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Add Localization to Luigi React Application

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Add Localization to Luigi React Application

Add Localization to Luigi React Application

March 15, 2021
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November 12, 2020
Enable your main application to be displayed in multiple languages using the Luigi localization features.

You will learn

  • How to add localization to the part of your application developed with React
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Step 1: Configure localization in Luigi navigation

In this step, you will create a translation provider function in order to be able to display the Luigi left-side navigation in different languages. You will also use Luigi lifecycle hooks to set the default language, and custom messages to communicate between Luigi Core and the micro-frontends.

  1. Open the luigi-config.js file. Change the label products to PRODUCTS, and Order History to ORDERHISTORY.

  2. At line 56, add a translation provider function:

    var defaultLocale = 'en-US';
    function myTranslationProvider() {
     var dict = {
       'de-DE': { PRODUCTS: 'Produkte', 'ORDERHISTORY': 'Bestellungen' },
       'en-US': { PRODUCTS: 'Products', 'ORDERHISTORY': 'Order History' }
     return {
       getTranslation: function (label, interpolation, locale) {
         return dict[locale || Luigi.i18n().getCurrentLocale() || defaultLocale][label] || label;
  3. Update the settings: section and use Luigi lifecycle hooks and a custom message to set the language:

    settings: {
      header: {
        title: 'Luigi Application',
        logo: '/logo.png'
      responsiveNavigation: 'simpleMobileOnly',
      customTranslationImplementation: myTranslationProvider
    lifecycleHooks: {
      luigiAfterInit: () => {
    communication: {
      customMessagesListeners: {
        'set-language': (msg) => {
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Step 2: Add text in multiple languages

In this step, you will add text for your React app in multiple languages by creating a “dictionary” file.

Create a new file called language.js in react-core-mf/src with the following content:

export const dict = {
  'de-DE': {
        ITEMS: 'Produkte',
        STOCKS: 'Bestand',
        PRICE: 'Preis',
        SELECT_LANGUAGE: 'Sprache auswählen',
        WELCOME_LUIGI: 'Willkommen bei Luigi - einem Micro-Frontend Framework',
        NO_MATCH_PRODUCT: 'Das Produkt ist nicht verfügbar. bitte überprüfen Sie es erneut.',
        NO_AVAILABLE_PRODUCT: 'Derzeit ist leider kein Produkt verfügbar.'
  'en-US': {
        ITEMS: 'Products',
        STOCKS: 'Stocks',
        PRICE: 'Price',
        SELECT_LANGUAGE: 'Select Language',
        WELCOME_LUIGI: 'Welcome to Luigi - a micro-frontend framework',
        NO_MATCH_PRODUCT: 'This product is not available. Please check again.',
        NO_AVAILABLE_PRODUCT: 'Unfortunately, there is no available product at this moment.'
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Step 3: Configure localization in React app

In this step, you will configure the entry point ìndex.js of the React file to work with Luigi localization. You will use Luigi Client API functions in order to change the language.

  1. Go to react-core-mf/src/index.js and make the edits indicated below.

  2. Import functions from Luigi Client and the dictionary from the file created in the previous step:

    import { addInitListener, addContextUpdateListener, uxManager } from '@luigi-project/client';


    import { dict } from './language.js';
  3. Use Luigi UX Manager functions and update the router:

    class App extends Component {
     constructor(props) {
       this.state = { currentLocale : 'en-US' };
       const updateCurrentLanguage = () =>{
            currentLocale: uxManager().getCurrentLocale()
       addInitListener(() => {
         console.log('Luigi Client initialized.');
     render() {
       return (
         <Router basename={`/app.html#`}>
           <Route path="/home" render={(props) => <Home {...props} localeDict={dict[this.state.currentLocale]} currentLocale={this.state.currentLocale} />} />
           <Route path="/products" render={(props) => <Products {...props} localeDict={dict[this.state.currentLocale]} />} />
           <Route path="/productDetail/:id" render={(props) => <ProductDetail {...props} localeDict={dict[this.state.currentLocale]} />} />
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Step 4: Add language selection dropdown to the homepage

In this step, you will add a dropdown to the homepage from which the language can be changed. Then, you will send a custom message to Luigi when a language change occurs.

Go to react-core-mf/src/views/Home.jsx and replace the content with:

import React, { useState } from 'react';
import { LayoutPanel, Select } from 'fundamental-react';
import LuigiClient from '@luigi-project/client';

export const Home = ({ localeDict, currentLocale }) => {
  const [locale, setLocale] = useState(currentLocale);
  const options = [{ key:'en-US', text: 'en-US'}, { key:'de-DE', text: 'de-DE'}];

  const onChangeValue = (event) => {
    LuigiClient.sendCustomMessage({id: 'set-language', 'locale':})

  return (
        <h2>{ localeDict.WELCOME_LUIGI }</h2>
        <span style={{marginRight: "12px"}}>{ localeDict.SELECT_LANGUAGE }</span>
          placeholder={ localeDict.SELECT_LANGUAGE }
          onSelect={(e) => onChangeValue(e)}
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Step 5: Configure localization inside React micro-frontends

This is a development step strictly related to React, and it involves passing the “dictionary” object to all the React views.

  1. Open react-core-mf/src/views/List.jsx and make the edits indicated below.

  2. Bring the localeDict object into the List component:

    export const List = ({ items, localeDict }) => (
       (items.length === 0) ? <MessageStrip type='error'>{ localeDict.NO_AVAILABLE_PRODUCT }</MessageStrip>
  3. Replace Price with { localeDict.PRICE } and Stocks with { localeDict.STOCKS }.

  4. Open react-core-mf/src/views/Products.jsx and make the edits indicated below.

  5. Bring the localeDict object into the Products component:

    export​ ​const​ ​Products​ = ({ ​localeDict​ }) ​=>​ (
  6. Replace items with { localeDict.ITEMS}.

  7. Pass localeDict to the List child Component:

    <List items={ProductCollection} localeDict={localeDict} />
  8. Open react-core-mf/src/views/ProductDetail.jsx and bring the localeDict object into the ProductDetail component:

    ​const​ ​renderContent​ = () ​=>​ {
      if​ (​item​ === ​undefined​) {
    ​    return​ ​<​MessageStrip​ t​ ype​=​'error'>​ ​{​ ​localeDict​.​NO_MATCH_PRODUCT }​</​MessageStrip​>​;
    ​   return​ ​item​ ? ​renderDetails​() : ​null​;
    ​return​ (
      ​<​section​ ​className​=​"fd-section"​>
    ​   {​ ​renderContent​() ​} ​
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