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translit - transliterate text between various writing systems


translit -t name -r -i file -o file -l -v -h


translit transliterates UTF-8 encoded natural language text from one writing system to another.

It utilizes the Perl module Lingua::Translit to accomplish this task and follows the provided transliteration standards as strict as possible.

translit regards the following commandline switches:

--trans, -t name

Use the transliteration standard named name.

--reverse, -r

Transliterate in reverse direction.

NOTE: Not every transliteration is capable of being reversed. If unsure, have a look at the list of supported transliterations using the --list switch.

--infile, -i FILE

Read text from FILE. Defaults to STDIN.

--outfile, -o FILE

Write the transliterated text to FILE. Defaults to STDOUT.

--list, -l

Print a list of supported transliterations showing their

  • name

  • reversibility

  • description

--verbose, -v

Print verbose status messages to STDERR.

--help, -h

Show a short help text introducing command line switches only.


The input has to be UTF-8 encoded.


None known.

Please report bugs using CPAN's request tracker at


Lingua::Translit, Lingua::Translit::Tables


Alex Linke <>

Rona Linke <>


Copyright (C) 2007-2008 Alex Linke and Rona Linke

Copyright (C) 2009-2016 Lingua-Systems Software GmbH

Copyright (C) 2016-2017 Netzum Sorglos, Lingua-Systems Software GmbH

Copyright (C) 2017-2022 Netzum Sorglos Software GmbH

This module is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.