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Alexandru Bucur
Alexandru Bucur

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Quick hack for using google translate (or other services) in Nuxt/Vue.js

Hey guys, here's a quick way of making google translate play nice using setInterval.

export default {
    mounted: function()
        this.$nextTick(() => {


    methods: {

        googleTranslateInit: function() {

            let checkIfGoogleLoaded = setInterval(() => {

                if (google.translate.TranslateElement != null) {


            }, 100);


        googleTranslateElement: function(id) {
            new google.translate.TranslateElement({pageLanguage: 'en', layout: google.translate.TranslateElement.InlineLayout.SIMPLE}, id);

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It's not always easy to have a nice callback available for google translate, especially if you're nested into a component. I'm only using NUXT's external resources setup for directly loading the library, and ignored creating a plugin for this (although I think that's still valid, to create a script and use an onLoad function

Discussion (3)

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Lewis Cowles

Surely binding to onMutation event handler, then just initing on the root element is the way to go?

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Alexandru Bucur Author

hey Lewis, sounds, interesting. How would you do it in that case ? I assume you're talking about MutationObservers right ?

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faezeh ebrahimy

i use this code but i have this error in console:
index.vue?6ced:29 Uncaught ReferenceError: google is not defined

google in google.translate.TranslateElement