Use your favorite i18n library in React.

Usage no npm install needed!

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i18n tools for React

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This library is meant to be used as glue code between React and your favorite i18n library. You can use it standalone, too.


  • Compatible with any i18n library.
  • Compatible with isomorphic/server-side rendering.


import React from 'react';
import ReactDOMServer from 'react-dom/server';
import { I18nProvider, Translate } from 'react-i18n-wrapper';

const translations = {
    en: {
        'hello-world': 'Hello World!',
    fr: {
        'hello-world': 'Bonjour Monde!',

const MyComponent = props => (
        <Translate message="hello-world" />

        // Wrap our top-level component in an `I18nProvider`
        <I18nProvider language="en" translations={translations}>
            <MyComponent />



Component used to provide i18n context to child components.


  • translate({translations, language, message, params}) - A function to call to translate a message. If you don't provide translate(), a simple default implementation is used. See below for details.
  • translations - An arbitrary object which will be passed along to your translate() function. Using the default translate() function, this should be an object where keys are locales, and values are maps of message keys to translated strings.
  • language - The locale to translate things into. This is a default and can be changed via useI18n().setLanguage().
  • noEscape - If true, then all Translate components will behave like noEscape was set by default.



  • message - The message key to translate. This is passed on to your translate() function.
  • params - Parameters to pass on to the translate() function. This is an arbitrary object.
  • noEscape - If true, the translated message will be rendered without escaping the result.
  • tagName - Controls the element created by Translate. By default, Translate will return a bare string, setting this will wrap the returned value in the specified type. Note that if noEscape is true, this will default to 'span'.
  • className - Class name to add to the generated element. Only used if tagName is set.


This is a higher order component which provides the i18n context object via props. In most cases, you probably want to use Translate to translate messages, but in some cases you may want to access this directly:

import { withI18n } from 'react-i18n-wrapper';

class MyForm extends React.Component {
    render() {
        <textarea placeholder={this.props.i18n.translate('placeholder_text')} />;

export default withI18n(MyForm);

Here, this.props.i18n.translate(message, params) is a function that can translate a string, and this.props.i18n.language is the current locale.


An alternative to withI18n, useI18n provides a React hook which lets you call into the translate function directly within your code:

import { useI18n } from 'react-i18n-wrapper';

export function MyForm(props) {
    const i18n = useI18n();
    return <textarea placeholder={i18n.translate('placeholder_text')} />;

Default translate() function

The default translate() function expects translations to be an object where keys are locales, and values are maps of message keys to translated strings. The default translate() can also do some simple substitutions:

const translations = {
    en: {
        hello: 'Hello {name}!',

const MyComponent = props => <Translate message="hello" params={{ name: 'Jason' }} />;

The default translate() can also accept a message that is an object with locales as keys:

const translateableObject = {
    en: 'here',
    fr: 'ici',

const MyComponent = props => <Translate message={translateableObject} />;