Translate Web Pages brings Chrome-like translate functionality to Firefox
One of the first things that Google did introduce in its Chrome web browser was support for translating websites manually or automatically. The feature leveraged the company's own Google Translate service and made web page translations that much easier.
Mozilla worked on several systems in the past to integrate a comparable feature in the organization's Firefox web browser; nothing came out of it though. While Firefox users may integrate translate functionality in Firefox, it means getting an API key from one of the supported services.
Mozilla did reveal in late 2019 that it was working on a native Firefox translation feature.
Translate Web Pages is a free open source extension for Firefox that brings Google Chrome-like translate functionality to Firefox. In short:
- the extension detects the language of the page.
- users may translate web pages manually.
- automatic translation of certain languages is supported.
- an exception list is provided.
The extension adds an icon to the Firefox address bar after it has been installed and opens its configuration window as well in a new tab. You can change the target language here as well as the desired translation engine (only Google Translate or Yandex Translate are supported),.
Here you may also disable the context menu entry if you don't need it, and manage the "never translate" and "automatically translate" sites and languages.
A click on the icon displays the options. You may click on translate to have the current web page translated to the target language right away. The "always translate" checkbox automates the process for the selected language so that web pages that use it are translated automatically from that moment on.
A click on options in the interface displays the "never translate" option to exclude the site from the extension's automatic translation behavior.
Translate Web Pages is a useful extension for Firefox users who wish that Firefox would get a native translate feature. The extension worked well during tests but it is possible that users will hit certain API quotas eventually.
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