Documentation for Kubernetes is available in multiple languages. We encourage you to add new localizations!
Localizations must meet some requirements for workflow (how to localize) and output (what to localize) before publishing.
Let Kubernetes SIG Docs know you’re interested in creating a localization! Join the SIG Docs Slack channel. We’re happy to help you get started and answer any questions you have.
All localization teams must be self-sustaining with their own resources. We’re happy to host your work, but we can’t translate it for you.
Then, clone the website repo and
cd into it:
git clone https://github.com/kubernetes/website
k/websitemust create a fork from which to open pull requests. For localizations, we ask additionally that:
- Team approvers open development branches directly from https://github.com/kubernetes/website.
- Localization contributors work from forks, with branches based on the current development branch.
This is because localization projects are collaborative efforts on long-running branches, similar to the development branches for the Kubernetes release cycle. For information about localization pull requests, see “branching strategy”.
Consult the ISO 639-1 standard for your localization’s two-letter country code. For example, the two-letter code for German is
These instructions use the ISO 639-1 language code for German (
de) as an example.
There’s currently no Kubernetes localization for German, but you’re welcome to create one!
The Kubernetes website uses Hugo as its web framework. The website’s Hugo configuration resides in the
config.toml file. To support a new localization, you’ll need to modify
Add a configuration block for the new language to
config.toml, under the existing
[languages] block. The German block, for example, looks like:
title = "Kubernetes"
description = "Produktionsreife Container-Verwaltung"
languageName = "Deutsch"
contentDir = "content/de"
weight = 3
When assigning a
weight parameter for your block, find the language block with the highest weight and add 1 to that value.
For more information about Hugo’s multilingual support, see “Multilingual Mode”.
Add a language-specific subdirectory to the
content folder in the repository. For example, the two-letter code for German is
To guide other localization contributors, add a new
README-**.md to the top level of k/website, where
** is the two-letter language code. For example, a German README file would be
Provide guidance to localization contributors in the localized
README-**.md file. Include the same information contained in
README.md as well as:
After you create the localized README, add a link to the file from the main English file, [
README.md’s Localizing Kubernetes Documentation] and include contact information in English. You can provide a GitHub ID, email address, Slack channel, or other method of contact.
Localizing all of the Kubernetes documentation is an enormous task. It’s okay to start small and expand over time.
At a minimum, all localizations must include:
|All heading and subheading URLs
|All heading and subheading URLs
|Kubernetes Basics, Hello Minikube
|All site strings in a new localized TOML file
Translated documents must reside in their own
content/**/ subdirectory, but otherwise follow the same URL path as the English source. For example, to prepare the Kubernetes Basics tutorial for translation into German, create a subfolder under the
content/de/ folder and copy the English source:
mkdir -p content/de/docs/tutorials
cp content/en/docs/tutorials/kubernetes-basics.md content/de/docs/tutorials/kubernetes-basics.md
Localizations must use English files from the most recent release as their source. The most recent version is **v1.13 **.
To find source files for the most recent release:
release-1.X branch for the most recent version.
The latest version is **v1.13
**, so the most recent release branch is
Localizations must include the contents of
i18n/en.toml in a new language-specific file. Using German as an example:
Add a new localization file to
i18n/. For example, with German (
cp i18n/en.toml i18n/de.toml
Then translate the value of each string:
other = "ICH BIN..."
Localizing site strings lets you customize site-wide text and features: for example, the legal copyright text in the footer on each page.
Contact one of the chairs of the Kubernetes SIG Docs chairs when you start a new localization.
Each localization repository must provide its own maintainers. Maintainers can be from a single organization or multiple organizations. Whenever possible, localization pull requests should be approved by a reviewer from a different organization than the translator.
A localization must provide a minimum of two maintainers. (It’s not possible to review and approve one’s own work.)
Because localization projects are highly collaborative efforts, we encourage teams to work from a shared development branch.
To collaborate on a development branch:
A team member opens a development branch, usually by opening a new pull request against a source branch on https://github.com/kubernetes/website.
We recommend the following branch naming scheme:
dev-<source version>-<language code>.<team milestone>
For example, an approver on a German localization team opens the development branch
dev-1.12-de.1 directly against the k/website repository, based on the source branch for Kubernetes v1.12.
Individual contributors open feature branches based on the development branch.
For example, a German contributor opens a pull request with changes to
Approvers review and merge feature branches into the development branch.
Periodically, an approver merges the development branch to its source branch.
Repeat steps 1-4 as needed until the localization is complete. For example, subsequent German development branches would be:
Teams must merge localized content into the same release branch from which the content was sourced. For example, a development branch sourced from release-1.13 must be based on release-1.13 .
An approver must maintain a development branch by keeping it current with its source branch and resolving merge conflicts. The longer a development branch stays open, the more maintenance it typically requires. Consider periodically merging development branches and opening new ones, rather than maintaining one extremely long-running development branch.
While only approvers can merge pull requests, anyone can open a pull request for a new development branch. No special permissions are required.
For more information about working from forks or directly from the repository, see “fork and clone the repo”.
SIG Docs welcomes upstream contributions and corrections to the English source.
Once a localization meets requirements for workflow and minimum output, SIG docs will:
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