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Thanks to the volunteers who create the translations which make foldit an internationally accessible game. 

Please note that there are often changes to the game program and the updated translation file [.po] is not made available immediately, this may make some parts of the translation confusing or unavailable.

Chapter 1 - Find and download a translation

  1. First, find or share a translation here file named 'foldit.[LANGUAGE_CODE].po' (portable object)

​Languages already translated from :

  • 25px-Flag of the Czech Republic Czech = (Look for Seth's comment)
    • Language Code = cz
    • [PO_FILE] = foldit.cz.po
    • Potřebujete pomoc? Prosím, kontaktujte: Czech team Czech National Team
  • 25px-Flag of the Netherlands Dutch =
    • Language Code = nl
    • [PO_FILE] = foldit.nl.po
    • Heb je hulp nodig? Neem contact op met: Dutch team FoldIt@Netherlands
  • FlaggeDE.png German = (partial)
    • Language Code = de
    • [PO_FILE] = foldit.de.po
    • German Wiki
    • Brauchen Sie Hilfe? Bitte kontaktieren Sie: German team SETI.Germany or player Madde
  • FlaggeItalien.png Italian =
    • Language Code = it
    • [PO_FILE] = foldit.it.po
    • Italian Wiki
    • Hai bisogno di aiuto? Si prega di contattare: Italian team BOINC.Italy
  • 25px-Flag of Romania Romanian =
    • Language Code = ro
    • [PO_FILE] = foldit.ro.po
    • Aveti nevoie de ajutor? Vă rugăm să contactaţi:Romanian team ROMANIA Team
  • 25px-FlagRussia.png Russian = ,
    • Language Code = ru
    • [PO_FILE] = foldit.ru.po
    • Russian Wiki
    • Нужна помощь? Пожалуйста, обращайтесь:Russian team Russian team
  • FlagSpain.png Spanish (Spain) =
    • Language Code = es
    • [PO_FILE] = foldit.es.po
    • Spanish Wiki
    • ¿Necesitas ayuda? Por favor, póngase en contacto con:
    • Other dialects: Flag of Cuba 25px-Flag of Peru 25px-Flag of El Salvador Flag of Argentina 25px-Flag of Mexico 25px-Flag of the Philippines

At this point, you should have on your system: [PO_FILE] = foldit.[LANGUAGE CODE].po

NOTE: You may have to rename the downloaded file to match [PO_FILE] in these instructions. You've been warned ;-)

Chapter 2 - Installing translation file on Windows XP (32-bit)


  1. Find data file location for Foldit ([DATA_DIR]) = C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Foldit\ , the default value now is C:\Program Files\Foldit but c:\foldit is a less prone to error
  2. Create new folder in [DATA_DIR] and name it locale, C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Foldit\locale
  3. Copy [PO_FILE] to [DATA_DIR]/locale = copy [PO_FILE] C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Foldit\locale\
  4. Edit options.txt by clicking on it, = notepad C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Foldit\options.txt
    1. Add/edit the line = "language" : "[LANGUAGE_CODE]"
  5. Start Fold.it

Chapter 3 - Installing translation file on Windows 7 and Vista (32-bit)


  1. Find data file location for Foldit ([DATA_DIR]), C:\ProgramData\Foldit\, the default value is now C:\Program Files\Foldit but c:\foldit is less prone to errors
  2. Create new folder in [DATA_DIR] and name it locale, C:\ProgramData\Foldit\locale
  3. Copy [PO_FILE] to [DATA_DIR]/locale = copy [PO_FILE] C:\ProgramData\Foldit\locale
  4. Edit options.txt by clicking on it = notepad C:\ProgramData\Foldit\options.txt,' 'close foldit before
    1. Add/edit the line = "language" : "[LANGUAGE_CODE]"
  5. Start Fold.it

Chapter 4 - Installing translation file on MAC


  1. Download the proper translation .po (not the mo) file
  2. The format needs to be "foldit.[LANGUAGE_CODE].po" (for example, foldit.fr.po) - if the file is named differently, you need to change the name to this format.
  3. Create a new folder named "locale"
  4. Put the .po file into the "locale" folder
  5. From Finder menu - Go - Applications
  6. In Applications folder - right (or control) click on Foldit
  7. Select Show Package Contents
  8. In the Contents folder, open the Resources folder
  9. Put the "locale" folder into the Resources folder
  10. Also in the Resources folder - open "options.txt" with TextEdit
  11. Add (or edit) the line "language" : "[LANGUAGE_CODE]" (for example, "language" : "fr")
  12. Save the "options.txt"
  13. Start Fold.it

Chapter 5 - Installing translation file on Linux


  1. Find data file location for Foldit ([DATA_DIR]) = Foldit directory
  2. Create [DATA_DIR]/locale = mkdir ./locale
  3. Copy [PO_FILE] to [DATA_DIR]/locale = cp [PO_FILE] ./locale/
  4. Edit options.txt = vim ./options.txt
    1. Add/edit the line = "language" : "[LANGUAGE_CODE]"
  5. Start Fold.it = ./Foldit

Chapter 6 - Installing translation file on Windows 7 and Vista (64-bit)


  1. Find data file location for Foldit ([DATA_DIR]), C:\Program Files (x86)\Foldit\, but c:\foldit is less prone to errors
  2. Create new folder in [DATA_DIR] and name it locale, C:\Program' Files (x86)'\Foldit\locale
  3. Copy [PO_FILE] to [DATA_DIR]/locale = copy [PO_FILE] C:\Program' Files (x86)'\Foldit\locale
  4. Edit options.txt by clicking on it = notepad C:\Program' Files (x86)'\Foldit\options.txt
    1. Add/edit the line = "language" : "[LANGUAGE_CODE]"
  5. Start Fold.it

Chapter 7 - Languages requested for Translation


  • Arabia-25 Arabic
    • Language Code =
  • Zhongguo-China-25 Chinese
    • Language Code = cn
    • 需要幫助嗎?請聯繫:Chinese team Team China oe user bull
  • 25px-Flag of India Hindi
    • Language Code = in-hi
  • 25px-Flag of Greece Greek
    • Language Code = gr
    • Χρειάζεστε βοήθεια; Παρακαλούμε επικοινωνήστε με: Greek team Eὕρηκα! Heureka!
  • 25px-Flag of Hungary Hungarian
    • Language Code = hu
    • Segítségre van szüksége? Kérjük, lépjen kapcsolatba: Hungarian teams Team Hungary or Hungary
  • 25px-Flag of South Korea Korean
    • Language Code = ko
    • 당신은 도움이 필요 한거야? 에 문의하시기 바랍니다 SETIKAH@KOREA
  • Polska-Poland-25 Polish
    • Language Code = pl
    • Potrzebujesz pomocy? Prosimy o kontakt: Polish team BOINC@Poland and player Rav3n_pl
  • Brasil-25 Portugese (Brazilian)
    • Language Code = pt-br
  • Flag of Portugal Portugese (Portugal)
    • Language Code = pt-pt
  • 25px-Flag of Slovakia Slovack
  • Sverige-Sweden-25 Swedish
    • Language Code = se

{C}Note: To learn how to translate, please see Translating_Foldit

Note: New flags can be downloaded from or Wikipedia. Resize to 25x25 pixels, PNG</p> {C}Note: Language codes should follow (to be consistent, use lowercase)

Note: When adding a new contact point, the english is "Need help? Please contact:"

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