XXXV. Gettext


The gettext functions implement an NLS (Native Language Support) API which can be used to internationalize your PHP applications. Please see the gettext documentation for your system for a thorough explanation of these functions or view the docs at


To use these functions you must download and install the GNU gettext package from


To include GNU gettext support in your PHP build you must add the option --with-gettext[=DIR] where DIR is the gettext install directory, defaults to /usr/local.

Note to Win32 Users: In order to enable this module on a Windows environment, you must copy gnu_gettext.dll from the DLL folder of the PHP/Win32 binary package to the SYSTEM32 folder of your windows machine. (Ex: C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32 or C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32). Starting with PHP 4.2.3 the name changed to libintl-1.dll

Runtime Configuration

This extension has no configuration directives defined in php.ini.

Resource Types

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Predefined Constants

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bind_textdomain_codeset --  Specify the character encoding in which the messages from the DOMAIN message catalog will be returned
bindtextdomain -- Sets the path for a domain
dcgettext -- Overrides the domain for a single lookup
dcngettext -- Plural version of dcgettext
dgettext -- Override the current domain
dngettext -- Plural version of dgettext
gettext -- Lookup a message in the current domain
ngettext -- Plural version of gettext
textdomain -- Sets the default domain