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    "Why? There are already two other packages by that"

    We wanted an i18next integration that fulfills these criteria:

    • As small as possible
    • Integrates well with Rails, i.e. make it possible to re-use i18n YML files
    • Load on demand using webpack's code splitting
    • Reactive in Vue

    Usage example

    For a Rails application with webpack, Vue, code splitting, dynamically loaded locales.

    • Dependencies in package.json

      "@shellybits/vue-i18next": "^0.1.2",
      "i18next": "^8.4.3",
      "yml-loader": "^2.1.0"

      This package has only peer dependencies von Vue and i18next, so you have to include those yourself.

    • In webpack.conf.js:

      module: {
      	rules: [
      			test: /\.ya?ml$/,
      			loader: 'yml-loader'
    • In the entry or commons file

      import Vue from 'vue'
      import VueI18Next from '@shellybits/vue-i18next'
      	fallbackLng: 'en',
      	interpolation: {
      		prefix: "${",
      		suffix: "}"
      	backend: {
      		load(language, ns) {
      			// delete if you don't have namespaces
      			if (ns != 'translation')
      				return import(`../../../config/locales/${ns}/${language}.yml`)
      			return import(`../../../config/locales/${language}.yml`)

      VueI18Next is just a function, exported by this module. It takes Vue as its single argument and returns the i18next, set up with a Promise based backend. This backend needs a load() function supplied that returns a Promise.

      When using the webpack import function, the limitations described in the webpack documentation apply. Namely it's a string, not an expression. During compile time, the above example is basically interpreted as a glob pattern ../../../config/locales/*.yml. For this reason, it's not (easily) possible to use a configuration option pointing at the files.

      An alternative to use webpack code splitting and the yml-loader is to load JSON files by other means like, e.g. using Axios.

    • Translation in Vue components

      In any Vue template, the function i18next.t is available as $t, and it's reactive when the language is changed:

      <p>{{ $t('rails.key') }}</p>

      This kinda implies that in Vue JS code, it's accessible as this.$t.

    • Loading an additional namespace

      Namespaces can be dynamically loaded. Whenever a translation from a namespace is needed:

      beforeMount() {

      When executed, the backend will automatically fetch the translation (if required) by triggering the supplied load() function.

      This also shows that the i18next instance is available in each Vue instance as $i18n.


    This project is released under the MIT license.


    npm i @shellybits/vue-i18next

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