There are six steps for using simple-translation:

  1. Set settings.LANGUAGES to the languages you want to have translations in.

    # project/
        ('en','English'),('de', 'German')
  2. Make two models in your app, one having the non-translated fields and the other having the translated fields a language field and a ForeignKey to the non-translated model.

    # appname/
    from django.db import models
    from cms import settings
    class Entry(models.Model):
        pub_date = models.DateTimeField()
    class EntryTitle(models.Model):
        entry = models.ForeignKey(Entry)
        language = models.CharField(max_length=2, choices=settings.LANGUAGES)
        title = models.CharField(max_length=255)
        slug = models.SlugField()
        class Meta:
            unique_together = ('language, 'slug')
        def _get_absolute_url(self):
            language_namespace = \
                'simple_translation.middleware.MultilingualGenericsMiddleware' in settings.MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES \
                    and '%s:' % self.language or ''
            return ('%sentry_detail' % language_namespace, (), {
                'year': self.entry.pub_date.strftime('%Y'),
                'month': self.entry.pub_date.strftime('%m'),
                'day': self.entry.pub_date.strftime('%d'),
                'slug': self.slug
        get_absolute_url = models.permalink(_get_absolute_url)
  3. For the models to be translatable, create a file where you register the translated model in the translation_pool.

    # appname/
    from models import Entry, EntryTitle
    from simple_translation.translation_pool import translation_pool
    translation_pool.register_translation(Entry, EntryTitle)
    # or if with a language field other than 'language'
    translation_pool.register_translation(Entry, EntryTitle, language_field='lang')
  4. To be able to edit the translated models in the admin. Register the models using the custom TranslationAdmin ModelAdmin.

    # appname/
    from django.contrib import admin
    from models import Entry
    from simple_translation.admin import TranslationAdmin
    class EntryAdmin(TranslationAdmin):
        pass, EntryAdmin)


Make sure 'languages' is listed in list_display.

  1. Add 'simple_translation.middleware.MultilingualGenericsMiddleware' to settings.MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES

    Set up some urls using generic views:

    # appname/
    from appname.models import Entry
    from django.conf.urls.defaults import *
    entry_info_dict = {
        'queryset': Entry.objects.all(),
        'date_field': 'pub_date',
        'allow_future': True,
        'slug_field': 'entrytitle__slug'
    urlpatterns = patterns('',
            'django.views.generic.date_based.object_detail', entry_info_dict, 'entry_detail')

    Wrap the urls to namespace them:

    from django.conf import settings
    from django.conf.urls.defaults import *
    urlpatterns +=  patterns('', url(r'^',
        include('appname.urls', app_name='appname')
    for langcode in dict(settings.LANGUAGES).keys():
        urlpatterns +=  patterns('', url(r'^%s/' % langcode,
                namespace=langcode, app_name='appname'),
            kwargs={'language_code': langcode}
  2. Add templates for generic views.

    # templates/appname/entry_detail.html
    {% load simple_translation_tags %}
    <h1>{% with object|get_preferred_translation_from_request:request as title %}{{ title }}{% endwith %}</h1>
    <p>Also available in {{ object|render_language_choices:request|safe }}</p>

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