If you would like to translate Confluence into your local language, follow the instructions below on creating a language pack plugin from an example.
The Confluence community is sharing their in-progress and complete translations. You should check that a shared translation to your target language has not already been started here.
Start by checking out the technical overview of a Language Pack Plugin. Once you are familiar with the structure and content of a plugin, you can move on to creating your own:
This example will work from an example plugin en_AU.zip. (or better: UPDATED Confluence 3.2 ConfluenceActionSupport.properties )
Locate the plugin descriptor file, ConfluenceActionSupport properies file and flag image
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<CONFLUENCE-INSTALL-DIRECTORY>/languages/en_AU/src/etc/atlassian-plugin.xml <CONFLUENCE-INSTALL-DIRECTORY>/languages/en_AU/src/etc/com/atlassian/confluence/core/ConfluenceActionSupport_en_AU.properties <CONFLUENCE-INSTALL-DIRECTORY>/languages/en_AU/src/etc/templates/languages/en_AU/en_AU.png
Detemine your language plugin key <KEY> using your country and locale according to the Language Module guide
Rename the directory structure and filenames that contain en-AU to your own <KEY>. The directory should now appear as
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<CONFLUENCE-INSTALL-DIRECTORY>/languages/<KEY>/src/etc/atlassian-plugin.xml <CONFLUENCE-INSTALL-DIRECTORY>/languages/<KEY>/src/etc/com/atlassian/confluence/core/ConfluenceActionSupport<KEY>.properties <CONFLUENCE-INSTALL-DIRECTORY>/languages/<KEY>/src/etc/templates/languages/<KEY>/<KEY>.png
NOTE: You are now ready to build the plugin with the default English text to check that your setup is are correct. These next few steps deploy the default English version of the pack under your own language
From the command line, go to and execute
ant -Dlanguage=<KEY> build
To collaborate on the translation process, you may wish to upload your translation to the Community Translations page. Repeat these instructions to test each iteration of your translation attempt.
Call the translation tool to create the spreadsheet file. For example, to create a Russian translation, open a terminal window in the directory and call
java -jar excelbundle.jar -export translation_ru.xls -l en,ru -r "%cd%"
Edit the file content, referring to Translating ConfluenceActionSupport Content for more information on how to modify the string values.
Call the translation tool to export the updates back into the localised properties file. For the example Russian translation, open a terminal window, go to the directory and call
java -jar excelbundle.jar -import translation_ru.xls -l ru -r "%cd%"
Once you have completed editing, you must copy and rename the localised translation back to the language plugin directory. For frequent updates, you may wish to create a script to do this.
To build the new language pack plugin, execute Ant in the directory:
ant -Dlanguage=<LANGUAGE> build
A JAR will be created in the folder.
To install the translation in another instance of Confluence.
If you would like to share your completed translation with other Confluence users, you can upload it here.
By providing Atlassian permission to bundle complete translations with the Confluence install you will soon be able to select your local language from the Confluence translations list under System Administration, without needing to package it as a plugin.