Welcome to Zanata!


Zanata is a web-based system for translators to translate documentation and software online using a web-browser. It is written in Java and uses modern web technologies like JBoss, Seam, GWT, Hibernate, and a REST API. It currently supports translation of DocBook/Publican documentation through PO files. Projects can be uploaded to and downloaded from a Zanata server using a Maven plugin or a Python client. 


For developers and writers: By using Zanata for your document translations, you can open up your project for translations without opening your entire project in version control.


For translators: No need to deal with PO files, gettext or a version control system - just log in to the website, join a language team and start translating, with translation memory (history of similar translations) and the ability to see updates from other translators in seconds.   


Get started with Zanata here:   


You can find out more about Zanata (mailing lists, bug reports, source code) at


Note: Zanata used to be known as Flies.


Getting started as a translator


See Getting Started Guide


Setting up a new project for translation

See Zanata Integration


Bug reports

Please visit Red Hat's bugzilla to submit a bug.


Suggested translation workflow

  1. Author modifies documentation, checks in DocBook XML source.
  2. At some point in the lifecycle, a documentation freeze is announced.
  3. Import job is run (eg from a CI platform like Jenkins). (See script zanata_import_source.)
  4. Translators can begin translating at
  5. Draft builds are run nightly or more often (Jenkins?). (See script zanata_draft_build)
  6. If author changes any XML, go back to step 3.
  7. Translations declared "final"
  8. Documentation release build is run. (See script zanata_export_translations)

Sample scripts: