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When we installed Joomla 3.0, we chose English as the default language. Joomla 3.0 is able to support different languages. In this tutorial we'll show you how to change you site language in Joomla 3.0. Learn more about Joomla Hosting here.

Installing a new language in Joomla 3.0 is much easier than changing languages in Joomla 2.5. This is because of the new Install Accredited Language Translations tool, which allows you to install new languages without manually needing to find and download them from other sites on the web.

To install and change languages in Joomla 3.0

  1. Log into your Joomla 3.0 admin dashboard
  2. In the top menu, click Extensions and then click Language Manager
  3. Find and click the Install Language button towards the top of the page
  4. install-new-language-packFrom either browsing the list of languages or using the search feature, find the language pack that you would like to install. Place a check in the box next to the language you would like to install, and then click the Install button.
  5. Once again, in the top menu click Extensions and then click Language Manager
  6. choose-a-different-languageThe new language you just installed should now show in the list. To make this language the default language for your site, find the icon of a star (under the Default column) and click on it. The star will turn from hollow to yellow, and you will see the following confirmation:

    Default Language Saved. This does not affect users that have chosen a specific language on their profile or on the login page.
    Warning! When using the multilanguage functionality (i.e. when the plugin System - Languagefilter is enabled) the Site Default Language has to also be a published Content language.

    If you have been following along with our screenshots, you can see that in our testing we installed the Spanish language pack. As you can see below, our site is now showing Spanish instead of English.

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n/a Points
2014-04-24 9:33 am

For 3.2

Go to site menu > then go to My Profile >

And in the basic settings > check for the backend language > and select English (United kingdom )...


16,896 Points
2014-04-24 9:51 am
Hello mohite,

Thank you for your comment. Keep in mind that changing the language in the Profile settings, will only affect that single profile.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.
Thank you,

n/a Points
2014-08-11 1:36 pm

Installed 3.3.3. Changed frontend language to Russian but kept Admin interface to English UK. Now I can see a "content" tab and inside that a language profile with  Native Title(English (UK), Language Tag  (en-GB ) ,  URL Language Code ....etc ... do I have to creat one such language profile inside content tab  for Russian langauge ?

25,274 Points
2014-08-11 2:06 pm
Hello Tarun,

Yes, the profile tab is not translated for you. You would need to create one in the Russian language if that is the profile that you wish to use.

Arnel C.
n/a Points
2014-09-05 2:32 pm

When Joomla was installed initially for us it was installed with English (UK) language.  I have now installed English (US), however, for the "content" portion of the Language Manager configuration I am unable to use "en" for the "URL Language Code" and "Image Prefix" setting because this is already being used for the UK version of English.  Any thoughts on how I can address this?

25,274 Points
2014-09-05 6:24 pm
Hello Kim,

This is a part of the Joomla functionality, unfortunately. Sorry that it's causing you a problem. The only way i could think of setting it to use a different language code would be to remove the UK version and then make sure everything is set to the US version. We use Joomla ourselves, and everything defaults to the UK version. I also tried installing the English(US) version and the only language tag I'm seeing available is "en-US" - I didn't see any way to use only "en". Make sure that you make a backup of your site before you try playing around with using one language or the other.

Kindest regards,
Arnel C.
n/a Points
2014-10-30 5:49 am


I wish to automatically change the language based on the user's IP address which will indicate the country that he currently resides. Does anyone know where I can plug in this logic in Joomla 3? Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks!


16,896 Points
2014-10-30 1:01 pm
Hello Stephen,

Thank you for your question. I spent a long time searching for a solution/module for this online, and was not able to find one.

This means you would have to custom develop/code something to accomplish this.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.

Thank you,
n/a Points
2014-12-13 3:14 pm
i have changed it after index
n/a Points
2015-01-14 4:44 am


I try to instal a new language but I get the following message: 

There are no available languages to install at the moment. Please click on the "Find languages" button to check for updates on the Joomla Languages server. You will need an internet connection for this to work.


Is there a way to instal it manually?

 - Stefan


3,852 Points
2015-01-15 11:36 am
Hello Stefan,

I found a Joomla forum article on how to install language packs manually via FTP.

Best Regards,
TJ Edens
n/a Points
2015-07-17 1:47 pm

I am using Joomla 3.3.  I have installed the french language pack and when choosing french, part of the page is translated (user login, You are here, etc.) but the articles themselves are not translated.  I have created a copy of the english article and chose french for the language.  What am I missing?



25,274 Points
2015-07-17 1:53 pm
Hello Bev,

Sorry for the problems with the Joomla site and changing over to the French language. If you're still seeing the previously published English pages, then it may be that the French pages are not published or configured correctly. I'm not sure how you're going to the French pages - I'm assuming these pages are using different URLs. Your references to the French pages may need to be set - we can't really tell without having Administrative access and looking. There is a good Joomla tutorial that you may want to review: Language Switcher tutorial. I know it's for Joomla 2.5, but it may give you the insight on the issue of why your pages are not showing.

I hope this helps to answer your question, please let us know if you require any further assistance.

Arnel C.
n/a Points
2015-07-18 7:23 pm


I have learned a lot since I posted my last two questions!  I now have all 4 languages shown but part of the login is translated and the title is not???  Do I have to create the menu items in the desired language or will the language pack translate it? 

We have decided that to get the articles properly translated, we will have that done by our customer.  So that question no longer is valid.

Sorry I wrote before checking further on the first two sessions!  Thanks for your nelp.


28,219 Points
2015-07-20 4:08 pm
Hello Bev,

Language packs are not translators but rather have replacement for the specified text. You would need to create the translations in order for them to display.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2015-07-28 3:38 pm

Thsnks Scott...  I understand that now. 

But - how do I get to the articles in the different languages?  Do I have to create a login module for each language since you have to chose a page to go to when the login is successful?  Right now, if I choose English, I go to the correct page but if I choose French I go to the English index page.  I tried creating a French login page with the correct article to go to upon successful login but still got the same results.

I suppose it is very simple, but I am getting more and more confused :)


3,852 Points
2015-07-28 11:02 pm
Hello Bev,

Can you provide us the URL to your English and French login page so we may check to see what going on.

Best Regards,
TJ Edens

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