A few days ago, one of my colleagues asked for help from me. He got a revision job, but he couldn’t open an <sdlrpx.wsxz> file, a Worldserver return package he received from an agency he worked for. When he tried to import the file after opening the original package, he got a warning: “The translation package doesn’t contain necessary information. The package you are importing may be a return package.”

The PM had no idea how to open it. Later, he only sent the <.xliff> files so my colleague could check the translation by opening those files one by one without updating the main package.

My colleague asked me if there was any possible way to open the return package, so he could update the package and send back the file in return package format. He had tried to Googling the tricks but found no relevant information.

How to successfully import <sdlrpx.wsxz> file into Trados

Without opening my colleague’s files and seeing the contents, I did the following steps. You can try them too and let me know if they work on your side.

  1. As far as I know, a return package (the <.sdlrpx> file) is basically a zipped file. We can see its contents by opening the file using an application such as WinRAR. Just right click on the file, then choose open with WinRAR (or similar Rar or Zip application).
opening return package using WinRAR

Opening return package using WinRAR.

  1. Extract the contents (the <.xliff> files) to your specified folder.
Extracting return package contents

Extracting the return package contents.

  1. The translated <.xliff> files will have a language code after the file name. Example: sample.idmlid-ID.xliff for Indonesian. Remove the language code. If there are a lot of files, you can use ReNamer application.
  2. After the language codes are removed, copy the <.xliff> files.
  3. Open the project folder containing the <.xliff> files. Example in my PC C:\Users\Khadis\Documents\Studio 2017\Projects\Sample_Project\id-ID. Remember, id-ID is the target language folder. Yours may be different, depends on your language pair.
opening the folder that contains xliff files

Opening the folder that contains the <.xliff> files.

  1. Paste the files (from step #4) into the target language folder (in step #5 above). If Windows warns you about replacing the files, just click Yes or OK to replace the existing files. If you fail to paste, you can try to close the Trados first.
  2. Relaunch the Trados and open your task. The status and progress in Trados may remain unchanged, but when you open the file, you will see that the file is fully translated.
task status and progress

Task status and progress in Trados.

  1. You can start the edit/review phase, then export back the package to the return package format.


If you failed to import the Worldserver return package (the .sdlrpx.wsxz file) into Trados, you can try to extract or manually copy-paste the return package contents to your target language folder under the Trados’ project folder (see step #5 above). Relaunch Trados and open the files.

If you have a better solution or find my method is not working, please share it in the comment below.

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