Yii Translator gettext Message Storage

1.1.0 2022-11-08 07:19 UTC



Yii Translator gettext Message Storage

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The package provides message storage backend based on gettext file format to be used with yiisoft/translator package.


  • PHP 8.0 or higher.
  • gettext PHP extension.


The package could be installed with composer:

composer require yiisoft/translator-message-gettext


When using gettext, locale depends on your OS requirement:

  • for Windows 'locale' => 'en-US.UTF-8'
  • for Linux 'locale' => 'en_US.UTF-8'

General usage

The package is meant to be used with yiisoft/translator:

use Yiisoft\Translator\CategorySource;
use Yiisoft\Translator\Message\Gettext\MessageSource;

$categorySource = new CategorySource(
    new MessageSource('/path/to/messages'),

The examples below are about using it separately.

Create of instance of MessageSource

/** @var string $path - path to your gettext storage */
$messageSource = new \Yiisoft\Translator\Message\Gettext\MessageSource($path);

Read message without yiisoft/translator package

 * @var \Yiisoft\Translator\Message\Gettext\MessageSource $messageSource
 * @var ?string $translatedString
$id = 'messageIdentificator';
$category = 'messages';
$language = 'de-DE';

$translatedString = $messageSource->getMessage($id, $category, $language);

You can create your translations in .mo format with use third-party software (for example Poedit)

Recommended structure to your gettext storage:

-- path_to_your_storage
  -- de_DE
        -- messages.mo


Unit testing

The package is tested with PHPUnit. To run tests:


Mutation testing

The package tests are checked with Infection mutation framework with Infection Static Analysis Plugin. To run it:


Static analysis

The code is statically analyzed with Psalm. To run static analysis:



The Yii Translator gettext Message Storage is free software. It is released under the terms of the BSD License. Please see LICENSE for more information.

Maintained by Yii Software.

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