Dictionary Items

    Depending on how your site is set up, not all content is edited through the Content section. There might be some text in your templates or macros that needs translation. Using Dictionary Items, you can store a value for each language. Dictionary Items have a unique key that is used to fetch the value of the Dictionary Item.

    Dictionary Items can be managed from the Translation section. Let's take a look at an example. In this example, we will translate "Welcome to Umbraco" from within the template and add it to the dictionary: Dictionary Item

    Adding a Dictionary Item

    To add a Dictionary Item:

    1. Go to the Translation section.
    2. Click on Dictionary in the Translation tree and select Create.
    3. Enter the Name for the dictionary item. Let's say Welcome. Create dictionary item
    4. Click Create.
    5. Enter the values for the different language versions. Create dictionary item
    6. Click Save.

    Grouping Dictionary Items

    To group dictionary items:

    1. Go to the Translation section.
    2. Click on Dictionary in the Translation tree and select Create.
    3. Enter the Name for the dictionary item. Let's say Contact.
    4. Click Create.
    5. Click on Contact and select Create.
    6. Enter the Name of the item to be created under the Contact group.
    7. Click Create.
    8. Enter the values for the different language versions. Display dictionary item
    9. Click Save.

    Editing Dicionary Items

    To edit a dictionary item, follow these steps:

    1. Go to the Translation section.
    2. Use the Dictionary tree to locate the item you need to update/edit.
      • Alternatively, you can use the search field in the top-right corner.
    3. Make the edits you need to make.
    4. Click Save to save the changes.

    It will only be possible to edit the language(s) that the given user has access to. The value of the remaining languages will be read-only.

    Which language a user has access to is determined by the "Language permissions" set on the User Group. Learn more about this feature in the Users article.

    Fetching Dictionary Values

    To fetch dictionary values in the template, replace the text with the following snippet:

    @Umbraco.GetDictionaryValue("Welcome")
    

    Rendering dictionary item

    Alternatively, you can specify an altText which will be returned if the dictionary value is empty.

    @Umbraco.GetDictionaryValue("Welcome", "Another amazing day in Umbraco")
    

    Rendering dictionary item

    Importing and exporting Dictionary Items

    In some cases, you might want to use the same Dictionary Items on multiple Umbraco websites. For this, you can use the export and import functionality to quickly copy the items from one website to another.

    Exporting Dictionary Items

    1. Go to the Translation section in the Umbraco backoffice.
    2. Locate the Dictionary Item (or group) you want to copy in the section tree.
    3. Right-click the item.
    4. Select Export....
    5. Decide whether you want to also include descendants.
    6. Click Export.

    This will download a .udt file which you can use to import the Dictionary items on another Umbraco website.

    Right-click the Dictionary Item to open the options menu with the Export feature

    Importing Dictionary Items

    1. Go to the **Translation section in the Umbraco backoffice.
    2. Right-click on the top of the Dictionary tree.
    3. Select Import....
    4. Click on Import.
    5. Find and select the .udt file containing the Dictionary Items.
    6. Click Open in the file browser.
    7. Review the Dictionary Items for import.
    8. Choose where to import the items.
    9. Click on Import.

    The Dictionary Items have now been added to your website.

    Review the Dictionary Items for import before confirming

    Using Dictionary Item in a Multilingual website

    To use Dictionary Items in a multilingual website, see the Creating a Multilingual Site article.