SaaSquatch internationalization integrates easily with Transifex to automatically manage your translations. This article describes how to use the Transifex CLI to translate your custom theme.
Setting up Transifex
The easiest way to use Transifex to manage internationalization is using the Transifex CLI tool. First, you should create a new project in Transifex for translating the strings from your SaaSquatch referral progam's custom theme.
Once you're set up with a Transifex project, you need to set up your custom theme to work with the Transifex CLI tool.
To use the Transifex CLI tool, you need to have a config file located at
This file tells Transifex where to look to find the translations for the source
[main] host = https://www.transifex.com [my-project.messagesproperties-10] file_filter = i18n/messages_<lang>.properties source_file = i18n/messages.properties source_lang = en type = UNICODEPROPERTIES
Example file layout:
├── /.tx | └── config ├── /assets ├── /templates ├── /i18n | └── messages.properties ├── variables.json └── Readme.md
If you're getting started for the first time, you may need to set up your Transifex credentials in your local machine.
Transifex credentials are stored in the file
~/.transifexrc in your home folder.
[https://www.transifex.com] hostname = https://www.transifex.com password = wethwey2112512 token = username = foobar
Use the Transifex CLI to push and pull translations
messages.properties into Transifex for translation,
we need to use the command
tx push. This will push the latest version of
messages.properties from your local repo to Transifex.
Once in Transifex, you can either translate the strings yourself, use machine translation or pay professional translators to do the work.
After translation, use the
tx pull command to download the new versions of the
strings from Transifex into your local repo.
Commit those new string to git and deploy the new version to SaaSquatch.
tx push ... do translations tx pull git commit git push squatch deploy
After you've downloaded the new versions, you should have many new files located in the i18n folder.
├── /.tx | └── config ├── /assets ├── /templates ├── /i18n | ├── messages.properties <-- pushed | ├── messages_de.properties <-- pulled | ├── messages_ko.properties <-- pulled | └── messages_ja.properties <-- pulled ├── variables.json └── Readme.md
To check that the project pulled in successfully, use the
tx status command.
my-project -> messagesproperties-10 (1 of 1) Translation Files: - en: i18n/messages.properties (source) - de: i18n/messages_de.properties - ko: i18n/messages_ko.properties - ja: i18n/messages_ja.properties