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How to localize your App name in a modern way

Published: at 04:11 PM

What’s going on

I created a new project by Xcode 15.1 recently. It’s an iOS App with UIKit and Storyboard architecture.

Everything was good at the begining, just like the “Old good days”. I build, and shiped it within 2 days.

Time back to now, the app runs good and I tried to add Chinese localization. And here comes the problem: I can’t find any Info.plist in Xcode. So I have no idea how to localize the app name.

Afeter some researching, I found the solution: Discover String Catalogs

How to do it

1. Create a new String Catalog file

“File” - “New” - “File…” and find String Catalog category

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Do Not create any String file since Apple says it is “Legacy”

Here comes the most important thing: Name this file with InfoPlist

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2. Localize App name

As all “Old fashined” iOS developer knows, what we need is CFBundleDisplayName, so just dive in.

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Conclusion

String Catalog was introduced by Apple in WWDC 2023, and it’s really a good way to handle your localization stuff.

In the past we have to maintain several String Files, carefully keep them synced with the same Key-value, and don’t miss the ;.

Now with String Catalog, we can simply build the target, String Catalog will discover and handle most of the localizable contents in one place.

Give it a shot, you will love it.