I've developed some custom modules for a client and implemented the $this->t() method to enable translations on static strings, like table headers. Is there a way to export only the translatable strings from my custom module into a .po file that I can handoff to someone for translation? I ideally want to export each modules translations separately so each module can be self contained.

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You can give Translation template extractor a spin. While there is no official release for Drupal 8 available (yet), there already is a development version that seems to work for your use case when using the GUI:


Using composer, just install it like

composer require drupal/potx

After enabling the module, you'll have a new menu entry Configuration > Regional and language > User interface translation > Extract (/admin/config/regional/translate/extract)

There you can extract language and module specific translation templates from your custom module's PHP files.

Disclaimer: As mentioned, this module's Drupal 8 version has not been released yet. It may contain bugs and is not feature complete/en par with the 7.x version. Better use it in your development environment only.

  • Thanks for that I'll give that a try, using it only in a development environment is just fine for our use case.
    – Neil Nand
    Commented Sep 16, 2018 at 12:00
  • @NeilNand I actually tried it in one of our module playgrounds after posting my answer. In my tests it successfully extracted all strings from $this->t() and t(), and also from class annotations and log messages. The Drush command is not available though. But the back-end forms seem to work just fine. Commented Sep 16, 2018 at 12:31
  • This was also what I was looking for. Really great options for extracting translations.
    – NicklasF
    Commented Nov 12, 2022 at 16:50

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