Detect the language (Advanced edition)

Detect the language of a text string.

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Go

Before trying this sample, follow the Go setup instructions in the Translation quickstart using client libraries. For more information, see the Translation Go API reference documentation.

import (
	"context"
	"fmt"
	"io"

	translate "cloud.google.com/go/translate/apiv3"
	translatepb "google.golang.org/genproto/googleapis/cloud/translate/v3"
)

// detectLanguage detects the language of a text string.
func detectLanguage(w io.Writer, projectID string, text string) error {
	// projectID := "my-project-id"
	// text := "Hello, world!"

	ctx := context.Background()
	client, err := translate.NewTranslationClient(ctx)
	if err != nil {
		return fmt.Errorf("NewTranslationClient: %v", err)
	}
	defer client.Close()

	req := &translatepb.DetectLanguageRequest{
		Parent:   fmt.Sprintf("projects/%s/locations/global", projectID),
		MimeType: "text/plain", // Mime types: "text/plain", "text/html"
		Source: &translatepb.DetectLanguageRequest_Content{
			Content: text,
		},
	}

	resp, err := client.DetectLanguage(ctx, req)
	if err != nil {
		return fmt.Errorf("DetectLanguage: %v", err)
	}

	// Display list of detected languages sorted by detection confidence.
	// The most probable language is first.
	for _, language := range resp.GetLanguages() {
		// The language detected.
		fmt.Fprintf(w, "Language code: %v\n", language.GetLanguageCode())
		// Confidence of detection result for this language.
		fmt.Fprintf(w, "Confidence: %v\n", language.GetConfidence())
	}

	return nil
}

Java

Before trying this sample, follow the Java setup instructions in the Translation quickstart using client libraries. For more information, see the Translation Java API reference documentation.

import com.google.cloud.translate.v3.DetectLanguageRequest;
import com.google.cloud.translate.v3.DetectLanguageResponse;
import com.google.cloud.translate.v3.DetectedLanguage;
import com.google.cloud.translate.v3.LocationName;
import com.google.cloud.translate.v3.TranslationServiceClient;
import java.io.IOException;

public class DetectLanguage {

  public static void detectLanguage() throws IOException {
    // TODO(developer): Replace these variables before running the sample.
    String projectId = "YOUR-PROJECT-ID";
    String text = "your-text";

    detectLanguage(projectId, text);
  }

  // Detecting the language of a text string
  public static void detectLanguage(String projectId, String text) throws IOException {

    // Initialize client that will be used to send requests. This client only needs to be created
    // once, and can be reused for multiple requests. After completing all of your requests, call
    // the "close" method on the client to safely clean up any remaining background resources.
    try (TranslationServiceClient client = TranslationServiceClient.create()) {
      // Supported Locations: `global`, [glossary location], or [model location]
      // Glossaries must be hosted in `us-central1`
      // Custom Models must use the same location as your model. (us-central1)
      LocationName parent = LocationName.of(projectId, "global");

      // Supported Mime Types: https://cloud.google.com/translate/docs/supported-formats
      DetectLanguageRequest request =
          DetectLanguageRequest.newBuilder()
              .setParent(parent.toString())
              .setMimeType("text/plain")
              .setContent(text)
              .build();

      DetectLanguageResponse response = client.detectLanguage(request);

      // Display list of detected languages sorted by detection confidence.
      // The most probable language is first.
      for (DetectedLanguage language : response.getLanguagesList()) {
        // The language detected
        System.out.printf("Language code: %s\n", language.getLanguageCode());
        // Confidence of detection result for this language
        System.out.printf("Confidence: %s\n", language.getConfidence());
      }
    }
  }
}

Node.js

Before trying this sample, follow the Node.js setup instructions in the Translation quickstart using client libraries. For more information, see the Translation Node.js API reference documentation.

/**
 * TODO(developer): Uncomment these variables before running the sample.
 */
// const projectId = 'YOUR_PROJECT_ID';
// const location = 'global';
// const text = 'text to translate';

// Imports the Google Cloud Translation library
const {TranslationServiceClient} = require('@google-cloud/translate');

// Instantiates a client
const translationClient = new TranslationServiceClient();

async function detectLanguage() {
  // Construct request
  const request = {
    parent: `projects/${projectId}/locations/${location}`,
    content: text,
  };

  // Run request
  const [response] = await translationClient.detectLanguage(request);

  console.log('Detected Languages:');
  for (const language of response.languages) {
    console.log(`Language Code: ${language.languageCode}`);
    console.log(`Confidence: ${language.confidence}`);
  }
}

detectLanguage();

PHP

Before trying this sample, follow the PHP setup instructions in the Translation quickstart using client libraries. For more information, see the Translation PHP API reference documentation.

use Google\Cloud\Translate\V3\TranslationServiceClient;

$translationServiceClient = new TranslationServiceClient();

/** Uncomment and populate these variables in your code */
// $text = 'Hello, world!';
// $projectId = '[Google Cloud Project ID]';
$formattedParent = $translationServiceClient->locationName($projectId, 'global');

// Optional. Can be "text/plain" or "text/html".
$mimeType = 'text/plain';

try {
    $response = $translationServiceClient->detectLanguage(
        $formattedParent,
        [
            'content' => $text,
            'mimeType' => $mimeType
        ]
    );
    // Display list of detected languages sorted by detection confidence.
    // The most probable language is first.
    foreach ($response->getLanguages() as $language) {
        // The language detected
        printf('Language code: %s' . PHP_EOL, $language->getLanguageCode());
        // Confidence of detection result for this language
        printf('Confidence: %s' . PHP_EOL, $language->getConfidence());
    }
} finally {
    $translationServiceClient->close();
}

Python

Before trying this sample, follow the Python setup instructions in the Translation quickstart using client libraries. For more information, see the Translation Python API reference documentation.

from google.cloud import translate


def detect_language(project_id="YOUR_PROJECT_ID"):
    """Detecting the language of a text string."""

    client = translate.TranslationServiceClient()

    location = "global"

    parent = f"projects/{project_id}/locations/{location}"

    # Detail on supported types can be found here:
    # https://cloud.google.com/translate/docs/supported-formats
    response = client.detect_language(
        content="Hello, world!",
        parent=parent,
        mime_type="text/plain",  # mime types: text/plain, text/html
    )

    # Display list of detected languages sorted by detection confidence.
    # The most probable language is first.
    for language in response.languages:
        # The language detected
        print("Language code: {}".format(language.language_code))
        # Confidence of detection result for this language
        print("Confidence: {}".format(language.confidence))

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