Type of site
|Localization management and crowdsourcing|
|Available in||English and 12 more|
|Created by||Dimitris Glezos|
|21,101 (April 2014[update])|
Transifex is a web-based translation platform, also known as Globalization Management System (GMS). It targets technical projects with frequently updated content, such as software, documentation and websites and encourages the automation of the localization workflow by integrating with the tools used by developers.
The site provides a hosting platform for translation files and social networking functions such as feeds, discussion boards, translation suggestions and voting to allow translators to work collaboratively.
What started as a Google Summer of Code project to solve a Fedora Project problem has evolved into a complete movement backed by a new startup business, Transifex. The creator of Transifex, Dimitris Glezos, has worked since 2007 to evangelize the Transifex vision of localization and i18n tools. As of March 2014, the hosted site Transifex.com has over 17,000 project translations hosted across 150 languages, including reddit, Django and Creative Commons. It is also used directly by other projects, such as Xfce.
A project owner begins by creating a project in Transifex. He then creates a translation team or appoints maintainers to create the teams for him. The project owner or maintainer then uploads the translatable content to Transifex and the translation teams are ready to begin the translation process. Once the content is translated, the project owner can download it manually or pull it using the Transifex client.
In early 2009, a SaaS version of Transifex was launched. This commercial version, which shares a common code base with the open source version and thus takes advantage of all of its features, provides many additional facilities, a subset of which can be found in the following section.
Supported document formats
Android, Apple Resources, ASP, .desktop files, Gettext (PO/POT), Microsoft.NET, Code files (C, Java, PHP, QT Linguist), Joomla INI files, Mozilla DTD, Plain text, PO/POT files, Subtitles, Web pages, XLIFF files, XML files, YAML,…
- Many supported files formats, including YAML, XHTML, XLIFF, PO and PLIST.
- Ability to download content, translate it offline and then upload it.
- Online Editor called Lotte for translating resources on the fly.
- Command Line Client that allows uploading, downloading and updating translation resources.
- Translation Memory that reduces the effort when having to translate something already translated somewhere else.
- Tools for monitoring activity and getting real time overviews of the status of a project.
- Messaging and notification system for keeping a translation team informed.
- API for integration with other platforms/services.
- Ability to create private projects.
- Ability to re-use the same translation teams when managing multiple projects and manage them from one master project.
- Term glossary that works with an upvote/downvote fashion.
- Creative Commons
- Django and Django-cms
- Dolibarr ERP & CRM
- Mercurial and Bitbucket
- And various other smaller open-source projects such as RPM, Yum, PackageKit, Pulseaudio, Midnight Commander, Cherokee, TortoiseSVN, etc.
- "Transifex.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
- "Transifex Help pages".
- "Transifex Plans". Transifex.
- Interview with Dimitris Glezos
- "Transifex Client documentation".
- Developers | Django CMS Describes tools used by Django, including Transifex.
- Pinternationalization blog post by Dave Dash
- Reddit Announcement of the switch to Transifex.