TermBase eXchange

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TermBase eXchange
Filename extension.tbx
Internet media typeapplication/x-tbx [1]
UTI conformationpublic.xml
Developed byLocalization Industry Standards Association
Initial release2002?
Latest release
April 2019; 3 years ago (2019-04)[2]
Type of formatTerminology
Extended fromXML
StandardISO 30042
Open format?yes

TermBase eXchange (TBX) is an international standard (ISO 30042:2019) for the representation of structured concept-oriented terminological data, copublished by ISO and the Localization Industry Standards Association (LISA).[3][4][5] Originally released in 2002 by LISA's OSCAR special interest group, TBX was adopted by ISO TC 37 in 2008. In 2019 ISO 30042:2008 was withdrawn and revised by ISO 30042:2019. It is currently available as an ISO standard and as an open, industry standard, available at no charge.[4][5]

TBX defines an XML format for the exchange of terminology data, and is "an industry standard for terminology exchange".[6]

See also[edit]

  • IATE (“Inter-Active Terminology for Europe”) is the EU's inter-institutional terminology database used in the EU institutions and agencies since summer 2004 for the collection, dissemination and shared management of EU-specific terminology. The IATE multilingual databases can be downloaded in a zipped format, then multilanguage glossaries in TBX format can be generated using a free tool.
  • OpenTMS (Open Source Translation Management System)
  • XLIFF (XML Localisation Interchange File Format): an XML-based format created to standardize the way localizable data are passed between tools during a localization process and a common format for CAT tool files.


  1. ^ dwaynebailey. "virtaal.desktop.in". GitHub. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  2. ^ "ISO 30042:2019". Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  3. ^ ISO 30042:2008: Systems to manage terminology, knowledge and content -- TermBase eXchange (TBX). International Organization for Standardization, http://www.iso.org/iso/catalogue_detail.htm?csnumber=45797
  4. ^ a b "LISA OSCAR Standards", GALA website. http://www.gala-global.org/lisa-oscar-standards
  5. ^ a b "TermBase eXchange". https://www.gala-global.org/sites/default/files/migrated-pages/docs/tbx_oscar_0.pdf
  6. ^ "Microsoft Terminology Collection". Microsoft Language. Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 14 September 2015.