We’re delighted to release this online XLIFF editor completely for free. The editor was primarily written to handle XLIFF files generated by Xcode for iOS apps, so may not work with files generated with other software.

  1. XLIFF Translator Tool is a lightweight piece of software that allows you to open XLIFF/XLF files, explore their contents, perform modifications and even merge multiple documents. It offers a basic.
  2. Versatile open source translation editor using the XLIFF standard. It aims to provide translators with professional quality editor for both documentation and software. Features tag protection and interactive Translation Memory.
  3. XLIFF was developed for CAD software, which is unfortunately also noticeable in most tools. I am thinking about writing my own OpenSource XLIFF tool. Hi, Could you please guide me how to translate business central xlif file using Weblate, because i'm very new to Weblate.
  4. Does Xliff Editor work on Apple Silicon? Yes, Full Native Apple Silicon Support reported as of v2.9.4.

I have an XLIFF file (localization format used by XCode for an iPhone app). I want to edit this XLIFF file on Windows. Which editor can I use? Requirements: Ability to translate labels of the app, which are short sentences; Runs on Windows 7 and higher; As cheap as possible, ideally free and open-source; Usuable for a beginner, intuitive.

If you come across any glitches or improvements you think need to be made then just get in touch. Please be aware that as this is offered for free, there is no warranty offered.


To use the editor simply follow these three steps:

  1. Upload your XLIFF file
  2. Enter your translations
  3. Generate a new XLIFF file
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Open Language Tools
Original author(s)Sun Microsystems
Developer(s)Sun Microsystems
Initial releaseSeptember 11, 2006
Stable release
Preview release
1.4.0 / June 23, 2010; 10 years ago
Written inJava
Operating systemCross-platform
Available inMultilingual
TypeComputer-assisted translation
Xliff EditorSource

Open Language Tools is a Java project released by Sun Microsystems under the terms of Sun’s CDDL (a GPL-incompatible free software license).[1]

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Open Language Tools are intended for people who are involved in translation of software and documentation into different natural languages (localisation engineers, translators, etc.). They are based around common localisation industry standard file formats such as XLIFF and TMX.

Open Language Tools consist of the XLIFF Filters designed to convert different source file formats to XLIFF and the XLIFF Translation Editor which is designed to read and edit XLIFF files. They are written in Java and run on Windows, Mac OS, or Linux as long as Java J2RE (at least 1.4.2) is installed.


Xliff Editor Mac

XLIFF Filters[edit]

This is an application designed to convert different source file formats to an XLIFF format. It is currently based around the XLIFF 1.0 specification. The conversion is simple. Launch the filters, drag and drop a source file on the application, and the file will be converted to a .xlz file in the same directory as the source file. What basically happens is that the filter:

  1. reads and parses the source file,
  2. separates the translatable portions of the text from the non-translatable portions by breaking the file into blocks
  3. further segments the translatable blocks into smaller sections, typically sentences, and
  4. writes the XLIFF file (.xlf) and the skeleton file (.skl) which are further bundled within a zip archive with the .xlz extension.

XLIFF Translation Editor[edit]

This is an application which is made for translating the contents of XLIFF files. As the XLIFF format itself is quite complex and not very user friendly (especially to people not familiar with XML), XLIFF Translation Editor was developed to make the translation and editing much more feasible. Upon opening it shows the user two major panes with the source and target language. The text is segmented and marked – whether it is translated or untranslated, whether it has any 100% matches or fuzzy translations suggested from other applications that may have processed the XLIFF file in the past. The source and target segments are shown in order to give the translator the full context and they are directly editable.

Initially, the translator creates a Project into which either an .xlf or .xlz files are inserted. The central part of the editor is the “Mini-TM”, a simple file-based database with all source and target segments from the current project, which is being automatically updated. As soon as the translator starts translating a segment which has already been translated, the target segment is automatically inserted based on the Mini-TM. Similarly, the Mini-TM suggests fuzzy matches. Segments can be marked as approved, reviewed, unreviewed, problematic, Mini-TM translations or user translations. There is also a mechanism to display notes from the source documents (typically from formats like .po files or from other translators).

There is a back-conversion tool integrated into the editor which converts the XLIFF files to their original format. For each XLIFF file, it is possible to create a translation memory (TMX) file, which can be later used to update the central translation database.

Supported files[edit]

Documentation file types[edit]

  • DocBook SGML
  • XML (generic - needs a configuration file for each XML type)
  • OpenOffice.org: sxw, sxc, sxi
  • Open Document Format: odw, odc, odi

Software file types[edit]

  • Msg/tmsg (catgets)
  • Mozilla .DTD resource files

See also[edit]


  1. ^Free Software FoundationArchived 2008-12-16 at the Wayback Machine List of GPL-Incompatible Free Software Licenses

Xliff Editor Windows

External links[edit]

  • Open Language Tools - Official Open Language Tools website
  • Open Language Tools download – Download Open Language Tools
  • Free Language Tools – Free Language tools of Websites

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