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Torchlight kopete.png is a localisation platform for translation communities, language communities, and free and open source projects. It started out with localisation for MediaWiki. Later support was added for MediaWiki extensions, FreeCol and other free and open source projects. See the complete list of supported projects. is not part of the Wikimedia Foundation projects, nor of any foundation or open source project. It is run by Nike and Siebrand, who are both developers and have considerable experience in i18n and L10n, as well as other staff members. The translation functionality is provided by the MediaWiki extension Translate. This wiki always contains experimental code, and may be broken occasionally. Please be patient, problems are usually dealt with quickly. Issues can be reported at the support page.


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Why use

Only some key points here. See more about Translate in the documentation; and why you should translate our projects, in their pages.

  • The best translation tool available on the web. All localisation updates happen on an easy interface, and there are people around who can help translators. When making a translation, hints to understand its correct meaning and use are provided, as well as suggestions from translation memory/machine translation services.
  • No particular privileges required, everyone can contribute. Everyone who can contribute in a language (see below) is allowed to help with the localisation of that language.
  • Keeping track of changes is easy. Untranslated messages are not the only easily found: whenever the source text changes, the affected translations are tagged for easy identification. Translators do not have to spend time digging what needs doing.

Enable your software project on if it's not yet.

Overview of method

  • On translators translate the interface of software for products where the English text strings have been isolated from the code and have been organized into individual "messages".
  • When a new project joins, the English source messages are imported. Further new English messages are imported from time to time.
  • Translations can be made for each message in a separate subpage of the English original for each language, /xxx for language code xxx.
  • Sub-pages named /qqq are used for message documentation. The documentation is written manually and is usually of better quality where good communication exists with the original software developer team. If source code comments are part of a software project, these are also displayed in the translation interface.
  • Translators make suggestions to improve or correct an original English message, or adapt it to support localisation. If agreed, these are either implemented by members who are also developers on the relevant project, or reported to the project developers.
  • Completed translations for each language are "committed" to the projects by staff, as soon as the total number of translations for a project in that language has passed the threshold agreed for that project. For frequency of committing and thresholds see the project pages.
  • The software release of translations which have been committed to a project is controlled and executed by the project administrators and is out of the hands of
  • Translators working on MediaWiki also translate special page names, magic words and namespaces, using the page Extended MediaWiki translation.
  • When a new language is set up at, items localised at the start include the script and its direction and a fallback language; other localised items can include date/time format, number format, and PLURAL, GRAMMAR and GENDER functions. Convergence with CLDR localisation data is being considered. At present the only data taken directly from CLDR to, and on to MediaWiki, are localised language names.

Copyright and disclaimers

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Use the translations in at your own risk. They are intended to be useful but cannot guarantee the validity of the content found here. and its editors do not provide any warranty on the contents whatsoever, whether expressed, implied, or statutory, including, but not limited to, any warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or any warranty that the contents will be error-free.

Translations by translators are licensed CC BY 3.0, and derivative works may also be licensed under the licenses of the respective Free and Open Source projects the translations have been or will be added to. Content of user pages are considered to be "All rights reserved" by the author. All other content is licensed CC BY 3.0 unless a different license or copyright is stated explicitly.


Mediawiki-logo.png started during 2006 as a test wiki, developed by Nike, in collaboration with Gangleri, as an internationalisation tool for the localisation of the MediaWiki software. It started under the name Betawiki, which became at the beginning of 2009, following the site being moved to virtual server hosting under its own domain name, on 9th November 2007. By October 2007 was contributing to localisation in around 70 languages, which by June 2010 had grown to 329 languages. How the number of languages has grown is visible in the table of translation milestones passed for MediaWiki. By January 2010 an upgrade was needed to the server capacity, to cope with the increase in activity. Netcup has generously hosted since November 2007.

Other free and open source projects have gradually been added to, starting with FreeCol in August 2007. By June 2010 the number of projects supported has grown to 16.

Contributors to are all volunteers, except for one staff member who receives funding for part of his time (see funding below). Developers, administrators and translators were recruited initially from MediaWiki projects, especially Wikimedia. Most of our contributors still arrive here via MediaWiki, but with more projects arriving all the time, MediaWiki is no longer the only source of contributors. By June 2010, the number of registered translators is 1,860.

In collaboration with Stichting Open Progress and FUDforum, has arranged several translation rallies with bounties for translators available, to improve the localisation of MediaWiki and FUDforum.

The aims of are described on the Introduction. Technological aids to translators are described on the Technology page. These aids are continually being expanded and improved in order to make the translation work as efficient as possible. Current site needs and development are described on Issues and features.


