In Spanish, the very term upload has various usages in various countries. Where I'm from, we use the term "subir" and "bajar" for "upload" and "download". However, I would never say "subidor" or "bajador". Google Translate suggests "cargador", but that seems like an inadequate choice.

What word can/should be used to translate this term?

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    Is this in a computer context? I remember attending a conference in Barcelona. One of the presenters was from Colombia so it was suggested that he presented in Spanish (they forgot that some of the audience did not speak Spanish). He mixed loads of English computer terms into his Spanish and the audience found it so weird that they preferred him to switch back to English.
    – badjohn
    Commented Jun 17, 2020 at 15:51
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    Yes, in a computer/internet context, downloading/uploading files. I can imagine! Many people find it preferable to just use the English terms in many cases. Commented Jun 17, 2020 at 15:53
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    It seems that the Latin Americans preferred to use the English terms but the Europeans did not. My point was that your answer might differ depending on where you want to use it. The story is quite old so I am not sure whether it still applies.
    – badjohn
    Commented Jun 17, 2020 at 16:08
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    The terms cargar and descargar do exist with the required verbal meaning so cargador might work.
    – mdewey
    Commented Jun 17, 2020 at 16:24
  • Why don't you define the term in your question? An uploader is a program that helps a person upload something.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jan 24, 2022 at 15:17

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A search on Linguee shows that, in most of the cases, no single word is used to translate "uploader".

If you are referring to a program that uploads files, expressions like utilidad/programa/herramienta de subida de archivos are common (or herramienta de upload, which is used in some Latin American countries but not in Spain).

Some programs do use the word cargador, but the DLE does not include this meaning of the word cargador.

If you are referring to a person that uploads files, I have not found any example of a single word used for this in Spanish. Expressions like la persona que ha subido el archivo are used often, or other terms that are only valid in some cases like autor, or publicador.

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    Publicador is a great choice for this context, thank you! (I'm going to add "(uploader)" beside it just to make it clear). Commented Jun 18, 2020 at 13:29

Existen diversas traducciones según el uso/contexto. http://www.tugurium.com/gti/termino.php?Tr=upload

cargar, subir Transferir datos o archivos desde un ordenador local, por lo general sobre un módem o red, hacia Internet, un BBS, o un servicio en línea, para almacenarlo en un ordenador remoto. Existe la norma no escrita de que la red está situada sobre nosotros, por eso, cuando traemos información de la red se habla de bajar, mientras que si mandamos información a la red se habla de subir.

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