Changing the backend language

By default, TYPO3's backend is set to English with no additional languages available.

Install an additional language pack

An additional language pack can be installed as an administrator in the backend:

  1. Go to Admin Tools > Maintenance > Manage Languages Packs

    Manage language packs

    Open the backend language administration module

  2. Select Add Language and activate the new language:

    Add a language

    Add the desired language

  3. The selected language is now available:

    A language has been added


New in version 12.1.

If the config/system/settings.php file is write-protected, all buttons are disabled and an info box is rendered.

Set the language as backend language for yourself

One of the available backend languages can be selected in your user account. Go to Toolbar (top right) > User Avatar > User Settings and select the new language from the field Language:


Changing the current user's interface language

Save the settings and reload the browser content.


This change only applies to your account.

Change the backend language of another user

As an administrator you can change the backend language of another user.

  1. Go to System > Backend Users


    Backend User Listing

  2. Select the user

  3. Change the language

    Select the new language from the field User Interface Language.


    Change interface language for a backend user