Yii 1.1: stranslateablebehavior

Behavior that eases the translation of project model dynamic content.


//Somewhere in controller:
$model = Page::model()->findPk(1);
echo $model->text; // Outputs Привет!
Yii::app()->language = 'en';
echo $model->text; // Outputs Hello!


  1. Download extension.
  2. Copy STranslateableBehavior folder to extensions directory.
  3. Copy TranslateCommand.php to commands directory.


1: Edit models, that you want to be able to translate. Enable STranslateableBehavior:

public function behaviors()
return array(     'translate'=>'application.extensions.STranslateableBehavior.STranslateableBehavior' );

2: Add translate method and define attributes to translate:

public function translate()
    // List of model attributes to translate
    return array('content', 'url'); //Example

Save model!

3: Edit config/main.php and add list of supported languages to app params array:

    'languages'=>array('ru', 'en'),

4: Create migration from command line run:

./yiic translate

Check migration php code!
Apply migration!

./yiic migrate

After migration you should see in your tables columns suffixed with language name.


Tested only on Yii v1.1.8r3324 with MySQL on PHP 5.3


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PS. Testers needed!


2011-29-07 - Initial release. Note - this is first release and this extension is a try to find a new way of model translation in Yii projects.

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Motin at 2013/07/12 06:32am
Improved version available

Thanks for creating this extension! After using the extension in a couple of projects, we created and released an improved version, available here: http://www.yiiframework.com/extension/i18n-columns/

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