Last Updated: September 09, 2019
· emgiezet

Symfony2 - The translation miracle

Many times when project is almost ready customer brings you a change request and say:

"We forget about language versions so there will be 4 of them for the entire site"

Budget is burned. It's late at night. You need a miracle.

The miracle tutorial begins here:



Simply add those two to your composer.json file:

"require": {
    "jms/i18n-routing-bundle": "dev-master",
    "jms/translation-bundle": "1.1.*"

run the:

$php composer.phar update

Enable the bunldes in your AppKernel.php

$bundles = array (
    new JMS\I18nRoutingBundle\JMSI18nRoutingBundle(),
    new JMS\TranslationBundle\JMSTranslationBundle(),

Edit your config.yml:

    default_locale: pl
    locales: [de, en, pl]
    strategy: prefix_except_default


So right now you got 3 languages enabled on your site. Check it just by entiering your project with prefix :)

look at the:

php app/console router:debug


So many localized routes! YAY!

Ok but i still got only one messages translation.

Extract string to translations from your code!

ekhm... I can't gettext dude.


Use the symfony command luke!
~ Master Yoda

Just like that:

$php app/console translation:extract pl --bundle=AcmeDemoBundle --enable-extractor=jms_i18n_routing --output-format=yml --exclude-dir=Tests

It don't go I'm using behat and throws an error.

add this:


Repeat this for all your bundles.


You can send the translations file to the customer. They will take care of the rest!

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but do not understand where I can then enter the translations

over 1 year ago ·

@ramondevesag You got all the translations exported per bundle to files in Resources/translations
in one of selected formats( xliff, gettext, yaml )

over 1 year ago ·

but if for example I introduce the data using a form to a database and then I collect the data from the database? For I understand that the file is not static?

over 1 year ago ·

Hello! Great tutorial, I've followed it and now I have the translation files of my routes, the problem is I'm only getting the language prefix in all the routes like:

  • en/hello
  • es/hello

What I want is:

  • en/hello
  • es/hola

I've changed the generated translation files, but doesn't seems to work, any help?

Thanks a lot!

over 1 year ago ·

@polsola did you cleared the cache?

over 1 year ago ·

Did you also manage the security component (login check route path) for logging in user ?

over 1 year ago ·

@ardianys: You can give to the security paths the route names. So for ex:

            switch_user:        false
            context:            user
            pattern:            .*
                provider:       fos_userbundle
                login_path:     fos_user_security_login
                use_forward:    false
                check_path:     fos_user_security_check
                failure_path:   null
            logout:             true
            anonymous:          true
over 1 year ago ·

Thank you Max, you saved my day!

over 1 year ago ·

@gpaton you're welcome!

over 1 year ago ·