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Languages, Multi-lingual Content, Automatic translations

The LanternFish is a fresh, but mature translation manager for Joomla!. It replaces Joomla multilingual capabilities with a different system that gives you much easier and the most useful way to** manage your site translations at one single place.**

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Translator features

  • Manage translations for any content in a single interface that shows an original and a translation at the same time
  • Only translate fields that need translation and automatically reuse those that don't (e.g. images or links)
  • Speed up translations by using Google translate (requires very cheap API key purchase)
  • Optionally translate and associate (translation with original) items directly from the native interface (inline translations for core extensions)
  • Supports all core extensions and large number of 3rd party extensions (using Joomfish content elements)

End user features

  • Instant switching between languages that takes you directly to the same page in a different language
  • When translation does not exist, either original item or a predefined message is shown. Optionally you can also chose to remove untranslated items from lists (list view, blog view, menus etc)

Web builder/administrator feature
* Joomfish migrator - plugin for JupgradePro to migrate JoomFish translations from Joomla 1.5. to 2.5./3.x

LanternFish is a fork of Joomfish 2.5. that was substantially bugfixed and re-written to work with Joomla 3 (including 3.4) (while maintaining j2.5. compatibility).

We offer 14 days money back policy - if you are not satisfied we will refund your purchase, so it is really safe to try!


New in 1.3.7
Joomla 3.4. compatibility

New in 1.3.6
Huge speed improvements on sites with large number of languages, reduces database queries by 1/3

New in 1.3.5
Add support for jform fields
Add template style field to menus

New in 1.3.4
Added an option to remove untranslated menus

New in 1.3.3
Much improved "Remove untranslated items from lists" function

New in 1.3.2
Added an option to remove untranslated items from lists

New in 1.3.1
missing translations plugin


Posted on 09 August 2015

Really worth it for site that requires translations, works as advertised

Ease of use

Not the easiest due to complexity, but still much easier that native Joomla


Excellent, when I had a problem they fixed it in 3 days


Sufficient, but could be better

Value for money

Woth it, will save you a lot of time

I used this to: All my multilingual sites


Very good

Ease of use

Can be a little tricky, but hey, it's a migration :)


Great - just great!


Well documented and really good and well-written How-To:s

Value for money

Real good value

I used this to: I used the low migration plugin to migrate a Joomla 1.5 site to Joomla 3 (and the native language support). I had some troubles with the migration (which was due to the database to my 1.5 site was partially corrupted). The support was cruel helpful and solved all my questions.

good and stable component

Posted on 23 September 2014

after using this extension since some month I can say that it's a stable component.

You can translate not only articles and menus but also modules.

On translating articles lanternfish creates them as normal articles with the new language.

This direct way of translation makes lanternfish more stable on later editing of article properties as other offered components I tried before.

On creating a multilingual site it's timesaving compared with the standard multilangual feature of Joomla if you want to handle the translations simmilar.

But if you need full flexibility in design for each language choose the Joomla core feature.

If you've ever needed to manage a large Joomla site with a lot of multi-lingual content, you'll recognize the importance of a structured system for managing the translated content. Other multi-language facilities don't provide the structure of Joomfish but development on the project was recently halted.

Lanternfish takes up the challenge of supporting Joomfish and provides some essential fixes like editing articles from the front-end in languages other than the default. After banging my head against the wall thinking it was me that had created the problem, Lanternfish had already magically fixed the problem.

Lanternfish provides essential functionality and support for anyone continuing to use Joomfish. Sure it costs a bit but if you're running a multi-lingual production site, it's a small price to pay for a system that works.

finally a real solution!

Posted on 18 October 2013

I tried all extensions about multilingual content searching the simplicity of old Joomfish for Joomla 1.5.

Each extension tested has bugs, deficiencies, excessive complexity, or lack of really frontend edition.

And finally Lantern Fish does exactly what I want without the slightest problem!

This extension combines the improvements of joomla 2.5 and 3.X with simplicity of Joomfish.

Congratulations to the developers!

The LanternFish

Klas Berlic
Last updated:
Sep 04 2015
Date added:
Nov 19 2014
GPLv2 or later
Paid download
Uses updater:
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