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TBX from SDL Trados Multiterm won't upload


Piotr commented on March 29, 2015

Yesterday I wanted to upload a TBX SDL Trados Multiterm 2014, reportedly compliant with TBXcsV02.xsd, but the upload failed. Without other options available, I can't upload terminology (I don't use Cafetran). Could you also support the XML bilingual gossary format recognized by Multiterm?


Kevin Dias commented on March 30, 2015

Hi Piotr,

Thanks for your post and sorry you had trouble uploading the file. I'll contact you by email to get some more details on your particular file. I definitely want to support SDL Trados Multiterm glossaries on TM-Town, so if there is an issue I want to get it fixed.

This might not be related to this issue, but currently I am only whitelisting terminology files that have a file extension of .csv, or .tbx. So if your file is a TBX file but is named with a different extension, try renaming it to end in .tbx and you should be able to upload it on TM-Town.


Kevin Dias commented on April 22, 2015

TM-Town now supports the following formats:


  • .tbx
  • .csv (CafeTran)

Translation Memory

  • .tmx
  • .xliff, .xlf
  • .sdlxliff
  • .sdltm
  • .txt (Wordfast)

Monolingual Documents

  • .pdf
  • .txt
  • .doc
  • .docx
  • .numbers
  • .xls
  • .xlsx
  • .ppt
  • .pptx
  • .odt
  • .ods
  • .odp
  • .rtf
  • .pages
  • .key

janine commented on October 22, 2015

SDL Multiterm can be a difficult format to export from and I have had problems with tbx files exported from Multiterm. I use both SDL Multiterm (required by a client) and MemoQ and have found that the xml format is a good format to use when exporting from Multiterm. I receive a monthly update to a client's glossary supplied as an .xml and .xdt (definition) file for import into Multiterm. The .xml imports seamlessly into MemoQ so it might be an idea to look at the possibility of investigating whether you can use .xml exports from Multiterm.


Kevin Dias commented on October 22, 2015

Hi Janine,

I recently whitelisted .xml specifically for SDL Multiterm exports that are in tbx format but have an .xml extension. Can you try uploading the .xml file you have and see if you have trouble? If you do, please email me and I'll take a closer look at it.


janine commented on December 14, 2015

My comment was intended primarily for Piotr as I wasn't trying to upload my xml file to TM Town. From past experience the tbx exports from Multiterm can be problematical. However, I've had good experience of exporting Multiterm glossaries as xml files so I thought it might be worth Piotr giving that option a try.

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