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Use default language for urls without language prefix (django)

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solid_i18n contains middleware and url patterns to use default language at root path (without language prefix).

Default language is set in settings.LANGUAGE_CODE.


  • python (2.6, 2.7)
  • django (1.4, 1.5, 1.6)


There are two modes:

  1. settings.SOLID_I18N_USE_REDIRECTS = False (default). In that case i18n will not use redirects at all. If request doesn’t have language prefix, then default language will be used. If request does have prefix, language from that prefix will be used.
  2. settings.SOLID_I18N_USE_REDIRECTS = True. In that case, for root paths (without prefix), django will try to discover user preferred language. If it doesn’t equal to default language, redirect to path with corresponding prefix will occur. If preferred language is the same as default, then that request path will be processed (without redirect). Also see notes below.

Quick start

  1. Install this package to your python distribution:

    pip install solid_i18n
  2. Set languages in

    # Default language, that will be used for requests without language prefix
    LANGUAGE_CODE = 'en'
    # supported languages
        ('en', 'English'),
        ('ru', 'Russian'),
    # enable django translation
    USE_I18N = True
    # Optional. If you want to use redirects, set this to True
  3. Add SolidLocaleMiddleware instead of LocaleMiddleware to MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES:

  4. Use solid_i18n_patterns instead of i18n_patterns

    from django.conf.urls import patterns, include, url
    from solid_i18n.urls import solid_i18n_patterns
    urlpatterns = patterns(''
        url(r'^sitemap\.xml$', 'sitemap.view', name='sitemap_xml'),
    news_patterns = patterns(''
        url(r'^$', 'news.views.index', name='index'),
        url(r'^category/(?P<slug>[\w-]+)/$', 'news.views.category', name='category'),
        url(r'^(?P<slug>[\w-]+)/$', 'news.views.details', name='detail'),
    urlpatterns += solid_i18n_patterns('',
        url(r'^about/$', 'about.view', name='about'),
        url(r'^news/', include(news_patterns, namespace='news')),
  5. Start the development server and visit to see English content. Visit to see Russian content. If SOLID_I18N_USE_REDIRECTS was set to True and if your preferred language is equal to Russian, request to path will be redirected to But if preferred language is English, will be shown.

Example site

Located here, it is ready to use, just install solid_i18n (this package):

pip install solid_i18n

clone example site:

git clone

step in example/ and run development server:

cd django-solid-i18n-urls/example
python runserver


  • When using SOLID_I18N_USE_REDIRECTS = True, there is some nasty case. Suppose django has determined user preferred language incorrectly (maybe in user’s browser preferred language is not equal to his realy preferred language, because for example it is not his computer) and it is Russian. Then on access to url without prefix, i.e. '/', he will be redirected to '/ru/' (according to browsers preferred language). He wants to look english content (that is default language), but he can’t, because he is always being redirected to '/ru/' from '/'. To avoid this, it is needed to set preferred language in his cookies (just <a href="{{ specific language url}}"> will not work). For that purporse django’s set_language redirect view shall be used. See example in this package.
  • Of course, you must specify translation for all languages you’ve marked as supported. For details look here:

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