: i18n support in template file

i18n support in template file

i18n support in template file


How to get i18n support in webpy template file? Solution:

Project directory structure:

   |- i18n/
       |- messages.po
       |- en_US/
            |- LC_MESSAGES/
                   |- messages.po
   |- templates/
       |- hello.html

File: proj/

#!/usr/bin/env python
# encoding: utf-8

import web
import gettext

urls = (
    '/.*', 'hello',

# File location directory.
curdir = os.path.abspath(os.path.dirname(__file__))

# i18n directory.
localedir = curdir + '/i18n'

gettext.install('messages', localedir, unicode=True)   
gettext.translation('messages', localedir, languages=['en_US']).install(True)  
render = web.template.render(curdir + '/templates/', globals={'_': _})

class hello:
    def GET(self):
        return render.hello()

# Run with buildin http server.
app = web.application(urls, globals())
if __name__ == "__main__":

Template file: proj/templates/hello.html.


Create locale dir and use which shipped within Python-2.6 (in directory: Tools/i18n/) to extract messages from python scripts and templates files:

shell> cd /path/to/proj/
shell> mkdir -p i18n/en_US/LC_MESSAGES/
shell> python /path/to/ -a -v -d messages -o i18n/messages.po \*.py templates/\*.html
Working on
Working on templates/hello.html

You will get pot file: i18n/messages.po. Its contents looks like below (‘msgstr’ contains translated message):

msgid "Message"
msgstr "This is translated message in file:"

Copy file ‘i18n/messages.po’ to directory ‘i18n/en_US/LC_MESSAGES/’, and then translate it. Use ‘msgfmt’ tool from ‘gettext’ package (not python moudule) or use file ‘’ shipped within Python-2.6 (in directory: Tools/i18n/) to compile pot file to mo file:

shell> msgfmt -o i18n/en_US/LC_MESSAGES/ i18n/en_US/LC_MESSAGES/messages.po

Start webpy http server:

shell> cd /path/to/proj/
shell> python

Start your web browser, e.g. firefox, and visit url:, you will see translated message.