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Google Translate

Terminal - Google Translate
translate(){ wget -qO- "http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/services/language/translate?v=1.0&q=$1&langpair=$2|${3:-en}" | sed 's/.*"translatedText":"\([^"]*\)".*}/\1\n/'; }
2010-03-08 03:15:48
User: matthewbauer
Functions: sed wget
61
Google Translate

Usage:

translate <phrase> <source-language> <output-language>

Example:

translate hello en es

See this for a list of language codes:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ISO_639-1_codes

Alternatives

There are 4 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
translate() { lng1="$1";lng2="$2";shift;shift; wget -qO- "http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/services/language/translate?v=1.0&q=${@// /+}&langpair=$lng1|$lng2" | sed 's/.*"translatedText":"\([^"]*\)".*}/\1\n/'; }
2010-05-02 22:15:30
User: bandie91
Functions: sed wget
8

allow multiword translations

wget -U "Mozilla/5.0" -qO - "http://translate.google.com/translate_a/t?client=t&text=translation+example&sl=auto&tl=fr" | sed 's/\[\[\[\"//' | cut -d \" -f 1
2011-03-06 13:46:16
User: sairon
Functions: cut sed wget
5

substitute "example" with desired string;

tl = target language (en, fr, de, hu, ...);

you can leave sl parameter as-is (autodetection works fine)

cmd=$( wget -qO- "http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/services/language/translate?v=1.0&q=$1&langpair=$2|${3:-en}" | sed 's/.*"translatedText":"\([^"]*\)".*}/\1\n/'; ); echo "$cmd"
2010-03-13 01:09:00
User: dtolj
Functions: sed wget
2
translate <phrase> <source-language> <output-language>

works from command line

translate () {lang="ru"; text=$*; wget -U "Mozilla/5.0" -qO - "http://translate.google.com/translate_a/t?client=t&text=$text&sl=auto&tl=$lang" | sed 's/\[\[\[\"//' | cut -d \" -f 1}
2014-06-10 12:08:51
User: klisanor
Functions: cut sed wget
2
translate some text

Change lang from ru to something else.

curl -s -A "Mozilla" "http://translate.google.com.br/translate_a/t?client=t&text=Hi+world&hl=pt-BR&sl=en&tl=pt&multires=1&ssel=0&tsel=0&sc=1" | awk -F'"' '{print $2}'
2011-07-03 00:11:52
User: gean01
Functions: awk
1

Translates a string from English to Portuguese by using google translator web service.

Know a better way?

If you can do better, submit your command here.

What others think

See https://redmine.sputnick-area.net/projects/show/polytranslator

Comment by sputnick 245 weeks and 5 days ago

Also try:

translate(){ curl -s "http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/services/language/translate?v=1.0&q=hi&langpair=$(curl -s "http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/services/language/detect?v=1.0&q=$1" | sed 's/.*"language":"\([^"]*\)".*/\1^C/')%7C$2" | sed 's/.*{"translatedText":"\([^"]*\)".*/\1\n/'

Will fetch the source language for you.

Comment by matthewbauer 245 weeks and 4 days ago
translate(){ curl -s "http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/services/language/translate?v=1.0&q=hi&langpair=$(curl -s "http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/services/language/detect?v=1.0&q=$1" | sed 's/.*"language":"\([^"]*\)".*/\1^C/')%7C$2" | sed 's/.*{"translatedText":"\([^"]*\)".*/\1\n/'; }
Comment by matthewbauer 245 weeks and 4 days ago

Actually, if you leave the source language blank, it will guess it anyway and it's normally pretty successful. Also, you can have the command translate to English if you don't provide a language to translate to by using a default value for the second parameter, like this:

translate(){ wget -qO- "http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/services/language/translate?v=1.0&q=$1&langpair=%7C${2:-en}" | sed 's/.*{"translatedText":"\([^"]*\)".*/\1\n/'; }
Comment by eightmillion 245 weeks and 4 days ago

In bash it doesn't work with spaces or accentuated letters (in french for example). This one does it (accentuated, bash working, and guessing source language if not provided) :

translate(){ curl -s "http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/services/language/translate?v=1.0&q=`perl -MURI::Escape -e 'print uri_escape($ARGV[0]);' "$1"`&langpair=`if [ "$3" != "" ]; then echo $2; fi;`%7C`if [ "$3" == "" ]; then echo $2; else echo $3; fi;`" | sed 's/{"responseData": {"translatedText":"\([^"]*\)".*}, .*}/\1\n/'; }
Comment by fab4am 245 weeks and 4 days ago

ok the wget one seems to work too with spaces and accents

Comment by fab4am 245 weeks and 4 days ago

how do you know the abbreviations for languages? link please.

Comment by kjowens 242 weeks and 6 days ago

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ISO_639-1_codes

Comment by matthewbauer 242 weeks and 6 days ago

{"responseData": null, "responseDetails": "Suspected Terms of Service Abuse. Please see

Comment by vp_arth 55 weeks and 2 days ago

{

"responseData": null,

"responseDetails": "Suspected Terms of Service Abuse. Please see code.google.com/apis/errors",

"responseStatus": 403

}

Comment by vp_arth 55 weeks and 2 days ago

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