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    This is an i18next backend to be used for locize service. It will load resources from locize server using xhr.

    It will allow you to save missing keys containing both default value and context information by calling:

    i18next.t(key, defaultValue, tDescription);
    i18next.t(key, { defaultValue, tDescription });

    Getting started

    Source can be loaded via npm, bower or downloaded from this repo.

    # npm package
    $ npm install i18next-locize-backend
    # bower
    $ bower install i18next-locize-backend

    Wiring up:

    import i18next from "i18next";
    import Locize from "i18next-locize-backend";
    • As with all modules you can either pass the constructor function (class) to the i18next.use or a concrete instance.
    • If you don't use a module loader it will be added to window.i18nextLocizeBackend

    Backend Options

    IMPORTANT make sure you do not add your apiKey in the production build to avoid misuse by strangers

      // the id of your locize project
      projectId: '[PROJECTID]',
      // add an api key if you want to send missing keys
      apiKey: '[APIKEY]',
      // the reference language of your project
      referenceLng: '[LNG]',
      // version - defaults to latest
      version: '[VERSION]',
      // private - set to true if you version on locize is set to use private publish
      private: false,
      // hostnames that are allowed to create, update keys
      // please keep those to your local system, staging, test servers (not production)
      allowedAddOrUpdateHosts: ['localhost']

    To load translations only projectId needs to be filled. To use the saveMissing feature of i18next additional to the projectId both apiKey and referenceLng have to be set.

    Options can be passed in:

    preferred - by setting options.backend in i18next.init:

    import i18next from "i18next";
    import Locize from "i18next-locize-backend";
      backend: options

    on construction:

    import Locize from "i18next-locize-backend";
    const locize = new Locize(options);

    via calling init:

    import Locize from "i18next-locize-backend";
    const locize = new Locize();

    Additional API endpoints


    Will return a list of all languages in your project including percentage of translations done per version.

    import Locize from "i18next-locize-backend";
    const locize = new Locize(options);
    locize.getLanguages((err, data) => {
      data is:
        "en": {
          "name": "English",
          "nativeName": "English",
          "isReferenceLanguage": true,
          "translated": {
            "latest": 1
        "de": {
          "name": "German",
          "nativeName": "Deutsch",
          "isReferenceLanguage": false,
          "translated": {
            "latest": 0.9
    // or;


    Will return an object containing useful informations for the i18next init options.

    import Locize from "i18next-locize-backend";
    const locize = new Locize(options);
    locize.getOptions((err, data) => {
      data is:
        fallbackLng: 'en',
        referenceLng: 'en',
        whitelist: ['en', 'de'],
        load: 'languageOnly|all' // depending on your whitelist has locals having region like en-US
    // or;

    You can set a threshold for languages to be added to whitelist by setting whitelistThreshold in backend options (eg: 1 = 100% translated, 0.9 = 90% translated).

    SPECIAL - let the backend determine some options to improve loading

    You can load some information from the backend to eg. set whitelist for i18next just supporting languages you got in your locize project.

    You will get i18next options for (same as above backend.getOptions):

    • fallbackLng
    • whitelist
    • load
    import i18next from "i18next";
    import Locize from "i18next-locize-backend";
    const locize = new Locize(
        projectId: "[PROJECTID]",
        apiKey: "[APIKEY]",
        version: "[VERSION]"
        // referenceLng -> not needed as will be loaded from API
      (err, opts) => {
        i18next.use(locize).init({ ...opts, ...yourOptions }); // yourOptions should not include backendOptions!


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