This is a guide to installing the Translate Toolkit on your system. If the Translate Toolkit is already packaged for your system, this is probably the easiest way to install it. For Windows users, we provide installers. For several Linux distributions, the package might be available through your package manager.

These packages might not be the absolute newest, or you might want to install from our packaged releases for some other reason.

If your system already has the toolkit prepackaged, then please let us know what steps are required to install it.


  • Remove old versions of toolkit on Debian

The dollowing advice only applies to manual installation from tar ball.

  1. Find location of your python packages:

    python -c "from distutils.sysconfig import get_python_lib; print get_python_lib()"
  2. Delete toolkit package from your Python site-packages directory e.g.:

    rm /usr/local/lib/python2.5/dist-packages/translate -R


For build instructions, see the Building page.


Download a stable released version. Or if you have a python environment, run easy_install translate-toolkit. For those who need problems fixed, or who want to work on the bleeding edge, get the latest source from Git.

For most Windows users, the file named “translate-toolkit-...-setup.exe” is the best choice and contains everything you need if you just want to run Toolkit commands. If you want to use it for development, you will need to install it with easy_install or from the source package.

If you install the complete “setup” version in Windows, or if you install through your distribution’s package manager, you should automatically have all the dependencies you need. If you are installing from the Version Control System, or from a source release, you should check the README file for information on the dependencies that are needed. Some of the dependencies are optional. The README file documents this.

Installing packaged versions

Get the package for your system:

-setup.exe A complete Windows installer containing all dependencies, including Python
.exe An installer for a Windows with Python and other dependencies already installed
RPM If you want to install easily on an RPM based system
.tar.gz for source based installing on Linux
.deb for Debian GNU/Linux (etch version)

The RPM package can be installed by using the following command:

rpm -Uvh translate-toolkit-1.0.1.rpm

To install a tar.bz2:

tar xvjf translate-toolkit-1.1.0.tar.bz2
cd translate-toolkit-1.1.0
./ install

On Windows simply click on the .exe file and follow the instructions.

On Debian (if you are on etch), just type the following command:

aptitude install translate-toolkit

If you are using an old Debian stable system, you might want to install the .tar.bz2 version. Be sure to install python and python development first with:

apt-get install python python-dev

Alternatively newer packages might be in testing.

Installing from Git

If you want to try the bleeding edge, or just want to have the latest fixes from a stabilising branch then you need to use Git to get your sources.:

git clone

This will retrieve the master branch of the Toolkit. Further Git instructions are also available.

Once you have the sources you have two options, a full install:

./ install

or, running the tools from the source directory

./setuppath # Only needed the first time
. setpath  # Do this once for a session

Verify installed version

To verify which version of the toolkit you have installed run:

[l10n@server]# moz2po --version
moz2po 1.1.0