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/'; }
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
Sample Output
hola

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2010-03-08 03:15:48

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  • allow multiword translations Show Sample Output


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    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/'; }
    bandie91 · 2010-05-02 22:15:30 2
  • substitute "example" with desired string; tl = target language (en, fr, de, hu, ...); you can leave sl parameter as-is (autodetection works fine) Show Sample Output


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    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
    sairon · 2011-03-06 13:46:16 0
  • translate <phrase> <source-language> <output-language> works from command line


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    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"
    dtolj · 2010-03-13 01:09:00 0
  • Translates a string from English to Portuguese by using google translator web service. Show Sample Output


    1
    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}'
    gean01 · 2011-07-03 00:11:52 0
  • translate <some phrase> [output-language] [source-language] 1) "some phrase" should be in quotes 2) [output-language] - optional (default: English) 3) [source-language] - optional (default: auto) translate "bonjour petit lapin" hello little rabbit translate "bonjour petit lapin" en hello little rabbit translate "bonjour petit lapin" en fr hello little rabbit Show Sample Output


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    translate(){wget -U "Mozilla/5.0" -qO - "https://translate.google.com/translate_a/single?client=t&sl=${3:-auto}&tl=${2:-en}&dt=t&q=$1" | cut -d'"' -f2}
    klisanor · 2014-06-10 12:08:51 0

What Others Think

See https://redmine.sputnick-area.net/projects/show/polytranslator
sputnick · 555 weeks 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.
matthewbauer · 554 weeks and 6 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/'; }
matthewbauer · 554 weeks and 6 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/'; }
eightmillion · 554 weeks and 6 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/'; }
fab4am · 554 weeks and 6 days ago
ok the wget one seems to work too with spaces and accents
fab4am · 554 weeks and 6 days ago
how do you know the abbreviations for languages? link please.
kjowens · 552 weeks and 1 day ago
{ "responseData": null, "responseDetails": "Suspected Terms of Service Abuse. Please see code.google.com/apis/errors", "responseStatus": 403 }
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