I am using the latest Magento DE version ( and while everything else works fine (like "Regular price") "Special price" is not translated. I've tried changing the "Mage_Catalog.csv" in the "locale/de_DE" folder and it is there. I noticed, that other than said in the translation file there is no column behind "Special price", so I changed the file to:

"Special Price:","Sonderpreis:"
"Special Price","Sonderpreis:"
"Special Price: %s","Sonderpreis: %s"
"Special Price %s","Sonderpreis: %s"

(just for testing purposes of course) and it still won't change. As far as I can tell the text is called in the price.phtml file as "Special price".
What am I missing?


The definitive answer to this question is that Special Price is an attribute.

You can simply translate the Special Price price-label from your Magento Admin Panel, just go to

Catalog > Attributes > Manage Attributes

and open the Special Price attribute (attribute code special_price).

From there select the tab Manage Label / Options.

Here you can set the proper translation for each of your store views.

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After saving the attribute don't forget to flush Magento cache.

  • Just saved me hours of find filing and going through templates. OFCOURSE! – snh_nl Jun 3 '15 at 14:34
  • Yup Thank you SIR in 1.9 this is 100% the case for how to update that text. – asherrard Jul 21 '15 at 17:46

Make sure that you use the exact string for the first quotes. In this case you see this code in the price.phtml:

<?php echo $this->__('Special Price:') ?>

i.e. you need Special Price: for the first quotes in your translate file. So your first try

"Special Price:","Sonderpreis:"

should've worked. In some cases this translation doesn't work. Than you have to force this translation with

"Mage_Catalog::Special Price:","Sonderpreis:"

This goes in your translate file at


Hope this helps!

+++ EDIT after Comment +++

There are 22 occurrences of this 'Special Price:'

22 occurrences

  • Sadly it didn't: I did just as you said, but it didn't work. So I checked everything again and found something strange: In the file "app/design/frontend/myPackage/default/template/catalog/product" (as well es at default/default) it says "<span class="price-label"><?php echo $this->__('Special Price:') ?></span>". It is the only occurence of "Special Price". On the frontend however there is no column after it. – Bernie Oct 7 '14 at 13:15
  • Did you clear the cache after your changes? - See my update for your other Question! – Sebastian Oct 7 '14 at 14:25

I believe you are trying to translate it at a module/extension level. Because the pricing is handled via price.phtml inside your theme folder, you should be using a theme level translation for price related language translation via:

  • This is actually the path that I have tried already since it is basically a general mistake and I want to solve it for every Theme. – Bernie Oct 7 '14 at 7:41
  • You could turn on inline translation and try that. – Francis Kim Oct 7 '14 at 13:25
  • Works for everything besides both of the price names ;) The "Edit" icon appears, but nothing happens if I click it. Works perfectly everywhere else – Bernie Oct 7 '14 at 13:41

Within price.phtml you'll find in Version 1.9 the following line

$_specialPriceStoreLabel = $this->getProductAttribute('special_price')->getStoreLabel();

You have to translate the attribute in the Magento backend

Catalog > Attributes > Manage Attributes

So this is definitive the answer :-) After a lot of grep, i finally found it.

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