XBMC needs you (internationalization)!

Posted By: Team XBMC on Apr 08, 2009 in Site News

For the upcoming release of XBMC 9.04 Babylon, we really need to get the following languages up to date or if you can translate into a language not currently supported by XBMC it would be great. There are two files that needs translations, XBMC language file and the translation for PM3.HD skin.

Chinese (Simple)Chinese (Simple) for PM3.HD
Chinese (Traditional)Chinese (Traditional) for PM3.HD
CzechCzech for PM3.HD
DanishDanish for PM3.HD
GermanGerman for PM3.HD
German (Austria)
ItalianItalian for PM3.HD
NorwegianNorwegian for PM3.HD
PolishPolish for PM3.HD
Portuguese (Brazil)
RussianRussian for PM3.HD
SlovakSlovak for PM3.HD
TurkishTurkish for PM3.HD

How to do this? Easiest way is to use our XBMC translator tool. Then submit the translated files to our tracker using your forum username and password (CaSe Sensitive!)

For usage and more info see our wiki

Thanks in advance :)

* The following languages are covered by either team XBMC or an official translator. English, English (US), Finnish, French, Greek, Korean, Swedish.

* If you feel like you want to be an “official translator” please email me.

Discussion - 15 Comments

  • sinarquia Apr 11, 2009 

    Great, I’d like to help, but the download is a Windows only .exe file. Fine, I try with wine(windows emulator for Linux), but it requires .NET. Anybody has any other option for non-Windows users??

    Don’t take it as a rant, only trying to find an easy, open way to contribute back to a wonderful project.

  • blittan Apr 11, 2009 

    See this for help on getting it running on linux.


  • sinarquia Apr 12, 2009 

    Thanks for the tip, but it didn’t work for me. I’m on 8.10 64bits, maybe that’s the problem.

  • uwer Apr 13, 2009 

    Trying to install under Win2k I get this message:

    This setup requires the .NET Framework version 1.1.4322. Please install the .NET Framework and run this setup again. The .NET Framework can be obtained from the web. Would you like to do this now?

    .NET 2.0 and Compact 3.5 are installed. Do I really have to install that old Version?

  • blittan Apr 13, 2009 

    Not sure if 2.0 and 3.5 is backwards compatible, but try and install 1.1 and see if things work out for you, it doesn’t hurt I guess :)

  • uwer Apr 14, 2009 

    Worked with .NET 1.1 plus its SP1.

    So how do I upload a language file on trac?
    Create a new ticket and attach the strings.xml?

  • Betsunin Apr 18, 2009 

    I can became “spanish official translator”. I’m from Spain. I od use Macos.

  • Josue Camargo Apr 18, 2009 

    I just uploaded a ticket with the fixed Spanish string.xml file. I think I can help with Spanish translations, and maybe create a brand new Spanish (Mexico) translation.

  • blittan Apr 18, 2009 

    @Betsunin: Maybe you and Josue Camargo could work together on the translation.
    @Josue Camargo: Please create a Mexican translation, also submit a langinfo.xml with the correct values for Mexico.

  • IAnjo Apr 18, 2009 

    I was able to run the translator by downloading this version http://heanet.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/xbmc/TranslatorFilesOnly.zip and running it with mono Translator.exe (make sure you have mono-winforms installed).

    Should also run on OSX. But yeah a multi-platform app (java-based or something) would be appreciated.

  • IAnjo Apr 18, 2009 

    Forgot to say that my previous comment was referring to linux :)

  • blittan Apr 18, 2009 

    Ahh, nice that it works with mono aswell.

  • adrian May 05, 2009 

    blittan contact me via mail…i will translate in the romanian language.

  • Schlauschiesser Jun 25, 2009 


    I’d like to work on a german translation but when clicking on the link above I receive a 404 error. What to do?

  • blittan Jun 25, 2009 

    @Schlauschiesser: which link?

    @adrian: Send me a mail, it’s blittan(a)xbmc.org (a) = @

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