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Python scripts to help with managing translations

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This package contains command line tools to help manage translations.

  • podiff: Shows the differences between two po files. It only cares about the default value, msgid and msgstr, not about position in the file. You can also specify a version control repository with which to compare a file with.
  • pogetnew: Compares two po files and return all new entries that need to be translated. Output is printed to stdout, in the format as a valid po file, so that it can be sent to translator.
  • pocheck: Checks the pot/po file for smells.
    • The Translate Toolkit provides a similar tool called pofilter. Pocheck aims to not duplicate any of the functionality already in pofilter.
  • pounique: Takes several po files (or directories of po files) and return one pofile (or a directory of pofiles) with unique values. It can pick the values either from the last file given, or my making a “best guess”.
  • poupdate: Will update the first po file with values from the second.
  • popopulate: Will replace any empty messages with their Default message, if there is one, and mark it as fuzzy.


Simply run:

pip install potools

or if you are using easy_install:

easy_install potools

Buildout users can add the following part to their buildouts:

recipe = zc.recipe.egg
eggs = potools



  • Diff all po files in a git repository, with the last committed versions:

    find -name "*.po" -exec podiff --vcs git $(git remote -v | awk 'BEGIN {} NR ==2 {print substr ($2, 1)}') {} \;


0.3.2 (2014-08-20)

  • Fixed configuration to avoid problems with newer setuptools. [do3cc]

0.3.1 (2013-07-30)

  • poupdate: added new option to determine if fuzzy markers in the target should be removed on update [pysailor]

0.3 (2013-07-30)

  • Added pounique, poupdate and popopulate commands. [regebro]

0.2 (2013-04-23)

  • Also compare (and show) comments in podiff. [jcbrand]

0.1 (2013-03-11)

  • Initial release [jcbrand]

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