Simple CSV files, fields separated by comma.

File Extensions .csv
API Extension csv
Format Options key_index, comment_index, column_separator, quote_char, header_content_row, enable_pluralization
Import Yes
Export Yes
Pluralization supported? Yes
Descriptions supported? Yes


boolean_key,"--- true
key_with_description,Check it out! This key has a description! (At least in some formats),This is the amazing description for this key!
key_with_line-break,"This translations contains
a line-break."
nested.deeply.key,"Wow, this key is nested even deeper."
nested.key,This key is nested inside a namespace.
pluralized_key.one,Only one pluralization found.
pluralized_key.other,"Wow, you have %s pluralizations!"
pluralized_key.zero,You have no pluralization.
- first item
- second item
- third item
simple_key,Just a simple key with a simple message.
unverified_key,This translation is not yet verified and waits for it. (In some formats we also export this status)


Option Type Upload Download Default Description
locale_mapping hash check close Hash mapping each locale name to the column index it is contained in. Column indices start at 1.

Format Options

Option Type Upload Download Default Description
key_index integer check close 1 Index of the column containing the key names. Column indexes start at 1.
comment_index integer check close 3 Index of the column containing description for the key. Column indexes start at 1.
column_separator string check close , Char that is used to separte rows.
quote_char string check close " Char that is used to quote CSV columns.
header_content_row boolean check close false Indicates whether the first row contains only header information and should be skipped.
enable_pluralization boolean check close false Enables detection of pluralized keys. All matching keys will be persisted as pluralized keys.

File structure


A typical CSV file should be structured like this:

1 (Key column), 2 (Translation column), 3 (Comment column)
app_title,      My Software Project,    This is the main title
apples.zero,    one apple,              my comment

Configuration example


An example for the push section in your .phraseapp.yml for CSV files.

        - file: "./multi.csv"
              update_translations: true
                  en: 2
                  de: 3
                  comment_index: 4


This format uses named categories to identify the different pluralizations of a key. The following categories are reserved for pluralization:

.zero | .one | .two | .few | .many | .other

Example key names:

This way pluralized keys can be identified, persisted and marked accordingly.
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