googletrans stopped working with error “NoneType” object has no attribute “group”


I was trying googletrans and it was working quite well. Since this morning I started getting below error. I went through multiple posts from stackoverflow and other sites and found probably my ip is banned to use the service for sometime. I tried using multiple service provider internet that has different ip and stil facing the same issue ? I also tried to use googletrans on different laptops , still same issue ..Is googletrans package broken or something google did at their end ?

>>> from googletrans import Translator
>>> translator = Translator()
>>> translator.translate("안녕하세요.")

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<pyshell#2>", line 1, in <module>
  File "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.6/lib/python3.6/site-packages/googletrans/", line 172, in translate
    data = self._translate(text, dest, src)
  File "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.6/lib/python3.6/site-packages/googletrans/", line 75, in _translate
    token =
  File "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.6/lib/python3.6/site-packages/googletrans/", line 180, in do
  File "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.6/lib/python3.6/site-packages/googletrans/", line 59, in _update
    code = unicode("var ", "")
AttributeError: "NoneType" object has no attribute "group"

Answer rating: 109

Update 06.12.20: A new "official" alpha version of googletrans with a fix was released

Install the alpha version like this:

pip install googletrans==3.1.0a0

Translation example:

translator = Translator()
translation = translator.translate("Der Himmel ist blau und ich mag Bananen", dest="en")
#output: "The sky is blue and I like bananas"

In case it does not work, try to specify the service url like this:

from googletrans import Translator
translator = Translator(service_urls=[""])
translator.translate("Der Himmel ist blau und ich mag Bananen", dest="en")

See the discussion here for details and updates:

Update 10.12.20: Another fix was released

As pointed out by @DesiKeki and @Ahmed Breem, there is another fix which seems to work for several people:

pip install googletrans==4.0.0-rc1

Github discussion here:

In case the fixes above don"t work for you

If the above doesn"t work for you, google_trans_new seems to be a good alternative that works for some people. It"s unclear why the fix above works for some and doesn"t for others. See details on installation and usage here:

#pip install google_trans_new

from google_trans_new import google_translator  
translator = google_translator()  
translate_text = translator.translate("สวัสดีจีน",lang_tgt="en")  
#output: Hello china

Answer rating: 59

Update 01/12/2020: This issue re-emerged lately, (apparently) caused once again by some changes on the Google translation API.

A solution is being discussed (again) in this Github issue. Although there is not a definitive solution yet a Pull Request seem to be solving the problem:

While we wait for it to be approved it can be installed like this:

$ pip uninstall googletrans
$ git clone
$ cd ./py-googletrans
$ git checkout origin/feature/enhance-use-of-direct-api
$ python install

Original Answer:

Apparently it"s a recent and widespread problem on Google"s side. Quoting various Github discussions, it happens when Google sends you directly the raw token.

It"s being discussed right now and there is already a pull request to fix it, so it should be resolved in the next few days.

For reference, see: <-- exact same problem reported on the Github repo <-- seemingly same problem on a text-to-speech library <-- pull request to fix the issue

To apply this patch (without waiting for the pull request to be accepted) simply install the library from the forked repo (uninstall the official library first):

$ pip uninstall googletrans
$ git clone
$ cd ./py-googletrans
$ python install

You can clone it anywhere on your system and install it globally or while inside a virtualenv.

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