Creating a language switcher component

If you have multiple locales and you want to add a way for your customers to select a language, currency, or location, you can implement a language switcher component.

In this example, we'll create a very basic component that's a dropdown selector to change the languages of our website.

  1. Create a Frontastic component schema
{
    "tasticType": "language-switcher",
    "name": "Language switcher",
    "icon": "translate",
    "schema": [
        {
            "label": "Show language switcher",
            "field": "showLanguageSwitcher",
            "type": "boolean",
            "default": true
        }
    ]
}

Then upload it to the Frontastic studio.

  1. Create a Frontastic component JSX file
import React from 'react'
import PropTypes from 'prop-types'
import { connect } from 'react-redux'
import app from '@frontastic/catwalk/src/js/app/app'

const LanguageSwitcher = ({ context, className }) => {
    return (
        <>
            <select
                className={`${className} uppercase`}
                value={context.locale}
                onChange={(event) => {
                    app.getLoader('context').refresh(
                        Object.assign({}, context.toParameters(), {
                            locale: event.target.value,
                        })
                    )
                }}
                >
                {context.project.languages.map((language) => {
                    return (
                        <option value={language} key={language}>
                            {language.substring(0, 2)}
                        </option>
                    )
                })}
            </select>
        </>
    )
}

LanguageSwitcher.propTypes = {
    context: PropTypes.object.isRequired,
    className: PropTypes.string,
}

export default connect((globalState, props) => {
    return {
        context: globalState.app.context,
    }
})(LanguageSwitcher)

The key method to change the language is:

app.getLoader('context').refresh(
    Object.assign({}, context.toParameters(), {
        locale: 'de_DE',
    })
)
  1. Add to your tastics.js file
...
import languageSwitcherTastic from './language-switcher';
...
export default (() => {
    return {
        ...
        'language-switcher': languageSwitcher,
        ...
    };
...

And that's it!


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