translit(1) 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 <>.


Alex Linke <[email protected]>

Rona Linke <[email protected]>


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

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

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

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