Multilingual and i18n

The Relearn theme is fully compatible with Hugo multilingual mode.

It provides:

  • Translation strings for default values (English, Piratized English, Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese, Turkish). Feel free to contribute!
  • Automatic menu generation from multilingual content
  • In-browser language switching

I18n menu

Basic configuration

After learning how Hugo handle multilingual websites, define your languages in your config.toml file.

For example with current English and Piratized English website.

# English is the default language
defaultContentLanguage = "en"

title = "Documentation for Hugo Relearn Theme"
weight = 1
languageName = "English"

title = "Documentat'n fer Cap'n Hugo Relearrrn Theme"
weight = 2
languageName = "Arrr! Pirrrates"

Then, for each new page, append the id of the language to the file.

  • Single file is split in two files:
    • in English:
    • in Piratized English:
  • Single file is split in two files:
    • in English:
    • in Piratized English:

Be aware that only translated pages are displayed in menu. It’s not replaced with default language content.


Use slug Front Matter parameter to translate urls too.

Overwrite translation strings

Translations strings are used for common default values used in the theme (Edit button, Search placeholder and so on). Translations are available in English and Piratized English but you may use another language or want to override default values.

To override these values, create a new file in your local i18n folder i18n/<idlanguage>.toml and inspire yourself from the theme themes/hugo-theme-relearn/i18n/en.toml

Disable language switching

Switching the language in the browser is a great feature, but for some reasons you may want to disable it.

Just set disableLanguageSwitchingButton=true in your config.toml

  # When using mulitlingual website, disable the switch language button.
  disableLanguageSwitchingButton = true