Compile PO or XLIFF files into MO (Machine Object) files. MO files are installed on your computer and allow a Gettext enabled computer to provide the translations for the application.


pocompile <po> <mo>



is a standard PO file, XLIFF file or directory


is the output MO file or directory of MO files



show program’s version number and exit

-h, --help

show this help message and exit


output a manpage based on the help


show progress as: dots, none, bar, names, verbose


show errorlevel as: none, message, exception, traceback

-i INPUT, --input=INPUT

read from INPUT in xlf, po, pot formats

-x EXCLUDE, --exclude=EXCLUDE

exclude names matching EXCLUDE from input paths

-o OUTPUT, --output=OUTPUT

write to OUTPUT in mo format

-S, --timestamp

skip conversion if the output file has newer timestamp


use translations marked fuzzy


don’t use translations marked fuzzy (default)


pocompile --fuzzy file.po file.mo

Creates a new MO file called file.mo based on the translation in the PO file file.po. By using the --fuzzy option we use all translations including those marked fuzzy.

pocompile file.xlf file.mo

Create an MO file from an XLIFF file called file.xlf (available from version 1.1 of the toolkit).