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Localization is the process of translating and adapting a product for a specific country or region. OroPlatform allows a user to customize the format of date/time/datetime, numeric and percent values, monetary values as well as the format of names and addresses.

System Configuration

The OroPlatform system configuration which is available the System / Configuration menu has a special Localization section that defines localization parameters. The user interface looks like this:

  • Locale: defines the current system locale and is used to format date/time/datetime, numeric and percent values, monetary values and appropriate name formats;
  • Primary Location: usually refers to the current country and is used to define appropriate address formats and the default currency;
  • Format address per country: is a flag used to define whether or not an address should be formatted according to the rules of its country, or if the primary location of the application should be used instead;
  • First Quarter Starts on: defines the first day of the first quarter. This value is used to generate proper reports;
  • Timezone: defines which timezone should be used to render time and datetime values;
  • Currency specifies the system’s currency in monetary fields;
  • The Temperature Unit and Wind Speed Unit are used to render additional information on location maps.

Configuration Files

Localization information is stored in configuration files. Each bundle can add its own localization information using appropriate files (each has to be stored in the bundle’s Resources/config/oro directory):


# Resources/config/oro/locale_data.yml
    currency_code: USD
    phone_prefix: '1'
    default_locale: en_US
    currency_code: RUB
    phone_prefix: '7'
    default_locale: ru

This file contains the most basic information for countries (US and RU are country codes as defined by ISO 3166). Each country configuration provides information about a country’s currency (according to ISO 4217), the phone number prefix (as defined in E.164) and its default locale (e.g. the locale that is used to define the appropriate name format by country for specific address).


# Resources/config/oro/currency_data.yml
    symbol: $
    symbol: руб.

This file defines currency symbols for each currency code. These symbols are used to render currency symbols when viewing or editing monetary fields.


# Resources/config/oro/name_format.yml
en: "%prefix% %first_name% %middle_name% %last_name% %suffix%"
ru: "%last_name% %first_name% %middle_name%"

This file specifies a name format per locale. Allowed placeholders are:

  • %prefix%
  • %prefix%
  • %first_name%
  • %middle_name%
  • %last_name%
  • %suffix%


# Resources/config/oro/address_format.yml
    format: "%name%\n%organization%\n%street%\n%CITY% %REGION_CODE% %COUNTRY_ISO2% %postal_code%"
    format: "%postal_code% %COUNTRY% %CITY%\n%STREET%\n%organization%\n%name%"

This file specifies the name format for addresses and, optionally, some additional address information. Each placeholder can be lowercased (data will be rendered as is) or uppercased (data will be rendered in upper case).

The allowed placeholders are:

  • %name%
  • %street%
  • %city%
  • %country%
  • %country_iso2%
  • %country_iso3%
  • %region%
  • %region_name%
  • %region_code%
  • %postal_code%
  • %organization%

Date and Numeric Formatting

Both dates and numbers (decimal, percent or currency) are formatted using INTL library functions. Therefore, this library is required and dates and numbers are formatted according to the installed version of the library.

The application provides formatter services that can be used to format dates and numbers in the backend which are actually simple wrappers for the INTL library:

These formatter methods can be used in twig templates as filters:

  • oro_format_date
  • oro_format_time
  • oro_format_datetime
  • oro_format_number
  • oro_format_currency
  • oro_format_decimal
  • oro_format_percent
  • oro_format_spellout
  • oro_format_duration
  • oro_format_ordinal

For example, the following Twig template prints a formatted datetime and a formatted monetary value:

{{ entity.createdAt|oro_format_datetime }}
{{ item.value|oro_format_currency }}

Supposed that the current locale is en and that USD is the currency being used, the template will render the following values:

May 28, 2014 1:40 PM

In addition to backend formatters, the application also provides the following similar formatters on the frontend side which are powered by JavaScript and can be accessed using requirejs aliases:

  • orolocale/js/formatter/datetime (datetime.js)
    • formatDate(value)
    • formatTime(value)
    • formatDateTime(value)
  • orolocale/js/formatter/number (number.js)
    • formatDecimal(value)
    • formatInteger(value)
    • formatPercent(value)
    • formatCurrency(value)

Name Formatting

Some entities in the application may have names that require localization before they’re rendered. Localization includes the formatting of name parts according to a specified format (see name_format.yml).

On the backend side, such an entity must implement the name interface. This interface contains methods to extract all parts of a name, including the name prefix, the first name, the middle name, the last name and the name suffix. Furthermore, there are separate interfaces for each name part that can be used when an entity defines only a subset of the full name definition.

Formatting is done on backend side by applying the format() method from the NameFormatter class. It receives an entity and returns it as string which is formatted according to the defined rules.

The same formatting can be used in twig templates using the oro_format_name filter:

{{ entity|oro_format_name }}

For the en locale, an entity implementing the FullNameInterface will be formatted like this:

Mr. John S Doe Jr.

On the frontend side, the same formatting can be performed with the orolocale/js/formatter/name requirejs module which is located in Oro/Bundle/LocaleBundle/Resources/public/js/formatter/name.js. This module has a similar format() method which can be used to format a person object.

Address Formatting

Other entities may represent addresses that should be appropriately formatted when being rendered. The application provides a list of default address formats for several countries (see address_format.yml).

Further, an address entity may have person fields and implement the FullNameInterface interface. In this case, the name will be rendered according to the country’s default locale and will be used instead of an appropriate placeholder.

To support formatting, an address entity should implement the AddressInterface which defines methods to retrieve all required address parts (street, city, region name/code, postal code, country name/ISO2/ISO3 and organization).

The backend formatter, AddressFormatter, provides a format() method which returns a string representation of an address that can include default newline separators (\n).

To use this formatter in a template, use the oro_format_address filter:

{{ address|oro_format_address }}

When used with the USA, such an address will be rendered like so:

Mr. Roy K Greenwell
Products Inc.
2413 Capitol Avenue

As with other entities, the frontend provides an appropriate JavaScript formatter, the orolocale/js/formatter/address requirejs module. This module is located in the address.js file in the Locale bundle and contains a format() method which behaves exactly like the backend formatter does.

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