I have been trying to import my custom interface translation during profile installation using a .po file that is put inside the translations folder in my custom module. After running:

drush locale-update && drush cr

All I get is community translations which are not accurate sometimes (no translation is imported from my .po file).

How can I import translations only from my local .po file?

Thank you.

2 Answers 2


To import your own translations you should use the interface translation properties on your module.

I'm using a folder translations in my modules where my language files like de.po or fr.po can be found. To load the translations you have to insert the following lines into your example_module.info.yml:

'interface translation project': example_module
'interface translation server pattern': modules/custom/example_module/translations/%language.po

And to update your translations use this:

drush locale-check && drush locale-update && drush cr

EDIT: To update existent translations you should take a look at the settings page (/admin/config/regional/translate/settings):

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You can try to use local translation files only or to overwrite any existing translation.

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    Thanks, this works but not exactly what I wanted. I prefer to override the provided translations (community translations) with my own translations. Jan 8, 2018 at 16:58
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    @AchrafJEDAY have you tested a different import behavior? I've updated my answer with some information about available interface translation settings.
    – RWAM
    Jan 9, 2018 at 7:41

Just import your own custom translations after importing the official ones:

drush locale:update -y
drush locale:import de ../translations/custom-translations.de.po --type=customized --override=all -y

you could do this in an update.sh after site install has run. Check the flags like --override=all

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    I understand that the most voted answer is the way to go for a contrib module, but for a custom, internal-use-only module this is certainly much simpler. Apr 8, 2022 at 13:12

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