Integration with GitLab synchronizes source and translation files between your GitLab repository and translation project in Crowdin Enterprise. Integration with GitLab synchronizes source and translation files between your GitLab repository and translation project in Crowdin.
There are two possible options you can choose from. You can either use your GitLab account or GitLab Enterprise account.
To integrate via GitLab Enterprise Account you should create an access token. Make sure to select the required scope:
In the appeared dialog, select your repository and branches that should be translated. It’s recommended to switch Duplicate Strings to Show within a version branch, so identical strings will be hidden between branches. If your source files contain strings with apparent identifiers (keys), it’s better to use a strict version of this option. In other cases, feel free to use a regular one.
Read more about Duplicate Strings.
When you work with private integrations (e.g., integrations with self-hosted VCS), you need to add dedicated Crowdin Enterprise IP addresses to the whitelist to ensure that it operates properly while staying secure.
Read more about IP Addresses.
When translations are finished and your languages are ready to go live, Crowdin Enterprise sends the merge request with translations to your version control system. For every branch that is under localization, Crowdin Enterprise creates an additional service branch with translations. We don’t commit directly to the master branch so that you can verify translations first.
By default, l10n_ is added to the created service branch name. If necessary, you can easily change it.
By default, sources are not pushed to the repo with translations. Although, if you perform source text changes in your Crowdin Enterprise project and would like to push the changes made to your source files on Crowdin Enterprise back to your repo, click Edit, select Push Sources in the integration settings, and click Save.
There are cases when it’s necessary to disable translations from being pushed to the repo temporarily. In this situation, click Edit, clear Push Translations in the integration settings, and click Save. When ready to sync translations with the repo, select the Push Translations, and click Save.
The synchronization is processed every hour automatically. If necessary, you can change the update interval in the integration settings. To configure the synchronization schedule – click Edit, scroll down to the Sync Schedule, set the preferred interval, and click Save.
Not depending on the synchronization settings, the source files’ changes on the repo will still be synced with Crowdin Enterprise every ten minutes.
When you set up the integration you select existing repository branches to be added to the Crowdin Enterprise project. To add future branches from GitLab to Crowdin Enterprise automatically, create a pattern for the branch names in the integration settings.
For example, you add a pattern *feature in the GitLab integration settings. In this case, the future branches that contain this word at the end of the title will be added to the project.
To add a pattern for branch names, follow these steps:
crowdin.yml is the default file name that is used for automatically synchronized branches. To change the default settings, click Edit, specify the preferred name in the Default configuration file name field in the integration settings, and click Save.
To get the integration working, you have to specify which source files should be translated and how Crowdin Enterprise should structure translated files in your repository. If you see a red icon with an exclamatory mark next to the service branch name, it means that you didn’t select content for synchronization.
There are two ways to do that: configuring online or manually by creating a configuration file.
This procedure is the same for all integrations with version control systems (VCS). Check VCS Integrations: Configuring Online to get to know how to select content for synchronization online.
crowdin.yml should be stored in the GitLab repository along with each separate branch that you want to translate, so Crowdin Enterprise knows what files exactly should be sent for translations.
It should have the same structure as required for CLI, but your project’s credentials should not be stored in the file’s header for security reasons.
Read more about creating a configuration file.
When working with a multiplatform product that has versions for different operating systems, you might want to connect multiple repositories that contain source files for each operating system. In this case, localization resources (e.g., TMs, Glossaries) and translations could be used more efficiently, reducing the time needed for project localization.
To add another repository, follow these steps:
Once the integration is set up, all the related information is stored in the same place – Applications > System > GitLab section. The synchronization is processed every hour automatically. If you need to launch the synchronization instantly – click Sync Now.
By default, the translations stored on the repo are uploaded to Crowdin Enterprise during the first synchronization only. To upload translations to Crowdin Enterprise manually, click next to the Sync Now button, and click Upload Translations. The integration will upload existing translations to your Crowdin Enterprise project.