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 and Slovenski.

This is due to the installer's language files, available at http://git.gnome.org/browse/gimp/tree/build/windows/installer/lang?h=gimp-2-8 (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 your language:

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 myself, though:


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 codepages:


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 GNOME Bugzilla:


Choose the Installer component for this, not the Localization

c) You can attach either the file or the patch to a message to the gimp-developer list.

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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