Crowdin automatically syncs the
gitlab.pot file with the Crowdin service, presenting
newly added externalized strings to the community of translators.
GitLab Crowdin Bot also creates merge requests
to take newly approved translation submissions and merge them into the
files. Check the merge requests created by
to see new and merged merge requests.
By default Crowdin commits translations with
[skip ci] in the commit
message. This is done to avoid a bunch of pipelines being run. Before
merging translations, make sure to trigger a pipeline to validate
translations, we have static analysis validating things Crowdin
doesn’t do. Create a new pipeline at
(need Developer access permissions) for the
If there are validation errors, the easiest solution is to disapprove the offending string in Crowdin, leaving a comment with what is required to fix the offense. There is an issue suggesting to automate this process. Disapproving will exclude the invalid translation, the merge request will be updated within a few minutes.
It might be handy to pause the integration on the Crowdin side for a
little while so translations don’t keep coming. This can be done by
Pause sync on the Crowdin integration settings
When all failures are resolved, the translations need to be double
checked once more as discussed in confidential issue
When all translations are found good and pipelines pass the
translations can be merged into the master branch. When merging the translations,
make sure to check the Remove source branch checkbox, so Crowdin recreates the
master-i18n from master after the new translation was merged.
We are discussing automating this entire process.
Crowdin creates a new merge request as soon as the old one is closed
or merged. But it won’t recreate the
master-i18n branch every
time. To force Crowdin to recreate the branch, close any open merge
and delete the
This might be needed when the merge request contains failures that have been fixed on master.