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Translating the app (continuously) Sticky

A topic by Amos created 1 year ago Views: 4,244 Replies: 42
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You can help by translating itch to your language here: http://weblate.itch.ovh/projects/itch/itch/


  • You need to be logged in to make suggestions — the server will error if you try to submit a suggestion being logged out.
    • You can log in using GitHub or register with your e-mail address
  • I review all suggestions made, and approve or discard them.
    • I'm more or less aware of what goes on in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and German translations, but for other languages, esp. eastern-european/asian/middle-eastern, I'm reliant on both downvotes & upvotes, and reverse translation
  • Having multiple translators for one language is great, as it allows peer review via voting & comments.
    • There are two levels of comments: source comments to ask for more context on the original (English) string, and translation comments to discuss how a particular string should be translated. You can choose that using the 'Scope' dropdown when leaving a comment.
    • If you have doubts on how a string is being used in the app, even after reading the context string (which may be something like prompt.payments_disabled.actions.open_web_page), leave a source comment (which translators of all languages can see), preferably in English so others have a chance to benefit from your question as well.
  • Improving translations by continuous refinement is an ongoing effort
    • You can submit suggestions at any time, even if the string is already translated
    • Don't submit the exact same translation as a suggestion — just smile and move on to the next string. Any unnecessary/duplicate suggestion is extra work for me!
    • When adding a (different) suggestion for an already-translated string, please leave a translation comment (not a source comment) to help me choose the best version.
    • When translating multiple related strings, you can add words to the glossary of your language to make sure the translation remains consistent. For example, in the Polish translation, we settled on Ścieżka for the "location" in "install location", and it's in the glossary now: https://weblate.itch.ovh/dictionaries/itch/pl/
  • All languages are welcome: if your language isn't listed as a translation, feel free to start a new one with the 'Start new translation' button.
  • Always go through weblate for translations, never through GitHub pull requests
    • It took me some time to get the weblate setup right, but it now works beautifully, allows collaboration and retains authorship.
    • If you have a weblate-specific question, make sure to check their Translator's guide first.
    • It's planned to add automatic i18n updates from within the app so that users don't have to wait for new minor versions

I will never be able to thank enough all the translators that have already contributed to making itch accessible to many more. It's a pleasure working with all of you!


I can do the italian translation :)


I could do Romanian, for what it's worth. What's the workflow?


I haven't decided yet what tools to use for i18n but ideally I'd find a solution that's easiest for everyone to contribute translations.

I'll post in this thread when I've made progress on that!


I could help with the french translation (native speaker) if needed :)


Ha :) So am I, but sometimes it's hard to find "idiomatic" translations, and I almost never use the French versions of various web services / apps, so I actually might need some help!


I could help with the Russian translations.

Admin (Edited 1 time)

I edited the top post with relevant info! http://itch.io/t/11917/translating-the-app-continu...

I don't suppose my itch.io login works there? :)


Ah, sorry, no :) As soon as there's oauth support in the API though I can add that! In the meantime I've enabled GitHub login.

I noticed! That will do fine, thanks. Unfortunately I have a bunch of other obligations these days, so maybe after New Year. Cheers!


I've just added and started suggesting translations for European Portuguese (native speaker here).
I've read on how to use Weblate and seem to be doing OK for now. If you need any help or have any questions about that translation in particular let me know!

Hello there! Native Portuguese (pt-PT) speaker as well... I've already voted some Joana's translation, and I'll also try to help translate ;)


Portuguese Portugal (pt-PT) has now 129 suggestions ready for commitment ;)

Don't submit the exact same translation as a suggestion

The navigation is on top of the page and there is nothing next to the Suggest button to go to the next string, so I accidentally clicked a couple of times on the Suggest button to go to the next string. And there is no options to remove our own suggestions, so the best I could do was to downvote the suggestions.


No problem. Downvoting in this case is perfectly acceptable :)

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I have logged in via GitHub and started a Bulgarian translation. However, for every string I try to translate, it gives me the message: "There is currently no active translator for this translation, please consider becoming a translator as your suggestion might otherwise remain unreviewed."

What should I do to fix that? All my translations are saved as suggestions and I cannot review/use them.

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I have translated all strings to Bulgarian. But as I said, they are all saved as suggestions. Please tell me how should I add them as translations and do I need to do anything for the translation to be included in the next version of the app?

All translations are saved as suggestions until other translators vet them and the project manager approves them. That's how the system works. Have some patience, our gracious host will get around to them.

But there are no other translators for Bulgarian. Who's going to 'vet' them?

Translations can also be approved based on trust, in a pinch. No worries, it's less formal than it seems.

Ah, ok then. Thank you! I'll wait to see what happens. :)


I review all suggestions & approve them, if there's only a few translators for a given language. However, I've fallen a bit behind on reviewing pending suggestions - no worries, though, it'll get done!


Just suggested a catalan translation for all the strings with a missing entry. Hope it helps!

Help! I was away for a while, and when I tried getting back to work, I couldn't log in to Weblate using GitHub. Clicking the button redirects me to this URL instead:


Did something change in the Weblate config? Is there anything I can do on my end?


Hey there! It looks like GitHub tightened its OAuth checks recently. I've fixed the application settings and it should now be working again!


So it does! Thank you very much!


Hey, I've finished Serbian translation (I believe it's complete, and it's in Serbian Cyrillic). It was quick as I have some experience in translating software, and am professor of Serbian language and literature by profession so it was fun. Should probably see it in the app to know if some things need to be changed to be more in the spirit of our language... Not sure if you'll end up using it, but it's there and available for whatever's next.


Hey Nikola,

I've personally approved all your translations for Serbian. I've also added you to the 'Managers' group so that, for future strings, you'll be able to bypass the suggestion system and directly translate!

Thanks a lot for your work, it's really appreciated - since Serbian was already in the app's language picker, it's now available to everyone right now (locales update from within the app).

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Oh, okay. I'll check soon if everything fits nicely and makes sense or needs some more finer tuning.

Edit: For some reason, when I select Serbian in the app, it just stays in English. Works fine for other languages. Not sure what could be the problem.

There no longer seems to be an option to add a new language


Which language would you need? I can add it by hand.


Irish (Gaeilge), Míle Buíochas!


There you go! https://weblate.itch.ovh/projects/itch/itch/ga/

It'll appear in the language picker on the next app update.

go raibh maith agat!

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EO: Ĉu iam ajn estos eble ankaŭ traduki la retejon itch.io?

BG: Някога възможно ли ще е да се преведе и самият уеб сайт itch.io?

EN: Will it ever be possible to translate the itch.io website too?


I hope so! That's one of my projects, I can't wait for it to become a priority :)

EO: Dankon! Bonvolu sciigi min kiam tio okazos, mi ŝatus traduki ĝin al la bulgara. :)

BG: Благодаря! Моля, уведомете ме, когато това стане, ще помогна за българския превод. :)

EN: Thanks! Please notify me when that happens, I would like to translate it to Bulgarian. :)

hello can you add arabic lang

thanks i am native arabic

I am interested in translating the app to Finnish. Please contact me. I have experience translating multiple apps and games. Thanks


If you sign up on https://weblate.itch.ovh and give me your username I can make you a translation manager :)

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Hi, I did register yesterday. https://weblate.itch.ovh/user/...


I just made you translation manager!

I also went ahead and changed your username to "vike91" so that your e-mail address isn't listed publicly :)