Currently maintained translations:

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

See also this file for a list of maintainers:

Here's how you can translate BrickStore into another language:

NOTE We're currently also adding the possibility to use Weblate for easier maintenance.

Get the sources

Check if a (partial) translation already exists for the language you are aiming for here: If it doesn't exist yet, then please open an issue on GitHub, so that I can add an empty translation as a starting point.

You then need to either clone the BrickStore git repository or download it as a ZIP file: Download link and unpack it.

Get the translation tool, called Qt Linguist

If you are using Windows, you can download a standalone version of Linguist from here: You only need the linguist.exe file from the downloaded ZIP!

Linux users can just install it: for Debian/Ubuntu the package is called qttools5-dev-tools

Qt Linguist is quite powerful tool, but also comes with a complete manual. Please make sure to read through the Translators section.

BrickStore makes heavy use of plural form disambiguation, so often times a single translation is not enough. In addition to the Qt Linguist manual, there's more background information to be found in the Qt 5 documentation here and there.


Start the Linguist tool, select File > Open, go to the directory where you cloned the BrickStore repository to (or where you unpacked the downloaded ZIP file), go to the translations sub-directory and then finally open the brickstore_XX.ts file of the language you want to edit.

You can now translate all the missing parts (as indicated by a ? icon). The quickest way is to enter a translation and then press Ctrl+Return: this way you mark the current translation as "done" and also move on to the next untranslated entry. If you want to cycle through all the untranslated entries, then Ctrl+J / Ctrl+K is a quick and easy shortcut.

Testing your changes locally

From the Qt Linguist tool, generate a binary representation (brickstore_XX.qm) of your translation work via File > Release As.... Now (re)start BrickStore with the additional command line option --load-translation path/to/brickstore_XX.qm

BrickStore will now use your specified qm file, with English as a fallback for missing translations. Please note, that switching languages in the Settings dialog will not have any effect as long as you start BrickStore with the --load-translation command line switch.

Get your translations into BrickStore

If you know your way around GitHub, then the easiest thing would be open a pull-request with your changes on the ts file. If you just downloaded the ZIP file in the first place, then please open a new issue and attach your modified ts file. I will then merge it into the next release.

Maintaining the translation over time

It is important to keep your local copy (or checkout) of the BrickStore source code up-to-date. Otherwise the powerful Sources and Forms preview in linguist will become less and less useful over time, as it cannot match the translations to dialogs or the source code anymore. So before you do any translation work, always do an update first:

  • The easiest way to keep the sources up-to-date is using git: a quick git pull and you have all the latest changes. If you sent me an translation file via e-mail, you have to undo your local changes via git checkout . first though.
  • If you are not familiar with git, then you can of course re-download the source code as a ZIP file (see Get the sources above for a link), delete the old source code folder and unzip the download to a new folder.

Only then should you open the updated brickstore_XX.ts file in linguist and start translating.