Translating GitLab

For managing the translation process, we use Crowdin. To contribute translations at, you must create a Crowdin account. You may create a new account or use any of their supported sign-in services.

Language selections

GitLab is being translated into many languages. To select a language to contribute to:

  1. Find the language that you want to contribute to, in the GitLab Crowdin project.

    • If the language you want is available, proceed to the next step.
    • If the language you want is not available, open an issue. Notify our Crowdin administrators by including @gitlab-org/manage/import in your issue.
    • After the issue and any merge requests are complete, restart this procedure.
  2. View the list of files and folders. Select gitlab.pot to open the translation editor.

Translation editor

The online translation editor is the easiest way to contribute translations.

Crowdin Editor

  • Strings for translation are listed in the left panel.
  • Translations are entered into the central panel. Multiple translations are required for strings that contain plurals. The string to translate is shown in the above image with glossary terms highlighted. If the string to translate isn’t clear, you can request context.

A glossary of common terms is available in the Terms tab in the right panel. In the Comments tab, you can add comments to discuss a translation with the community.

Remember to Save each translation.

General Translation Guidelines

Be sure to check the following guidelines before you translate any strings.

Namespaced strings

A namespace precedes the string and is separated from it by a | (namespace|string). When you see a namespace before an externalized string, you should remove the namespace from the final translation. For example, in OpenedNDaysAgo|Opened, remove OpenedNDaysAgo|. If translating to French, translate OpenedNDaysAgo|Opened to Ouvert•e, not OpenedNDaysAgo|Ouvert•e.

Technical terms

You should treat some technical terms like proper nouns and not translate them. Technical terms that should always be in English are noted in the glossary when using This helps maintain a logical connection and consistency between tools (for example, a Git client) and GitLab.

To find the list of technical terms:

  1. Go to
  2. Select the language to translate.
  3. Select Glossary.


The level of formality used in software varies by language:

Language Formality Example
French formal vous for you
German informal du for you
Spanish informal for you

Refer to other translated strings and notes in the glossary to assist you in determining a suitable level of formality.

Inclusive language

Diversity, inclusion, and belonging are GitLab values. We ask you to avoid translations that exclude people based on their gender or ethnicity. In languages that distinguish between a male and female form, use both or choose a neutral formulation.

For example, in German, the word user can be translated into Benutzer (male) or Benutzerin (female). Therefore, create a new user translates to Benutzer(in) anlegen.

Updating the glossary

To propose additions to the glossary, open an issue.

French translation guidelines

In French, the écriture inclusive is now over (see on Legifrance). To include both genders, write Utilisateurs et utilisatrices instead of Utilisateur·rice·s. If there is not enough space, use the male gender alone.