Pumpa currently has Spanish, Na'vi, Italian, German, Russian and Finnish translations. Any new translations are most welcome, but please tell me first (mats@sjoberg.fi) so that people don't do duplicate work!

If you want to translate Pumpa you need to edit a .ts file. Any TS translation tool is probably OK, but these instructions assume you will use the Linguist tool that comes with Qt. Here are the steps:

  • Download and install Qt development tools, e.g. in Debian you need the qttools5-dev-tools package (or qt4-dev-tools for older versions).
    You can also just install the full Qt system from the Qt Project web site (Linux, Mac and Windows).

  • Pull the most recent version of Pumpa from git. If you have cloned it earlier (as described above) just do a pull to get the newest version:

    git pull

    (alternatively you could just grab the .ts file directly from the web site).

  • In Pumpa there should be a translations directory with several .ts files, called e.g. pumpa_es.ts for Spanish, pumpa_de.ts for German, and so on. If you cannot find one for your language you can ask me to add it (or add it yourself, it needs a line under TRANSLATIONS in pumpa.pro and then run lupdate on the CLI).

  • Open the .ts file in Qt Linguist and start filling in the fields in your language. Feel free to ask any questions about the context of the texts, or if you want to have something improved to better fit your language.

  • Some menu items and buttons have texts with ampersands, e.g. "&Help", this means that the next character is an ALT-shortcut. So in this case ALT-h would launch the Help menu. It is OK to change the shortcut when translating, but make sure that you do not have the same shortcut for many things :-)

  • Once you are done you can make your own clone of the git repository and make a pull request, or just email me the .ts file if that's easier.

  • If you want to try it on Pumpa right away, you need to add it to the pumpa.qrc file, and run the command:

    lrelease pumpa.pro

    (You need to use lrelease-qt5 on some systems, e.g. Fedora.)

    Pumpa should detect your systems locale setting and use the correct language. If that doesn't work, or your locale is different, you can always force Pumpa to pick the right one, e.g. for Spanish:

    ./pumpa -l es

    Or add this under the [%General] section in the configuration file: