Language packs

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 1.9. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: Language packs.

Language pack installation

Location: Administration > Language > Language packs

Over 70 language packs are available for you to install on your Moodle site. Simply select the languages you require from the list of available language packs and click on the "Install selected language pack" button.


In Moodle 1.9.1 onwards, multiple language packs may be selected for install by holding down the Apple or Ctrl key whilst clicking on the language packs.

Language packs are a work-in-progress, since new language strings are added for new features in each new version of Moodle. Language packs for Moodle 1.9 lists the percentage of language strings translated in each language pack.

Parent language packs

Certain language packs contain only the modified language strings from their parent language, rather than a complete set. Thus, it is necessary to install the parent language pack too. These language packs are:

  • de_du (which requires de)
  • es_mx and es_ar (which require es)
  • fr_ca (which requires fr)
  • en_us (which requires the default en)

Manual language pack installation

In general, the easiest way to install additional language packs is from within Moodle. However, it is also possible to install a language pack manually by downloading the zip file from Language packs for Moodle 1.9 and unzipping it to a directory called lang in your moodledata directory.

Language pack updates

To update installed language packs, except English and any local language packs, click the 'Update all installed language packs'. The English language pack is updated automatically each time the site is upgraded.

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