Updated: 2021/Apr/14

XGETTEXT(1)                           GNU                          XGETTEXT(1)

       xgettext - extract gettext strings from source

       xgettext [OPTION] [INPUTFILE]...

       Extract translatable strings from given input files.

       Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options
       too.  Similarly for optional arguments.

   Input file location:
       INPUTFILE ...
              input files

       -f, --files-from=FILE
              get list of input files from FILE

       -D, --directory=DIRECTORY
              add DIRECTORY to list for input files search

       If input file is -, standard input is read.

   Output file location:
       -d, --default-domain=NAME
              use NAME.po for output (instead of messages.po)

       -o, --output=FILE
              write output to specified file

       -p, --output-dir=DIR
              output files will be placed in directory DIR

       If output file is -, output is written to standard output.

   Choice of input file language:
       -L, --language=NAME
              recognise the specified language (C, C++, ObjectiveC, PO, Shell,
              Python, Lisp, EmacsLisp, librep, Scheme, Smalltalk, Java,
              JavaProperties, C#, awk, YCP, Tcl, Perl, PHP, GCC-source,
              NXStringTable, RST, Glade)

       -C, --c++
              shorthand for --language=C++

       By default the language is guessed depending on the input file name

   Input file interpretation:
              encoding of input files (except for Python, Tcl, Glade)

       By default the input files are assumed to be in ASCII.

   Operation mode:
       -j, --join-existing
              join messages with existing file

       -x, --exclude-file=FILE.po
              entries from FILE.po are not extracted

       -c, --add-comments[=TAG]
              place comment block with TAG (or those preceding keyword lines)
              in output file

   Language specific options:
       -a, --extract-all
              extract all strings (only languages C, C++, ObjectiveC, Shell,
              Python, Lisp, EmacsLisp, librep, Scheme, Java, C#, awk, Tcl,
              Perl, PHP, GCC-source, Glade)

       -k, --keyword[=WORD]
              additional keyword to be looked for (without WORD means not to
              use default keywords)

              (only languages C, C++, ObjectiveC, Shell, Python, Lisp,
              EmacsLisp, librep, Scheme, Java, C#, awk, Tcl, Perl, PHP, GCC-
              source, Glade)

              additional flag for strings inside the argument number ARG of
              keyword WORD

              (only languages C, C++, ObjectiveC, Shell, Python, Lisp,
              EmacsLisp, librep, Scheme, Java, C#, awk, YCP, Tcl, Perl, PHP,

       -T, --trigraphs
              understand ANSI C trigraphs for input (only languages C, C++,

       --qt   recognize Qt format strings (only language C++)

              recognize Boost format strings (only language C++)

              more detailed formatstring recognition result

   Output details:
       -e, --no-escape
              do not use C escapes in output (default)

       -E, --escape
              use C escapes in output, no extended chars

              write PO file even if empty

       -i, --indent
              write the .po file using indented style

              do not write '#: filename:line' lines

       -n, --add-location
              generate '#: filename:line' lines (default)

              write out strict Uniforum conforming .po file

              write out a Java .properties file

              write out a NeXTstep/GNUstep .strings file

       -w, --width=NUMBER
              set output page width

              do not break long message lines, longer than the output page
              width, into several lines

       -s, --sort-output
              generate sorted output

       -F, --sort-by-file
              sort output by file location

              don't write header with `msgid ""' entry

              set copyright holder in output

              omit FSF copyright in output for foreign user

              set report address for msgid bugs

       -m, --msgstr-prefix[=STRING]
              use STRING or "" as prefix for msgstr entries

       -M, --msgstr-suffix[=STRING]
              use STRING or "" as suffix for msgstr entries

   Informative output:
       -h, --help
              display this help and exit

       -V, --version
              output version information and exit

       Written by Ulrich Drepper.

       Report bugs to <bug-gnu-gettext@gnu.org>.

       Copyright (C) 1995-1998, 2000-2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
       This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is
       NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR

       The full documentation for xgettext is maintained as a Texinfo manual.
       If the info and xgettext programs are properly installed at your site,
       the command

              info xgettext

       should give you access to the complete manual.

GNU gettext-tools 0.16.1         November 2006                     XGETTEXT(1)