Laravel Artisan Command to generate Laravel Languages files from a Google Spreadsheet

1.0.1 2014-06-26 14:28 UTC


A Laravel (4.1 and above) package in an artisan command, which generates Laravel Languages files from a Google Spreadsheet.

It will

  • read data from a spreadsheet formatted like this
  • outputs as Laravel Lang files like these

This library serves to simply interface with the Laravel framework. The bulk of the actual work is being done by key dependecies.


  • Laravel >4.1
  • PHP >5.4
  • Composer Dependencies
  • A readable Google Spreadsheet
    • The Spreadsheet MUST be the new format (aka Google Sheets) to be compatible
    • Must be shared with the client email (further details on how to generate one below)


The aim is to

  • Avoid hard coding copy text
  • Reduce the dev cycle required when doing edits to copy text
  • Nicely handle multiple translations of a copy text

Further background can be found under the Google Spreadsheet Exporter. Especially read up on setting up your Google API client credentials.


  • Finalize codebase via usage on a Laravel Application
  • Documentaion
    • How to setup Google API credentials
    • Usage
    • Contributing
  • PhpUnit Tests


Installation is primary via composer.

Create a composer.json file in your project and add the following:

    "repositories": [
            "type": "vcs",
            "url": ""
            "type": "vcs",
            "url": ""
    "require": {
        "mechastorm/laravel-lang-google-spreadsheet-importer": "1.*"

1. Add to service provider

Once you have the package installed you'll need to add it to your providers in app/config/app.php


'providers' => array(

Then confirm the artisan command exist by running php artisan list and check if there is a command for google-spreadsheet:generate-lang in the output.

2. Publish Configuration and Configure

It's recommended that you publish the packages configuration.

php artisan config:publish mechastorm/laravel-lang-google-spreadsheet-importer

You should open app/config/packages/mechastorm/laravel-lang-google-spreadsheet-importer/config.php and add in details on your spreadsheet and google api access. For details on what/how to add these configs, go to this main readme for more info especially on getting Google API credentials.

It is strong recommended to do separate configurations per environment.


Assuming you have already installed and configured it correctly, you can just run the artisan command to generate the language files

php artisan google-spreadsheet:generate-lang

or with enviroment

php artisan google-spreadsheet:generate-lang --env={env_name}


Coming Soon!


  • Shih Oon Liong (@mechastorm)


Released under the Apache 2.0 license.