some of you might have noticed that the Windows installers for GIMP
2.8.x, available from http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net, offer a few more
language options than previous releases - Deutsch, English, Italiano
This is due to the installer's language files, available at
(Polski has been added recently) - all of them contributed by users who
want to make GIMP easier to install for their fellow countrymen.
But there's still much work to do - GIMP itself has been translated in
many more languages.
So here is what you have to do in order to translate the installer to
1. Get the original English language file
(if you know how to use Git, then you may want to get the gimp-2-8
branch of git://git.gnome.org/gimp and work on the file in there)
2. Translate the file
Use a reasonably complete text editor (notepad probably won't cut it),
and translate the messages to the desired language. Choose a suitable
file name, have a look at
to see how the existing ones are named.
The file contains lots of key=message lines, you want to translate the
message parts only and leave the keys intact - this is how the installer
will find the correct messages for its dialog windows.
You may also give the following application a try (I've never used it
In any case, pay attention to the codepages you use when saving those
files - Unicode is not supported here. If in doubt, check the language
files of the Innosetup installer software, they specifiy the correct
But please *do not* copy anything from them into your own files - those
settings only belong there.
3. Contribute your translation back
You got several possibilities to do this:
a) If you're using Git, then you can either commit and push the change
directly, or provide a properly formatted patch.
b) You can attach the new file or the patch created to a new bug in
Choose the Installer component for this, not the Localization
c) You can attach either the file or the patch to a message to the
We will check the file, and if all is well, your translation will be in
the next Windows installer for GIMP 2.8.x - and your name will be in the
list of GIMP contributors forever :)
If you need help, please do not hesitate to ask - either on the list or
in our IRC channel #gimp on irc.gimp.org
Bug https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=683710 is a request for
using gettext for these translations. If you want to help with that,
read the comments of the bug and contact us.
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