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eTranslation is an online machine translation service provided by the European Commission (EC).

If you work in public administration in an EU country, Iceland or Norway, or in an EU institution or agency, you can use our product free of charge at least until the end of 2020. Apart from individual users, the MT service is also available to EC information systems and online services through an API.

After 2020, the conditions of use will be defined by DGT together with the Connecting Europe Facility programme's sustainability plan.

eTranslation has been officially launched on 15 November 2017 and builds on the previous machine translation service of the European Commission - MT @ EC.

Product features

  • high security - all data processed by the system stay within the Commission's firewalls and can't be seen by outsiders
  • translates from and into any official EU language
  • works best with texts on EU-related matters
  • free of charge

Raw quality

Our machine translation service produces raw automatic translations. Use it to grasp the gist of a text or as the starting point for a human-quality translation. If you need a perfectly accurate, high-quality translation, the text still needs to be revised by a skilled professional translator.


  • accepts the following formats: .txt, .doc, .docx, .odt,.ott, .rtf, .xls, .xlsx, .ods, .ots, .ppt, .pptx, .odp, .otp, .odg, .otg, .htm, .html, .xhtml, .h, .xml, .xlf, .xliff, .sdlxliff, .rdf, .tmx and pdf.
  • detects the language of text longer than 30 characters
  • can translate several documents into several languages in one go


  • keeps the format of your original document (except for pdf, which returns as docx)
  • offers 552 language pairs, covering all 24 official EU languages and Norwegian (Bokmål)


  • emails translations to you, or stores them in your personal workspace for 24 hours

How to register

Staff working for EU institutions or agencies can directly access eTranslation with their EU Login (formerly ECAS) credentials and therefore do not need to register.

Staff working for a public administration in an EU country, Iceland or Norway have to:

  1. sign up for a personal EU Login account and password with your professional email address
  2. email to let us know
  • that you have an EU Login account
  • what your job involves (your position)
  • which public administrative body you work for (your employer)
  • your full e-mail signature with your contact details

We'll create your eTranslation account and notify you that you can start using the service. Individual accesses will be automatically deactivated after 12 months if not used.

From October 2016 onwards, public administrations in an EU country, Iceland or Norway can request to have eTranslation opened under their internet domain (e.g. It allows officials with an email address of the domain to access the service. To enable this, email with an official request from the administration's management. 

Access for teaching staff is limited to the European Master's in Translation (EMT) network.

How to use it

If you work for a public administration or a EU institution or agency:

Request for machine translation

After logging in, select the type of translation you prefer:

  • Translate documents - upload one or more documents (in one go, if you prefer)
  • Translate text - type or copy and paste your snippet of text


  • eTranslation help page  - see in detail how the service works (only registered users have access)
  • – for any questions concerning access to eTranslation's Web Interface and eTranslation's webservice and API