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Google Translate API for Node

A Node.js module for working with the Google Cloud Translation API.

Automatically handles bulk translations that exceed the Google Translation API query limit.


Install via npm

npm install google-translate --save

Usage overview

Require module and pass in your API Google project API key after enabling the API service. Note: This module currently doesn't support oauth authentication.

var googleTranslate = require('google-translate')(apiKey);

String translation:

googleTranslate.translate('My name is Brandon', 'es', function(err, translation) {
  // =>  Mi nombre es Brandon

Language detection:

googleTranslate.detectLanguage('Gracias', function(err, detection) {
  // =>  es


Callbacks: All methods take a callback as their last parameter. Upon method completion, callbacks are passed an error if exists (otherwise null), followed by a response object or array: callback(err, data).

Bulk translations: Passing an array of strings greater than 5k characters will be result in multiple concurrent asynchronous calls. Once all calls are completed, the response will be parsed, merged, and passed to the callback. The default maximum concurrent requests is 10. You can override this value by passing in a new limit when you pass in your API key: require('google-translate')(apiKey, concurrentLimit)


Translate one or more strings.

googleTranslate.translate(strings, source, target, callback)
  • strings: Required. Can be a string or an array of strings
  • source: Optional. Google will autodetect the source locale if not specified. Available languages
  • target: Required. Language to translate to. Available languages
  • callback: Required.

Example: Translate a string to German (de) and autodetect source language

googleTranslate.translate('Hello', 'de', function(err, translation) {
  // =>  { translatedText: 'Hallo', originalText: 'Hello', detectedSourceLanguage: 'en' }

Example: Translate an array of English (en) strings to German (de)

googleTranslate.translate(['Hello', 'Thank you'], 'en', 'de', function(err, translations) {
  // =>  [{ translatedText: 'Hallo', originalText: 'Hello' }, ...]

Detect language

Detect language of string or each string in an array.

googleTranslate.detectLanguage(strings, callback)
  • strings: Required. Can be a string or an array of strings
  • callback: Required.

Example: Detect language from a string

googleTranslate.detectLanguage('Hello', function(err, detection){
  // =>  { language: "en", isReliable: false, confidence: 0.5714286, originalText: "Hello" }

Example: Detect language from an array of strings

googleTranslate.detectLanguage(['Hello', 'Danke'], function(err, detections) {
  // =>  [{ language: "en", isReliable: false, confidence: 0.5714286, originalText: "Hello" }, ...]

Get supported languages

Retrieve all languages supported by the Google Translate API.

googleTranslate.getSupportedLanguages(target, callback)
  • target: Optional. If specified, response will include the name of the language translated to the specified target language
  • callback: Required.

Example: Get all supported language codes

googleTranslate.getSupportedLanguages(function(err, languageCodes) {
  // => ['af', 'ar', 'be', 'bg', 'ca', 'cs', ...]

Example: Get all supported language codes with language names in German

googleTranslate.getSupportedLanguages('de', function(err, languageCodes) {
  // => [{ language: "en", name: "Englisch" }, ...]


Forks and pull requests welcome!


  • Add authentication using new Google Cloud oauth token
  • Add tests
  • Better way of defining API keys to allow use of multiple Google Translate API keys
  • Changelog


Maintained by Localize.