Import / Export for Web

For backup, sending to translation agencies, using offline tools, etc.

Within the Localize dashboard we provide you with an ability to import and export phrases and translations in various file formats.

You can also import/export Glossary terms.

To import or export simply go to the File Import / Export page in your dashboard.

Below you will find basic instructions for importing/exporting any of the supported file types for Web projects.

Watch this short video to see the basic import/export workflow.

Supported File Formats

For details on the requirements for the various file formats supported in web projects, select a file format below to view our developer docs for that format:

Importing Files

Importing your source language phrases into the Localize platform and translation workflow allows you to invite your translators to add/edit translations or to order professional translations from one of our third party providers directly through our platform. You can also import phrases and translations that were done outside of Localize.

Before importing, make sure your file adheres to the file requirements for the file type that you are importing. You can find these requirements in the page for that file format.

Navigate to the File Import / Export: Import tab in your dashboard.

  1. Drag-and-drop a file to import into the box, or select a file to import.
  2. Select the desired file type under File Format.
  3. Select the language you are importing.
  4. Specify the import type: Phrases or Glossary terms
  5. Click the Submit button.
  6. Wait for the file to be uploaded.
  7. Success! View the file details to see how many phrases were created, updated, etc.

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Results of Importing Translations

When you import translations, your Localize library gets updated:

  • existing translations will be overwritten
  • new translations will be added from the file that you upload
  • phrases will have the Import tag applied, and will be marked as a human translation

Import with Pluralized Phrases

Note, if a phrase is pluralized, then it will have multiple translations for a single source phrase. Unless otherwise noted in a specific file format, all translations will be imported together, separated by 4 vertical bars ||||.

Source phrase:
Your trial ends in <var count=""></var> days

Translation:
Su prueba termina en <var count=""></var> día||||Su prueba termina en <var count=""></var> días

Import History

After your import has completed, you can view the status under Import History.

  • If your import is successful, you can view
    • The date uploaded
    • The name of the file uploaded
    • File format
    • Language
    • State: how many phrases were created/updated/duplicates
  • If your import fails, you can view the error in the State column

Exporting Phrases

Localize detects all the content found in your application. You can export your translations for backup purposes, to send to your translators (who can translate your content using a third party tool) or to delegate the translation process to a translation service of your choice.

Navigate to the File Import / Export: Export tab in your dashboard.

  1. Select the desired file type under File Format.
  2. Select a filter which will determine which phrases get exported:
    a. Published translations
    b. Machine translations
    c. Human translations
    d. No translations
    e. Needs human translations
  3. Select the language you are exporting.
  4. Specify the export type: Phrases or Glossary terms
  5. Click the Export button.
  6. Wait for your download to complete, then close the popup dialog.

Export with Pluralized Phrases

Note, if a phrase is pluralized, then it will have multiple translations for a single source phrase. Unless otherwise noted in a specific file format, all translations will be exported together, separated by 4 vertical bars ||||.

Translators working in the exported file will need to be made aware of, and maintain these separating bars.

Source phrase:
Your trial ends in <var count=""></var> days

Translation:
Su prueba termina en <var count=""></var> día||||Su prueba termina en <var count=""></var> días

Exporting Selected Phrases

When on the Phrases page in the Localize dashboard, you can utilize all of the powerful filtering capabilities available to create a custom list of phrases to export to a file.

Simply select which phrases you want to export, click the Export button, select a file format, name the file and you're done! See the examples below for more details.

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Select Language First

Any export from the Phrases page will export phrases in the currently selected language.

Example: Exporting Phrases with SEO-related Labels

In this example, we are exporting phrases that have special significance for SEO: page titles and meta descriptions.

Steps in the exporting process:

  1. Select the desired labels from the list of System Labels.
  2. Select all or a subset of the filtered list by clicking some combination of:
    a. Select all phrases on this page checkbox
    b. Select all phrases in the filtered list link
    c. Select/deselect individual phrases by clicking the checkbox for that phrase
  3. Click the Export button
  1. Select a file format from the drop-down list.
  2. Provide a name for the exported file, and select a location to save the file.

Example: Exporting Gengo Translations

In this example, we are exporting phrases that have been translated by Gengo, one of our translation partners.

Steps in the exporting process:

  1. Select the desired filter from the Translated by list, in this case: Gengo
  2. Click the Select all phrases on this page checkbox
  3. Click the Export button
  1. Select a file format from the drop-down list.
  2. Provide a name for the exported file, and select a location to save the file.

Text Import

Localize will automatically import content on your website in a web-based project. However, manually importing phrases can be useful for translating content before it's live on your website.

To manually import phrases in text or HTML format, navigate to Phrases > Resources > Quickstart > Text Import in your dashboard. You will see the following screen.

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Security Warning

Do not copy and paste text from an untrusted source into the box below. Malicious Javascript contained in your submission may compromise the security of your account. Do not proceed if you do not accept and understand this security advisory.

You can import plain text phrases separated by line breaks, or raw HTML.

  1. Select the Text or HTML choice.
    a. If pasting text: phrases should be separated by line break (inline HTML allowed)
    b. If pasting HTML: phrases will be extracted from the HTML
  2. Paste in the text or HTML
  3. Select Add Phrases
  4. A pop-up dialog will be seen showing whether the import was successful or not.
    a. Note: this type of import will not show up in the Import History page.
  5. To view the imported phrases, go to your
    a. Pending bin for a web-based project.
    b. Published bin for a Mobile / Files-based project.
    c. Needs Review bin if using the In-Progress workflow.

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Supported Browsers

The Text Import feature has been verified to work in the latest versions following browsers:

  • Windows: Chrome, Firefox
  • Macintosh: Chrome, Firefox, Safari

It does NOT work in the following browsers:

  • Windows: Internet Explorer, Edge

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Text Import not available for Mobile App Projects

The Text Import feature is not available in Mobile App projects because new phrases are added via the file import feature instead.


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