Introduction ↑ Back to Top
WooCommerce comes localization ready out of the box – all that’s needed is your translation, if the plugin does not come bundled with one for your language.
There are several methods to create a translation, most of which are outlined in the WordPress Codex. However, we find the easiest method is to use a plugin called Loco Translate. More advanced users can use PoEdit. Both methods are covered in this doc.
Before you begin ↑ Back to Top
WooCommerce includes a language file (.po or .pot file) which contains all of the English text. You can find this language file inside the plugin folder in woocommerce/i18n/languages/.
Set up WordPress ↑ Back to Top
WordPress needs to be told which language it should run under.
- Go to: Dashboard > Settings > General and change the Site language.
Once this has been done, the shop will be displayed in your locale if the language file exists. Otherwise you need to create the language files (process explained below).
WooCommerce 2.2+ Language Packs ↑ Back to Top
From version 2.2, WooCommerce includes a language pack downloader. PO and MO files will no longer be bundled with the plugin – they will be downloadable from your dashboard if you have the WPLANG constant set, or from a git repository if you wish to grab them manually. A notice will be displayed within your administration:
If for some reason the translation packs install fails, you can force the download in WooCommerce > System Status > Tools > Force Translation Upgrade:
PO and MO files are copied in wp-content/languages/woocommerce/
Translating with Loco Translate ↑ Back to Top
Loco Translate is a free plugin that you can download here. You can also add directly from the WordPress administration, in Plugins > Add New.
Once you downloaded and installed Loco Translate, a new “Loco Translate” menu item is created with two sub-sections. By default the “Manage Translations” section will list all your themes and plugins and will display all available translations for each of them:
You can easily add new languages to a theme or a plugin using the Add New Language link:
Then choose the language to add in the list, or enter the language ISO code (ex: fr_FR, en_US etc…), and select the folder to add the translation files to, and hit Start Translating:
Finally start translating, and save when you finish:
Translating with PoEdit ↑ Back to Top
PoEdit is a more advanced alternative to Loco Translate. Only advanced users or translators who wish to contribute to WooCommerce core should attempt this method.
WooCommerce comes with 2 POT files which can be imported into PoEdit to translate. These files are broken up to make the frontend more efficient.
- woocommerce.pot – Contains frontend strings
- woocommerce-admin.pot – Contains admin strings
Each is translated separately. To get started open PoEdit and go to File > New catalog from POT file. Once you have done this, choose either woocommerce.pot or woocommerce-admin.pot and PoEdit will show the catalog properties window:
Enter your name etc so other translators know who you are and click ‘ok’. After this you will be prompted to save your .po file – name it based on what you are translating to, for example, a GB translation would be saved as woocommerce-en_GB.po or woocommerce-admin-en_GB.po respectively. Now the strings will be listed.
After translating all strings you can save – the .mo file will also be generated automatically.
Updating your translation
After updates, you can update your po file by opening it and then going to Catalog > Update from POT file. Choose the file and it will be updated accordingly.
Making your Localization upgrade safe ↑ Back to Top
If you keep your custom translations in woocommerce/i18n/languages (WooCommerce < 2.2+) they can be lost when upgrading. To make them upgrade safe, instead place them in wp-content/languages/woocommerce/. All translations will be automatically added to wp-content/languages/woocommerce/ with WooCommerce 2.2+.
Contributing your Localization to Core ↑ Back to Top
We maintain our translations through our project on Transifex. If you want to contribute translated strings to your language, or wish to start a new translation, request access to the project through Transifex and you can start translating as soon as possible.