Search and filters


String status

Strings in Pontoon can be filtered by their status. A string can be in one of the following status:

  • Missing: string is not available in the localized file and doesn’t have any translations or suggestions in Pontoon.
  • Suggested: at least one suggestion has been submitted for this string. Note that, in this case, the translation only exists within Pontoon database, it’s not saved to the localized file.
  • Translated: string has an approved translation.
  • Fuzzy: string is marked as fuzzy in the localized file.

Suggestions can be in two status:

  • Unreviewed: string has been suggested, but not approved or rejected.
  • Rejected: string has been reviewed and rejected by a translator.

There are some extra criteria that can be used to filter strings:

  • Untranslated: this will display strings that are either suggested, missing, or fuzzy. Basically, anything but translated. Once selected, you will also notice that those 3 filters are automatically checked.
  • Unchanged: string is identical to the reference language (normally en-US).
  • Unreviewed suggestions: this will display strings that have at least one unreviewed suggestion. Note that it will include strings in suggested, fuzzy and translated state, as long as they have unreviewed suggestions.
  • Rejected: show strings that have rejected suggestions.

By clicking on the funnel icon on the left, it’s possible to access filters.


At this point it’s possible to:

  • Click directly on the description of one of the filters. This will select and activate only this filter, and the search field placeholder will change accordingly. For example, clicking on Missing will show only missing strings, and the placeholder will read Search in Missing.
  • Click on the icons for each filter, or the user avatars, in order to apply multiple filters. When you hover the icons, you will notice that they transform into checkmarks. A new button APPLY X FILTERS will appear at the bottom of the panel, where X is the number of active filters.

Multiple filters

In this case 3 filters are selected.

To select a time range, you need to click EDIT RANGE, then either pick one of the defaults (30 days, 7 days, 24 hours, 60 minutes), or use the date picker (or slider) to adapt the range. Click on SAVE RANGE to store the range, then apply the filter.


For specific projects it’s also possible to filter strings based on tags. Tags are used to logically group resources based on their priority, allowing localizers to focus their work on important strings first, and project managers to better assess the overall localization status of the project.

Tags in filters

In this case, there are 3 tags defined for the project (highlighted in red). Near each tag there is a representation of the priority: like for projects, it goes from 5 stars (highest priority) to 1 star (lowest priority).

It’s possible to search within a project using the search field. Searches include strings, string IDs and comments.

Search field

Note that searches take active filters into account, for example a search would be performed only on missing strings if that filter is selected.

Like in search engines, by default Pontoon will display matches that contain all the search terms. For example, searching for new tab will match both Open links in tabs instead of new windows and New Tab.

If you want to search for a perfect match, wrap the search terms in double quotes, e.g. "new tab". If, on the other hand, you want to search for strings that contain double quotes, you can escape them with a backslash, e.g. \".

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