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Storybook i18next Addon
Add i18next support to Storybook
npm install storybook-i18next
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Storybook react-i18next addon

Easy react-i18next Storybook integration.

Required Peer Dependencies:

  • storybook - ^7.0.0
  • i18next - ^22.0.0
  • i18next-browser-languagedetector - ^7.0.0
  • i18next-http-backend: ^2.0.0
  • react-i18next - ^12.0.0

This Storybook addon assumes your project is already set up with i18next and react-i18next, with all the required packages installed, and that it is properly configured and working.


Install this addon as a devDependency.

npm i -D storybook-react-i18next
yarn add -D storybook-react-i18next

You will need to install i18next and react-i18next as dependencies to your project if they are not already installed.

npm i -S i18next react-i18next i18next-browser-languagedetector i18next-http-backend
yarn add i18next react-i18next i18next-browser-languagedetector i18next-http-backend


After installing, follow these 3 steps to enable this addon in Storybook.


Insert this addon into your addons array:

  addons: [
    // other addons...


Create a file in your .storybook folder called i18next.ts (or whatever you like).

In this file, copy and paste the below code and make whatever modifications you need (paths to resource files, languages, etc.).

import {initReactI18next} from 'react-i18next';
import i18n from 'i18next';
import Backend from 'i18next-http-backend';
import LanguageDetector from 'i18next-browser-languagedetector';

const ns = ['common'];
const supportedLngs = ['en', 'fr', 'ja'];
const resources = ns.reduce((acc, n) => {
    supportedLngs.forEach((lng) => {
    if (!acc[lng]) acc[lng] = {};
        acc[lng] = {
            [n]: require(`../public/locales/${lng}/${n}.json`),
    return acc;
}, {});

        //debug: true,
        lng: 'en',
        fallbackLng: 'en',
        defaultNS: 'common',
        interpolation: {escapeValue: false},
        react: {useSuspense: false},

export default i18n;

Refer to the i18next Configuration Options documentation for detailed information about the configuration options.


In your preview.ts, you need to add the locales and locale to globals, as well as adding i18n that you exported from the above file to parameters.

`locales` is an object where the keys are the "ids" of the locales/languages and the values are the names you want to display in the dropdown.

locale is what you want the default locale to be.

import i18n from './i18next';

const preview: Preview = {
    globals: {
        locale: 'en',
        locales: {
            en: 'English',
            fr: 'Français',
            ja: '日本語',
    parameters: {

export default preview;

You can also use full locale strings as keys. It depends on your i18next configuration.

import i18n from './i18next';

const preview: Preview = {
    globals: {
        locale: 'en_US',
        locales: {
            en_US: 'English (US)',
            en_GB: 'English (GB)',
            fr_FR: 'Français',
            ja_JP: '日本語',
    parameters: {

export default preview;

The locales object can also have values as an object with keys of title, left, or right.

This is useful if you want to include an emoji flag or some other string to the left or right side.

For example:

import i18n from './i18next';

const preview: Preview = {
    globals: {
        locale: "en",
        locales: {
            en: {title: "English", left: '🇺🇸'},
            fr: {title: "Français", left: '🇫🇷'},
            ja: {title: "日本語", left: '🇯🇵'},
    parameters: {

export default preview;

Or something like this:

import i18n from './i18next';

const preview: Preview = {
    globals: {
        locale: "en_US",
        locales: {
            en_US: {title: "English", right: 'US'},
            en_GB: {title: "English", right: 'GB'},
            fr_FR: {title: "Français", right: 'FR'},
            ja_JP: {title: "日本語", right: 'JP'},
    parameters: {

export default preview;

Story Parameters Locale

If you want to have a story use a specific locale, set it in that Story's parameters.

export const Default: StoryObj = {
    render: () => <YourComponent/>,

export const Japanese: StoryObj = {
    parameters: {
        locale: 'ja',
    render: () => <YourComponent/>,

Note that doing this switches the current locale to the parameter one, so when you change to a story without a parameter, it will stay at the last selected locale.

In the above example, if you view the Japanese story and then click back on the Default story, the locale will stay ja.

Once you have finished these steps and launch storybook, you should see a globe icon in the toolbar.

Clicking this globe icon will show a dropdown with the locales you defined in parameters.

Switching locales will use the strings defined in your locale json files.

Migrating to Storybook 7

In .storybook/preview.ts, move the locale/locales to be under globals instead of parameters.

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