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Changing Backend Language

The TYPO3 CMS backend is available in many languages. These translations are bundled into packages which need to be fetched from the community translation server ( Once installed backend users can choose which language to use.

Loading translation packages happens in the ADMIN TOOLS > Languages module.

The backend language administration module

Click on the "+" icon to activate a new language. A download button appears to the right. Click on it to get the translations. In the docheader is a download icon which will fetch packages for all activated languages. It is recommended to update regularly to benefit from completed or improved translations.

To change the language of the backend, move to the User Settings module, which is accessed by clicking on your user name in the top bar.

Changing the current user's interface language

Choose "Language" at the bottom, then hit the "Save" button in the docheader. The backend should update itself automatically but you may want to reload the page in the browser. Your backend should now be in Basque.

The backend translated to Basque

As you can see, if a translation is incomplete, the backend will fall back to English.

A default language can also be set when creating a new backend user.

Setting the default language for a new backend user


Changing a user's default language will not change the backend language if that user has already logged in at least once, as the language is kept in the user preferences. Such users will need to update their language themselves.