Machine Translation

BabelEdit makes use of external machine translation services to speed up your translation process. Currently supported services:

  • Google Translate
  • Microsoft (Bing) Translate


BabelEdit suggests one or more translations for the current sentence: Use CMD/CTRL + Number to insert the suggestion into the current edit field.

Automated translation suggestions in BabelEdit


Pre-translate is suggestions on steroids: Select the language you want to add and BabelEdit automatically fills all empty phases in your selection:

Automated translation of a whole file in BabelEdit

The cost for machine translation

We currently use the Google Translate API for both features. As you might know, Google Translate's API is not free. This is why we can't include unlimited translations with your license.

BabelEdit keeps track of amount of translations used. A quota is included in every license — even the trial license gets a small quota for exploring the feature. You can use the feature as long as the quota is not reached. After that you can extend the quota by purchasing a machine translation package.

The translation quota is calculated in characters of the primary language used for the translation. E.g. Hello World! counts as 12 characters. The number of characters in the result does not matter.

We raised the price of BabelEdit and added a quota of 250.000 machine translation characters on 2018-10-18. All existing customers who purchased BabelEdit before that date get a quota of 100.000 characters.

We'll add translation packages to our store soon, so that you can increase your quota once it's depleted.

Privacy & what happens to your data

BabelEdit submits the text of the primary language to our service and we submit it from here to the 3rd party translation services we use. We cache the response we receive from the service for faster delivery in the future.

The data we submit to the 3rd party service does not contain any information about you except it is contained in the texts you want to translate. E.g. if the text contains your email address, twitter handle or something else — this is passed on to the translation service.

Please also consult our Privacy Policy.