woob translate

Console application to get translation of a text from supported websites.

It supports the following websites:

Get woob translate

This application is part of woob. To install it, please read this page.


You can run woob translate without any parameter to get an interactive prompt, or specify a command to run it directly and exit just after.

In this page we will use the interactive mode:

$ woob translate
Welcome to woob translate

Copyright(C) 2010-2021 The woob Team
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, version 3 of the License.

Type "help" to display available commands.

Loaded backends:

woob translate>

Use the help command to see what are the available commands.

For more information about common options of console applications, read this documentation.

The first time you launch woob translate, it will ask you what backends you want to add and configure. You can also use the backends command to manage them, and to enable only specific backends.

Get a translation

To translate a text, you may use this command:

translate> translate FROM TO [TEXT]

Arguments are:

  • FROM — the original language
  • TO — to destination language
  • TEXT — text to translate. If missing, a text editor will be launched

For example:

translate> translate fr en J'aime le chocolat
* googletranslate
        I love chocolate

You can also load several backends to compare translations from different sources:

translate> translate en fr dick
* wordreference
* googletranslate