Functions can be used in Fluent to format data according to the current language’s rules, or can provide additional data to fine tune the translation.

Fluent includes some generic built-in functions, like NUMBER and DATETIME, for number and date formatting, respectively. Such functions can be used in placeables and selectors. For example:

dpi-ratio = Your DPI ratio is { NUMBER($ratio, minimumFractionDigits: 2) }

your-score = { NUMBER($score, minimumFractionDigits: 1) ->
        [0.0]   You scored zero points. What happened?
       *[other] You scored { NUMBER($score, minimumFractionDigits: 1) } points.

This document describes additional functions available in Gecko products. Please refer to this document for references about the terminology used.


PLATFORM is a function that allows localizers to tailor messages to the current platform. Allowed variant keys are: windows, macos, linux, android, other.

For example, Firefox settings are currently called Options in Windows, Preferences in macOS and Linux. Strings can be differentiated in Fluent by defining a message as follows:

pref-page =
    .title = { PLATFORM() ->
        [windows] Options
       *[other] Preferences

PLATFORM() is used to determine the variant to use in the select expression, other is defined as default. If a variant isn’t defined, for example for linux, it will fall back to the default value.

The following example uses the PLATFORM() function for each attribute:

download-choose-folder =
    .label =
        { PLATFORM() ->
            [macos] Choose…
           *[other] Browse…
    .accesskey =
        { PLATFORM() ->
            [macos] e
           *[other] o

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