Release status: stable
|Implementation||User interface, Page action|
|Description||Tool that allows editors to translate an article from one language to another with the help of machine translation and other translation aids.|
|Author(s)||Language Engineering team|
|Latest version||1.0.0 (Continuous updates)|
|License||GNU General Public License 2.0 or later|
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The ContentTranslation extension is a tool that allows editors to translate an article from one language to another with the help of machine translation and other translation aids. See Content translation for background and additional information. The extension is being developed by the Wikimedia Language Engineering team.
The extension can be retrieved directly from Git [?]:
- Browse code
- Some extensions have tags for stable releases.
- Browse tags
- Select the tag
- Click "snapshot"
- Each branch is associated with a past MediaWiki release. There is also a "master" branch containing the latest alpha version (might require an alpha version of MediaWiki).
- Browse branches
- Select a branch name
- Click "Continue"
Extract the snapshot and place it in the extensions/ContentTranslation/ directory of your MediaWiki installation.
If you are familiar with git and have shell access to your server, you can also obtain the extension as follows:
cd extensions/ git clone
- Download and place the file(s) in a directory called
- Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:
wfLoadExtension( 'ContentTranslation' );
- Done - Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.
To users running MediaWiki 1.24 or earlier:
The instructions above describe the new way of installing this extension using
wfLoadExtension() If you need to install this extension on these earlier versions (MediaWiki 1.24 and earlier), instead of
wfLoadExtension( 'ContentTranslation' );, you need to use:
The extension needs the content translation server (a.k.a. cxserver) up and running. See Content translation/cxserver/Setup for setting up the content translation server.
This extension has an optional dashboard feature, which allows translators to see all the translations across all languages. In a multilingual installation of this extension, for example in Wikimedia wikis, a central database is required to serve the dashboard feature. To create that database, see the
sql/contentranslation.sql file in the extension source code; Content translation/Product Definition/Database has more details. Once database is created, set the
$wgContentTranslationDatabase global configuration variable as the name of database:
$GLOBALS['wgContentTranslationDatabase'] = 'contenttranslation';
ContentTranslation depends on the following extensions:
|GuidedTour||optional||If installed, it will be used to show an explanation about moving a page out of user space.|
|Echo||optional||If installed, it will be used for showing "congratulations" notifications after completing translation milestones.|
|Wikibase||optional||If installed and configured similarly to Wikipedia, it will be used for automatic addition of interlanguage links (as sitelinks).|
|EventLogging||optional||If installed, can be used to log publishing, errors, and other events.|
|BetaFeatures||optional||If installed, ContentTranslation will appear as a beta feature in the preferences.|
|VisualEditor||required||Required for editor component.|
|This section is currently a draft.|
Material may not yet be complete, information may presently be omitted, and certain parts of the content may be subject to radical, rapid alteration. More information pertaining to this may be available on the talk page.
For the full list and defaults, see extension.json in the source repository.
- Not used at the moment. Was used in the past for testing experimental features.
- Used to map between non-standard language codes and actual domains. The default is the same as in Wikipedia codes and domains.
- Configuration of RESTBase URL and connection parameters. The defaults are for Wikipedia.
- The name of the database in which the common tables for managing translations across wikis are stored. The default is null, which means that the default database is used.
- In a Wikipedia-like database configuration, the name of the cluster on which the database is hosted. The default is null, which means that the default cluster is used.
- Whether EventLogging is enabled. The default is false.
- A category to which pages that have a high level of machine translation are added upon publishing. The default is null.
- Templates for essential URLs. The defaults assume Wikipedia, so this variable must be configured differently for other sites. Where relevant, $1 is replaced by the language code, and $2 is replaced by the page title.
- Whether to open Special:ContentTranslation in the target wiki when clicking the button in the entry point. The domain will be based on $wgContentTranslationSiteTemplates. The default is to open Special:ContentTranslation on the same wiki. (For Wikipedia this is set to true.)
- Whether ContentTranslation is a beta feature.
- The code of the default source language shown in the language selector. The default is English (en), which is the most common source language for most language. In the English Wikipedia this is set to Spanish (es).
- The default target namespace for published articles. The default is Main.
- Campaigns that are available in the URL as valid values for the campaign parameter in the URL. This allows automatic enabling of the beta feature and event logging.
- Browser blacklist. Uses the same format as $.client.test().
- CXServer connection configuration.
- Whether to use the suggestions tab and automatic suggestions. This needs the GapFinder API. This is false by default, but true in Wikipedia.
- The URL for the GapFinder API, needed if ContentTranslationEnableSuggestions is true.
|This extension is being used on one or more Wikimedia projects. This probably means that the extension is stable and works well enough to be used by such high-traffic websites. Look for this extension's name in Wikimedia's CommonSettings.php and InitialiseSettings.php configuration files to see where it's installed. A full list of the extensions installed on a particular wiki can be seen on the wiki's Special:Version page.|