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2. Configure Wagtail Localize

In this section, you will enable Wagtail's internationalisation and install Wagtail Localize into the site that you created earlier.


Open tutorial/settings/ in your favourite text editor.

Add Wagtail Localize to INSTALLED_APPS

Find the INSTALLED_APPS setting, and insert 'wagtail_localize' and 'wagtail_localize.locales' in between 'search and 'wagtail.contrib.forms':

    # Insert these here
    # ...

Note that the wagtail_localize.locales module is a temporary replacement for Wagtail's builtin wagtail.locales module and it will be removed in a later release.

Enable Wagtail's internationalisation

Find the "Internationalisation" section, and add the WAGTAIL_I18N_ENABLED setting:

USE_I18N = True

USE_L10N = True  # only if using Django < 4.0

# Add this

USE_TZ = True

Configure content languages

In the "Internationalisation" section, add the following to set the LANGUAGES and WAGTAIL_CONTENT_LANGUAGES settings to English and French:

    ("en", "English"),
    ("fr", "French"),

Enable LocaleMiddleware

Django's LocaleMiddleware detects a user's browser language and forwards them to the most appropriate language version of the website.

To enable it, insert 'django.middleware.locale.LocaleMiddleware' into the middleware setting above RedirectMiddleware:

    # Insert this here


Next, you need configure which URL paths are translatable so that Django will prefix them with the language code.

Open tutorial/ in your text editor. You'll see that there are two groups of URL patterns with an if settings.DEBUG: block in between them.

The patterns that need to be made translatable are:

  • path('search/',, name='search'),
  • path("", include(wagtail_urls)),

To make these translatable, move the 'search/' pattern into the second block, above the wagtail_urls pattern. Then, replace the square brakets around that block with i18n_patterns:

from django.conf.urls.i18n import i18n_patterns

# These paths are translatable so will be given a language prefix (eg, '/en', '/fr')
urlpatterns = urlpatterns + i18n_patterns(
    path("search/",, name="search"),
    # For anything not caught by a more specific rule above, hand over to
    # Wagtail's page serving mechanism. This should be the last pattern in
    # the list:
    path("", include(wagtail_urls)),
    # Alternatively, if you want Wagtail pages to be served from a subpath
    # of your site, rather than the site root:
    #    path("pages/", include(wagtail_urls)),

With the search pattern removed, the first group should now look like:

# These paths are non-translatable so will not be given a language prefix
urlpatterns = [
    path("admin/", include(wagtailadmin_urls)),
    path("documents/", include(wagtaildocs_urls)),

Migrate the database

Run the migrate command again to set up the tables for Wagtail Localize in the database you created earlier:

python migrate

Check the site

Go back to http://localhost:8000. If your browser is configured for English or any other language except French, you should be redirected to http://localhost:8000/en/. If your browser is configured in French, you should be redirected to http://localhost:8000/fr/.

In either case, you can view the site in /en/ or /fr/ (no differences yet).

If this is all working as described, that means i18n_patterns and LocaleMiddleware are working!

Check the admin

Now go back into the Wagtail admin interface. When you open the "Pages" menu, you shoud see that that the "Home" page has been labelled as "English". If you see that, then Wagtail's internationalisation is working!

Wagtail explorer menu with internationalisation enabled

Create the "French" locale

Wagtail Localize creates only one locale to begin with, which is the one the corresponds to what you have in the LANGUAGE_CODE setting. If you left LANGUAGE_CODE set to en-gb the initial locale would've been created for "English", so you need to create a new locale for "French".

To create a new locale, go to "Settings" => "Locales" in the admin interface, and click "Add a new locale". "French" should be automatically selected as it is the only available option (this list comes from the WAGTAIL_CONTENT_LANGUAGES setting you configured earlier).

Set the "Sync from" field to "English". This keeps the "French" language tree in sync with any existing and new English content as it's authored.

Setting up the French locale

After you press "Save", there should be two "Home" pages in the page explorer:

Wagtail explorer menu with English and French homepages