Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 1.9. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: Language editing.
Note: Language editing has been improved in Moodle 2.0 onwards. See Language customization for details.
Location: Administration > Language > Language editing
Edit words or phrases
To edit a word or phrase:
- Access Administration > Language > Language editing.
- Click the "Edit words or phrases" link in the middle of the page.
- Choose a file to edit. You may need to search through a few files before finding the file containing the word you wish to change. The file moodle.php contains all common site-wide phrases.
- Change the word or phrase.
- Click the "Save changes" button. The changed phrase will be highlighted in a different color.
Note: In versions of Moodle prior to 1.9, it is necessary to click the "Switch lang directory" button on the edit words or phrases page. A local language folder, parentlanguage_local, will then be automatically created in moodledata/lang. Files of edited strings will then be saved in this folder. This is necessary to prevent changes that you make being overwritten by a newer language pack when updating. In Moodle 1.9 onwards, the option to switch is no longer provided as edited strings are automatically saved in the local language folder.
If you wish to make further changes later, be sure to check that files of edited strings will again be saved to the folder parentlanguage_local, switching folder if necessary.
Changes in 2.0
- The interface has changed in Moodle 2.0. It is still reachable via site administration>language>language customization.
- Pick the language from the pull down list.
- Click the "check out strings to translator" button. And get ready for the change.
- Use the new "filter strings" interface to select the php file to edit. Notice the files are grouped. For example, you will find the lesson strings under "mod" and moodle.php under core.
- After selecting the file, it is possible to use "string must contain" and other filters. For example, look at only string text that has "add" in the lesson.php set.
- Once you are done, you can save changes and pick another filter or php file to edit.
- When you want to save your edits, select "Save and check in string into files". This will store the changes you have made so all users will see them.
- Tip: Do not see any string changes? Did you remember to use the "Save and check in string into files" button? Did you refresh your browser so it is not looking at a cached page? Did you edit the language file that is actually being used in your site, course or by the user?
Changes in 1.9
- From Moodle 1.9 onwards, only users with the capability moodle/site:langeditmaster may modify the master language packages (i.e. those being saved in moodledata/lang/). By default, the admin role has this capability set to "prevent". It is expected that only language maintainers will manually allow this for themselves. Language pack maintainers have an additional "Language pack maintaining" tab.
- From Moodle 1.9 onwards, only users with the capability moodle/site:langeditlocal may customize the site translation (i.e. files being saved in moodledata/lang_local/). Admins are allowed to do this by default.
- Added ability to edit language files in non-standard locations, i.e. string files for various types of plugin (e.g. blocks, database presets, 3rd party modules etc.)
- Features coming soon: The ability to edit help files in non-standard locations and translate local modifications of help files.
- Language FAQ
- Local language
- Development:Places to search for lang strings
- Language customization for language editing in Moodle 2.0
- Tutorial Showing How to Change a Word or Phrase in Moodle 1.9
Using Moodle forum discussions: