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Name: GNU gettext
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This software is part of the GNU Project.

This project hosts the source repository for the GNU gettext package (including the libintl library) and its home page.

The source of the GNU gettext package is available through the "Git" link above, or directly through

$ git clone git://

Three mailing lists are available:

  • bug-gettext @ -- for discussing bugs and features of the GNU gettext software.
  • translation-i18n @ -- for discussing translator tools and translation methodologies in general, including but not limited to GNU gettext,
  • coordinator @ -- the Free Translation Project that manages the submissions of message catalogs for many GNU packages. Please visit first.

Archives for the first two mailing lists are found at

Registration Date: Wed 29 Aug 2001 06:27:34 PM UTC
License: GNU General Public License v3 or later
Development Status: 5 - Production/Stable


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GNU gettext 0.22.1 released
     posted by haible, Tue 19 Sep 2023 08:35:35 AM UTC

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This is a bug-fix release.

New in this release:

  • Bug fixes:
    • The libintl shared library now exports again some symbols that were accidentally missing.
    • xgettext's processing of large Perl files may have led to errors.
    • "xgettext --join-existing" could encounter errors.

  • Portability:
    • Building on Android is now supported.
GNU gettext 0.22 released
     posted by haible, Sat 17 Jun 2023 01:41:30 PM UTC

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New in this release:

  • PO file format:
    • When a #: line contains references to file names that contain spaces, these file names are surrounded by Unicode characters U+2068 and U+2069. This makes it possible to parse such references correctly.
GNU gettext 0.20.2 released
     posted by haible, Tue 14 Apr 2020 12:13:08 PM UTC

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This is a bug-fix release.

New in this release:

  • Improvements for maintainers:

  - A dependency bug in po/ has been fixed.

  • Programming languages support:
GNU gettext 0.20 released
     posted by haible, Thu 09 May 2019 02:15:21 AM UTC

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New in this release:

  • Support for reproducible builds:

  - msgfmt now eliminates the POT-Creation-Date header field from .mo files.

  • Improvements for translators:
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