Importing TMX, XLSX, and SDLTM files to translation memories

In this brief article, let's look at how to quickly and easily import files to a translation memory (TM). It encompasses how to import TMX, XLSX, and SDLTM file imports.

1. How to import TMX files

If you have a TMX file exported from another TM or created by aligning the original text with its translation, you can import it into a Smartcat TM for use in projects.

It's important for a TM to have the same language tags as the TMX file. Otherwise, you can't add content to or update your TM. Although, you can add the translation languages to a TM in Smartcat and then update it again.

You can also adjust a language tag in the TMX file by opening it in a text editor and replacing all instances of the language code with your preferred language code.

Import a TMX file in Smartcat in three steps

Step 1
Select the translation memory and click Update TM


Step 2
In the window that opens, click Add and select the TMX file on your computer

Step 3
Click Import


2. How to import XLSX files

You can download a translation memory as an XLSX file from Smartcat. You can then edit and upload it back to Smartcat using the process described above for TMX files.

There are some points that we advise you take into account before importing XLSX file into Smartcat.

  1. The first column of an XLSX file downloaded should contain the source units, one per cell, while the second column (and the following ones, if this is a multilingual TM) should contain translations, one per cell corresponded to the source.
  2. The upper cell of each column(language) should hold a language tag. View the full list of language tags here.
  3. If a TM unit contains tags, it will look like this (the digit refers to the number of a tag):Choose your preferred payout method on the <1|My Payouts|1> page.

Also, you may find two additional columns in a file entitled [Context: previous] and [Context: next], which contain the information about one preceding and one following entry. This information is used in Smartcat to track context matches.

If you store previous translations in XLSX files, it's also possible to add the content to Smartcat. You can download an existing TM in the XLSX format, which will give you a template. Then paste entries in the template that you want to upload in Smartcat and upload the file as described above.

3. How to import SDLTM files

You can import SDLTM files to Smartcat. However, it's worth noting that the type of coding used for this file type inhibits what you can actually do with them. 

To import SDLTM files to Smartcat, first of all export an SDLTM file as a TMX file from Trados. Then repeat steps 1–3 from the above section, How to import TMX files.

With the information in this article, you should now know how to import these three file types for use in your TMs in Smartcat!



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