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Languages and Translations

Like WordPress, BuddyPress has the built in capability to be used in any language. The instructions below assume you have already configured WordPress in Your Language and Installing WordPress in Your Language.

Like WordPress, you don’t have to lift a finger to apply BuddyPress translations or translation updates. Most sites are now able to automatically apply these updates in the background. If your site is capable of one-click updates without entering FTP credentials, then your site should be able to automatically update translations.

Is your language missing?

BuddyPress translation packages are only updated if the translation is at 100% translated, if you do not see your language after updating your translations, please consider contributing to the the BuddyPress translation project, to get started see Translating WordPress and post any questions you have on the WordPress Polyglots blog.

Manually overriding the translations

1. For latest (stable) version of BuddyPress and dev

Go to https://translate.wordpress.org/projects/wp-plugins/buddypress and select your preferred language e.g. Portuguese (Brazil)

Select 'Stable (latest release)' or 'Development (trunk)'.

Select 'all current' as '.po' and click ‘Export’ and save this file to a folder on your computer, do the same again this time selecting '.mo'

2. Until version 2.2.x

Go to https://translate.wordpress.org/projects/buddypress/ and select the version from the sub-projects

Select your preferred language e.g. Portuguese (Brazil)

Select 'all current' as '.po' and click ‘export’ and save this file to a folder on your computer, do the same again this time selecting '.mo'

How to use the language files

Rename each file of the files to buddypress-language_COUNTRY.extension

eg. buddypress-plugin-pt-br.po to buddypress-pt_BR.po
and buddypress-plugin-pt-br.mo to buddypress-pt_BR.mo.
Note: Ensure you use the - and _ in the correct place per the above example.

Using FTP upload both the .po and .mo files to /wp-content/languages/buddypress/ of your WordPress installation. If the /wp-content/languages/ and /wp-content/languages/buddypress/ folders do not exist, create them.

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