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Reported for: BuddyPress Multilingual 1.7.0

Overview of the issue

The BuddyPress plugin allows you to create new profile fields which you can translate using WPML’s BuddyPress Multilingual glue plugin. However, even if those fields appear as translated in WPMLString Translation, those translations are not visible in the front-end.


Please, be sure of making a full backup of your site before proceeding.

  1. Add the following code to the functions.php file.
     //WPML Workaround wpml_compsupp6144
    add_filter( 'bp_get_the_profile_field_value', 'wpml_compsupp6144_translate_buddypress_profile_fields', 10, 3 ); 
    function wpml_compsupp6144_translate_buddypress_profile_fields( $value, $type, $id ) {
        if ($type == 'textbox' || $type == 'wp-textbox' || $type == 'wp-biography') {
            //remove html tags from value and limit it's size, so we can use it as string name
            $filtered_value = substr(strip_tags($value), 0, 60);
            //register string
            do_action( 'wpml_register_single_string', 'BuddyPress Profile Fields', $type.' - '.$filtered_value , $value );
            //translate string
            $value = apply_filters('wpml_translate_single_string', $value, 'BuddyPress Profile Fields', $type.' - '.$filtered_value  );
        return $value;
  2. Visit the profile page on the front-end. This will register the fields for translation.
  3. Go to WPMLString Translation and translate the field values under the BuddyPress Profile Fields domain.
  4. Go back to the profile page on front-end. The fields should now be translated.

10 Responses sang “BuddyPress - Profile fields are not translated on the frontend”

  1. Hi Andres,

    This plugin supports 6.1.1? because the readme.txt is outdated the latest one 1.7.0 is still referring to 1.6.1 version and claim Tested up to: 5.6, so the latest one support 6.1.1?

    Thanks in advance

  2. Hello,

    I used this function and strings are added in the String Translation page. But there is one error related to “Profile Fields” that is extended with “BuddyPress Xprofile Custom Field Types”.

    For custom fields that have types “Checkbox” or “Select”, if the custom field was created before the installation of WPML options are translated but they are not displayed on fronted.

    Translations of custom field title works, the error appears just with options.


    • Hello there,
      You can try adding your custom search field in this line:
      if ($type == 'textbox' || $type == 'wp-textbox' || $type == 'wp-biography') {
      If it doesn’t work, please open a chat in our assistance channel for investigating better.

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