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A layer between web-extensions and i18n to allow for the live apply feature of the web-ext-translator.

Installation via NPM

npm install wet-layer --save

Configure webpack like this, so that webextension-polyfill will not be bundled twice:

var path = require("path");

module.exports = {
    resolve: {
        alias: {
            "webextension-polyfill": path.resolve(path.join(__dirname, "node_modules", "webextension-polyfill"))


Use it like this in your extension:

import { wetLayer } from "wet-layer";

// In the background script, call this at startup (once), so that the storage is cleared:

// In other scripts (content scripts), make sure to call this at startup (once), so that translations are loaded:

// Then use it in place of i18n.getMessage():
const message = wetLayer.getMessage("my_translation_key", ["foo", "bar"]);

// Listen for updates.. this will also get called by loadFromStorage():
wetLayer.addListener(() => console.log("Translations have been updated.. get your messages from wetLayer again!"));

You'll need to create a simple content script like this, which forwards messages from the translation website to your extension:

// Adjust these constants to match your github repository:
const vcsHost = "github";
const vcsUser = "lusito";
const vcsRepository = "forget-me-not";

window.addEventListener("message", (event) => {
  if (event.source == window && event.data && event.data.action === "WetApplyLanguage"
    && vcsHost === event.data.vcsHost.toLowerCase() && vcsUser === event.data.vcsUser.toLowerCase()
     && vcsRepository === event.data.vcsRepository.toLowerCase()) {
    browser.runtime.sendMessage({ action: "WetApplyLanguage", language: event.data.language });
window.postMessage({ action: "EnableWebExtensionMode" }, "*");

Hook hup the content script in your manifest:

    "content_scripts": [{
        "matches": [ "https://lusito.github.io/web-ext-translator/*" ],
        "js": [ "path/to/wetLayerContent.js" ],
        "run_at": "document_idle"

And Make sure you have permissions set up, so that the script can be loaded (storage will be needed as well):

    "permissions": [

This extension uses storage.local to store and retrieve the data accross scripts. The keys used are: "wet-locale" and "wet-map".

Report isssues

Something not working quite as expected? Do you need a feature that has not been implemented yet? Check the issue tracker and add a new one if your problem is not already listed. Please try to provide a detailed description of your problem, including the steps to reproduce it.


Awesome! If you would like to contribute with a new feature or submit a bugfix, fork this repo and send a pull request. Please, make sure all the unit tests are passing before submitting and add new ones in case you introduced new features.


wet-layer has been released under the zlib/libpng license, meaning you can use it free of charge, without strings attached in commercial and non-commercial projects. Credits are appreciated but not mandatory.


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