Localization of Syncfusion WPF Controls

18 Nov 20212 minutes to read

Localization is the process of translating the application resources into different language for the specific cultures. You can localize the syncfusion WPF controls by adding a resource file for each language.

Changing application culture

When you change the application culture, you can localize the application based on application culture by creating .resx file.

public partial class MainWindow
    public MainWindow() 
        System.Threading.Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentUICulture = new System.Globalization.CultureInfo("de");   
Partial Public Class MainWindow
    Public Sub New()
        System.Threading.Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentUICulture = new System.Globalization.CultureInfo("de")
    End Sub
End Class

Creating .resx files

You can create .resx files for any language by following these steps:


You can get the default resource files of all Syncfusion WPF libraries from GitHub.

1) Right-click your project and add a new folder named as Resources.

2) Add the default resource files to the libraries you are using to the Resources folder and ensure AccessModifier is specified as Public.


Consider, you are using SfDataGrid and Ribbon in your application. Then, you need to copy and include Syncfusion.SfGrid.WPF.resx (since SfDataGrid present in Syncfusion.SfGrid.WPF library) and Syncfusion.Tools.Wpf.resx (since Ribbon present in Syncfusion.Tools.WPF library) files in your application under Resources folder. So, now you can know the key names and values of default stings used in Syncfusion.Tools.WPF.dll and Syncfusion.SfGrid.WPF.dll libraries.

WPF DataGrid Localization

3) Now, right-click Resources folder and select Add and then NewItem. In the Add New Item wizard, select the Resource File option and name the filename as Syncfusion.SfGrid.WPF.<culture name>.resx. For example, you have to give name as Syncfusion.SfGrid.WPF.de.resx for German culture. In the same way, add new resource files for other libraries used in your application.

WPF Control Localization

4) Now, select Add and add resource file for German culture in Resources folder and set AccessModifier property to No code generation.

WPF Control Localization using RESX file

5) Now, you can copy the key names from the default resource files and assign values based on the culture and the resource files’ targets.

WPF DataGrid Localized RESX file


Download demo from the GitHub.

Editing default culture strings

You can change default string of any control by adding the default .resx files (from GitHub) to Resources folder of your application. If it is added, Syncfusion WPF controls reads the default string from the .resx files of application.