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  • is kindly hosted by Netcup – webspace and vServer, at their expense since November 2007, with upgrades in February 2008, January 2010, October 2013, and July 2015.
  • Stichting Open Progress and others have from time to time organized funding for translation rallies to improve the localisation of MediaWiki and others, as explained above.
  • Since October 2009 the Wikimedia Foundation have contracted Siebrand to work about one day a week on

Die Mensche hinner


Mitglieder von der Kernequip sind nächst tächlich damit beschäfticht, am Loofe zu halle. Die hoon ewesoviel Zugang zu den Server und sind dafür verantwortlich, dass die Dinge mit so wenich Probleme wie möchlich vooran gehn. Such für weitre Informatione bitte uff ehre individuelle Benutzerseite.

Gründer, hauptsächlich Entwicklungsoorweit
Gemeinschaftsleiter, Projektkoordinator, Entwickler
MediaWiki-Üwersetzungsüwerbringer, Entwickler
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Mir hänge ooch von der doorrich annre Gemeinschaft Mitglieder erledichte Oorweit ab:

  • Gangleri – Visionäer von früher, neemeh aktiv
  • GerardM – Repräsentant, Öffentlichkeitsoorbeit üwer direkte Kontakt, Blogs, StatusNet, Twitter
  • All Kontakte in den einzelne Projekte
  • All Üwersetzer und annre Projekt Mitglieder


Wie bei alle Wikis die Benutzer sin in diverse Gruppe organisiert, jeder mit ehre eichne Privilegie. Wie uff annre Wikis werre oongemeldete Leit als Benutzer bezeichnet. Benutzer werre 4 Tooche noh ehrer Registrierung automatisch bestäticht, etwas wo ehnem erlaubt, E-Mails zu verschicke. Administratore hoon meh Privilegie, hauptsächlich das Schütze von Seite vor Vandalismus. Bürokrate hoon en bissche, etwa meh Privilegie, unner annrem das Hinzufüche und Entferne von Benutzerrechte, die werre jedoch von Mitoorbeiter zu Bürokrate ernännt. Bots sind Benutzerkonte, die automatische Uffgäb orrer Tareffe ausführe könne. Das Enführ- orrer Import-Benutzerrecht, wo en Benutzer ermöchlicht, Seite aus annre Wikis zu importiere, weard dohie selter benutzt.

Zusätzlich zu den übliche Wiki-Gruppe hot ooch noch speziell zu seinem Zweck erstellte Gruppe. Die Üwersetzer könne geschützte Noomeräume üwer die Üwersetzungsowerfläch beoorbeite. Manche Üwersetzer könne ooch offline an ehre Üwersetzunge schaffe. Die Mitoorbeiter sind der Seit sein Manager orrer Gerente. Sie importiere die zu üwersetzende Nachrichte und üwergewe komplettierte Üwersetzunge an die Projekte, die benutze. Sie könne die englische Quellnachrichte in etliche Projekte direkt verännre, unner annrem MediaWiki. Die verwalte alle Aspekte von der hier benutzte Software.

Die vergebne Rechte von jeder Benutzergrupp sind uff der Seit Benutzergrupperechte uffgelistet (alistiert). Die Mitglieder von jeder Grupp könne uff der Benutzerlist ingesiehn und akzeptiert sin.

Kontaktier uns

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Du kannst en Nachricht uff der Support sein Seit hinnerlosse. Soweit du Echtzeitkommunikation (in Bras.: "em tempo real", in Engl.: "real time") bevoarzuchst, kannst du ooch unsre IRC-Kanal #mediawiki-i18n bei Freenode nutze. Mir bevoarzuchen das zwoor net, awer soweit es aus Sicherheits- orrer Dateschutzgründe notwennich erscheint, kannst du ooch en E-Mail an „translatewiki AT translatewiki DOT net“ als Kontaktmethode benutze – ersetz, newe dem Entferne der Leerzeiche, ooch das "AT" mit "@" und "DOT" doorrich ".", um die E-Mail-Adress zu kriehn.
  • Oongelegenheite, Froche und Themas an bestimmte Sprooche bezüchlich könne, zusammer mit den annre Üwersetzer, uff der Diskussionsseit von der jeweilichen Sprochportal diskutiert sin.
  • Oongelechenheiten, Sache, Themas wo en bestimmte Projekt bezüchlich sind könne, zusammee mit den annre Üwersetzer und dem Projektentwickler, uff der Projekt sein jeweiliche Diskussionsseit diskutiert sin.
  • Oongelechenheite, Sache, Themas mit enzelne Benutzer könne uff ehre Benutzerdiskussionsseit orrer per E-Mail (klick uff den Link "E-Mail an den Benutzer" in der linke Leiste von der Seit) diskutiert sin, soweit die ehre E-Mail-Kontakt ermöchlicht hoon.