poe is a .po (GNU gettext) file editor with a terminal UI.


  • There should be no need for GNOME to edit .po files.
  • Some folks prefer terminal to GUI.
  • No, plugin for vi(m) isn't enough.
Q:Why C?
A:Because <Go/Rust/whatever soydev language of the moment> sucks.
Q:Why is poe saying there are <N+1> messages in my file when other editors say there are <N> messages?
A:Because poe takes into account (and allows editing of) the first, special msgid.
Q:This doesn't do X!
A:See TODO for a list of implemented and planned features. I might consider adding a feature if I have time, but already poe has all the major ones I planned. It is meant to be a simple .po editing program.
Q:Is this suckless?
A:Definitely not. Any TUI is not suckless. gettext is not suckless, and thus .po files are also not suckless. Despite that, some suggestions for a suckless approach to editing .po files are: vi, ed. Still, termbox, used by poe, is less bloated than ncurses.



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$ git clone https://git.sr.ht/~strahinja/poe
$ cd poe
$ su

If you have djb redo:

# redo install

if you don't:

# ./do install

Bugs and limitations

Bugs can be reported using the ticket tracker. See the manpage (man poe) after installing poe for more information.


poe - .po file editor
Copyright (C) 2021 Страхиња Радић

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see https://www.gnu.org/licenses/.

This program includes code from the termbox TUI library,


The file LICENSE.termbox applies to the portion of this program which is from the termbox library.

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