Adding snippets


6.0.0 or newer

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This HowTo will help you extend an existing language in both the administration and the storefront. We will also show you how to set up a completely new language in Shopware 6.

General snippet structure

We decided to save snippets as .json files, so structuring and finding snippets you want to change is very easy. However, when using pluralization and/or variables, there are minor differences to expect between snippets in the administration and the storefront.

Where to put my snippets?

In theory, you are free to put your snippets anywhere, as long as you correctly load your .json files. Yet, we recommend mirroring Shopware's core structure and if you do so, your project's structure should look like this:

└─ src
   ├─ Resources
   │  ├─ administration
   │  │  └─ src
   │  │     └─ module
   │  │        └─ my-module-name
   │  │           └─ snippet
   │  │              ├─ de-DE.json
   │  │              └─ en-GB.json
   │  ├─ config
   │  │  └─ services.xml
   │  └─ snippet
   │     ├─ de_DE
   │     │  ├─ SnippetFile_de_DE.php
   │     │  └─
   │     └─ en_GB
   │        ├─ SnippetFile_en_GB.php
   │        └─ messages.en-GB.json
   └─ MyPlugin.php


When adding new snippets to the administration, be aware that variables must be enclosed in curly brackets to enable the $tc() method to find them. Pluralization on the other hand only requires a | to separate snippets that display information on varying amounts. With two pluralized snippets, it's possible to distinguish between one and more than one. By adding a third pluralized snippet, the first entity also allows a zero count snippet.


    "swag-discount": {
        "detail": {
            "title": "Discounts detail",
            "discountAdded": "You added a discount of {value}"
        "list": {
            "total": "No discount found | One discount found | {n} discounts found",
            "deleteTotal": "Do you really want to delete this item? | Do you really want to delete these {count} items?"


There is no explicit syntax for variables in the storefront. It is nevertheless recommended to encompass them with % symbols to be extra clear on what their purpose is. Pluralization works for any natural number. Just remember to explicitly define the intervals' amounts and ranges for that snippet.


    "swag-discount": {
        "productDetail": {
            "headLineText": "There are %count% discounts available for %product%:",
            "description": "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam ..."
        "cart": {
            "itemCounter": "{1} 1 discount item | ]1,Inf[ %count% discount items",

Extending Administration snippets

In order to provide custom snippets for your module, you will have to add a new property (snippets) to the main.js file in your project. Next, associate all imported .json files (that include your newly assembled snippets) with their locale. That's it! The module factory will do the rest for you, as long as the mentioned locale is registered. By default, de-DE and en-GB are always available in the Shopware 6 Administration. And so are all locales that were added by language packs. Language packs for that matter are available via the Shopware plugin store.

Here's a simple example:

import deDE from './snippet/de-DE.json';
import enGB from './snippet/en-GB.json';

Shopware.Module.register('custom-module', {
    type: 'plugin',
    // ...

    snippets: {
        'de-DE': deDE,
        'en-GB': enGB

    // ...

In case of just adding snippets without registering a module you can also feed the snippet objects directly to the locale service:

import deDE from './snippet/de-DE.json';
import enGB from './snippet/en-GB.json';

Shopware.Locale.extend('de-DE', deDE);
Shopware.Locale.extend('en-GB', enGB);

Extending Storefront snippets


Injecting snippets to the storefront is not a big deal at all, but unlike the snippets used across the administration, storefront snippets additionally require a class that extends the SnippetFileInterface. A suitable name would e.g. be SnippetFile_en_GB.php. Having created that file, you will have to implement the following five methods:

  • getName: Returns the name of the snippet file as a string. By referring to this name, you can later access the translations. It is required to use messages.en-GB, if you provide a whole new language. By default, an extension should call its Storefront extension storefront.en-GB. Otherwise a describing domain, like shopware's PayPal plugin using paypal.en-GB, is also okay.
  • getPath: Each SnippetFile class has to point to the .json file, that contains the actual translations. Return its path here. We suggest using the name already chosen in getName for your file name.
  • getIso: Return the ISO string of the supported locale here. This is important, because the Translator collects every snippet file with this locale and merges them to generate the snippet catalogue used by the storefront.
  • getAuthor: Guess what, return your vendor name here. This can be used to distinguish your snippets from all the other available ones. The Administration snippet set module offers a filter, so users are able to easily find plugin specific snippets.
  • isBase: Return true here, if your plugin implements a whole new language, such as providing french snippets for the whole Shopware 6. Don't forget to watch your getName method then! Most of the times, you're just adding your own snippets to an existent language, then false will be your way to go.


<?php declare(strict_types=1);

namespace MyPlugin\Resources\snippet\en_GB;

use Shopware\Core\System\Snippet\Files\SnippetFileInterface;

class SnippetFile_en_GB implements SnippetFileInterface
    public function getName(): string
        return 'storefront.en-GB';

    public function getPath(): string
        return __DIR__ . '/storefront.en-GB.json';

    public function getIso(): string
        return 'en-GB';

    public function getAuthor(): string
        return 'Enter developer name here';

    public function isBase(): bool
        return false;

Registering your service

Now it is time to register the SnippetFile in the DI container via the services.xml that came with the plugin. If your plugin does not have a services.xml file yet, make sure to read [here](./../2-internals/4-plugins/ services.xml). This will help you understand the process of creation from the beginning on. Also notice there is a shopware.snippet.file tag, which is essential in this process.


<?xml version="1.0" ?>

<container xmlns=""

        <service id="MyPlugin\Resources\snippet\en_GB\SnippetFile_en_GB" public="true">
            <tag name="shopware.snippet.file"/>

Providing a whole new language

In cases you would like to provide a whole new language with an unsupported language, you have be aware of some details. The general file structure stays the same, but the import is a bit different. Notice: If you just want to add a dialect or artificial languages like pirate speech, we recommend adding a new snippet set instead of a new language.


New languages aren't registered at all, so that's your first job. Using the Shopware.Locale the only thing you have to do is to register a basic snippet .json file using the register method. That should look like this:

import deAT from './snippet/de-AT.json';

Shopware.Locale.register('de-AT', deAT);


You won't find huge differences compared to extending storefront snippets. As mentioned in the SnippetFile paragraph, you have to careful with two settings. With these:

  • getName(): Your file requires to be named like messages.<locale> to enable symfony creating a new base catalogue.
  • getBase(): This has to return true in order to be recognized as a whole new language.