Language editing

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 2.2. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: Language editing.

Location: Administration > Language > Language editing


Language editing in Moodle 1.6
The language editing interface enables you to easily change any word or phrase used on the site. For example, you may want to change the word "Course" to "Area".

Edit words or phrases

Edit words or phrases in Moodle 1.9

From Moodle 1.6 onwards, text may be changed by editing language strings, either via Administration > Language > Language editing or directly i.e. in moodledata/lang/.

To edit a word or phrase:

  1. Access Administration > Language > Language editing.
  2. Click the "Edit words or phrases" link in the middle of the page.
  3. On the edit words or phases page click the "Switch lang directory" button and a local language folder, parentlanguage_local, will automatically be created in moodledata/lang. Files of edited strings will then be saved in this folder. This is necessary to prevent changes that you make to be overwritten by a newer language pack when updating.
  4. 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.
  5. Change the word or phrase.
  6. Click the "Save changes" button. The changed phrase will be highlighted in a different color.

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.

Note: From Moodle 1.9 onwards, the option to switch is no longer provided and edited strings are automatically saved in the local language folder.

Changes in 1.9

Language pack maintaining in Moodle 1.9

Template:Moodle 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 aditional "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.

See also