How to Translate Web Pages Using Firefox’s Translation Tool

The internet is filled with websites and content from different languages, obviously, not everyone out there will be able to understand the language of the particular content. So, what is the best thing that you could do? Well, you could use the Translation feature in your web browser. Of course, if you’re talking about Chromium-based browsers, these browsers have had the translation feature built-in right away.

However, when it came to the fun little fox browser; Mozilla Firefox, the only way to translate web pages was by making use of the various translation add-ons that you can install to translate web pages into different languages.

Well, if you have been living under a rock, Mozilla Firefox now has its translation feature built right into the browser. The best part about it? You can translate web pages even if you are offline. Yes, that’s right. Want to know how you can do this? Here’s our guide.

Translate Webpage Using Firefox’s Built-in Translator

The built-in web page translator is available for all versions of the Mozilla Firefox web browser. Whether you use the stable, nightly, developer, or the beta version of the browser, the translation feature is live. However, with the feature being live, one thing to note is that this feature is in its beta stage. Meaning, it is still in the testing stage and is yet to add support for more languages.

How to Use The Translation Feature on Firefox

Well, the best part about this translation tool for Mozilla Firefox is that you do not have to hunt for the option to use or enable it. By default, the translation tool will appear in the toolbar of the webpage that is any language other than English. But, if you want, you can also let the translation tool translate from English to your desired language.

In the example below, we will be translating the popular German tech blog – CHIP. The website is obviously in German. So, as soon as you visit the website, you will see a small translation icon at the right of the address bar. Click on it. The translation tool can auto-detect the language.

How to Use Translation Feature on Firefox

Simply click on the Translate To drop menu and select your desired language. In his example, we have selected English and you can see the results down below.

How to Use Translation Feature on Firefox

Do note that if your system language is set to English and you want to translate the webpage from English to some other language, the feature is not available, at least for now.

Download Lausanne Packs For On-Device and Offline Translation

You can also easily download the language packs to your device, which helps in quick web page translation. Now, one should note that the built-in Firefox Translation tool is in beta, so there are not many languages that it can translate to and from right now. We hope these languages will be added in the foreseeable future.

Anyway, here are the steps that you can follow to download the language packs for your Firefox Web browser.

How to Use Translation Feature on Firefox
  1. First, click on the hamburger icon in the top right corner of the address bar.
  2. Now, click on the Settings option from the menu that pops up.
  3. Now scroll down a bit till you see the Translations option.
  4. You will now see a block with all the languages as well as the Install button next to it.
  5. Click on the install button for the language that you want for offline translation.
  6. If you want all the languages, click on Install All.
  7. Don’t want a language pack? Click on the Remove button to remove it from your Firefox web browser.
How to Use Translation Feature on Firefox

Here is a list of the languages that you can download for offline translation.

  • Bulgarian
  • Dutch
  • Estonian
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Slovenian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian

Closing Thoughts

This concludes the guide on how you can make sure of Firefox’s offline and built-in web page translation tool. While not a lot of languages are supported yet, it would be ideal to also install some Translation add-ons from the Mozilla Add-On store for the languages that you wish to translate your websites to. Once the translation function comes out of beta and goes into stable releases, we can see more languages for offline translation. As well as the ability to translate English web pages into any language of your choice regardless of your system’s default language.

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Enjoy games, 90's hip-hop, and tech. Loves exploring the infinite world of laptops and food. Every ready to provide assistance in anything that rocks his boat. Will gladly enjoy capturing memories through various lenses. Worked previously at PiunikaWeb as an author and researcher.

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