I am running a standalone PyQGIS application. Using QgsMessageBar I noticed that it is not using the local translation.

Consider this minimal example running in a OSGeo4W environment (using all the right environment variables) on a German Windows machine. Ignore how broken it might be in terms of Qt structure, I stripped it down as much as possible to have a minimal example that shows the issue.

from qgis.core import QgsApplication, Qgis
from qgis.gui import QgsMessageBar

app = QgsApplication([], True)

# "de" = correct

# "C:/Users/user/path/apps/qgis-ltr/./i18n/"
# "C:\Users\user\path\apps\qgis-ltr\i18n\" contains "qgis_de.qm"
# seems correct

message_bar = QgsMessageBar()
message_bar.pushMessage("Locale", f"{app.locale()}", level=Qgis.Critical)
# Bug: Mouseover on the X icon of the message says "Close", not the german "Schließen"


This results in a tiny window like this:

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If I run the QGIS of that environment normally, the GUI is in German and a QgsMessageBar's close button does say "Schließen".

As you can see in the code above, I checked the locale and path to the translation file(s) and it all seems correct.

How do I get the available translation to work in my standalone application?

  • What this gives you QSettings().value('locale/userLocale', QLocale().name()) ?
    – Taras
    Commented Nov 9, 2022 at 10:48
  • That gives me de_DE Commented Nov 9, 2022 at 11:03

1 Answer 1


You need to set up and install a QTranslator:

from qgis.PyQt.QtCore import QTranslator

translator = QTranslator(app)

This will fail silently if the specified translation file could not be loaded.

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