NetBeans IDE 5.5 localization project

How to localize


Please check this overview doc before you start the translation

You can download l10n-kit (zip file contains English sources to be localized) from this page.

Migration your 5.0 files to 5.5

Please check the migration docs.


other HOW-TO docs are available.

CVS Branch

Our target is now release55 branch!!
Do not work on trunk. Please do not use release50 branch.
The translated files in release50 branch will not be copied to release55 branch automatically.

Released Build

The following languages have been already released and can be downloaded from NetBeans 5.5 download page.

  • Japanese
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • German
  • Spanish

Development Build

Development build can be downloaded from the download page.

Translation Status

Please check the status page about which files are already translated. This page is being generated automatically and updated everyday.

Translation Validation

Please check the validation page to find errors/warnings in your localized .properties files.

Word Count

Translation Scope

We will define the translation scope per language, which may depend on the activity of contributors. There are 4 area. Core (Minimum) are core/, openide/, libs, projects, ide/ and autoupdate/, which are minimum requirement for localized NetBeans.
  • Core (Minimum) - core part of NetBeans
    .properties files and .html files (except javahelp) under following directories. core, openide, autoupdate, libs and projects are being used in NetBeans Platform. so we would like to consider them as Minimum (we used Core) requirement for translation.
    • core/
    • openide/
    • ide/
    • autoupdate/
    • libs/
    • projects/
  • Extra - extra modules other than Core
    for example, j2ee/
    You can pick up your favorite modules (directories).
  • JavaHelp - online documentation
    JavaHelp sources
    • apisupport/project/javahelp/org/netbeans/modules/apisupport/project/docs
    • db/javahelp/org/netbeans/modules/db/docs
    • db/model/javahelp/org/netbeans/modules/dbschema/docs
    • j2ee/platform/javahelp/org/netbeans/modules/j2ee/platform/docs
    • javacvs/cvsmodule/javahelp/org/netbeans/modules/versioning/system/cvss/docs
    • monitor/javahelp/org/netbeans/modules/web/monitor/docs
    • serverplugins/sun/appsrv81/javahelp/org/netbeans/modules/j2ee/sun/ide/docs
    • tomcatint/tomcat5/javahelp/org/netbeans/modules/tomcat5/docs
    • usersguide/javahelp/org/netbeans/modules/usersguide/
  • Web Doc
    release documents, which will be on web too
    • ide/welcome/release/docs/*.html

l10n-kit which contains English sources are available per this translation scope, check Translation Overview for NetBeans IDE 5.5.

Basic rules for check-in

These are some rules (but minimum) to work together in the same place. Be careful when you will touch build.xml, please send diffs to team alias to get confirmation from RE. Sometime invalid change of build.xml will break nightly build.
  • use release55 branch
    Use release55 branch for 5.5 translation
  • Do not touch other language files
    Please maintain your own translation files and do not touch other localized files.
  • Do not commit any change for build.xml
    If you have question and request for build.xml, please send the request to NetBeans RE team (nb-re@Sun.COM) and Cc-ing
    This file is very critical, so let's ask to RE team.


There are a lots of test specs for modules. You can see the test spec and some information from Test Specification page.

  • NetBeans 5.5 Test Specifications

  • Communication

    Email to team alias - Question and comments should be sent to team alias.

    Project Features

    About this Project

    NBlocalization was started in November 2009, is owned by masaki, and has 115 members.
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