Create a Launchpad account¶
If you don’t have a Launchpad account already, use the registration page to create a new one.
Edit the languages for your account and add all the languages you are fluent in.
Join the translation team for your language¶
To see all the languages and their current status, go to Translation status by language and click on View all languages.
Click on your language and then on the name of the team which is responsible for translations in your language:
Click Join the team:
Translate using Launchpad¶
Once you’ve joined the translation team, you can start translating.
Click on your language, choose a project which has missing translations and click on the number of untranslated items.
At the top of the page, make sure that you are in
Reviewer mode (otherwise your translations won’t be approved automatically and they will wait for somebody else to review them).
If you want to translate faster, you can download the translations as a
.po file, edit that file with a tool called
poedit and upload the edited
.po file back into
Download the translations¶
Choose a project and click Download translation:
PO format as the file format and click Request Download.
Wait for Launchpad to send you an email (this can take a little while). In the email you will find a download link to either the
.po file directly or a compressed archive containing the
To install POEdit, open a terminal and type:
apt install poedit
.po file you got from Launchpad with POEdit:
Browse the menus and familiarize yourself with the keyboard shortcuts. If you use these shortcuts and the built-in spell checker, you’ll translate much faster with POEdit than with Launchpad.
When finished, click Save.
Upload the translations back into Launchpad¶
In Launchpad, click Upload translation.
.po file and click Upload.
Translation Import Queue to view the Translation import queue for latest. If your upload is marked as
Needs Review, click the
Edit button (symbolized by a pen symbol), choose the correct template (i.e. project), and click