Simple app containing a mixin model that integrates modeltranslation (https://github.com/deschler/django-modeltranslation) into wagtail panels system.

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  • Created: May 19, 2015
  • Last Release: Oct. 25, 2019
  • Last Commit: Nov. 11, 2019

Wagtail Modeltranslation

This app is built using core features of django-modeltranslation: https://github.com/deschler/django-modeltranslation

It's an alternative approach for i18n support on Wagtail CMS websites.

The wagtail-modeltranslation application is used to translate dynamic content of existing Wagtail models to an arbitrary number of languages, without having to change the original model classes. It uses a registration approach (comparable to Django's admin app) to add translations to existing or new projects and is fully integrated into the Wagtail admin UI.

The advantage of a registration approach is the ability to add translations to models on a per-app basis. You can use the same app in different projects, whether or not they use translations, and without touching the original model class.



  • Add translations without changing existing models or views
  • Translation fields are stored in the same table (no expensive joins)
  • Supports inherited models (abstract and multi-table inheritance)
  • Handle more than just text fields
  • Wagtail admin integration
  • Flexible fallbacks, auto-population and more!
  • Default Page model fields has translatable fields by default
  • StreamFields are now supported!


wagtail-modeltranslation patches Wagtail's Page model with translation fields title_xx , slug_xx , seo_title_xx , search_description_xx and url_path_xx where "xx" represents the language code for each translated language. This is done without migrations through command sync_page_translation_fields . Since Page model belongs to Wagtail it's within the realm of possibility that one day Wagtail may add a conflicting field to Page thus interfering with wagtail-modeltranslation .

Wagtail's slugurl tag does not work across languages. wagtail-modeltranslation provides a drop-in replacement named slugurl_trans which by default takes the slug parameter in the default language.

Quick start

  1. Install wagtail-modeltranslation :

    pip install wagtail-modeltranslation
  2. Add 'wagtail_modeltranslation' to your INSTALLED_APPS setting like this (before all apps that you want to translate):

  3. Add 'django.middleware.locale.LocaleMiddleware' to MIDDLEWARE on your settings.py :

        'django.middleware.locale.LocaleMiddleware',  # should be after SessionMiddleware and before CommonMiddleware
  4. Enable i18n on settings.py :

    USE_I18N = True
  5. Define available languages on settings.py :

    from django.utils.translation import gettext_lazy as _
        ('pt', _('Portuguese')),
        ('es', _('Spanish')),
        ('fr', _('French')),
  6. Create translation.py inside the root folder of the app where the model you want to translate exists:

    from .models import Foo
    from modeltranslation.translator import TranslationOptions
    from modeltranslation.decorators import register
    class FooTR(TranslationOptions):
        fields = (
  7. Run python manage.py makemigrations followed by python manage.py migrate (repeat every time you add a new language or register a new model)

  8. Run python manage.py sync_page_translation_fields (repeat every time you add a new language)

  9. If you're adding wagtail-modeltranslation to an existing site run python manage.py update_translation_fields

Upgrade considerations (v0.8)

This version includes breaking changes as some key parts of the app have been re-written:

  • The most important change is that Page is now patched with translation fields.

To upgrade to this version you need to:

  • Replace the WagtailTranslationOptions with TranslationOptions in all translation.py files
  • Run python manage.py sync_page_translation_fields at least once to create Page 's translation fields
  • Replace any usages of Wagtail's {% slugurl ... %} for wagtail-modeltranslation 's own {% slugurl_trans ... %}
  • While optional it's recommended to add 'wagtail_modeltranslation.makemigrations' to your INSTALLED_APPS. This will override Django's makemigrations command to avoid creating spurious Page migrations.

Upgrade considerations (v0.6)

This version has some important changes as there was a refactoring to include django-modeltranslation as a dependency instead of duplicating their code in our version. This allow us to focus on Wagtail admin integration features as django-modeltranslation is very well mantained and is very quickly to fix problems with the latest Django versions. This way we also keep all the django-modeltranslation features (if you want you can also customize django-admin, for example). We also provide a new class to create the translation options classes: WagtailTranslationOptions Most of the changes are related to imports as they change from wagtail-modeltranslation to modeltranslation.

To upgrade to this version you need to:

  • Replace the TranslationOptions with WagtailTranslationOptions in all translation.py files
  • The import of the register decorator is now from modeltranslation.decorators import register
  • The import of translator is now from modeltranslation.translator import translator

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