pomigrate2 aims to move an existing translation to a new version based on updated PO Template files automatically without user intervention. Therefore it is ideal for when you are migrating many languages or migrating from related but divergent products e.g. Mozilla to Firefox.


GNU Gettext:


pomigrate [options] <from> <to> <new templates>



is a directory of existing PO files


is the directory where the migrated PO files will be stored

new templates

this is the directory that contains the PO Template files


-F, --use-fuzzy-matching

use fuzzy algorithms when merging to attempt to match strings

-C, --use-compendium

create and use a compendium built from the migrating files

-C, --use-compendium=COMPENDIUM

use an external compendium during the migration


do not wrap long lines


set locale for newly born files

-q, --quiet

suppress most output

-p, --pot2po

use pot2po instead of msgmerge to migrate


pomigrate2 makes use of the Gettext tools msgmerge or Translate Toolkit’s pot2po to perform its merging tasks.

It firstly finds all files with the same name and location in the <from> directory as in the <template> directory and copies these to the <to> directory. If there is no file in the <from> directory to match one needed by the <template> directory then it will msgcat all files in the <from> directory with the same name and copy them to the correct destination in the <to> directory. If all of that fails then msginit is used to initialise any missing PO files.

Lastly all the files in <to> are merged using msgmerge or pot2po. This process updates the files to match the layout and messages in <templates>. Optionally, by using --use-compendium, a compendium of all the translations in <from> can be created to be used in the final merge process.