Setup with Create React App

Create React App is a framework for writing React apps with no build configuration. This guide suppose you use Create React App 2.0 (the default version).


  1. Follow Create React App documentation for more info. Boostrap your project with following commands:

    npx create-react-app my-app
    cd my-app
  2. Install @lingui/cli, @lingui/macro and Babel core packages as a development dependencies and @lingui/react as a runtime dependency.

    npm install --save-dev @lingui/cli @lingui/macro @babel/core babel-core@bridge
    npm install --save @lingui/react
    # or using Yarn
    yarn add --dev @lingui/cli @lingui/macro @babel/core babel-core@bridge
    yarn add @lingui/react


    Don’t forget Babel packages (@babel/core, babel-core@bridge) which are required for backward compatibility with projects using Babel 6.

  3. Create .linguirc file with LinguiJS configuration in root of your project (next to package.json):

       "localeDir": "src/locales/",
       "srcPathDirs": ["src/"],
       "format": "po",
       "sourceLocale": "en"

    This configuration will extract messages from source files inside src directory and write them into message catalogs in src/locales (English catalog would be in e.g: src/locales/en/messages.po). Finally, PO format is recommended. See format documentation for other available formats.

  4. Add following scripts to your package.json:

       "scripts": {
          "add-locale": "lingui add-locale",
          "extract": "lingui extract",
          "compile": "lingui compile"
  5. Run npm run add-locale (or yarn add-locale) with locale codes you would like to use in your app:

    npm run add-locale en es fr  # Add English, Spanish and French locale
    # or using Yarn
    yarn add-locale en es fr
  6. Check the installation by running npm run extract (or yarn extract):

    npm run extract
    # or using Yarn
    yarn extract

    There should be no error and you should see output similar following:

    > npm run extract
    Catalog statistics:
    │ Language │ Total count │ Missing │
    │ cs       │     0       │   0     │
    │ en       │     0       │   0     │
    │ fr       │     0       │   0     │
    (use "lingui add-locale <language>" to add more locales)
    (use "lingui extract" to update catalogs with new messages)
    (use "lingui compile" to compile catalogs for production)

Congratulations! You’ve sucessfully set up project with LinguiJS. Now it’s good time to follow React tutorial or read about ICU Message Format which is used in messages.

Further reading

Checkout these reference guides for full documentation:


Cannot find module ‘babel-core’

  1. Check that you installed babel-core@bridge and @babel/core (step 2)

  2. Check that you use local version of @lingui/cli. Installing @lingui/cli globally may clash with other packages which use Babel 6. You should run either npm run extract or yarn extract (step 5).