Mozilla integrates Firefox translations into Firefox
Mozilla has integrated Firefox Translations, the future privacy-friendly translation system, into the latest Nightly version of the Firefox web browser. Translations take place locally on the system and not in the cloud; this is the main distinguishing factor between the translate function and popular solutions like Google Translate integration in Chrome.
We’ve been following the development of Firefox Translations, formerly known as Project Bergamot, closely since the project was revealed in October 2019.
The first usable Firefox extension was released last month. Then called Project Bergamot, it introduced the translation functionality in the browser. Earlier this month a second version was released and with it the name change to Firefox Translations.
The new version introduced several improvements which made the extension lighter and more useful in the process.
Today, still in May 2021, Mozilla has included the latest version of the translation engine in the Firefox Nightly browser. The feature is not enabled by default, but all users who are using the latest version of Nightly can install it. The Nightly version of my test system had version 90.0a1 (2021-05-29).
The translation function only supports a few languages at the moment, including English and Spanish. Support for multiple languages will be introduced soon.
Activate the Firefox translation feature
- Load about: config in the Firefox address bar.
- Confirm that you will be careful.
- Look for extensions.translations.disabled.
- Set the preference to FALSE to enable translations in Firefox.
- Restart the browser.
You can find the Firefox translations listed under Add-ons in Firefox. The version is still the same as the version we reviewed earlier this month.
You can turn off the translation feature again by turning off the extension in the Add-ons Manager, about: addons, or setting the preference to TRUE instead.
Using the built-in translation function
Visit a website that is in a foreign language, that is not a system language on the operating system, and Firefox will display a little translation bar at the top. It offers the usual options, to translate the page, or never translate the language or the site.
Integration into Firefox is an important step for the project. While it is certain that the translation functionality will not be included anytime soon in the stable versions of the Firefox web browser, it is clear that Firefox will eventually get the long-awaited translation functionality.
Now you: Have you tried the translation function? What would you like to see (via Sören Hentzschel)