[ English | Indonesia | 中文 (简体, 中国) | 日本語 | 한국어 (대한민국) | Deutsch | русский | English (United Kingdom) ]

Official OpenStack translator

Steps to become a OpenStack translator

Translation is another kind of important contribution to OpenStack community. If you want to become a official translator, you need to finish following steps:

  1. Before you start contribution, you’ll have to agree to the contributor license agreement. (You can preview the full text of the OpenInfra Foundation Individual Contributor License Agreement first if you want.)


    If you want to become a translator only, simply speaking, you need to join The OpenInfra Foundation - Individual. You can see more details at Contributor Guide - Account Setup.

  2. Register a user ID in Zanata

    • Go to Zanata server

    • Click “Log in” button.

    • If you don’t have OpenInfra ID (previously, OpenStack ID), register one.

    • After you log in with OpenInfra ID, you will be requested to fill in your profile.


    You are encouraged to register with your business email, which will help your company to get the credit. If you don’t want to, use your personal email will be OK too.

  3. Request to join a translation team

    • Click “Languages” on the top, all languages will be listed.

    • Click the language you want to translate, the language page will be shown.

    • Click “…” on the right, and select “Request to join team”.

    • Input a short introduction of yourself, including your name, as “Additional information”, then click “Send message”.


    Make sure to include a short introduction because it is the only information which language coordinators can use to determine your join request is valid or not.

  4. When your request is approved, you will get an email notification.


    If your request is pending for long days, you can reach to your language coordinator through Zanata, to I18n people through IRC , or to I18n SIG Chair directly.

  5. Now you can start your translation. You can actually become an OpenStack official translator by contributing translations. You can find various ways of contributions.

Active Contributor status in I18n project

The I18n team is one of official OpenStack SIGs (Special Interest Groups), so official translators who have contributed translations to the strings in code (e.g., Horizon) or documentations in official OpenStack projects or OpenStack SIGs in a specific period are regarded as “AC” (Active Contributor) of the I18n SIG. AC can vote for OpenStack TC (Technical Committee). For more detail on AC and TC, see OpenStack Technical Committee Charter.


AC is a renamed term from “ATC” (Active Technical Contributor) which are the same. You can see more details on 2021-06-02 ‘OpenStack ATC’ definition. This page also uses ATC term to mention old calculation and statistics.

As of now, AC of official translators are treated as extra ACs as we have no way to collect statistics automatically now. The list of extra ACs is maintained by the SIG Chair and is usually updated short before the deadline of extra ACs nomination in each release cycle. The deadline of extra ACs nomination can be checked in the release schedule page at http://releases.openstack.org/ (for example, http://releases.openstack.org/bobcat/schedule.html).

Translators who translate and review 300 and more words combinedly in the last six months until the deadline of extra ACs nomination are nominated as ACs, and the AC status of translators is valid for one year. Translation count and review count can be added up. The detail period is determined by the SIG Chair in each cycle. For Newton cycle, the six month period was from 2016-02-01 to 2016-07-31, and the ATC status expired on July 2017 for the translators and reviewers with no additional contributions.


I18n SIG Chair updates the list using Zanata API and translator list. Detail statistics data is available below.

If you have a question, feel free to ask it to the SIG Chair or the i18n list.

Note that code or documentation contributors to openstack/i18n repository are acknowledged as AC automatically in the same way as for most OpenStack projects and/or SIGs.

AC members of I18n project

A current list all ACs is available at i18n part in https://opendev.org/openstack/governance/src/branch/master/reference/sigs-repos.yaml.

The statistics are calculated using a Python script powered by Zanata statistics API Translator list is maintained by translation_team.yaml stored in openstack/i18n git repository.

ATC members of I18n project

Before the transition to I18n SIG, I18n team was formed as one of official OpenStack projects and the ATC list was maintained by proposing a patch to projects.yaml on governance repository.


On June 2021, ATC was renamed to AC. More information is available at one TC resolution.