How to back up POEditor strings

At POEditor, we understand the importance of data security and ensuring that your valuable translation strings are protected. While our platform offers robust data management capabilities, it is always recommended to have a backup strategy in place.

In this article, we list what options you have for backing up POEditor strings, helping you safeguard your linguistic assets and enjoy peace of mind.

In-platform automated translation backups

Translations are automatically backed up in POEditor by the History module and by the Translation Memory module. These options allow you to easily recover translation data when needed.

While the History module is available to all POEditor users, the Translation Memory feature can be used only with a paid plan.

Recover translations from History in the Language page

These options run in the background and do not require that you make any special setup.

Back up language files using integrated storage services

Another paid feature to back up the languages in POEditor projects can be found in Account/Organization Settings > Backups. To make use of it, you need to take two steps:

  1. Connect to your preferred storage service from the ones integrated.
  2. Set up Automated Backups in your Account or Organization Settings. You will need to choose the projects you want to back up, the frequency of the backups, what projects you want to back up and to what localization file format.

It’s enough to set this up once and your language data will be exported to a ZIP file (one for each project) on the designated folder/bucket.

If you want, you can also manually export the projects individually to your computer, clicking on the Download ZIP option available for each project, in the same page.

Back up POEditor strings with version control systems

Integrating POEditor with a version control system can be an excellent backup solution. By linking the languages in your POEditor projects with popular Git hosting services, you can track changes made to your strings, revert to previous versions if needed, and keep your translation data safe in a centralized repository.

Follow our best practices for syncing translation strings with your repos to get maximum effect with minimum effort.

Git services integrated with POEditor

Back up strings with the API and scripts

To streamline the backup process and eliminate the risk of oversight, consider setting up automated backups for your localization strings. Leverage the POEditor API and scripts to automate export tasks and store your backups in secure locations. By scheduling regular backups, you can ensure that your linguistic assets are consistently protected without any manual intervention.

POEditor is a great solution for managing the translation of your software strings, but should not be used as a final backup destination for your localized strings. So, as attractive as the benefits of reading language files from an API may appear, there are issues with this approach, so we advise against it.


As a team dedicated to providing the best localization management experience, we emphasize the importance of backing up your POEditor strings.

It is a good idea to check the integrity of your backups to ensure that all necessary strings are captured and that the backup process is functioning correctly. Periodically validate the restore process to guarantee that your backups can be successfully restored if the need arises.