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Localisation in .NET MAUI

Localisation in .NET MAUI


.NET MAUI, a cross-platform framework, empowers developers to build native mobile and desktop applications using C# and XAML. It enables the creation of apps that seamlessly operate on Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows, all from a unified codebase. This open-source platform is an advancement of Xamarin Forms, expanding its reach to desktop scenarios while enhancing UI controls for improved performance and extensibility.

In this article, we will see how we can implement Localisation in .NET MAUI project.

Advantages of Localisation

  • Localisation improves user experience by providing content and language that is culturally relevant and easily understandable to users in different regions, increasing engagement and satisfaction.
  • It expands market reach by making products or services accessible to a global audience, tapping into new markets and driving business growth.
  • Localisation helps build trust and credibility with international customers by demonstrating a commitment to their specific needs and preferences, fostering stronger relationships and customer loyalty.

Quick Links:

Project Setup:

  • Launch Visual Studio 2022, and in the start window click Create a new project to create a new project.
  • In the Create a new project window, select MAUI in the All project types drop-down, select the .NET MAUI App template, and click the Next button:
  • In the configure your new project window, name your project, choose a suitable location for it, and click the Next button:
  • In the Additional information window, click the Create button:
  • Once the project is created, we can able to see the Android, iOS, Windows and other running options in the toolbar. Press the emulator or run button to build and run the app


Screen Design:

As a first point, we need to implement the screen design as per our requirement. In this tutorial, we will use 3 controls - 2 labels, and button like in the following code block.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<ContentPage xmlns=""


                SemanticProperties.Description="Cute dot net bot waving hi to you!"
                HorizontalOptions="Center" />

                Text="{x:Static resource:LangResources.Helloworld}"
                HorizontalOptions="Center" />

                Text="{x:Static resource:LangResources.WelcomeNote}"
                SemanticProperties.Description="Welcome to dot net Multi platform App U I"
                HorizontalOptions="Center" />

                Text="Change to Tamil"
                SemanticProperties.Hint="Counts the number of times you click"
                HorizontalOptions="Center" />



Create RESX file

In this step, we will see the steps to create RESX file.

  • In the Solution Explorer, right-click on the project or folder where you want to add the RESX file.
  • Select "Add" from the context menu and then choose "New Item" or "New Folder" if you want to organize your resources in a separate folder.
  • In the "Add New Item" dialog box, search for "Resource File" or navigate to "General" -> "Text File" and name the file with the .resx extension.
  • Click the "Add" button to create the resource file.
  • We created two resources file. One is default and another one prefixed with the language code.
    1. LangResources.resx
    2. LangResources.ta.resx (Contains the resource equivalent in tamil)

RESX Files in XAML

  • To utilize your resources, you first need to import the XML namespace associated with them.
  • xmlns:resource="clr-namespace:MauiLocalization"
  • Then, you can access your strings by using the [x:Static]( markup extension, treating them as properties.
    Text="{x:Static resource:LangResources.Helloworld}"

Language Update

  • Add click event to the button to change language based on the language code of the resource file.
    private void OnCounterClicked(object sender, EventArgs e)
    	if (CounterBtn.Text.Contains("Tamil"))
    		LangResources.Culture = new CultureInfo("ta");
    		CounterBtn.Text = "Change to English";
    		LangResources.Culture = CultureInfo.InvariantCulture;
    		CounterBtn.Text = "Change to Tamil";
    	App.Current.MainPage = new MainPage();
  • Here, "App.Current.MainPage = new MainPage();" is used to refresh page once the language changed
  • Then, we will add the below block in the page constructor to retain the language change once the button clicked and page refreshed.
    if (LangResources.Culture != null && LangResources.Culture.TwoLetterISOLanguageName.Contains("ta"))
    	CounterBtn.Text = "Change to English";
    	CounterBtn.Text = "Change to Tamil";

Full Code:



Download Code:

You can download the code from GitHub. If you have any doubts, feel free to post a comment. If you liked this article, and it is useful to you, do like, share the article & star the repository on GitHub.


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