Exporting a Translation Collection

For information about the terms and concepts described in this topic, see Manage Translations Glossary.

Translation strings in Translation Collections can be exported to be sent for translation.

To export a Translation Collection as an XLIFF file:

  1. Go to Customization > Translations > Manage Translations.

  2. On the Collections subtab of the Manage Translations page:

    • Click ... to the left of the collection you want to export and select Export in the dropdown list.

    • Click the expand button to the left of the collection you want to expand and select Export in the expanded menu.

  3. An Export Strings dialogue window listing the source language of the collection appears.

    Source strings are strings in company languages consisting of a unique key and a value. In this case, value can represent a word, phrase or a sentence used in the NetSuite UI or manually created.


    When exporting a Translation Collection, there is always exactly one source language, because a Translation Collection can only have one source language.

    Manage Translations Export collections.
    • If you want to define a custom data type of the header of the XLIFF file to be exported, select Customize XLIFF header datatype. Then enter a user-defined value of the XLIFF 1.2 standard into the field. This value will be set as the data type of the exported file. An x- prefix is added into the header of the exported file to signify that the data type value is customized.

      Export Collections Strings Custom Datatype

      See an example of the resulting customized XLIFF file header:

      Export Collection Datatype Header Example
  4. The following options are available when you are exporting a Translation Collection:

    • If you want to export the source strings in the Translation Collection without translations, do not change any settings.

    • If you want to export the source strings in the Translation Collection including translations, check the Include existing translations box. Then select the languages whose translations you want to export in the All Languages window and click the arrow to move them into the Selected Languages window.

      Manage Translations Export Collections window with selected and marked option to include translations of source strings in the export.

      If you select the box above language names, all the respective languages are selected at once.

      All Languages selected in the All Languages window.
  5. Click Export Strings.

  6. In the newly opened window, select Open, or Save, and click OK.

The saved file contains an XLF file with source strings. If you decided to include existing translations, the saved file contains a separate XLF files for all combinations of the language of the Translation Collection and its translations. If some strings in the language of the Translation Collection lack translations in the selected language, they will be exported, but their translations in the XLF files will be empty.


The name of the exported translation file refers to the name of the exported collection.

Export Strings popup window.

Related Topics:

Translation Collections Overview
Manage Translations UI Overview
Creating a Translation Collection
Editing a Translation Collection
Deleting a Translation Collection
Importing Translations into a Translation Collection
Downloading a Translation Collection into XML
Working with Translation Collection Strings
Using Translation Collections with SuiteScript
Including Translation Collections in Bundles
Globalization Glossary
String Hierarchy and Translation String Linking
Management of Translation Strings Distributed Through SDF

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