• CafeTran Espresso

    The feature-rich CAT tool that is fun to use

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Translate faster and easier, using a CAT tool built lovingly — from the ground up — by a translator / developer.


CafeTran Espresso allows you to accept jobs from clients who use SDL Trados, MemoQ, Wordfast and major CAT tools.


CafeTran Espresso strives to provide the features you need, without the hassles and complication that you don’t.

Powerful Features

A Unique Translation Experience

While CafeTran Espresso is packed with features, it is not a copy of other CAT tools. Productivity enhancements such as MT integration, smart autocompletion and one-click placement of suggested texts, along with the highly customizable interface, make this a CAT tool unlike any other. Once you get comfortable with CafeTran Espresso, you may not want to translate any other way.

Freelancer-Oriented, But Industrial-Strength

Don’t let the fact that CafeTran Espresso is perfect for freelance translators fool you — this tool also boasts commercial-grade capabilities. The tool can be used with “big data” TM’s (millions of TU’s), complex formats, Studio packages, jobs requiring clipboard translation, and so on. There are also rich QA (quality assurance) and statistics functions. And get this: the standard version of CafeTran Espresso — there is only one! — is capable of acting as a TM server, so team-based collaboration is also supported.

Support for Many File Formats

CafeTran Espresso handles a multitude of file formats, including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, LibreOffice, InDesign, Framemaker, AutoCAD and more. It also allows you to translate and edit “bilingual files” created by other translation tools — with full support for xliff, sdlxliff, sdlppx, mqxliff, and txml formats. That’s not all; it also helps in software localization: Java, Mac and .NET.

Works on Macs, Windows/PC’s and Linux

Most CAT tools can only be used on one operating system. Not CafeTran Espresso. Use it on your Mac, Windows/PC, or even Linux-based computer. What is more, a generous licensing approach allows you to buy once, but use on two computers. Install it on both your PC and Mac, ensuring a consistent translation experience across your devices.

Superior Handling of PDF’s

CafeTran’s novel use of the system clipboard makes it possible to translate PDF’s and other difficult file formats, while leveraging the efficiency benefits of CafeTran Espresso.

And much more…

Thanks to over ten years of community-led development, there is much more to CafeTran Espresso than can easily be described here. The best way to get to know CafeTran Espresso is to simply download it and start using it!

Satisfied Users

CafeTran Espresso has developed a passionate following among translators around the world. Here are some representative comments. (Also see recent reviews.)

“CafeTran is different from other CAT tools, but it is great.”

Selcuk Akyuz, Turkey

“I recently downloaded a copy and tried it out, and it is so well done… powerful, flexible, and fast. I’m impressed.”

Erik Macki, USA

“I love this software!!! That’s it. I need to say so. It’s a wonderful piece of software and just saved my life.”

F. Javier Gómez Laínez, Spain

“Thank you for the product that has been making my translation work increasingly enjoyable and efficient since I met it.”

Masato Ohta, Japan

“If you’ve received the impression that this is ‘just a tool for beginners’… think again.”

Jost Zetzsche, USA

“I truly enjoy working with CafeTran and I am looking forward to discovering more of its potential.”

Mihalis Mitsis, Greece

Personalized Support

CafeTran is known for its outstanding support, often provided personally by the developer, Igor Kmitowski. Various options exist to help you become proficient with the software, and to keep you using it happily.

CafeTran Knowledge Base

Visit the Knowledge Base with “Getting Started” articles for novices and advanced solutions for power users.

CafeTran Knowledge Base

CafeTran Group

The “CafeTranslators” Google group is a great source for CafeTran support, and also a means to influence ongoing development.

CafeTran Group

CafeTran Forum at ProZ.com

An additional user forum exists on ProZ.com.

CafeTran Forum


Official CafeTran Espresso forum.

Official Forum


Submit a support ticket


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Free Download / Trial

CafeTran Espresso can be downloaded for free and used indefinitely, giving you ample opportunity to decide whether or not the program is right for you. (Once your translation memories or glossaries reach a certain size, however, you may wish to select a licensing option that will allow you to use translation memories and glossaries of any size.)

Give it a try and see if you, too, come to love CafeTran Espresso!

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