SwiftUI: Previewing localized text in the canvas

29 June 2020

Last week I watched the Swift packages: Resources and localization video from WWDC20. One thing I learned was that the Canvas can preview localized values. This is done by adding a locale to a View via the environment.


import SwiftUI

struct ContentView: View {
    var body: some View {

struct ContentView_Previews: PreviewProvider {
    static var previews: some View {
        ContentView().environment(\.locale, Locale.init(identifier: "fr"))

The above code assumes that a French Localizable.strings file exist with a greeting key. For example:

"greeting" = "Bonjour le monde!";

The EnvironmentValues documentation lists all the values that can be set.

Gif showing the Canvas preview switching greeting text between english, french and german.

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