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How to translate Centreon

If you want to contribute to translating Centreon, this new tutorial is for you! Discover how to translate the Centreon web interface and how to help us to add new languages to Centreon.

Install translation environment

Contact us to obtain an archive of the contents to translate, and then copy this archive to a Linux server.

Execute the following commands:

cd centreon-translation

Your environment to translate Centreon is now ready.

First generation

During the first generation, the script will clone Centreon sources from GitHub on your server.

Execute the following command:


At the end of execution, two files are available:

  • messages.pot to translate Centreon web interface menu and forms
  • help.pot to translate help tooltips in configuration forms

Rename messages.pot to messages.po and help.po to help.po

You can now start translating Centreon by editing files with a PO file editor like poedit.

Always keep your *.po files for the next translation.

Use your translation

On your Centreon server, install gettext.

Create the locale directory for your Centreon:

sudo mkdir -p /usr/share/centreon/www/locale/`locale | grep LC_MESSAGES | cut -d \" -f 2`/LC_MESSAGES

/usr/share/centreon is the Centreon installed directory.

If you want to translate Centreon into a language other than that used by your Centreon server, you must define the locale manually.

For example, for Brazilian users, execute the following command:

sudo mkdir -p /usr/share/centreon/www/locale/pt_BR.UTF-8/LC_MESSAGES

Compile the translated files:

msgfmt messages.po -o
msgfmt help.pot -o
php ./centreon-github/bin/centreon-translations.php pt centreon-github/lang/pt_BR.UTF-8/LC_MESSAGES/messages.po centreon-github/lang/pt_BR.UTF-8/LC_MESSAGES/messages.ser

Copy the compiled translated files:

sudo cp *.mo /usr/share/centreon/www/locale/`locale | grep LC_MESSAGES | cut -d \" -f 2`/LC_MESSAGES
sudo cp messages.ser /usr/share/centreon/www/locale/`locale | grep LC_MESSAGES | cut -d \" -f 2`/LC_MESSAGES

Change the rights on the directory:

sudo chown -R apache.apache /usr/share/centreon/www/locale/`locale | grep LC_MESSAGES | cut -d \" -f 2`

Restart Apache:

systemctl restart httpd

Connect to your Centreon web interface, edit your profile and select new language:


Save the form and access another menu. Your interface will be translated.

Upgrade translation

Centreon developers release a new version of Centreon Web every month. So the translation could be modified with every new release.

To keep the translation up to date, follow these steps:


At the end of execution, two up-to-date files are available:

  • messages.pot to translate Centreon Web interface menu and forms
  • help.pot to translate help tooltips in configuration forms

Merge these files with the previous translation (messages.po and help.po):

msgmerge help.po help.pot -o new_help.po
msgmerge messages.po messages.pot -o new_messages.po

Follow the chapter “Use your translation” to upgrade your translation for Centreon.

Participate in the Centreon project

Once your translation is up to date, you can ask to the Centreon team to add your translation to Centreon project. This will allow all users of Centreon to have access to your translation on their Centreon platform.

  • Create an account on GitHub
  • Fork centreon/centreon project on GitHub
  • Add your translated *.mo and *.po files to lang/<your_lang>/LC_MESSAGES directory
  • Commit your change on your project
  • Create a pull request on centreon/centreon project
  • We will add your translation to Centreon.

Thank you for your help!