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i18n translation files linter.

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Attention: As of v5 this package is ESM-Only!

This linter will do three major things:

  1. Finding conflicts: Comparing your files against each other to see if there are any properties with types not matching up.
  2. Finding duplicates: Finding duplicates to reduce redundancy and elimitate duplicate translations.
  3. Cleanup: Sorting all properties alphabetically which will make working with your file easier and maintain consistency across all your files.

It comes with a CLI and an API.

Gettings started

Install via npm:

$ npm install li18nt

... or using yarn:

$ yarn add li18nt

CLI Usage

Installing it will add li18nt (and the alias lint-i18n) to your command line.


# Lint all json files in /locales
$ li18nt locales/*.json

# Lint all valid json files in /locales, print out only warnings and errors
$ li18nt locales/*.json --skip-invalid --quiet

# List all commands
$ li18nt --help
Usage: li18nt [files...] [options]

Lints your locales files, lint-i18n is an alias.

  -v, --version    Output the current version
  -q, --quiet      Print only errors and warnings
  -d, --debug      Debug information
  -f, --fix        Tries to fix existing errors
  --config [path]  Configuration file path (it'll try to resolve one in the current directory)
  --skip-invalid   Skip invalid files without exiting
  --report         Print system information
  -h, --help       Show this help text

Li18nt is configuration drive, you'll need to add a configuration. It'll try to resolve a .li18ntrc, .li18nt.json,.li18ntrc.json or li18nt.config.js in the current directory. Use the --config [path] option to specify a different path.

The Li18nt config file is usually located in locales/.li18nt or in your root folder.

    // Override the --quiet cli option
    "quiet": false,

    // Override the --skip-invalid cli option
    // If this is set to false it'll exit immediately after a file couldn't be parsed or read
    "skipInvalid": false,

    // List of rules
    "rules": {

        // Checks if your files are properly formatted,
        // you can also just pass "warn" as value - 4 spaces are default
        "prettified": ["warn", {"indent": "tab"}],

        // Checks for conflicts
        "conflicts": "warn",

        // Validate property names
        "naming": ["warn", {

            // Specify a list of regular expressions to match keys against
            "patterns": [

        // Check for duplicates
        "duplicates": ["warn", {
            "ignore": [
                // You can also use the array-sytax e.g. ["pages", "dashboard", "dashboard"]
                // If the specified target is an object it'll be skipped, e.g. you can ignore entire sub-trees

                // Use the * to match all properties in a tree

The syntax for each option is:

type Rule = Mode | [Mode, Options | undefined];

where Mode can be off, warn or error. off won't do anything, error will exit with a non-zero code in case of errors.

API Usage

This library comes in commonjs and ES6 format, you can include it directly:

<script src=""></script>

... or using es6 modules:

import {...} from ''

You can use the exported lint function to lint a set of objects. Option- and result-types can be found here:

import {lint} from 'li18nt';

const options = {
    prettified: 4, // 4 spaces, use 'tab' for tabs
    duplicates: true, // We want to analyze our translations for duplicates
    conflicts: true // Find differences

const objects = [
    {a: 20, b: null, c: {x: 20}},
    {a: 50, b: 'Hello', c: {x: 100, y: 20}},
    {a: 'Five', b: 'Super', c: null}

const result = lint(options, objects);


Sometimes you may want to exclude certain properties from being linted, for that you can either specify a property path as array (e.g. ['foo', 'bar', 4]), as a string ([4]), or you can use the propertyPath utility function to convert a string to an array:

import {lint, propertyPath} from 'li18nt';

const options = {
    duplicates: {
        ignore: [
            // Info: This is normally not requried as strings in ignore will automatically be converted to an array!

             * Returns ['b', 'a'], but you can use any valid js-property-path e.g.
             * foo[3].bar.baz['Hello "world"'].xy
             * would give us ['foo', 3, 'bar', 'baz', 'Hello "world"'].xy

const objects = [
    {a: 20, b: {a: 20}, c: {a: 20}}

const result = lint(options, objects);

// Will log Map {'a' => [['a'], [ 'c', 'a']]}
// The first element in the array will always be the first appereance of that property


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