne, nl, no, pa, pl,
pt, ro, ru, sk, sl, so, sq, sv, sw, ta, te, th, tl, tr, uk, ur, vi, zh-cn, zh-tw

Basic usage

To detect the language of the text:

>>> from langua import Predict
>>> p = Predict()
>>> p.get_lang("Mother")
>>> p.get_lang(u"தாய்")
>>> p.get_lang(u"അമ്മ")

Benchmark Results

>>> from langua import Predict
>>> p = Predict()
>>> %%timeit
...: p.get_lang(u"ഇംഗ്ലീഷ്")
1000 loops, best of 3: 721 µs per loop

>>> from langdetect import detect
>>> %%timeit
...: detect(u"ഇംഗ്ലീഷ്")
1000 loops, best of 3: 1.07 ms per loop


How to add new language?

You need to create a new language profile. The easiest way to do it is to use the [langdetect.jar]( tool, which can generate language profiles from Wikipedia abstract database files or plain text.

Wikipedia abstract database files can be retrieved from "Wikipedia Downloads" ([]( They form '(language code)wiki-(version)-abstract.xml' (e.g. 'enwiki-20101004-abstract.xml' ).

usage: ``java -jar langdetect.jar --genprofile -d [directory path] [language codes]``

- Specify the directory which has abstract databases by -d option.
- This tool can handle gzip compressed file.

Remark: The database filename in Chinese is like 'zhwiki-(version)-abstract-zh-cn.xml' or zhwiki-(version)-abstract-zh-tw.xml', so that it must be modified 'zh-cnwiki-(version)-abstract.xml' or 'zh-twwiki-(version)-abstract.xml'.

To generate language profile from a plain text, use the genprofile-text command.

usage: ``java -jar langdetect.jar --genprofile-text -l [language code] [text file path]``

For more details see [language-detection Wiki](

Original project

This is a vectorized modification of [Langdetect]( . There are some numpy optimizations and other tweaks
which have improved the performance of predicting the language class.

LangDetect was a port of another project called [language-detection](

Pushing to PyPi

Refer [this](

Keywords: language detection library
Platform: UNKNOWN
Classifier: Development Status :: 5 - Production/Stable
Classifier: Intended Audience :: Developers
Classifier: License :: OSI Approved :: Apache Software License
Classifier: Operating System :: OS Independent
Classifier: Programming Language :: Python :: 2
Classifier: Programming Language :: Python :: 2.7
Classifier: Programming Language :: Python :: 3
Classifier: Programming Language :: Python :: 3.4
Classifier: Programming Language :: Python :: 3.5
Classifier: Programming Language :: Python :: 3.6

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