Ruby-GetText-Package-1.9.0 is now available.


  • Support Catalan(ca), Esperanto(eo)
  • Update translations: zh_CN, zh_TW, cs, nl, en, de, el, es, ja, ko,
    pt_BR, ru.
  • Support Ruby on Rails-1.2.1.
  • Code cleanup and improved. Fixed bugs.

Thanks to:
Antonio S. de A. Terceiro, David E., David S., Gyoung-Yoon
Joao P., Malte M., Menno Jonkers, Patrick Lenz, Yang B.,
Yuri Kozlov, Vassilis R.

Bug reports, suggestions and patches:
Fabian Kreutz, KAKUTANI Shintaro, Mihnea C., NANKI Haruo,
pedro palazon, Tarmo Tanav



Screenshots in 13 language (Sample Rails blog) are:

What’s this?

Ruby-GetText-Package is a Localization(L10n) Library and Tools which is
modeled after GNU gettext package.

The library converts the messages to localized messages properly using
client-side locale information. And the tools for developers support
to create, use, and modify localized the message files(message catalogs)


  • Simple APIs(similar GNU gettext)
  • rgettext command for creating po-files from files below:
    o ruby scripts
    o glade-2 XML file(.glade)
    o ERB file(.rhtml)
    o ActiveRecord (.rb)
  • rmsgfmt command for creating a mo-file from a po-file.
  • The po-file is compatible to GNU gettext.
    You can maintain these files to use GNU getext tools.
  • The mo-file is compatible to GNU gettext(msgfmt).
  • multi-textdomain supported.
    You can bind plural textdomains to a class/module.
  • CGI support (gettext/cgi)
  • ERB support (gettext/erb)
  • Ruby on Rails support (gettext/rails)

Status of translations

Catalan(ca) - 1.9.0 (new)
Chinese(zh_CN) - 1.9.0
Chinese(zh_TW) - 1.9.0
Czech(cs) - 1.9.0
Dutch(nl) - 1.9.0
English(default) - 1.9.0
Esperanto(eo) - 1.9.0 (new)
Estonian(et) - 1.8.0 (rails.po only)
French(fr) - 1.8.0 (old)
German(de) - 1.9.0
Greek(el) - 1.9.0
Spanish(es) - 1.9.0
Italian(it) - 1.6.0 (old)
Japanese(ja) - 1.9.0
Korean(ko) - 1.9.0
Portuguese(Brazil)(pt_BR) - 1.9.0
Russian(ru) - 1.9.0
Swedish(sv) - 0.8.0 (old)

Can you help us?/ Can we help you?

Join our ML if you are interested in:

  • Improve Ruby-GetText-Package.
  • Translators.
  • Application/library owners who think to make your apps/libs L10n.
    If you send us your po-files, we’ll translate it!

    At least, a Japanese translator is available ;).



Wow, nice! :slight_smile: