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Virtaal 0.7.1.png
Original author(s)
Initial release2007
Stable release
0.7.1 / 10 January 2012; 7 years ago (2012-01-10)
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeComputer-assisted translation

Virtaal is a computer-assisted translation tool written in the Python programming language. It is free software developed and maintained by[1][2][3]

Virtaal is built using the Translate Toolkit allowing it to process a number of translation and localisation formats.

Design Philosophy[edit]

The key principle behind the design of Virtaal is the optimisation of the interface for the localiser. This includes ensuring that all relevant functionality is keyboard accessible and that needed information is always optimally displayed.


Work on Virtaal began in 2007 with an initial 0.1 release made to a small number of open-source localisers. Version 0.2, released in October 2008, became the first official release.


The name Virtaal, pronounced [fərˈtɑːl], is a play on words. In Afrikaans, an official language of South Africa where is located, the expression "vir taal" means "for language", while the word "vertaal" (pronounced the same as "vir taal") means "translate".[4]

Supported source document formats[edit]

Virtaal works directly with any of the bilingual (containing both source and target language) files understood by the Translate Toolkit. This would include XLIFF, Gettext PO and MO, various Qt files (.qm, .ts, .qph), Wordfast translation memory, TBX, TMX and OmegaT glossaries.


See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Morado, L., Wolff, F.: Bringing industry standards to open source localisers: a case study of virtaal. Tradumatica: Tecnologies de la Traducciòn (2011).
  3. ^ Reina, Laura Arjona; Robles, Gregorio; González-Barahona, Jesús M. (n.d.). A Preliminary Analysis of Localization in Free Software: How Translations Are Performed. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. pp. 153–167. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-38928-3_11. ISBN 978-3-642-38927-6. Virtaal is a more modern [than POEdit ] translation tool, which allows working with XLIFF files.
  4. ^ Alastair Otter, Virtaal simplifies software translation , Tectonic, 2008-10-22, Retrieved 2009-11-30

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