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Improve the quality of your Machine Translations by tying in your project's glossary. Translated terms found in the glossary will be translated automatically using that Glossary term.


The use of Glossaries is only supported for Amazon Machine Translation Services.

Installation and Setup

  1. Configure Machine Translation Services in the Organization settings as described here.

  2. From your Project -> Settings Link located on the left-hand side, Click on the Workflow Tab.

  3. Click on "Link a glossary" as seen below.


  4. From the ensuing drop-down list, select the project's glossary.

  5. When the installation is completed, the workflow page should look like this:


In the background, Transifex is sending to the Amazon MT service all translated glossary terms. Read the Appendix for more details on how Transifex glossaries are visible in the AWS interface.

Case Sensitivity

The Amazon glossary service is case-sensitive. For instructions concerning glossary creation with Amazon MT, consult their best practices on custom terminology.

Updating Glossaries

Whenever the glossary in Transifex changes, perform the following steps in order to update the Glossary in Amazon Web Services:

  1. Click on the "Update glossary" Link as seen below:


  2. From the ensuing drop-down list select the glossary file.

Adding new languages to your project

If a new target language is added to your project, you must unlink and re-upload the glossary to Amazon for the new language to be created in the Amazon custom terminology.


Glossaries on Amazon Service

When a sync glossary process starts, Transifex sends the selected glossary to the Amazon service. In the Amazon interface, the glossary is displayed as multiple custom terminology files, one per target language. You can identify these files by logging in to Amazon AWS with the account you have linked with the Amazon MT service and then visiting the Amazon Translate area.

Terminologies created by Transifex follow the naming convention:



Deleting the Transifex custom terminology files from the Amazon interface will disable the Amazon machine translations from leveraging the Glossary.


In the case where you have uploaded a glossary file (csv) and you get an error message from the system stating "An error occured , please reach out to our support for further assistance" the probable reason for that would be an issue with the file syntax.

Let us take this case for example .

Please check the csv file in case there is a line feed (LF) at your lines.

The space in the beginning is affecting the format of the csv and so the file needs to be edited so that the line is like this

That would solve the issue. In any case you may always contact our support team for any other issue.

What happens if you upload a Glossary to Amazon and then detach it from a Project?

  • The glossary in Amazon will remain as is.

  • If the glossary remains unlinked, Amazon MT will not take into account the glossary terms while translating.

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