Multilingual websites are widespread nowadays, which means that the web-available texts have to be localized. Extbase provides the helper class \TYPO3\CMS\Extbase\Utility\LocalizationUtility for the translation of the labels. Besides, there is the Fluid ViewHelper <f:translate>, with the help of whom you can use that functionality in templates.

The localization class has only one public static method called translate, which does all the translation. The method can be called like this:

use TYPO3\CMS\Extbase\Utility\LocalizationUtility;

$someString = LocalizationUtility::translate($key, $extensionName, $arguments);

The identifier to be translated. If the format LLL:path:key is given, then this identifier is used, and the parameter $extensionName is ignored. Otherwise, the file Resources/Private/Language/locallang.xlf from the given extension is loaded, and the resulting text for the given key in the current language returned.


The extension name. It can be fetched from the request.


It allows you to specify an array of arguments. In the LocalizationUtility, these arguments will be passed to the function vsprintf. So you can insert dynamic values in every translation. You can find the possible wildcard specifiers under https://www.php.net/manual/function.sprintf.php#refsect1-function.sprintf-parameters.

Example language file with inserted wildcards

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<xliff version="1.0" xmlns="urn:oasis:names:tc:xliff:document:1.1">
   <file source-language="en" datatype="plaintext" original="messages" date="..." product-name="...">
         <trans-unit id="count_posts">
            <source>You have %d posts with %d comments written.</source>
         <trans-unit id="greeting">
            <source>Hello %s!</source>

Called translations with arguments to fill data in wildcards

use TYPO3\CMS\Extbase\Utility\LocalizationUtility;

$someString = LocalizationUtility::translate('count_posts', 'BlogExample', [$countPosts, $countComments])

$anotherString = LocalizationUtility::translate('greeting', 'BlogExample', [$userName])