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Beginning with NetBox v4.0, NetBox will leverage Django's automatic translation to support languages other than English. This page details the areas of the project which require special attention to ensure functioning translation support. Briefly, these include:

  • The verbose_name and verbose_name_plural Meta attributes for each model
  • The verbose_name and (if defined) help_text for each model field
  • The label for each form field
  • Headers for fieldsets on each form class
  • The verbose_name for each table column
  • All human-readable strings within templates must be wrapped with {% trans %} or {% blocktrans %}

The rest of this document elaborates on each of the items above.

General Guidance

  • Wrap human-readable strings with Django's gettext() or gettext_lazy() utility functions to enable automatic translation. Generally, gettext_lazy() is preferred (and sometimes required) to defer translation until the string is displayed.

  • By convention, the preferred translation function is typically imported as an underscore (_) to minimize boilerplate code. Thus, you will often see translation as e.g. _("Some text"). It is still an option to import and use alternative translation functions (e.g. pgettext() and ngettext()) normally as needed.

  • Avoid passing markup and other non-natural language where possible. Everything wrapped by a translation function gets exported to a messages file for translation by a human.

  • Where the intended meaning of the translated string may not be obvious, use pgettext() or pgettext_lazy() to include assisting context for the translator. For example:

    # Context, string
    pgettext("month name", "May")
  • Format strings do not support translation. Avoid "f" strings for messages that must support translation. Instead, use format() to accomplish variable replacement:

    # Translation will not work
    f"There are {count} objects"
    # Do this instead
    "There are {count} objects".format(count=count)


  1. Import gettext_lazy as _.
  2. Ensure both verbose_name and verbose_name_plural are defined under the model's Meta class and wrapped with the gettext_lazy() shortcut.
  3. Ensure each model field specifies a verbose_name wrapped with gettext_lazy().
  4. Ensure any help_text attributes on model fields are also wrapped with gettext_lazy().
from django.utils.translation import gettext_lazy as _

class Circuit(PrimaryModel):
    commit_rate = models.PositiveIntegerField(
        verbose_name=_('commit rate (Kbps)'),
        help_text=_("Committed rate")

    class Meta:
        verbose_name = _('circuit')
        verbose_name_plural = _('circuits')


  1. Import gettext_lazy as _.
  2. All form fields must specify a label wrapped with gettext_lazy().
  3. All headers under a form's fieldsets property must be wrapped with gettext_lazy().
from django.utils.translation import gettext_lazy as _

class CircuitBulkEditForm(NetBoxModelBulkEditForm):
    description = forms.CharField(

    fieldsets = (
        (_('Circuit'), ('provider', 'type', 'status', 'description')),


  1. Import gettext_lazy as _.
  2. All table columns must specify a verbose_name wrapped with gettext_lazy().
from django.utils.translation import gettext_lazy as _

class CircuitTable(TenancyColumnsMixin, ContactsColumnMixin, NetBoxTable):
    provider = tables.Column(


  1. Ensure translation support is enabled by including {% load i18n %} at the top of the template.
  2. Use the {% trans %} tag (short for "translate") to wrap short strings.
  3. Longer strings may be enclosed between {% blocktrans %} and {% endblocktrans %} tags to improve readability and to enable variable replacement. (Remember to include the trimmed argument to trim whitespace between the tags.)
  4. Avoid passing HTML within translated strings where possible, as this can complicate the work needed of human translators to develop message maps.
{% load i18n %}

{# A short string #}
<h5 class="card-header">{% trans "Circuit List" %}</h5>

{# A longer string with a context variable #}
{% blocktrans trimmed with count=object.circuits.count %}
  There are {count} circuits. Would you like to continue?
{% endblocktrans %}


The {% blocktrans %} tag supports only limited variable replacement, comparable to the format() method on Python strings. It does not permit access to object attributes or the use of other template tags or filters inside it. Ensure that any necessary context is passed as simple variables.


The {% trans %} and {% blocktrans %} support the inclusion of contextual hints for translators using the context argument:

{% trans "May" context "month name" %}