How to create multilingual application in asp.net


In this post I am going to explain how to create multilingual application in asp.net webform application.
In today’s competitive web world, not having a multilingual website implies you are ignoring the needs of a major part of the world population. So, This is most important to have multilingual website to  reach  more customer and thus increase revenue. Here I am going to explain how we can do our website multilingual in asp.net  mvc application easily.

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Steps :

Step - 1 : Create New Project.

Go to File > New > Project > Select asp.net web forms application > Entry Application Name > Click OK.

Step-2: Add a Webpage and Design for make a form multilingual.

Go to Solution Explorer > Right Click on Project name form Solution Explorer > Add > New item > Select web form/ web form using master page under Web > Enter page name > Add.

            <div style="text-align:right;">
                <asp:DropDownList ID="ddLang" runat="server" AutoPostBack="true" OnSelectedIndexChanged="ddLang_SelectedIndexChanged">
                    <asp:ListItem Value="en-US" Text="English" />
                    <asp:ListItem Value="fr-FR" Text="français" />
                    <asp:ListItem Value="hi-IN" Text="हिंदी" />
                    <td><asp:Label ID="lblName" runat="server"/></td>
                    <td><asp:TextBox ID="txtName" runat="server" /></td>
                    <td><asp:Label ID="lblAddress" runat="server" /></td>
                    <td><asp:TextBox ID="txtAddress" runat="server" /></td>
                    <td><asp:Label ID="lblState" runat="server" /></td>
                    <td><asp:TextBox ID="txtState" runat="server" /></td>
                    <td><asp:Label ID="lblCountry" runat="server" /></td>
                    <td><asp:TextBox ID="txtCountry" runat="server" /></td>
                        <asp:Button ID="btnSave" runat="server" /> &nbsp; &nbsp;
                        <asp:Button ID="btnCancel" runat="server" />

Step-3: Add a ASP.NET Folder "App_GlobalResources" for save language resource file

Go to Solution Explorer > Right Click on Project name form Solution Explorer > Add > Add ASP.NET Folder > App_GlobalResources.

Step-4: Add Resources file for save different language under "App_GlobalResources" Folder

Right Click on "App_GlobalResources" Folder form Solution Explorer > Add > New Item > Select "Resources File" under Visual C# > Enter Name (Like "Lang.en-US.resx") > Add.
[N:B: Please take care of the file Name.]
Here I have added 3 file for 3 languages.

Language File Name
English Lang.en-US.resx
French Lang.fr-FR.resx
Hindi Lang.hi-IN.resx

Step-5: Change Build Action to "Embedded Resource" of added resource files (3 added files here)

Select Resource file > Right Click go to Property> Change Build Action to Embedded Resource.

Step-6: Write code into page load event for show selected language.

Write below code into Page_Load event.
We need to import following Namespace first..

            using System.Resources;
            using System.Globalization;
            using System.Threading;
            using System.Reflection;

            ResourceManager rm;
            CultureInfo ci;
            protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
                if (Session["Lang"] == null)
                    Session["Lang"] = Request.UserLanguages[0];

                if (!IsPostBack)

Here is the function...

            private void LoadString()
                Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture = new CultureInfo(Session["Lang"].ToString());
                rm = new ResourceManager("MultiLingual.App_GlobalResources.Lang", Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly());
                ci = Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture;

                lblName.Text = rm.GetString("Name", ci);
                lblAddress.Text = rm.GetString("Address", ci);
                lblState.Text = rm.GetString("State", ci);
                lblCountry.Text = rm.GetString("Country", ci);
                btnSave.Text = rm.GetString("Save", ci);
                btnCancel.Text = rm.GetString("Cancel", ci);

Step-7: Write code into "ddLang_SelectedIndexChanged" event for show selected language.

           protected void ddLang_SelectedIndexChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
                Session["Lang"] = ddLang.SelectedValue;

Step-8: Run Application.    

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