Import / Export / Text Import

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

Within the content dashboard, we provide you with an ability to import and export phrases and translations. To import or export simply go to the Resources tab in your dashboard.

UTF-8 FIle Format

Be sure that you are using the UTF-8 file format when working with the external files you are creating for importing purposes.

Importing Phrases

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.

To import, simply go to this link to begin managing Resources. You can follow detailed instructions for a specific file type below.

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 History

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

  • If your import is successful, you can view how many phrases were created/updated/duplicates
  • If your import fails, you can view the error here

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.

To export, simply go to this link to begin managing Resources.

Alternatively, you can filter exactly which phrases that you want to export on the Phrases page. Find out how... You can follow detailed instructions for a specific file type below.

File Types and Formatting

The following file formats are currently supported. Click on a specific file format to see details for importing/exporting data using that format.

If you have more questions or want to suggest a file format contact us.


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Text Import

Localize will automatically import content on your website. 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. You will see the following screen.

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 Pending bin.

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

Updated about 7 hours ago

Import / Export / Text Import

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

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