📦 Integration guide

Here you will learn how to extract translation messages and integrate translation hosting with FormatJS. Translation hosting allow your users to see translated messages right away when you click 'Publish' button in the translation editor. Learn also how to integrate FormatJS CLI to grab translation keys from project files.


💿 Installation

Install SimpleLocalize CLI

curl -s | bash

Problems with CLI? Checkout troubleshooting section.

🔦 Extract translation keys

simplelocalize extract \
  --apiKey <PROJECT_API_KEY> \
  --projectType yahoo/react-intl \
  --searchDir ./src

Optionally, you can use FormatJS CLI for message extraction.

💭 Translate messages in editor

Now you can use translation editor to add localized messages for each key.

formatjs localization management

🌍 Configure real-time translation updates

Now let's learn how to integrate translations hosting to update translations right away when you click 'Publish' in translation editor.

Install dependencies

Add react-intl library to your newly created project.

# Using NPM
npm i -S react react-intl

# Using yarn
yarn add react react-intl

react-intl configuration

Create configuration like below:

import React from "react";
import {IntlProvider} from 'react-intl'
import LanguageContext from "./LanguageContext";

class SimpleLocalize extends React.Component {

  constructor(props) {
    this.state = {
      messages: undefined,
      language: "en"

  componentDidMount() {

  setupLanguageMessages = (language) => {
    const projectToken = "5e13e3019cff4dc6abe36009445f0883";
    const translationsUrl = `${projectToken}/_latest/${language}`;
    return fetch(translationsUrl)
      .then((data) => data.json())
      .then((messages) => this.setState({language, messages}));

  render() {
    return (
          changeLanguage: (language) => this.setupLanguageMessages(language)
          {this.state.messages ? this.props.children : null}

export default SimpleLocalize;

Wrap main component

Wrap your application with created SimpleLocalize component to provide translations for React application.

import React from 'react';
import ReactDOM from 'react-dom';
import './index.css';
import App from './App';
import SimpleLocalize from "./SimpleLocalize";


FormattedMessage usage

<FormattedMessage id="YOUR_TRANSLATION_KEY"/>

React will convert FormattedMessage tag into span tag and put concrete translation into it. You can also use <FormattedHTMLMessage id="TRANSLATION_WITH_CSS"/> which will also produce message with HTML inside span tag. Example translation key could look like following:

TRANSLATION_WITH_CSS = This is my <strong>text</strong>

Switching between languages

Use LanguageContext.Consumer to switch languages.

  {context => (<div className="App">
    <button onClick={() => context.changeLanguage("en")}>English</button>
    <button onClick={() => context.changeLanguage("es")}>Spanish</button>

Full application code is available on Github. Visit simplelocalize/simplelocalize-react-intl repository.

🎉 Congratulations

Now you can edit messages in the translation editor and publish them. Your users will automatically see the changes!